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Encyclopedia > Super Bowl XV
Super Bowl XV
Image:SuperBowlXV.png
Quarter 1 2 3 4 Tot
Raiders 14 0 10 3 27
Eagles 0 3 0 7 10
Date January 25, 1981
Stadium Louisiana Superdome
City New Orleans, Louisiana
MVP Jim Plunkett, Quarterback
Favorite Eagles by 3
National anthem Helen O'Connell
Coin toss Marie Lombardi
Referee Ben Dreith
Halftime show Jim Skinner Productions presents "Mardi Gras Festival"
Attendance 76,135
TV in the United States
Network NBC
Announcers Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen
Nielsen Ratings 44.4
Market share 63
Cost of 30-sec commercial US$324,000

Super Bowl XV was the 15th Super Bowl, the championship game of the National Football League (NFL). The game was played on January 25, 1981 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana following the 1980 regular season. Image File history File links SuperBowlXV.png Super Bowl XV logo, claiming fair use File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... City Oakland, California Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Art Shell Owner Al Davis General manager Al Davis Local radio Flagship stations: KSFO (560 AM)-English and KZSF (1370 AM)-Spanish Announcers: George Atkinson, Tom Flores, Greg Papa, and Jim Plunkett (English) and Erwin Higueros and Ambrosio Rico (Spanish... City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Other nicknames The Birds, The Iggles Team colors Midnight Green, Black, Silver, and White Head Coach Andy Reid Owner Jeffrey Lurie General manager Tom Heckert Fight song Fly, Eagles Fly Mascot Swoop Local radio Flagship stations: WYSP (94. ... January 25 is the 25th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Athens Olympic Stadium A modern stadium (plural stadiums or stadia in English) is a place, or venue, for (mostly) outdoor sports, concerts or other events, consisting of a field or stage partly or completely surrounded by a structure designed to allow spectators to stand or sit and view the... Superdome redirects here. ... Nickname The Crescent City, The Big Easy, The City That Care Forgot Location Location in the State of Louisiana and the United States Government Country State Parish United States Louisiana Orleans Parish, Louisiana Mayor Ray Nagin (D) Geographical characteristics Area  - City    - Land    - Water 350. ... The Super Bowl MVP, or Super Bowl Most Valuable Player, is an award given at the conclusion of the Super Bowl, the NFLs league championship game, to the player deemed to have made the most significant positive impact on the outcome of the game. ... Jim Plunkett on the February 15, 1971 cover of Sports Illustrated James W. Jim Plunkett (born December 5, 1947 in San Jose, California) is a retired American football player. ... Joe Montana, an American quaterback. ... Spread betting is a form of gambling on the outcome of any event where the more accurate the gamble, the more is won and conversely the less accurate the more is lost. ... City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Other nicknames The Birds, The Iggles Team colors Midnight Green, Black, Silver, and White Head Coach Andy Reid Owner Jeffrey Lurie General manager Tom Heckert Fight song Fly, Eagles Fly Mascot Swoop Local radio Flagship stations: WYSP (94. ... Nicholson took the copy Key gave him to a printer, where it was published as a broadside on 17 September 1814 under the title Defence of Fort McHenry, with a note explaining the circumstances of its writing. ... Helen OConnell (May 23, 1920 – September 9, 1993) was a singer, actress, and dancer. ... Coin flipping or coin tossing is the practice of throwing a coin in the air to resolve a dispute between two parties or otherwise choose between two alternatives. ... Vincent Thomas Lombardi (June 11, 1913 – September 3, 1970) was one of the most successful coaches in the history of American football. ... National Football League referee Ed Hochuli signals a touchdown. ... Ben Dreith was an American football official. ... A halftime show is a performance given between the first and second halves or the 2nd and 3rd quarters of a sporting event. ... Mardi Gras (French for Fat Tuesday) is the day before Ash Wednesday, and is also called Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day. It is the final day of Carnival (English:IPA: and Romance languages:IPA: ). It is a celebration that is held just before the beginning of the Christian liturgical season... A television network is a distribution network for television content whereby a central operation provides programming for many television stations. ... NBC, (Formerly an acronym for the National Broadcasting Company until 2004), is an American television and radio network based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... A sportscaster is an announcer on radio or television who specializes in reporting or commenting on sports events. ... Dick Enberg (born January 9, 1935 in Armada, Michigan) is an American sportscaster. ... 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The American Football Conference (AFC) champion Oakland Raiders defeated the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Philadelphia Eagles, 27–10, to become to first wild card playoff team to win a Super Bowl. The Raiders jumped to a 14–0 lead in the first quarter, which the Eagles never recovered from. The American Football Conference (AFC) is one of the two conferences of the National Football League (NFL). ... City Oakland, California Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Art Shell Owner Al Davis General manager Al Davis Local radio Flagship stations: KSFO (560 AM)-English and KZSF (1370 AM)-Spanish Announcers: George Atkinson, Tom Flores, Greg Papa, and Jim Plunkett (English) and Erwin Higueros and Ambrosio Rico (Spanish... The National Football Conference is one of the two conferences of the National Football League. ... City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Other nicknames The Birds, The Iggles Team colors Midnight Green, Black, Silver, and White Head Coach Andy Reid Owner Jeffrey Lurie General manager Tom Heckert Fight song Fly, Eagles Fly Mascot Swoop Local radio Flagship stations: WYSP (94. ... The term wild card was originally used to card games, but the term has evolved so that it now may describe what the Merriam-Webster Dictionary calls an unknown or unpredictable factor in any number of domains. ...


Oakland quarterback Jim Plunkett was named the Super Bowl MVP, completing 13 of 21 passes for 261 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing for 9 yards. Joe Montana, an American quaterback. ... Jim Plunkett on the February 15, 1971 cover of Sports Illustrated James W. Jim Plunkett (born December 5, 1947 in San Jose, California) is a retired American football player. ... The Super Bowl MVP, or Super Bowl Most Valuable Player, is an award given at the conclusion of the Super Bowl, the NFLs league championship game, to the player deemed to have made the most significant positive impact on the outcome of the game. ...

Contents


Background

Plunkett's revival with the Raiders

Super Bowl XV was the climax of Plunkett's revival as an NFL starting quarterback. The 1970 Heisman Trophy winner was drafted by the New England Patriots and was named the 1971 NFL Rookie of the Year. But Plunkett suffered though 5 losing seasons with the Patriots and 2 uneven seasons with the San Francisco 49ers before being traded to the Raiders before the 1978 season. The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award, named after former college football player and coach John W. Heisman, is considered the most prestigious award in American college football and is given annually to the top player in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). ... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Blue, Red, Silver, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Scott Pioli Mascot Pat Patriot Local radio Flagship stations: WBCN 104. ... Since 1967 The Associated Press has given two annual Rookie of the Year Awards to NFL American football players: one for an offensive player and one for a defensive player. ... City San Francisco, California Other nicknames Niners Team colors Cardinal Red, Metallic Gold and Black Head Coach Mike Nolan Owner Denise DeBartolo York and John York General manager none Mascot Sourdough Sam Local radio Flagship stations: KNBR (680 AM & 1050 AM) and KSAN (107. ...


But Plunkett was signed by Oakland to be their backup quarterback, and thus he did not see much playing time, throwing no passes in 1978 and just 15 passes in 1979. But after the Raiders started the 1980 season with a 2-3 record, starter Dan Pastorini broke his leg and suddenly Plunkett was thrust into the starting role. He then led the Raiders to victory in 9 of their last 11 games in the season, qualifing for the playoffs as a wild card team. Plunkett made 165 out of 320 pass completions for 2,299 yards, 18 touchdown passes, and was intercepted 15 times. He also contributed 141 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground. Dante Dan Pastorini (born 1949 - ) was a quarterback who played for 12 seasons from 1971-1981, and 1983. ... The term wild card was originally used to card games, but the term has evolved so that it now may describe what the Merriam-Webster Dictionary calls an unknown or unpredictable factor in any number of domains. ...


