ESPN Network: ESPN.com | NBA.com | NHL.com | WNBA.com | ABCSports | EXPN | INSIDER | FANTASY   




Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Eagles plunked by Raiders
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com


Jan. 25, 1981

The Philadelphia Eagles go Ker-Plunkett as Oakland Raider quarterback Jim Plunkett completes his triumphant resurgence. Ending an amazing season that took him from the bench (he didn't become the starter until Dan Pastorini suffered a broken leg in the fifth game) to MVP of Super Bowl XV, Plunkett throws three touchdown passes in the Raiders' 27-10 victory in the Superdome in New Orleans.

He hits wide receiver Cliff Branch twice (two and 29 yards) and running back Kenny King for an 80-yarder to boost Oakland's lead to 14-0 late in the first quarter. He completes 13-of-21 passes for 261 yards without an interception.

Eagles quarter Ron Jaworski, nicknamed Jaws, is eaten alive by the Raiders' shark-like defense. Taking the biggest bite out of him is linebacker Rod Martin, who intercepts three passes.

The Raiders are the first wild-card team to win the Super Bowl, though not the first non-first place team to triumph. The Kansas City Chiefs finished second in the AFL West in the 1969 season on their way to the Super Bowl crown.





Send this story to a friend | Most sent stories