On This Date In Raiders History: Stabler, Blanda Combine To Beat Cowboys

On This Date In Raiders History: Stabler, Blanda Combine To Beat Cowboys

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On This Date In Raiders History:

December 14, 1974

The Raiders welcomed the Dallas Cowboys in the season finale with the chance to clinch the best record in the NFL on the season. The team was 11-2 and was getting ready for the postseason.

Quarterbacks Ken Stabler and George Blanda combined for three touchdown passes en route to a 27-23 victory. Stabler finished with 131 yards and two touchdowns, while Blanda finished with 28 yards and a score. Stabler found wide receiver Fred Biletnikoff and running back Charlie H. Smith for scores in the second quarter. In the third, Blanda connected with receiver Cliff Branch for a 28-yard touchdown pass. The offense also had four different rushers with over 20 yards rushing. Smith, Clarence Davis, Marv Hubbard and Pete Banaszak all had multiple carries for over 20 yards.

On defense, the Raiders were unable to record any sacks or interceptions but were able to force three fumbles and recovered two. They held the Cowboys just enough to help earn the win. Blanda also added two field goals to provide the difference in the game.

That year, the Raiders finished 12-2 and lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship.