Cliff Branch’s 2 touchdowns in SB XV
It is fitting for a game in which the victorious team to become the first Wild Card team to ever win a Super Bowl to have a plethora of records broken or tied within a game and Cliff Branch’s performance is no different. Branch, who was always a clutch player during the regular season, always seemed to elevate his already stellar play in the postseason and in Super Bowl XV, Branch did not disappoint.
Branch’s speed and elusiveness allowed him to run past and confuse the Eagles defenders, and opened up the scoring on a 2-yard touchdown pass from Jim Plunkett which gave the raiders a 7-0 lead over the Eagles after Rod Martin’s first interception. After jumping to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, the Raiders were clearly dominating the Eagles in every aspect of the game.
After receiving the kickoff in the second half of the game, Head Coach Tom Flores called a four play, seventy-eight yard perfectly orchestrated drive that was capped by a twenty-nine touchdown from Plunkett to Branch. Branch’s two touchdown performance tied a Super Bowl record.