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1970 Oakland Raiders season
Head Coach John Madden
Home Field Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
Results
Record 8–4–2
Place 1st AFC West
Playoff Finish Lost AFC Championship Game
Timeline
Previous season Next season
1969 1971

The 1970 Oakland Raiders season was the team’s 11th season. In their first season in the AFC West following the merger between the AFL and the NFL, the Raiders won the division championship. They advanced to the AFC Championship Game where they lost to the Baltimore Colts.

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
124Raymond ChesterTight EndMorgan State
250Ted KoyTight EndTexas
[1]

Regular seasonEdit

In 1970, Blanda was released during the preseason, but bounced back to establish his 21st professional season as one of the more dramatic comebacks in sports history. Beginning with the October 25 game at Pittsburgh, Blanda put together five straight clutch performances.

Against the Steelers, Blanda threw for two touchdowns in relief of an injured Daryle Lamonica. One week later, his 48-yard field goal with three seconds remaining salvaged a 17–17 tie with the Kansas City Chiefs. Repeating the thrilling finish on November 8, Blanda once again came off the bench to throw for a pass to tie the Cleveland Browns with 1:34 remaining, then kicked a 53-yard field goal as time expired for the 23–20 win. In the team's next game, Blanda replaced Lamonica in the fourth quarter and connected with Fred Biletnikoff on a touchdown pass with 2:28 left in the game to defeat the Denver Broncos, 24–19. The incredible streak concluded one week later when Blanda's 16-yard field goal in the closing seconds defeated the San Diego Chargers, 20–17.

In the AFC title game against the Baltimore Colts, Blanda again relieved an injured Lamonica and had a superb performance, completing 17 of 32 passes for 217 yards and 2 touchdowns while also kicking a 48-yard field goal and two extra points, keeping the Raiders in the game until the final quarter, when he was intercepted twice. Aged 43, he became the oldest quarterback ever to play in a championship game

Blanda's eye-opening achievements resulted in his winning the Bert Bell Award. Chiefs' owner Lamar Hunt quipped, "Why, this George Blanda is as good as his father, who used to play for Houston." Although he never again played a major role at quarterback, Blanda would serve as the Raiders' kicker for five more seasons.

RosterEdit

ScheduleEdit

Game Date Opponent Result Raiders points Opponents First Downs Record Streak Attendance
1 Sept 20 at [[1970 Cincinnati Bengals season|Cincinnati Bengals Loss 21 31 13 0–1 Lost 1
56,616
2 Sept 27 at San Diego Chargers Tie 27 27 23 0–1–1 Tied 1
42,109
3 Oct 3 at Miami Dolphins Loss 13 20 14 0–2–1 Lost 1
57,140
4 Oct 11 Denver Broncos Win 35 23 25 1–2–1 Won 1
54,436
5 Oct 19 Washington Redskins Win 34 20 25 2–2–1 Won 2
54,471
6 Oct 25 Pittsburgh Steelers Win 31 14 15 3–2–1 Won 3
54,423
7 Nov 1 Kansas City Chiefs Tie 17 17 22 3–2–2 Tie 1
51,334
8 Nov 8 Cleveland Browns Win 23 20 21 4–2–2 Won 1
54,463
9 Nov 15 Denver Broncos Win 24 19 16 5–2–2 Won 2
50,959
10 Nov 22 San Diego Chargers Win 20 17 22 6–2–2 Won 3
54,594
11 Nov 26 at Detroit Lions Loss 14 28 18 6–3–2 Lost 1
56,597
12 Dec 6 at New York Jets Win 14 13 16 7–3–2 Won 1
62,905
13 Dec 12 Kansas City Chiefs Win 20 6 23 8–3–2 Won 2
54,596
14 Dec 20 San Francisco 49ers Loss 7 38 17 8–4–2 Lost 1
54,535
[2]

StandingsEdit

AFC West
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
Oakland Raiders 842.667300293
Kansas City Chiefs 752.583272244
San Diego Chargers 563.455282278
Denver Broncos 581.385253264
[3]

PlayoffsEdit

AFC Divisional PlayoffsEdit

Oakland Raiders 21, Miami Dolphins 14
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 0 7 0 7

14

Raiders 0 7 7 7

21

at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California

  • Date: December 27, 1970
  • Game time: 4:00 p.m. EST/1:00 p.m. PST
  • Game attendance: 52,594
  • Referee: John McDonough
  • TV announcers (NBC): Curt Gowdy and Kyle Rote

AFC Championship GameEdit

Baltimore Colts 27, Oakland Raiders 17
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 0 3 7 7

17

Colts 3 7 10 7

27

at Memorial Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

AFC East Central West East Central West NFC
Baltimore Cincinnati Denver Dallas Chicago Atlanta
Boston Cleveland Kansas City NY Giants Detroit Los Angeles
Buffalo Houston Oakland Philadelphia Green Bay New Orleans
Miami Pittsburgh San Diego St. Louis Minnesota San Francisco
NY Jets Washington
1970 NFL DraftNFL PlayoffsPro BowlSuper Bowl V

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