The Raiders' main offensive deep threat was wide receiver Cliff Branch (44 receptions, 858 yards, 7 touchdown), while wide receiver Bob Chandler contributed 49 receptions for 786 yards and 10 touchdowns. Running back Mark van Eeghen was the team's top rusher with 838 yards and 5 touchdowns, while also catching 29 passes for 259 yards. Halfback Kenny King rushed for 761 yards and catching 22 passes for 145 yards. The Raiders also had an outstanding offensive line lead by 2 future hall of famers, tackle Art Shell and guard Gene Upshaw Cliff Branch was a speedy wide receiver for the Oakland/LA Raiders. ... Bob Chandler is a retired american football Wide Receiver, who passed away from cancer in 1995. ... Mark van Eeghen (born April 19, 1952 in Cambridge, Massachusetts), is an American football player, who played ten years in the National Football League, including making two Super Bowl appearances. ... Kenny D. Layne (born July 22, 1981-82 in Orlando, Florida) is an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Kenny King. ... Art Shell Arthur Art Shell (born November 26, 1946 in Charleston, South Carolina, USA) is a former American football player in the National Football League (NFL) and current head coach of the Oakland Raiders, this being the second time he has coached the NFL franchise. ... Eugene Thurman Upshaw Jr. ...


Oakland's defense, anchored by defensive tackle John Matuszak, was punishing. Defensive back Lester Hayes led the league in interceptions (13) and interception return yards (273). The Raiders also had 2 great linebackers: future hall of famer Ted Hendricks (3 interceptions) and Pro Bowler Rod Martin. John Daniel Matuszak (October 25, 1950–June 17, 1989), nicknamed Tooz, was an American football player in the NFL who later became an actor. ... Lester Hayes played for the Oakland/LA Raiders. ... The Pro Football Hall of Fame is technically the National Football Leagues Hall of Fame. ... Theodore (Ted) Paul Hendricks (Born: 1 November 1947 in Guatemala City, Guatemala) was an American football linebacker for the 1969 to 1973 Baltimore Colts (now Indianapolis Colts), 1974 Green Bay Packers and the 1975 to 1983 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders. ... Tackle during 2006 Pro Bowl in Hawaii A top cheerleader from each team takes part in the 2006 Pro Bowl in Hawaii The Pro Bowl is the National Football Leagues all-star game. ... Rod Martin (born April 7, 1954 in Welch, WV) is a retired National Football League linebacker who played for the Los Angeles and Oakland Raiders between 1977 and 1988. ...


Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia advanced to their first ever Super Bowl in team history, and had not played in a league championship game since their 1960 NFL championship. The Eagles were led by quarterback Ron Jaworski, who completed 257 out of 451 passes for 3,529 yards during the regular season, including 27 touchdowns and only 12 interceptions. Another key player on the Eagles offense was halfback Wilbert Montgomery, who was widely considered one of the top running backs in the NFL and had rushed for over 1,200 rushing yards in the last 2 seasons. Injuries during the 1980 regular season had limited him to just 778 yards, but he proved he was fully recovered in the postseason by rushing for 194 yards in the NFC title game. Montgomery was also a superb receiver out of the backfield, recording 50 receptions for 407 yards. The other main deep threats on offense, wide receivers Harold Carmichael and Charlie Smith, along with tight end Keith Krepfle, combined for 125 receptions, 2,090 yards, and 16 touchdowns. Ron Jaws Jaworski (born March 23, 1951 in Lackawanna, New York) is a former Polish-American football player. ... Wilbert Montomery (born September 16, 1954 in Greenville, Mississippi) is a former American football player in the National Football League. ... Harold Carmichael (born September 22, 1949 in Jacksonville, Florida) is a former American football player. ...


