|1976 Oakland Raiders season|
|Head coach||John Madden|
|General manager||Al Davis|
|Home field||Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum|
|Division place||1st AFC West|
|Playoff finish||Won Divisional Playoffs (Patriots) 24–21 |
Won AFC Championship (Steelers) 24–7
Won Super Bowl XI (Vikings) 32–14
After posting a 13–1 regular season record and winning their sixth AFC West championship in seven seasons, the Raiders won against both the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers to achieve the team's second Super Bowl berth. Then, on January 9, 1977, at the Rose Bowl, the Raiders won Super Bowl XI by rolling over the Minnesota Vikings 32–14. With this victory, the Raiders achieved a 16–1 overall record.
In 2012, the 1976 Oakland Raiders were named the greatest team of all time by NFL.com's "Bracketology"; a 15-day, six-round fan vote tournament that featured the 64 greatest teams from the Super Bowl era. Oakland beat the 2000 Baltimore Ravens in the final round by a .8% margin.
- 1 Offseason
- 2 Players
- 3 Season
- 3.1 Schedule
- 3.2 Game notes
- 3.2.1 Week 1: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
- 3.2.2 Week 2: at Kansas City Chiefs
- 3.2.3 Week 3: at Houston Oilers
- 3.2.4 Week 4: at New England Patriots
- 3.2.5 Week 5: at San Diego Chargers
- 3.2.6 Week 6: at Denver Broncos
- 3.2.7 Week 7: vs. Green Bay Packers
- 3.2.8 Week 8: vs. Denver Broncos
- 3.2.9 Week 9: at Chicago Bears
- 3.2.10 Week 10: vs. Kansas City Chiefs
- 3.2.11 Week 11: at Philadelphia Eagles
- 3.2.12 Week 12: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- 3.2.13 Week 13: vs. Cincinnati Bengals
- 3.2.14 Week 14: vs. San Diego Chargers
- 4 Standings
- 5 Awards and honors
- 6 References
- 7 See also
|2||34||Charles Philyaw||DE||Texas Southern|
|5||146||Fred Steinfort||K||Boston College|
|7||204||Clarence Chapman||WR||Eastern Michigan|
|8||220||Jerome Dove||DB||Colorado State|
|12||343||Cedric Brown||S||Kent State|
|13||370||Mark Young||G||Washington State|
|14||397||Calvin Young||HB||Fresno State|
|15||427||Carl Hargrave||DB||Upper Iowa|
|16||454||Doug Hogan||DB||Southern California|
|1976 Oakland Raiders roster|
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).
|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||Schaefer 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|
Week 1: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 2: at Kansas City Chiefs
Week 3: at Houston Oilers
Week 4: at New England Patriots
Week 5: at San Diego Chargers
Week 6: at Denver Broncos
Week 7: vs. Green Bay Packers
Week 8: vs. Denver Broncos
Week 9: at Chicago Bears
Oakland escaped Chicago with a victory after a 31-yard field goal attempt by Bob Thomas with 15 seconds left got caught in a gust of wind and hit the upright.
Week 10: vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Week 11: at Philadelphia Eagles
Week 12: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 13: vs. Cincinnati Bengals
With the victory, the Raiders clinched a playoff berth for the Steelers.
Week 14: vs. San Diego Chargers
|San Diego Chargers||6||8||0||.429||2–5||4–8||248||285||L1|
|Kansas City Chiefs||5||9||0||.357||2–5||4–8||290||376||W1|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||0||14||0||.000||0–4||0–13||125||412||L14|
|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 32–14||Rose Bowl||Super Bowl XI|
AFC Divisional: vs. New England Patriots
AFC Championship: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Super Bowl XI: vs. Minnesota Vikings
Awards and honors
- AFC Championship Game results, ESPN, Jan. 23, 2016.
- "GREATEST TEAM OF ALL TIME". National Football League. Archived from the original on May 10, 2013. Retrieved March 30, 2013.
- "1976 NFL Draft at databaseFootball.com". Archived from the original on October 15, 2007.
- McDonald's History of the Super Bowl, Volume 3. McDonald's Corporation. 1977. p. 21.
- 1976 Oakland Raiders season at databaseFootball.com Archived May 20, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 19, 2009. Retrieved 2010-06-28.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)