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Super Bowl XV

January 25, 1981, at the Louisiana Superdome


Oakland Raiders 27
Philadelphia Eagles 10

The Oakland Raiders had a chance to do something in Super Bowl XV that had never been done. They could be the first wild-card team to win the Super Bowl. The Raiders (11-5) had finished second in the AFC West to the San Diego Chargers, but they came out ahead of the Chargers in the AFC Championship game, 34-27.

The Philadelphia Eagles finished the regular season with a 12-4 record, then defeated Minnesota, 31-16, and Dallas, 20-7, to get into their first Super Bowl.

The Eagles won the coin flip, which was performed by Mrs. Vince Lombardi, but quarterback Ron Jaworski's first pass of the game was picked off by outside linebacker Rod Martin who returned it 17 yards, to the Philadelphia 30. Several minutes later, Raiders' quarterback Jim Plunkett hit Cliff Branch on third down for a two-yard touchdown.

Both teams failed to move the ball on their next possession. But with nine seconds left in the first quarter, Plunkett hit running back Kenny King near the sideline. King, accompanied by wide receiver Bob Chandler, took the pass 80 yards to give the Raiders a 14 point lead.

Tony Franklin's 30-yard field goal in the second quarter put Philadelphia on the board for the first time, but his 28-yard attempt with 54 seconds left in the half was blocked by linebacker Ted Hendricks. The Raiders went into the locker room with a 14-3 lead.

Oakland took the second-half kickoff and quickly marched down the field, setting up a 29-yard touchdown pass from Plunkett to Branch. The extra point conversion made the game 21-3.

Jaworski was intercepted again by Rod Martin on the Eagles next possession, setting up another Matt Bahr field goal. This one, from 46 yards, put the Raiders up by three touchdowns with just over a quarter to play.

The Eagles put together a nice drive to end the third quarter, and on the fourth play of the fourth quarter, Jaworski hit tight end Keith Krepfle from eight yards out cutting the lead to 24-10 and giving the Eagles hopes of a comeback. However, after the ensuing kickoff, Oakland drove 72 yards to set up another Bahr field goal for the last score of the game.

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