On This Date In Raiders History:
December 18, 1976
The Raiders ended the season 13-1 and were taking on the New England Patriots in the divisional round to advance to the AFC Championship.
Quarterback Ken Stabler had two total touchdowns to help the Raiders win 24-21 and advance to the next round. Stabler threw for 233 yards and a touchdown pass and also had a one-yard rushing score to lead the offense. Wide receiver Fred Biletnikoff had nine catches for 137 yards and a touchdown. Running back Mark van Eeghen added another rushing score to go along with his 39 rushing yards.
On defense, the Raiders intercepted two passes and held the Patriots scoreless in the fourth quarter. Monte Johnson and Skip Thomas each had interceptions for the defense. The defense also forced a fumble to help in the effort. Kicker Errol Mann added a field goal to provide the difference in the game.
That season, the Raiders would go on to win the Super Bowl over the Minnesota Vikings.