The Eagles defense led the league in the fewest points allowed during the regular season (222). Nose tackle Charlie Johnson anchored the line, and even managed to record 3 interceptions. Linebackers Jerry Robinson and Billy Bergey excelled at both stopping the run and pass coverage. Philadelphia also had a fine secondary, led by veteran defensive backs Herman Edwards (3 interceptions) and Brenard Wilson (6 interceptions), along with rookie Roynell Young (4 interception). The Eagles defense was a major factor in their hard fought 10-7 victory over the Raiders in the regular season; they sacked Plunkett 8 times. Herman Herm Edwards is the American head coach of the National Football Leagues Kansas City Chiefs. ...


Playoffs

For more details on this topic, see NFL playoffs, 1980-81.

The Eagles advanced through the playoffs, defeating the Minnesota Vikings, 31-16, and the Dallas Cowboys, 20-7. The NFL playoffs following the 1980 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XV. Note: The San Diego Chargers (the AFC 1 seed) did not play the Oakland Raiders (the 4 seed) in the Divisional playoff round because both teams were in the same division. ... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Fight song Skol, Vikings Mascot Ragnar and Vikadontis Rex Local radio Flagship stations: KFAN (1130 AM) Announcers: Paul Allen, Greg Coleman, and... City Irving, Texas Other nicknames Americas Team, The Boys Team colors Royal Blue, Navy Blue, Silver-Green, Silver, and White Head Coach Bill Parcells Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones Mascot Rowdy [1] Local radio Flagship stations: THE TICKET (1310 AM) Announcers: Brad Sham (play-by-play), Charlie...


Meanwhile, Plunkett and the Raiders defeated the Houston Oilers, 27-7, the Cleveland Browns, 14-12, and the San Diego Chargers, 34-27. In doing so, Oakland became the third wild card team to advance to the Super Bowl, and the first wild card team to win three postseason rounds since the NFL expanded to a 10-team playoff format in 1978. The Tennessee Titans are a National Football League team based in Nashville, Tennessee. ... City Cleveland, Ohio Team colors Seal Brown, Orange, and White Head Coach Romeo Crennel Owner Randy Lerner General manager Phil Savage Mascot CB, Chomps, TD, and Trapper Local radio Flagship stations: WMMS (100. ... City San Diego, California Other nicknames Bolts, Super Chargers Team colors Navy Blue, White, and Gold Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer Owner Alex Spanos George Pernicano (Minority owner (3%)) General manager A.J. Smith Fight song San Diego Super Chargers Local radio Flagship stations: KIOZ (105. ... In North American professional sports leagues, the term wild card refers to a team that qualifies for championship playoffs without winning their specific subdivision (usually called a conference or division) outright. ... The 1978 NFL season was the 59th regular season of the National Football League. ...


Super Bowl pregame news and notes

In the days before the game, most sports writers were speculating over whether, if the Raiders won, NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle would present the Vince Lombardi Trophy to the team's owner Al Davis. Prior to the season, the league declined to approve the Raiders' proposal to move from Oakland, California to Los Angeles. In reaction, the team sued the NFL for violating antitrust laws. The conflict caused much friction between Rozelle and Davis (The Raiders would eventually win the lawsuit, allowing the team to move to Los Angeles before the 1982 season). Alvin Ray Pete Rozelle (March 1, 1926–December 6, 1996) was the commissioner of the National Football League (NFL) from January 1960 to November 1989, when he retired from office. ... Categories: American football stubs | American football trophies and awards ... Allen Al Davis (born July 4, 1929 in Brockton, Massachusetts) is an American football executive, who currently serves as the president of A.D. Football, Inc. ... Oakland, founded in 1852, is a major American city on the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay in Northern California in the United States. ... Nickname City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Government Country State County United States California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area  - City    - Land    - Water  - Urban 1,290. ... The 1982 NFL season was the 63th regular season of the National Football League. ...


