Oakland's offense overwhelmed Minnesota while its defense shut off Frank Tarkenton and Chuck Foreman as the Raiders won Super Bowl 11 today with ridiculous ease 32-14.
The passing combination of Kem Stabler to Fred Biletnikoff and Clarence Davis' running rolled up a Super Bowl record 429 yards.The Raiders were simply too strong for the National Football Conference champion Vikings, who were four-point underdogs.
It was the fourth Super Bowl appearance for Minnesota in the 11-year history of the game - and its fourth defeat.
Oakland, which compiled a 13-1 regular season record, was making its second appearance in the Super Bowl. Counting the Raiders three postseason victories, their coverall record was 16-1.
Stabler hit 12 of 19 passes for 180 yards, including a touchdown flip of one-yard to tight end Dave Casper. David accumulated 137 yards rushing.
The only other time the Raiders were in Super Bowl was 1968, when they were soundly thrashed, 33-14 by the Green Bay Packers.
This time, however, it was a different story. "They completely dominated us," declared Minnesota quarterback Tarkenton. Few in the crowd of 100,421 at the Rose Bowl would disagree.
Super Bowl Sunday dawned bright and clear and many fans took advantage of the bright sunshine and cloudless day to arrive on the Rose Bowl grounds as early as 3 a.m. to picnic on an adjacent golf course. An hour before kickoff, the 106,000-seat stadium was nearly filled.
The Raiders wasted little time exciting their bay-area backers on the opening possession of the football game. On third and five from their 319, Stabler found tight end Dave Casper wide open for a 25-yard gain to the Viking 39. Two plays later, Clarence Davis gained 20 more on a draw to the Minnesota 13.
But the Vikings stiffened and the Raiders were forced to attempt a field goal. Earrol Mann's 29-yard attempt hit the left upright and bounced away. But the message was clear. The Raiders could move at will in the air and on the ground.
The Vikings, on the other hand, were unable to gain a first down on their opening series and kicked after three plays gained six yards. Foreman got all of them.
There was a bizarre series of events late in the first quarter.
The Vikings Fred McNeill broke in from the left side and cleanly block Ray Guy's punt, the first block ever in Guy's four years in the league. McNeill recovered the ball himself at the Raider three, and the Vikings had a glorious opportunity to score.
But they blew it.
Chuck Foreman gained only a year to the two on first down, and Fran Tarkenton then handed off to Brent McLanahan. He was hit immediately by Oakland linebacker Phil Villapiliano. The ball squirted loose and Willie Hall recovered at the two for the Raiders.
On third and seven from the five, Oakland got out of the hold when Davis, behind Gene Upshaw's block, got around left end and whooshed 35 yards up the left sideline to the 40.
From there, Stabler went to work on the Viking linebackers. He passed 12 yards to Carl Garrett for a first down, then hit end Casper with a short dump-off pass that gained 25 yards more to the Minnesota 23.
Three straight running plays neeted 16 yards and a first down at the Viking seven. But once again, the Vikings held Stabler's second-down pass to Casper was caught, but a step over the end line. On third down, with Casper covered nicely by Jeff Siemon, Stabler threw it away and settled for a field goal.
Mann came on and his chip-shot 24-yard attempt was successful with 14:12 left in the first half for a 3-0 lead. The 12-play, 90-yard drive took five minutes, 22 seconds and marked the fourth time in four Super Bowl appearances the Vikings had yielded the first score.
The Vikings, who managed only one first down in the first period, could not moved again on their first possession of the second quarter and were forced to punt again.
Oakland took over at its 26, and soon was on the move again.
Stabler drove his team 64 yards in 10 plays, throwing a one-yard touchdown pass to Casper for the first touchdown of the game and a 10-0 Oakland lead with 7:10 left in the first half.
Stabler completed all five of his pass attempts in the drive, the big gainer a 19-yard pass to Casper that carried to the Minnesota 26.
On third and three from the six, Stabler kept the touchdown drive alive when he hit Fred Biletnikoff at the sideline for a five-yard gain to the one. From there, Stabler play-faked to Davis up the middle and sent Casper out in the flat.
Casper caught the ball with nary a Viking defender close. Nate Allen was the nearest man, a good five yards away. Mann's extra point was successful for a 10-0 lead.
The Vikings were stifled again on the following possession, and the Raiders got in decent scoring position when Neal Colzie returned Neil Clabo's 38-yard punt 25 yards to the Viking 35.
From there, Stabler needed only five plays to hit touchdown territory again. His 71-yard pass to Biletnikoff on a simple slant-in was the big play in the drive, carrying the ball to the one.
Veteran Pete Banaszak got the call and bulled over off right tackle behind George Buehler for the touchdown. Mann missed the extra point wide left and the Raiders led, 16-0 with 3:33 left in the half.
That was the margin at halftime in a game totally dominated by the Raiders. The Vikings managed only four first downs by intermission, and one of those was a 26-yard pass from Tarkenton to Foreman on the last play of the second period.
The Raiders ran off 48 plays to the Vikings 22. They had 288 yards total offense, the Vikings 86, and they controlled the football 21 1/2 minutes to the Vikings 8 1/2. Stabler completed his last six passes of the half and was 10 of 15 for 122 yards Tarkenton managed only five completions in 12 attempts for 59 yards.
Minnesota's misfortune multiplied on their first series of the third quarter. Sammy White almost fumbled the kickoff, and the Vikings were forcec to punt from midfield after six plays.
The Raiders got the ball near midfield midway through the third period and were moving smartly, once again. Davis' 18-yard run to the Viking 29 was enough to set up Mann's 40-yard field goal when the drive stalled. That gave Oakland a 19-0 lead with 5:16 left in the third period.
The Vikings finally got things together late in the third period, with a lot of help from the Raiders. A roughing-the-punter call on Ted Hendricks gave Minnesota a first down at its 36 and an illegal holding call on George Atkinson provided another gift first down at the Raider 46.
With good fortune going his way, Tarkenton then took matter into his own right arm. He passed 21 yards to Ahmad Rashad for a first down at the 25, and a 10-yard toss to Foreman on fourth and three picked up a critical first down to the eight.
From there, Tarkenton found Sammy White on an out patten in the left corner of the end zone, just in front of Colzie, for the touchdown. It was Tarkenton's first touchdown pass in a Super Bowl and Fred Cox' kick cut the Oakland lead to 19-7 with 47 seconds left in the third period.
The Vikings were on the move again early in the fourth period as Tarkenton continued to heat up. He picked up two critical third down conversions on passes of 14 and 18 yards to White.
The second catch was terribly painful for White, who left the field after a vicious hit by Jack Tatum. Three plays later, Tarkenton was aiming for Foreman and under pressure from Ted Hendricks.
Willie Hall picked off the pass, returned at 16 yards and killed the drive.
Stabler's 48-yard pass to Biletnikoff set up Banaszak's second touchdown, a one-yard plunge.
Now trailing 26-7, Tarkenton kept throwing. But his sideline pass for White was intercepted by Willie Brown, who sped 75 yards down the sideline to a touchdown that boosted Oakland into a 32-7 lead.
Minnesota coach Bud Grant replaced Tarkenton with Bob Lee, who moved the Vikings downfield in the final minutes of the game, connecting with Stu Voight for a 13-yard touchdown pass with 25 seconds remaining.