1974 Oakland Raiders Season
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1974 Oakland Raiders Season

1974 Oakland Raiders season
Head coachJohn Madden
General managerAl Davis
OwnerAl Davis
Home fieldOakland-Alameda County Coliseum
Results
Record12-2
Division place1st AFC West
Playoff finishWon Divisional Round (Dolphins) 28-26
Lost AFC Championship Game (Steelers) 13-24

The 1974 Oakland Raiders season was the team's 15th season in Oakland and fifth in the National Football League. The team would post a superb 12-2 record; the campaign's two losses would be by a total of four points. The Raiders' record (the team's best since 1969) would ensure their fourth AFC West title in five years.

For the second straight campaign, the Raiders exacted revenge upon the team that had eliminated them in the prior year's playoffs. This time, Oakland toppled the two-time defending Super Bowl champion Miami Dolphins, by a score of 28-26, in the playoffs' Divisional round. Quarterback Kenny Stabler threw a last-minute winning touchdown pass to running back Clarence Davis in what has come to be known as the "Sea of Hands" game.

For the second straight season, however, the Raiders lost in the AFC Championship Game. They were upset, 24-13, by the eventual champion Pittsburgh Steelers. While the Raiders led 10-3 at the end of the third quarter, a defensive meltdown would allow the Steelers to score 21 points in the final frame.

The 2006 edition of Pro Football Prospectus[1] listed the 1974 Raiders as one of their "Heartbreak Seasons", in which teams "dominated the entire regular season only to falter in the playoffs, unable to close the deal." Pro Football Prospectus states, The John Madden Raiders were a consistently good regular season team, but the playoffs were a different story. The 1972 season came to an end with the painful Immaculate Reception game. The 1973 Raiders ended Miami's 18-game winning streak during the regular season but lost to the Dolphins in the AFC Championship game. In 1974, the Raiders seemed to finally have all the pieces."

Despite the disappointment at the end of the 1974 season, Pro Football Prospectus continues, "[t]he Raiders persevered, keeping the team's core together the next several seasons. In 1975, they again fell to the Steelers in the AFC title game, but caught a break in the 1976 AFC Championship, when they cruised to a 24-7 victory over Pittsburgh, who were without running backs Franco Harris and Rocky Bleier. Finally, in the Super Bowl, they did not waste their opportunity, crushing the Vikings 32-14 behind Ken Stabler and Clarence Davis."

"The Autumn Wind", a poem written by former NFL Films President and co-founder Steve Sabol, became the unofficial team anthem of the Raiders,[2][3][4][5] and was first used for the team's official team yearbook film in 1974. It was narrated by John Facenda,[6] and dubbed "The Battle Hymn of the Raider Nation".[7]

Offseason

NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team

Roster

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 16, 1974 at Buffalo Bills L 21-20
80,020
2 September 22, 1974 Kansas City Chiefs W 27-7
48,108
3 September 29, 1974 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 17-0
48,304
4 October 6, 1974 at Cleveland Browns W 40-24
65,247
5 October 13, 1974 at San Diego Chargers W 14-10
40,539
6 October 20, 1974 Cincinnati Bengals W 30-27
54,020
7 October 27, 1974 at San Francisco 49ers W 35-24
58,284
8 November 3, 1974 at Denver Broncos W 28-17
45,946
9 November 10, 1974 Detroit Lions W 35-13
51,973
10 November 17, 1974 San Diego Chargers W 17-10
50,178
11 November 24, 1974 Denver Broncos L 20-17
51,224
12 December 1, 1974 New England Patriots W 41-26
50,120
13 December 8, 1974 at Kansas City Chiefs W 7-6
60,577
14 December 14, 1974 Dallas Cowboys W 27-23
45,840

Game summaries

Week 1

Week 2

1 234Total
Chiefs 0 070 7
• Raiders 7 1307 27

[8]

Week 3

1 234Total
• Raiders 7 1000 17
Steelers 0 000 0

[9]

Week 14

1 234Total
Cowboys 9 077 23
Raiders 3 1473 27

[10]

Standings

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Oakland Raiders 12 2 0 .857 5-1 9-2 355 228 W3
Denver Broncos 7 6 1 .536 3-3 5-4-1 302 294 L1
Kansas City Chiefs 5 9 0 .357 2-4 4-7 233 285 L2
San Diego Chargers 5 9 0 .357 2-4 4-7 212 293 W2

Playoffs

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Divisional December 21, 1974 Miami Dolphins W 28-26
52,817
Conference Championship December 29, 1974 Pittsburgh Steelers L 24-13
53,515

Game summaries

Divisional: vs. Miami Dolphins

1 234Total
Dolphins 7 3610 26
Raiders 0 7714 28

References

  1. ^ Pro Football Prospectus 2006 (ISBN 0761142177), p.73-75
  2. ^ Warnock to sell luxury suites at stadium, ESPN, May 7, 2004, retrieved 2008
  3. ^ The Recap, Washington Post, October 30, 2006, retrieved 2008
  4. ^ Steele, David (October 23, 2000), Coliseum Turns Into Wind Tunnel for a Day, San Francisco Chronicle, retrieved 2008
  5. ^ Carr, Bob (November 1, 2005), What do the Tennessee Titans and the San Diego Chargers have in Common?, San Francisco Chronicle, retrieved 2008
  6. ^ Peterseim, Peter (December 29, 2001), Cool Hand Luke, Wilt the Stilt, and the nine-headed monster, ESPN, retrieved 2008
  7. ^ Lynch, Kevin (November 1, 2002), Foreboding song blows through practice, San Francisco Chronicle, retrieved 2008
  8. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
  9. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
  10. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com

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