Hey RaiderNation. Welcome back to Old Timer’s top ten Raider games of all time. Part 2 will continue the countdown starting with number 5. If you didn’t get a chance to read part 1, then here is a link: http://silverandblackdaily.com/2012/06/20/old-timers-top-ten-oakland-raider-games-of-all-time-part-1/
5. Blowout against Denver. Oakland Raiders @ Denver Broncos, October 24, 2010
There is no way this game could not be in my top 10. Raiders blowout, against the Denver Broncos in their own house. It don’t get much better than that. This game was a complete and utter domination by the Raiders over one of their most hated rivals. It was never close. ‘Nuff said.
4. Win against Houston 2011. Oakland Raiders @ Houston Texans, October 9, 2011
Just thinking about this game still puts a lump in my throat and brings tears to my eyes. What an emotional game! Reeling from the loss of the man who made the Raiders, against a team who they have historically had trouble beating, some of the players that Davis was most criticized for drafting where he drafted them, came up huge. Seabass had 3 field goals of over 50 yeards. DHB had a catch that he broke for a touch down. Finally, on the last play of the game, with only 10 defenders on the field, Michael Huff stepped in front of Jacoby Jones and intercepted the pass from Matt Schaub to seal the game. After the game, Huff would give the ball to the Davis family. I am not sure if I had ever been more proud of the Raiders as I was right then.
3. Superbowl XV. Oakland Raiders vs. Philadelphia Eagles at the Louisiana Superdome, January 25, 1981
Naturally, I saved our Superbowl wins for last. It was a fine line deciding what order to put these next 3 games, so they could easily be put in any order. This Superbowl win marked the first ever time that a wild card team won the Superbowl. One of my all-time favorite Raider LB’s set a Superbowl record in this game as Rod Martin intercepted Ron Jaworski 3 times. Another favorite Raider, Kenny King, caught a 19 yard pass to the Oakland 39 and broke it all the way for an 80 yard score, another Superbowl record. Jim Plunkett, another of my favorite Raiders, was named MVP.
2. Superbowl XVIII. Oakland Raiders vs. Washington Redskins at Tampa Stadium, January 22, 1984
It was hard not to pick this one as my favorite. There were so many plays that are favorites such as the Marcus Allen run, and particularly the Jack Squirek interception for a touchdown right before the half. On the Squirek interception, Raiders LB coach Charlie Sumner, remembered a screen pass thrown to Joe Washington in week 5 of the regular season for a big gain, a game won by Washington. He told Squirek to watch for that play, and Squirek jumped the pass for a quick score, and one that would let all the wind out of Washington’s sails. The final nail in the coffin came on a play when Marcus Allen started off to his left, and found a wall coming down on top of him. He quickly reversed direction to his right, and then made a cut through the middle of the line. With a final block by Cliff Branch at the 25 yard line, Allen ran 74 yards for a touchdown that would secure the Superbowl MVP for him.
1. Superbowl XI. Oakland Raiders vs. Minnesota Vikings at the Pasedena Rosebowl, January 9, 1977
Though it was a narrow victory as to which was my number one favorite, there were several reasons why I chose this one as my favorite Raider game of all time. It was our first Superbowl win. Our loss to the Packers in Superbowl III left a bad taste in my mouth to be sure, but this win made up for it. Everyone expected the Vikings to win this game (except for Raider fans). After all, the Vikings had the likes of Fran Tarkenton, Chuck Foreman, Ahmad Rashad, and the vaunted Purple People Eater defense with Alan Page, Carl Eller and DB’s Nate Wright and Paul Krause. But this game was never even close. The Raider defense completely dominated the Viking offense, while the Raider offense had their way most of the game. The Raiders led 16-0 at halftime, And while the Vikings were able to score 2 touchdowns in the second half, they never had much of a chance with old man Willie Brown sealing the victory with a 75 yard interception return for a touchdown. My all-time favorite Raider receiver, Freddie Biletnikoff, had a big day with catches to put Oakland in scoring position inside the 10 yard line 3 times that day, and was named the Superbowl MVP. The Raiders racked up a Superbowl record 429 yards of offense that day.
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