Kenny King‘s 80 yard SB XV reception
Now, we are experiencing a bit of a trend, but with three out of the five moments, Super Bowl XV was certainly the signature win for the Oakland Raiders. During the offseason, the Raiders traded long time legendary players Ken Stabler and Jack Tatum to the Houston Oilers in exchange for Dan Pastorini and Kenny King.
The Raiders started the season with a 2-3 record as Dan Pastorini broke his leg vs. the Chiefs, opening the door for journeyman Jim Plunkett to take over and lead the Raiders. With Plunkett under center, and a fearsome defense, the Raiders went on to record an 11-5 record and after securing a wild card berth, they went on to play the Eagles in Super Bowl XV. After Cliff Branch scored on a 2-yard touchdown, the Eagles punted the ball to the Raiders, pinning them back deep into their own territory.
With .09 seconds left in the first quarter, Plunkett dropped back on third down and the offensive line’s blocking broke down causing the need for Plunkett to scramble. Plunkett saw running back Kenny King open on the 20-yard line and lofted the ball over the head of Herman Edwards into the hands of King. King took the ball into his hand and took off down the sideline with Bob Chandler running alongside him as he raced eighty yards for a then-Super Bow record longest reception.
King finished the game as the leading receiver with ninety-three yards on three targets.