On This Date In Raiders History:
December 26, 1976
The Raiders welcomed the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship for a chance to reach the Super Bowl. The Raiders came in with just one loss during the regular season and had dominated all year.
The offense had three players rush at least 11 times and ran their way to a 24-7 victory. Running back Mark van Eeghen ran 22 times for 66 yards, Pete Banaszak ran 15 times for 46 yards and Clarence Davis ran 11 times for 54 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Ken Stabler threw for just 88 yards but was able to add two touchdown passes to lead the Raiders. Banaszak and Warren Bankston each found the end zone on the receiving end of a Stabler pass.
On defense, the Raiders held the Steelers to just 72 total rush yards and one touchdown. The only score came in the second quarter on a three-yard run by Reggie Harrison. Willie Hall had an interception for the Raiders, while four players had at least half a sack. Phil Villapiano and Otis Sistrunk had a sack apiece, with Dave Rowe and Skip Thomas recording half a sack apiece. Kicker Errol Mann added a field goal in the first quarter to round out the scoring.
That season, the Raiders went on to take on the Minnesota Vikings in the Super Bowl and emerged victorious.