Television and entertainment

The game was broadcast in the United States by NBC with Dick Enberg handling the play-by-play duties and color commentator Merlin Olsen in the broadcast booth. NBC, (Formerly an acronym for the National Broadcasting Company until 2004), is an American television and radio network based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... Dick Enberg (born January 9, 1935 in Armada, Michigan) is an American sportscaster. ... Play-by-play, in broadcasting, means the reporting of a sporting event with a voiceover describing the details of the action of the game in progress. ... A color (or colour) commentator, sometimes known as a color analyst, is a member of the broadcasting team for a sporting event who assists the play-by-play announcer by filling in any time when play is not in progress. ... Merlin Jay Olsen (born September 15, 1940, Logan, Utah) is a former American football player, playing at defensive tackle first for Utah State University and then (from 1962 to 1976) for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League. ...


The pregame festivities honored the end of the Iran hostage crisis (which was announced 5 days before the game), which featured a performance by the Southern University band. A large yellow bow 80 foot long and 30 feet wide was attached to the outside of the Superdome, while miniature bows were given to fans. A defaced Great Seal of the United States at the former US embassy, Tehran, Iran, as it appears today The Iran hostage crisis was a 444-day (about 14 months) period during which student proxies of the new Iranian regime held hostage 52 diplomats and citizens of the United States... Southern University and A&M College is a historically black university located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. ...


Singer, actress, and dancer Helen O'Connell later sang the national anthem. The coin toss ceremony featured Marie Lombardi, the widow of Pro Football Hall of Fame Green Bay Packers head coach Vince Lombardi. Helen OConnell (May 23, 1920 – September 9, 1993) was a singer, actress, and dancer. ... Coin flipping or coin tossing is the practice of throwing a coin in the air to resolve a dispute between two parties or otherwise choose between two alternatives. ... The Pro Football Hall of Fame is technically the National Football Leagues Hall of Fame. ... City Green Bay, Wisconsin Team colors Dark Green, Gold, and White Head Coach Mike McCarthy Owner A public company General manager Ted Thompson Fight song Go! You Packers! Go! Local radio Flagship stations: Milwaukee - WTMJ (620 AM) Green Bay - WNFL (1440 AM) and WIXX (101. ... Vincent Thomas Lombardi (June 11, 1913 – September 3, 1970) was one of the most successful coaches in the history of football. ...


The halftime show, featuring singers and dancers, was a "Mardi Gras Festival". Mardi Gras (French for Fat Tuesday) is the day before Ash Wednesday, and is also called Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day. It is the final day of Carnival (English:IPA: and Romance languages:IPA: ). It is a celebration that is held just before the beginning of the Christian liturgical season...


Game summary

Oakland linebacker Rod Martin intercepted Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski's first pass of the game and returned it 17 yards to Philadelphia's 30-yard line, setting up Jim Plunkett's 2-yard touchdown pass to Cliff Branch. The Raiders later scored another touchdown with about a minute left in the period. On third down from the Oakland 20-yard line, Plunkett threw the ball to running back Kenny King at the 39-yard line as he was scrambling around in the backfield to avoid being sacked. King caught the pass, broke a tackle from defensive back Herman Edwards, and took off to the end zone for a Super Bowl record 80-yard touchdown reception. Rod Martin (born April 7, 1954 in Welch, WV) is a retired National Football League linebacker who played for the Los Angeles and Oakland Raiders between 1977 and 1988. ... Ron Jaws Jaworski (born March 23, 1951 in Lackawanna, New York) is a former Polish-American football player. ... Jim Plunkett on the February 15, 1971 cover of Sports Illustrated James W. Jim Plunkett (born December 5, 1947 in San Jose, California) is a retired American football player. ... Cliff Branch was a speedy wide receiver for the Oakland/LA Raiders. ... Kenny D. Layne (born July 22, 1981-82 in Orlando, Florida) is an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Kenny King. ... Herman Herm Edwards is the American head coach of the National Football Leagues Kansas City Chiefs. ...


