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1976 Oakland Raiders season
Head Coach John Madden
Home Field Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
Results
Record 13–1–0
Place 1st AFC West
Playoff Finish Won Divisional Playoff
Won AFC Championship
Won Super Bowl XI
Timeline
Previous season Next season
1975 1977

The 1976 Oakland Raiders season finally achieved the ultimate goal of every NFL franchise: winning the Super Bowl. After posting a 13–1 regular season record and winning their sixth AFC West championship in seven seasons, the Raiders rolled to victories against the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers to reach their second Super Bowl appearance. Then on January 11, 1977 at the Rose Bowl Stadium, the Raiders won Super Bowl XI by defeating the Minnesota Vikings 32–14.

OffseasonEdit

1976 Raiders Draft Selections[1]
Round Overall Player Position College
2 34 Charles PhilyawDETexas Southern
2 50 Jeb BlountQBTulsa
3 84 Rik BonnessLBNebraska
4 110 Herb McMathDEMorningside
5 146 Fred SteinfortKBoston College
7 204 Clarence ChapmanWREastern Michigan
8 220 Jerome DoveDBColorado State
8 231 Terry KunzHBColorado
10 286 Dwight LewisDBPurdue
11 313 Rich JenningsHBMaryland
12 343 Cedric BrownSKent State
13 367 Craig CrnickDEIdaho
13 370 Mark YoungGWashington State
14 397 Calvin YoungHBFresno State
15 427 Carl HargraveDBUpper Iowa
16 454 Doug HoganDBSouthern California
17 478 Buddy TateDBTulsa
17 481 Nate BeasleyHBDelaware

PlayersEdit

1976 Oakland Raiders roster
Quarterbacks

Ken Stabler, David Humm, Mike Rae

Running backs Clarence Davis HB, Mark van Eehgan FB, Pete Banaszak, Carl Garrett

Wide receivers Fred Biletnikoff, Cliff Branch, Mike Siani, Morris Bradshaw

Tight ends Dave Casper, Warren Bankston

Offensive linemen

LT Art Shell, LG Gene Upshaw, C Dave Dalby, RG George Buehler, RT John Vella

Defensive linemen John Matuszak, Dave Rowe, Otis Sistrunk

Linebackers

LOLB Phil Villapiano, LILB Willie Hall, RILB Monte Johnson, ROLB Ted Hendricks

Defensive backs George Atkinson, Willie Brown, Neal Colzie, Charlie Phillips, Mike Reinfeldt, Jack Tatum, Alonzo "Skip" Thomas

Special teams K Errol Mann, P Ray Guy, PR Neal Colzie, KR Carl Garrett




Defensive Starters
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CB
Skip Thomas


CB
Willie Brown
Offensive Starters
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WR
Fred Biletnikoff
LT LG C RG RT
Art Shell Gene Upshaw Dave Dalby George Buehler John Vella
TE
Dave Casper
WR
Cliff Branch
QB
Ken Stabler
RB
Clarence Davis
FB
Mark van Eeghen
Special Teams
PK Errol Mann
P Ray Guy
KR Carl Garrett
PR Neal Colzie



SeasonEdit

The Road to their first World Championship began on opening day as they faced the reigning world champion Pittsburgh Steelers. In their home opener, Oakland trailed 28–14 with just over five minutes to play, yet orchestrated what many to this day refer to as their Comeback Classic of 1976. They won 31–28 on a 21-yard Fred Steinfort field goal with 18 seconds left.

What followed was a mammoth 5-game road trip, featuring wins over each of the Raiders' three divisional foes. It also included Oakland's lone loss on the year, a 48–17 shocker in New England. However, this would just be a preview of things to come between the Raiders and the Patriots.

Oakland became virtually unbeatable after the defeat. Upon returning home, the Raiders cruised to big victories, like a 49–16 stomping of the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers and had nail biters like the 28–27 victory against a competitive Chicago Bear team at Soldier Field. They closed out the season with a 24–0 shutout of the San Diego Chargers in Oakland.

The Raiders would end the 1976 season with a 64.3% pass completion. Ken Stabler would complete 66.7% of his passes. Mark van Eeghan would reach the 1000 yard mark with 1012 yards. Dave Casper would lead the team in receptions with 53 while Cliff Branch would lead the team in reception yards (1111), touch downs (12), and yards per reception for receivers who caught more than one pass (24.2).

ScheduleEdit

Week Opponent Result Game site
1 Pittsburgh Steelers W 31–28 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
2 at Kansas City Chiefs W 24–21 Arrowhead Stadium
3 at Houston Oilers W 14–13 Houston Astrodome
4 at New England Patriots L 17–48 Foxboro Stadium
5 at San Diego Chargers W 27–17 San Diego Stadium
6 at Denver Broncos W 17–10 Mile High Stadium
7 Green Bay Packers W 18–14 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
8 Denver Broncos W 19–6 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
9 at Chicago Bears W 28–27 Soldier Field (I)
10 Kansas City Chiefs W 21–10 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
11 at Philadelphia Eagles W 26–7 Veterans Stadium
12 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 49–16 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
13 Cincinnati Bengals W 35–20 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
14 San Diego Chargers W 24–0 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

StandingsEdit

AFC West
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
Oakland Raiders 1310.929350237
Denver Broncos 950.643315206
San Diego Chargers 680.429248285
Kansas City Chiefs 590.357290376
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0140.000125412

PlayoffsEdit

Week Opponent Result Game site Notes
Divisional New England Patriots W 24–21 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum AFC Divisional
Conference Pittsburgh Steelers W 24–7 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum AFC Championship
Super Bowl Minnesota Vikings W 32–14Rose Bowl Super Bowl XI

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Awards and honorsEdit

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See alsoEdit

Preceded by
Pittsburgh Steelers
1975
Super Bowl champion
1976
Succeeded by
Dallas Cowboys
1977
AFC East Central West East Central West NFC
Baltimore Cincinnati Denver Dallas Chicago Atlanta
Buffalo Cleveland Kansas City NY Giants Detroit Los Angeles
Miami Houston Oakland Philadelphia Green Bay New Orleans
New England Pittsburgh San Diego St. Louis Minnesota San Francisco
NY Jets Tampa Bay Washington Seattle
1976 NFL DraftNFL PlayoffsPro BowlSuper Bowl XI

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