Oakland Raiders: A Recap of NFL Films Top-100 Plays
61. “Old Man Willie” intercepts Tarkenton for TD
Going into the 1976 season, the Raiders had lost three consecutive conference championship games. However, this proved to be their year as they made it to Superbowl XI to face the Minnesota Vikings.
The most iconic play from this game comes courtesy of veteran cornerback Willie Brown. With the game in hand, Brown put the finishing touch when he jumped an underthrown out route by Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton for an interception.
“Old Man Willie” took the pass 75-yards for a touchdown and capped a dominant 16-1 Superbowl winning season by the Raiders.
29. Ghost to the Post
The Raiders were looking to repeat as Superbowl champs in 1977 and found themselves in a battle against the Baltimore Colts in the divisional round.
With a little over two minutes left in the 4th quarter trailing 31-28, Oakland had the ball in their territory when Ken Stabler dropped back and threw to Dave “Ghost” Casper, who made a Willie Mays style over the shoulder catch. The pass went for 42-yards, and the Raiders would go on to send the game into overtime and eventually win on a Casper 10-yard touchdown. Casper ended the game with three touchdown catches, but it is his one non-touchdown catch that is most remembered.