On their first possession of the second quarter, the Eagles reached the Raiders' 13-yard line, but the drive stalled and they had to settle for kicker Tony Franklin's 30-yard field goal to cut score 14-3. Then with less than 4 minutes left in the period, the Raiders reached the Eagles 27-yard line, only to have kicker Chris Bahr miss a 45-yard field goal. The Eagles then drove 62 yards to Oakland's 11-yard line. With just 54 seconds left in the half, Franklin attempted a 28-yard field goal, but Raiders linebacker Ted Hendricks crashed through the line and blocked the kick. Tony Franklin was a kicker with a 10 year career. ... Chris Bahr was placekicker in the National Football League and midfielder in the North American Soccer League. ... Theodore (Ted) Paul Hendricks (Born: 1 November 1947 in Guatemala City, Guatemala) was an American football linebacker for the 1969 to 1973 Baltimore Colts (now Indianapolis Colts), 1974 Green Bay Packers and the 1975 to 1983 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders. ...


The Raiders then took the opening kickoff of the second half and again scored quickly. Plunkett completed a 13-yard pass to King and a 32-yard completion to receiver Bob Chandler to move the ball to Philadelphia's 33-yard line. Then after a 4-yard run by running back Mark van Eeghen, Plunkett threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Branch, increasing Oakland's lead to 21-3. Bahr later kicked a 46-yard field goal to increase the lead, 24-3, after Jaworski threw his second interception of the game to Martin. Bob Chandler is a retired american football Wide Receiver, who passed away from cancer in 1995. ... Mark van Eeghen (born April 19, 1952 in Cambridge, Massachusetts), is an American football player, who played ten years in the National Football League, including making two Super Bowl appearances. ...


The Eagles finally managed to score a touchdown early in the fourth quarter to cut their deficit to 24-10. Starting from their own 12-yard line, a 43-yard reception by receiver Charlie Smith sparked an 88-yard, 12-play drive that was capped by Jaworski's 8-yard touchdown pass to tight end Keith Krepfle. But on their ensuing drive, Oakland marched from their own 11 to the Eagles 17-yard line. Philadelphia kept the Raiders out of the end zone, but Bahr kicked his second field goal, increasing Oakland's lead to 27-10.


Oakland's defense then dominated the rest the game, forcing two turnovers on Philadelphia's last 2 possessions of the game to prevent any chance of a comeback. On the Eagles' next drive, Jaworski lost a fumble. Later, Martin recorded a Super Bowl record third interception, and the Raiders ran out the clock to win the game.


Jaworski finished the game with more completions (18) and yards (291) than Plunkett, but completed just 18 of 38 attempts and was intercepted 3 times. Van Eeghen was the top rusher of the game with 75 yards. King was the top receiver with 93 yards and a touchdown off of just 2 receptions. Eagles running back Wilbert Montgomery led Philadelphia in rushing and receiving with 44 rushing yards and 6 receptions for 91 yards. Wilbert Montomery (born September 16, 1954 in Greenville, Mississippi) is a former American football player in the National Football League. ...


After the game, the expected heated confrontation between Rozelle and Davis was very civil. As Rozelle presented the Lombardi Trophy to Davis, he praised Plunkett, head coach Tom Flores, the players, and the entire Raiders organization for being the first wild card team to win the Super Bowl. Davis thanked Rozelle, then proceeded to also praise the team.


