Raiders playoff history since 1980
The drought is over
For the first time since the 2002 season, the Raiders are back in the playoffs after clinching a berth with a 19-16 win over the Chargers in Week 15. Take a look back at how each of the team's last five trips to the postseason turned out...
2002: Lost to Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII
The Raiders last reached the playoffs in the 2002 season. Their path started in front of their home fans with a 30-10 win over the Jets in the Divisional Round.
Up next, the Raiders welcomed Steve McNair and the Titans to Oakland. With NFL MVP Rich Gannon tossing three touchdowns and running for one, the Raiders downed the Titans 41-24 and punched their ticket to the Super Bowl.
The Raiders faced their coach from just a year earlier, Jon Gruden, and the Buccaneers at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium in Super Bowl XXXVII. The Raiders' run ended in a 48-21 defeat.
2001: Lost to Patriots in Divisional Round
Facing the Jets in the Wild Card Round, the Raiders came out on top in Oakland, 38-24. Rich Gannon threw two touchdowns and Charlie Garner dominated on the ground with 158 rushing yards and one touchdown.
After the win, the Raiders were off to face the Patriots in the Divisional Round at Foxboro Stadium. The end result was one that Raiders fans would like to forget as an Adam Vinatieri field goal led to a 16-13 in the snow. More than the score, the game is remembered for the infamous and controversial call where a Tom Brady fumble was reversed after being challenged.
The game is now refered to as The Tuck Rule Game.
2000: Lost to Ravens in Conference Championship
The Raiders finished the regular season 12-4 and hosted the Dolphins in the Divisional Round. Oakland mashed Miami in front of their home fans, 27-0. The defense stepped up, intercepting quarterback Jay Fiedler three times.
Oakland's happy times would only last so long. The next week, the Raiders fell to the Ravens in the Conference Championship, 16-3.
1993: Lost to Bills in Divisional Round
A win over a rival in the playoffs is always one to remember and that's exactly what the Raiders did when they beat John Elway and the Broncos at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, 42-24, in the Wild Card Round.
The next week ended their joy, however. Taking on the Bills in Buffalo, the Raiders led 23-22 heading into the fourth quarter of the Divisional Round before Jim Kelly struck them with a 22-yard touchdown, ending the Raiders' season in a 29-23 loss.
1991: Lost to Chiefs in Wild Card Round
The Raiders strutted their way into Arrowhead Stadium, but couldn't come out on top in a game full of turnovers against the Chiefs.
Quarterback Todd Marinovich threw four interceptions as the Raiders lost in the Wild Card Round, 10-6. Marcus Allen rushed for 39 yards on just seven carries.
1990: Lost to Bills in Conference Championship
In Art Shell's first full season as head coach, the LA Raiders placed first in the AFC West with a 12-4 record and defeated the Bengals 20-10 in the Divisional Round.
Shell became the first African-American coach to take his team to a Conference Championship, but the results were not good; Jim Kelly and the Bills shredded the Raiders 51-3.
1985: Lost to Patriots in Divisional Round
The LA Raiders went 12-4 and finished first in the AFC West behind NFL MVP Marcus Allen, but a Divisional Round matchup with the Patriots did not end favorably for the Silver and Black.
Despite 121 rushing yards and a touchdown from Allen, the Raiders fell 27-20 to New England.
1984: Lost to Seahawks in Wild Card Round
A year after winning their third Super Bowl in eight years, Tom Flores led the LA Raiders back into the playoffs with an 11-5 regular season record, good for third in the AFC West.
But the Raiders were only able to cross midfield three times in their 13-7 loss to the Seahawks in the Wild Card Round.
1983: Won Super Bowl XVIII
The Raiders won it all in 1983, their last title season.
They took first in the AFC West with a 12-4 record and rolled through the championship with a 38-10 win over the Steelers in the divisional round, a 30-14 win ove rthe Seahawks in the Conference Championship, and a 38-9 win over Washington in Super Bowl XVIII.
It was the team's third Super Bowl victory overall, and third in the last eight seasons.
Marcus Allen was named Super Bowl MVP after carrying the ball 20 times for a then-record 191 yards and two touchdowns.
1982: Lost to Jets in Divisional Round
After relocating to LA, the Raiders went 8-1 in the strike-shortened 1982 season and defeated the Browns 27-10 in their Wild Card Round.
However, Scott Dierking's touchdown with 3:45 left led the Jets to an upset victory over the top-seeded Raiders in the Divisional Round.
1980: Won Super Bowl XV
The Raiders won their second franchise Super Bowl in 1980 behind head coach Tom Flores.
Oakland knocked off the Oilers 27-7 in the Wild Card Round, they beat the Browns 14-12 in the Divisional Round, they eliminated the Chargers 34-27 in the Conference Championship, and they topped the Eagles 27-10 in Super Bowl XV for the title.
Jim Plunkett threw two first quarter touchdowns and was named Super Bowl MVP while linebacker Rod Martin intercepted Philadelphia quarterback Ron Jaworski three times.