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Raiders vs Patriots Through the Decades


RB Darren McFadden (20) and the Raiders face the Patriots this week in the 31st regular season meeting between the two original AFL franchises. Photo by Tony Gonzales.



]( Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders have had a storied, contentious and sometimes controversial history with the Boston/New England Patriots. From playoff match-ups to exciting night games, these two original AFL franchises always seems to stir the pot when they get together.


The teams first met in 1960 with the Raiders winning 27-14 in Oakland. The Patriots won the next four meetings before the Raiders snapped the streak with a 20-0 shutout in 1962. The Pats then won three in a row in the series before a 43-43 tie in in Oakland in 1964. The Raiders won six of the next seven from 1965-69.



After the AFL/NFL merger, the two teams would no longer meet twice per year as they did as members of the AFL. The Pats won the next meeting in 1971, the Raiders took a 1974 meeting 41-26, and the New England Patriots would win the last two regular season meetings of the decade. The Raiders defeated the Patriots 24-21 in the 1976 AFC Divisional Playoffs to advance to the AFC Championship en route to a win in Super Bowl XI.


The Raiders and Patriots met just four times in the regular season during the 1980s. The Raiders won three of the four – once as the Oakland Raiders and twice as the Los Angeles Raiders. New England beat the Raiders in the 1987 playoffs, 27-20, after defeating the Raiders during the regular season.


Since 2002, the two teams have met four times during the regular season with the Patriots winning the last three ('05, '08, '11). The most controversial match-up between these two clubs came during the 2001 AFC Divisional Playoffs in what will be forever known as the "Tuck Rule" game. K Adam Vinatieri's game-tying field goal after what appeared to be the game-clinching sack-fumble tied the game and sent it to overtime. Vinatieri won the game with a field goal in overtime. The most recent Raiders victory in the series came in 2002 when the Silver and Black topped the Pats 27-20 in Oakland.

The Patriots lead the regular season series 15-14-1 and the postseason series 2-1. They will meet again this Sunday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., at 10:00 a.m. PT.

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