With three Vince Lombardi trophies adorning the Raiders’ trophy case, there are plenty of great moments to choose from. But for me, and many Raiders fans, there’s easily one moment that stands above all the rest — Marcus Allen’s run in Super bowl XVIII.
Here Raiders late, great legendary tight end Todd Christensen recalls the run for NFL Films, and gets emotional just talking about it.
It doesn’t get any better than Marcus Allen running left, cutting back right, baredly evading tacklers to streak 74 yards for the score. And as called by the iconic voice of Bill King. Holy Toledo indeed.
The Raiders would trounce the heavily favored Washington squad 38-9. It was the Raiders third Super Bowl win in six years. That year was 1983 — the last time the Raiders lifted the Lombardi trophy.
It was also their second season after relocating to Los Angeles, so I can imagine fans in Oakland probably look to moments from their first two Super Bowls more fondly than that one.
Their first Super Bowl was highlighted by “Old Man Willie” and his 75-yard interception return TD against the Vikings. Or, if you like, you can go back to the AFC Championship game when the Raiders pummeled nemesis the Steelers 24-7, which for Al Davis and those Raiders teams was the real Super Bowl.
They second Super Bowl, the Raider terrorized Eagles QB Ron Jaworski including three interceptions by linebacker Rod Martin. And a masterful long TD catch by Cliff Branch from Jim Plunkett as the Raiders easily captured their second Super Bowl win 27-10.
Most of their other greatest games were not Super Bowl moments. The Heidi game, Sea of Hands, Holy Roller, Ghost to the Post.
What’s your favorite Raiders Super Bowl moment?
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Bonus: Taking out the Steelers in AFC Championship to reach Super Bowl
Super Bowl XI: Old Man Willie 75-yard pick six
Super Bowl XV: Rod Martin hat trick, Cliff Branch TD catch
Super Bowl XVIII: Marcus Allen 74-yard cutback TD run