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Super Bowl XI

January 9, 1977 - The Rose Bowl


Oakland Raiders 32
Minnesota Vikings 14

Super Bowl XI marked the fourth time in eight years that Bud Grant had his Minnesota Vikings playing in the championship game. Each of their three preceeding Super Bowl appearances resulted in a loss. This year would be no different.

Super Bowl XI was played before 103,438 fans on a sunny, 58-degree afternoon in Pasadena, California. It was the first time a Super Bowl had been scheduled in the Rose Bowl, and it was the fifth Super Bowl location used.

The Oakland Raiders began the game by taking their opening drive into scoring position, but the drive stalled, and a missed field goal left them with nothing to show for their efforts. The Vikings received a huge break in the first quarter when linebacker Fred McNeill blocked Ray Guy's punt and recovered it on the Oakland 3-yard line. Minnesota also failed to capitalize though, as Brent McClanahan fumbled on the second play and linebacker Willie Hall recovered for Oakland.

The Raiders marched down the field in 12 plays where Errol Mann booted a 24-yard field goal to give Oakland a 3-0 lead 48 seconds into the second quarter. The Vikings failed to move the ball on their next drive and were forced to punt the ball back to the Raiders.

This time it took ten plays for quarterback Kenny Stabler to find tight end Dave Casper for a one-yard toss in the endzone. Again the Vikings failed to register a first down, and when Banaszak plunged across from the one-yard line, the score was 16-0 Raiders. The extra point conversion failed and the score held up going into half time.

The Raiders added another field goal to start the second half, but the Vikings responded this time. Fran Tarkenton connected with Sammy White on an eight-yard touchdown pass that gave the Vikings life, but they were still two scores down going into the final quarter.

The Vikings first drive of the fourth quarter ended when Hall intercepted a Tarkenton pass and returned it 16 yards to the Oakland 46. Stabler hit Fred Biletnikoff for 48 yards, and Banaszak punched it in from two yards out. Any faint hopes the Vikings had were dashed when Willie Brown intercepted Tarkenton at the Oakland 25 yard line and returned it 75 yards to lock up a Raiders victory. A late touchdown by Minnesota made the final score, 32-14.

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