Scoring summary

  • OAK- Branch 2 pass from Plunkett (Bahr kick)
  • OAK- King 80 pass from Plunkett (Bahr kick)
  • PHI- FG Franklin 30
  • OAK- Branch 29 pass from Plunkett (Bahr kick)
  • OAK- FG Bahr 46
  • PHI- Krepfle 8 pass from Jaworski (Franklin kick)
  • OAK- FG Bahr 35

Trivia

  • Oakland head coach Tom Flores became the first person to be a member of a Super Bowl winning team as a player and head coach. Flores was a member of the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl IV, but did not play in the game.
  • Philadelphia became the first team in Super Bowl history to open the game with a two tight end formation (John Spagnola and Keith Krepfle).
  • This game marked the first Super Bowl where both teams used the 3-4 defensive formation as their base defense. The Raiders were the first team to use the 3-4 in the Super Bowl in Super Bowl XI against the Minnesota Vikings, although the Miami Dolphins used a version of the 3-4 ("53 defense") in Super Bowl VI, Super Bowl VII and Super Bowl VIII.
  • Oakland became only the second wild card team to make it to the Super Bowl and the first to come away victorious.
  • Jim Plunkett would be the second Heisman Trophy winner to be named Super Bowl MVP after Roger Staubach in Super Bowl VI.
  • Cliff Branch's two touchdown catches tied a Super Bowl record. Only Max McGee and John Stallworth caught two touchdowns prior to this.
  • Gene Upshaw became the first player to play in three Super Bowls with the same team in three different decades. He also played in Super Bowls II (1967) and XI (1976).

Tom Flores was an American football quarterback and coach. ... City Kansas City, Missouri Team colors Red, Yellow, and White Head Coach Herman Edwards Owner Lamar Hunt General manager Carl Peterson Mascot K.C. Wolf Local radio Flagship stations: 101. ... Date January 11, 1970 Stadium Tulane Stadium City New Orleans, Louisiana MVP Len Dawson, Quarterback Favorite Vikings by 12 1/2 National anthem Al Hirt Coin toss Game referee Referee John McDonough Halftime show Mardi Gras with Carol Channing Attendance 80,562 TV in the United States Network CBS Announcers... It has been suggested that American football defensive schemes be merged into this article or section. ... Date January 9, 1977 Stadium Rose Bowl Stadium City Pasadena, California MVP Fred Biletnikoff, Wide Receiver Favorite Raiders by 4 1/2 National anthem Vikki Carr (America the Beautiful) Coin toss Game referee Referee Jim Tunney Halftime show Disney presents Its A Small World with the Los Angeles Unified... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Fight song Skol, Vikings Mascot Ragnar and Vikadontis Rex Local radio Flagship stations: KFAN (1130 AM) Announcers: Paul Allen, Greg Coleman, and... City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins Team colors Aqua Green, Coral Orange, Navy Blue, and White Head Coach Nick Saban Owner Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T. D. Local radio Flagship stations: WAXY (790 AM) and WNMA (1210 AM) -Spanish Announcers: Jimmy Cefalo and Joe Rose... Date January 16, 1972 Stadium Tulane Stadium City New Orleans, Louisiana MVP Roger Staubach, Quarterback Favorite Cowboys by 6 National anthem U.S. Air Force Academy Chorale Coin toss Game referee Referee Jim Tunney Halftime show Salute to Louis Armstrong with Ella Fitzgerald, Carol Channing, Al Hirt and the U... Date January 14, 1973 Stadium Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum City Los Angeles, California MVP Jake Scott, Safety Favorite Dolphins by 1 National anthem Andy Williams Little Angels of Holy Angels Church, Chicago, Illinois Coin toss Game referee Referee Tom Bell Halftime show Woody Herman and the University of Michigan Band... Date January 13, 1974 Stadium Rice Stadium City Houston, Texas MVP Larry Csonka, Running back Favorite Dolphins by 7 National Anthem Charley Pride Coin toss Game referee Halftime show University of Texas at Austin Band Attendance 71,882 TV in the United States Network CBS Announcers Ray Scott, Pat Summerall... Jim Plunkett on the February 15, 1971 cover of Sports Illustrated James W. Jim Plunkett (born December 5, 1947 in San Jose, California) is a retired American football player. ... The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award, named after former college football player and coach John W. Heisman, is considered the most prestigious award in American college football and is given annually to the top player in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). ... Date January 16, 1972 Stadium Tulane Stadium City New Orleans, Louisiana MVP Roger Staubach, Quarterback Favorite Cowboys by 6 National anthem U.S. Air Force Academy Chorale Coin toss Game referee Referee Jim Tunney Halftime show Salute to Louis Armstrong with Ella Fitzgerald, Carol Channing, Al Hirt and the U... Cliff Branch was a speedy wide receiver for the Oakland/LA Raiders. ... John Stallworth (Born July 15, 1952, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama) played for Alabama A&M in college football, becoming the Pittsburgh Steelers fourth round draft pick in 1974. ... Eugene Thurman Upshaw Jr. ... Date January 14, 1968 Stadium Orange Bowl Stadium City Miami, Florida MVP Bart Starr, Quarterback Favorite Packers by 13 1/2 National Anthem Grambling State University Band Coin toss Game referee Halftime show Grambling State University Band Attendance 75,546 TV in the United States Network CBS Announcers Ray Scott... Date January 9, 1977 Stadium Rose Bowl Stadium City Pasadena, California MVP Fred Biletnikoff, Wide Receiver Favorite Raiders by 4 1/2 National anthem Vikki Carr (America the Beautiful) Coin toss Game referee Referee Jim Tunney Halftime show Disney presents Its A Small World with the Los Angeles Unified...

