On This Date In Raiders History: December 24,
The Raiders went to Memorial Stadium in Baltimore to take on the Colts in the division playoffs on this
date 36 years ago.
The teams were looking to advance to the AFC Championship and the Raiders were looking to repeat as Super Bowl
champions. The game was a back-and-forth affair that was tied at 31 after four quarters and went into overtime. Nobody scored in the
extra period, sending the game into a second overtime. Just after 75 minutes of total play, the Raiders were finally able to score
with a 10-yard pass from quarterback Ken Stabler to wide receiver Dave Casper. The score was Casper’s third of the day to go along
with four catches and 70 yards. Stabler finished the game with 345 yards and the three touchdowns. On the ground, Mark van Eeghen
paced the rushing attack with 76 yards on 19 carries.
Running backs Clarence Davis and Pete Banaszak each added rushing touchdowns for the Raiders. Defensively, the Raiders were unable to force any turnovers but held the Colts scoreless when it mattered at the end of the game. The defense was able to keep the Colts from throwing the ball much and it provided the difference in the game. Kicker Errol Mann was a perfect 4-4 on PAT attempts and also had a field goal of 22 yards late in the fourth to tie the game for the Raiders. The Raiders would go on to face the Denver Broncos in the
AFC Championship and lost to end their season.