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Raiders Making History – The Hard Way

Raiders QB Davidson in Baylor vs Houston game.

Raiders QB Davidson in Baylor vs Houston game.

When was the last time the Oakland Raiders started the season 0-10? It’s only happened one other time in the history of the organization and you have to go back to 1962. In 1962 the season was comprised of 14 regular season games. The Raiders lost the first 13 games and on the final game of the season beat the Boston Patriots 20-0. The Patriots were 9-3-1 coming into the game and were obviously favored to come away with the win. The game was played in Oakland and the loss resulted in the Patriots missing the post season.

The Patriots starting QB Tom Yewcic went 13-35 for only 108 yards on the day (2 INTs and no TDs). Raiders All-Star QB Cotton Davidson went 9-23 for 230 yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT. The other TD of the day was scored via a 7 yard rush by Raiders 5-time All-Star and All-Time All-AFL Team RB Clem Daniels. This end of season win was a stunner and gave the Raiders a boast of confidence going into the 1963 season. (The 1963 Raiders lead by new head coach Al Davis had a record of 10-4.)

It took the Raiders a few years, but in 1967 the Raiders made their first post season appearance. Over the next 20 years the Raiders would make 15 post season appearances and come away with the ultimate prize, the Super Bowl, 3 times (1976, 1980, and 1983).

So… keep the faith Raider fans. Victory is right around the corner. Go Raiders!

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