Officials

  • Referee: Ben Dreith
  • Umpire: Frank Sinkovitz
  • Head Linesman: Tony Veteri
  • Line Judge: Tom Dooley
  • Field Judge: Fritz Graf
  • Side Judge: Dean Look
  • Back Judge: Tom Kelleher

National Football League referee Ed Hochuli signals a touchdown. ... Ben Dreith was an American football official. ...

See also

The 1980 NFL season was the 61st regular season of the National Football League. ... The NFL playoffs following the 1980 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XV. Note: The San Diego Chargers (the AFC 1 seed) did not play the Oakland Raiders (the 4 seed) in the Divisional playoff round because both teams were in the same division. ...

References

  • Super Bowl official website
  • NFL Record and Fact Book(ISBN 193299436X)
  • Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League (ISBN 0062701746)
  • The Sporting News Complete Super Bowl Book 1995 (ISBN 089204523X)
  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com - Large online database of NFL data and statistics
  • Super Bowl play-by-plays from USA Today (Last accessed September 28, 2005)
  • All-Time Super Bowl Odds from The Sports Network (Last accessed October 16, 2005)
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Super Bowl XV - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1932 words)
Super Bowl XV was the 15th Super Bowl, the championship game of the National Football League (NFL).
Oakland quarterback Jim Plunkett was named the Super Bowl MVP, completing 13 of 21 passes for 261 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing for 9 yards.
The Raiders were the first team to use the 3-4 in the Super Bowl in Super Bowl XI against the Minnesota Vikings, although the Miami Dolphins used a version of the 3-4 ("53 defense") in Super Bowl VI, Super Bowl VII and Super Bowl VIII.
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Super Bowl I: In the first matchup of the AFL and NFL champions, the NFL's Green Bay Packers, led by coach Vince Lombardi and quarterback Bart Starr, defeat the Kansas City Chiefs, 35-10.
Super Bowl XVII: After spending the entire game trailing the Miami Dolphins, the Washington Redskins were faced with fourth down and one to go on Miami 42 yard line in the fourth quarter.
Super Bowl XXIII: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana leads a 92 yard fourth quarter drive, as the 49ers score the game-winning touchdown with 34 seconds left and defeat the Cincinnati Bengals 20-16.
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