Los Angeles 38 - Washington 9
January 22, 1984
I'm sure that upon reading the title of this slide show, you already knew which games would make up the top three. The only question should have been in which order would I rank them?
I chose to rank them 1a, 1b and 1c. That should eliminate most arguments!
Even though this is the last time the Raiders won it all, this championship isn't quite as historic as the other two (reasoning to be laid out in the following slides). That is why it is ranked at 1c.
This particular Super Bowl was not that great of a game to the average viewer.
After a 12 yard Jim Plunkett to Cliff Branch touchdown pass and two defensive touchdowns (a fumble recovery by Derrick Jensen and the famous Jack Squirek five-yard interception), any and all doubt as to the outcome was removed. A 21-3 lead at the half has a tendency to do that!
That probably removed the excitement for the average, non-invested fan.
Washington was expected to win as the 2 1/2 point favorite in betting circles. However, the Silver & Black had other ideas. The odds makers didn't take into account how badly the Raider defense wanted to prove how good they really were.
They proved it alright and gave the city of Los Angeles something the Rams couldn't...a championship!
The most prolific offense and highest-scoring team in league history at the time was held to a paltry nine points. The Raiders' band of renegades and misfits swarmed all over the Redskins. The Raiders allowed only 2.8 yards per carry on the ground, less that 200 net passing yards and forced three turnovers.
When Marcus Allen reversed his field and broke free for what was then a Super Bowl record 74-yard touchdown to bring the third quarter score to 35-9, the "fat lady" began to warm up her voice.
Chris Bahr's 21-yard field goal in the fourth concluded the scoring, and it was all over but the crying!
This blow out win for the Raiders was not what the casual fan would consider a "great game." I guess it's a good thing that this list isn't being put together for the average fan. It is for Raider fans, and Raider fans loved every minute of this game!
Raider's statistical leaders:
Jim Plunkett: 16-of-25 for 172 yards and 1 TD
Marcus Allen: 20 Carries for 191 and 2 TDs (MVP)
Cliff Branch: 6 Catches for 94 yards and 1 TD
J. Barnes, M. Davis, R. Martin, M. Millen, B. Pickel, G. Townsend: 1 sack each
Mike Haynes: 1 interception
Jack Squirek: 1 interception for 1 TD