In the 60 years the Raiders have been around, they’ve managed to produce some of the most-notable players and moments in the history of professional football. When you think about the great Al Davis, as well as legendary coaches like John Madden and Tom Flores, you can’t help but feel in awe of the historical significance of this team.
To celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the NFL, NFL Network made a countdown of the top 100 plays, titled “NFL 100 Greatest.” The Silver and Black made six appearances on the countdown; let’s take a look at where they rank over the last century.
No. 61 – Brown’s Pick Six
It’s one of the most iconic plays in Super Bowl history. Against the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI, Raiders legend Willie Brown jumped the route on a Fran Tarkenton pass and took it 75-yard yards to the house, setting an NFL record at the time for the longest pick-six in Super Bowl history. Watch Brown’s iconic play, as he takes it 75 yards in slow motion.
No. 29 – "Ghost to the Post"
In double overtime during the AFC Divisional Playoffs, the Oakland Raiders defeated the then-Baltimore Colts on Christmas Eve, as Ken Stabler connected with tight end Dave Casper on a 42-yards post route.
No. 26 – “The Holy Roller”
The rivalry between the Raiders and the Chargers has spanned across decades, and in one of the most bizarre finishes in NFL history, the Silver and Black were victorious on “The Holy Roller.” With 10 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Hall of Famer Ken Stabler fumbled the ball and it continued to roll all the way into the end zone. It was recovered by Raiders tight end Dave Casper across the goal line and resulted in one of the strangest games ever played.
No. 25 – Bo goes the distance
Against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football in 1987, Bo Jackson took a handoff outside, stiff armed a defender, and streaked down the sideline 91 yards – but he didn’t stop there. Jackson had so much speed that he continued into the tunnel of the stadium. At that point in the game, Jackson had nine rushes for 171 yards and one touchdown.
No. 17 – “The Sea of Hands”
In the 1974 AFC Championship game against the Miami Dolphins, Ken Stabler threw a last-second touchdown on the run from a defender, targeting Clarence Davis who was swarmed by defensive backs. With four players near him, Davis miraculously held onto the perfectly placed pass from Stabler.
No. 14 – Marcus Allen flips the field
Marcus Allen is one of the greatest running backs to ever grace the field, and against the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XVIII he showed why. On a handoff to the left side, Allen quickly realized the play was collapsing, which left him no choice but to do an about-face and run the opposite direction. The play demonstrated his unique athleticism and resulted in a 74-yard touchdown.