Who says that John Madden could not build a winning franchise? He did—with the Pittsburgh Steelers. And it all started 33 years ago today in a game known for the Immaculate Reception.
The Raiders clung to a 7-6 lead over the host Steelers with 22 seconds remaining when Terry Bradshaw heaved a ball downfield that was apparently broken up by Oakland’s Jack Tatum. But an alert Franco Harris scooped the ball out of the air and raced 58-yards for the game-winning touchdown. While the Steelers would eventually lose in the AFC Championship Game, the club would go on to win four Super Bowls in the decade.
The Raiders? Not so much.
The Raiders reached seven AFC Championship Games during the Madden decade of limitation, losing six of those games to coaches such as Hank Stram, Chuck Noll, and Don Shula—but hey, Madden has a cool video game and a neat television gig. Talk about it in the Hater Nation Forums.