5 best performances in Raiders Super Bowl history
By Kenny King
Willie Brown‘s interception return for TD in SB XI
In Willie Brown’s fourteen year career at this point in 1977, he would be playing in his second Super Bowl as an Oakland Raider. Brown’s first Super Bowl appearance came in the 1967 33-14 loss to Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers, but things would be different this time around.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Raiders quickly jumped to a 16-0 lead in the second quarter, that only continued to mount as the game continued. The Vikings were finally allowed to put up a touchdown with .47 seconds left in the third quarter, but the game was already out of reach at this point. As the Raiders started the fourth quarter, Pete Banaszak punched in a two-yard score elevating the score to 26-7.
Late in the fourth quarter, with 5:43 left in the game, Vikings quarterback made a costly decision and threw the ball to Willie Brown, who was waiting on the Oakland 25 yard line. Brown snatched the ball out of the air and returned it to its home in the end zone after going seventy-five yards untouched. This would be the first victory for not only Brown, but for the Oakland Raiders as a franchise and in his post game speech, Brown said “this victory was for Raiders who came before and didn’t have a chance to take part on a winning Super Bowl team” and went on to say that the victory meant a lot to him and the Organization.