Every Tuesday Just Blog Baby will be providing a classic Raiders video from the YouTube archives in a new segment called (you guessed it) Raiders Throwback Tuesday. Leave suggestions for future videos or favorite Raiders moments in the comments.
For the first ever installment of Raiders Throwback Tuesday we take you back to the 1983 AFC Championship where the Los Angeles Raiders put on a defensive clinic in order to advance to the Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks at the Coliseum in one of the forgotten games in Raiders playoff history.
After beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 38-10 in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on New Years Day, the Raiders went into the Championship with high expectations after a 12-4 regular season. Yet they would be in tough against a Seahawks team that beat them twice in the regular season. 38-36 in the Kingdome in Week 7 and then at home 34-21 during Week 9. With the AFC’s leading rusher in Curt Warner the Seahawks were feeling confident in their chances to make it three in a row against the Raiders to advance to the Super Bowl despite having a 9-7 regular season record.
Well the Raiders defense had other plans for the Seattle Seahawks on that day on January 8, 1984.
Played in front of a massive crowd of 88, 734 at the LA Coliseum, Lester Hayes’ interception on Seattle’s first drive of the game set the tone for a much different Raiders performance than in their regular season meetings. The Raiders held the Seahawks to just 65 rushing yards while the 1983 AFC rushing leader was held to just 26 yards and 11 carries as the Raiders rolled to a 20-0 halftime lead and never looked back.
Marcus Allen rushed for 154 yards along with seven receptions for 62 yards in a two touchdown performance alongside Frank Hawkins two rushing touchdowns in what was a domination by the Raiders, whose defense was so dominant in the first half that quarterback Dave Krieg was replaced by Jim Zorn during the game.
As everyone should know by now, the Raiders went on to run over the Washington Redskins in what was one of the best defensive runs in NFL playoff history. The Raiders allowed just nine Redskins points during Super Bowl XVIII to give the swashbuckling D an average of just 11 points allowed during the 1983 playoffs, a dominant playoff run led by the secondary heroics of Lester Hayes and the presence of Hall of Famers in Ted Hendricks, Mike Haynes and Howie Long. Rounded out by infamous Raiders Lyle Alzado and Matt Millen and that Raiders defense was one for the ages.
Everyone will remember the 1983 Super Bowl for Marcus Allen’s runs in the Super Bowl and for Jim Plunkett’s second Super Bowl win as a starting quarterback, but the AFC Championship was an exhibition of a stellar Raiders defense loaded with three Hall of Famers that has been forgotten over the years. Sit back and enjoy highlights from the 1983 AFC Championship between the Seahawks and Raiders. Revenge was sweet on that January afternoon.