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Super Bowl XV

By Patrick Mondout

Super Bowl XV was played January 25, 1981 in the Superdome and was broadcast on NBC by the announcing team of Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen.

The Oakland Raiders became the first team to win the Super Bowl after qualifying for the playoffs as a wildcard. Raiders QB Jim Plunkett, who took over for the injured Dan Pastorini in week 5, was named the game's MVP after throwing for 261 yards and three touchdowns.

SCORING
Oakland Raiders 14 0 10 3 27
Philadelphia Eagles 0 3 0 7 10

Oak–Branch 2 pass from Plunkett (Bahr kick)
Oak–King 80 pass from Plunkett (Bahr kick)
Phil–FG Franklin 30
Oak–Branch 29 pass from Plunkett (Bahr kick)
Oak–FG Bahr 46
Phil–Krepfle 8 pass from Jaworski (Franklin kick)
Oak–FG Bahr 35

STARTING LINEUPS
Oakland (AFC) Offense Philadelphia (NFC)
Cliff Branch WR Harold Carmichael
Art Shell LT Stan Walters
Gene Upshaw LG Pete Perot
Dave Dalby C Guy Morriss
Mickey Marvin RG Woody Peoples
Henry Lawrence RT Jerry Sisemore
Raymond Chester TE Keith Krepfle
Bob Chandler WR-TE John Spagnola
Jim Plunkett QB Ron Jaworski
Mark van Eeghen RB Wilbert Montgomery
Kenny King RB Leroy Harris
  Defense  
John Matuszak LE Dennis Harrison
Reggie Kinlaw NT Charlie Johnson
Dave Browning RE Carl Hairston
Ted Hendricks LOLB John Bunting
Matt Millen LILB Bill Bergey
Bob Nelson RILB Frank LeMaster
Rod Martin ROLB Jerry Robinson
Lester Hayes LCB Roynell Young
Dwayne O’Steen RCB Herman Edwards
Mike Davis SS Randy Logan
Burgess Owens FS Brenard Wilson

Substitutions

Oakland–Offense: K–Chris Bahr. P–Ray Guy. RB–Todd Christensen, Derrick Jensen, Ira Matthews, Arthur Whittington. WR–Morris Bradshaw, Rich Martini. TE–Derrick Ramsey. T–Bruce Davis, Lindsey Mason. G–Steve Sylvester. Defense: DE–Joe Campbell, Cedrick Hardman, Willie Jones. DT–Dave Pear. LB–Jeff Barnes, Mario Celotto, Randy McClanahan. DB–Monte Jackson, Odis McKinney, Keith Moody. DNP: QB–Marc Wilson.

Philadelphia–Offense: K–Tony Franklin. P–Max Runager. RB–Billy Campfield, Louis Giammona, Perry Harrington. WR–Wally Henry, Rodney Parker, Charles Smith. C–Mark Slater. G–Ron Baker. T–Steve Kenney. Defense: DE–Thomas Brown, Claude Humphrey. DT–Ken Clarke. LB–Al Chesley, Ray Phillips, Reggie Wilkes. DB–Richard Blackmore, Zac Henderson, John Sciarra. DNP: QB–Rob Hertel, Joe Pisarcik. RB–Bob Torrey.

Officials

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

FINAL TEAM STATISTICS
  Raiders Eagles
TOTAL FIRST DOWNS 17 19
Rushing 6 3
Passing 10 14
Penalty 1 2
TOTAL NET YARDAGE 377 360
Total Offensive Plays 56 64
Average Gain per Offensive Play 6.7 5.6
NET YARDS RUSHING 117 69
Total Rushing Plays 34 26
Average Gain per Rushing Play 3.4 2.7
NET YARDS PASSING 260 291
Pass Att.–Comp.–Int. 21–13–0 38–18–3
Times Sacked–Yards Lost 1–1 0–0
Gross Yards Passing 261 291
Avg. Gain per Pass (Incl. Sacks) 11.8 7.7
PUNTS–YARDS 3–126 3–110
Average Distance 42.0 36.7
Had Blocked 0 0
TOTAL RETURN YARDAGE 93 107
Kickoff Returns–Yards 3–48 6–87
Punt Returns–Yards 2–1 3–20
Interception Returns–Yards 3–44 0–0
TOTAL TURNOVERS 0 4
Fumbles–Lost 0–0 1–1
Had Intercepted 0 3
PENALTIES–YARDS 5–37 6–57
TOTAL POINTS SCORED 27 10
Touchdowns Rushing 0 0
Touchdowns Passing 3 1
Touchdowns Returns 0 0
Extra Points 3 1
Field Goals–Attempts 2–3 1–2
Safeties 0 0
THIRD–DOWN EFFICIENCY 6/12 5/12
FOURTH–DOWN EFFICIENCY 0/0 1/1
TIME OF POSSESSION 29:49 30:11

 

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING
Oakland No. Yds. Avg. Long TD
Van Eeghen 18 75 4.2 8 0
King 6 18 3.0 6 0
Jensen 4 17 4.3 6 0
Plunkett 3 9 3.0 5 0
Whittington 3 –2 –0.7 2 0
Philadelphia          
Montgomery 16 44 2.8 8 0
Harris 7 14 2.0 5 0
Giammona 1 7 7.0 7 0
Harrington 1 4 4 0 4 0
Jaworski 1 0 0.0 0 0

 

PASSING
Oakland Att. Comp. Yds. Long TD Int.
J. Plunkett 21 13 261 80t 3 0
Philadelphia            
R. Jaworski 38 18 291 43 1 3

 

RECEIVING
Oakland No. Yds. Long TD
Branch 5 67 29t 2
Chandler 4 77 32 0
King 2 93 80t 1
Chester 2 24 16 0
Philadelphia        
Montgomery 6 91 25 0
Carmichael 5 83 29 0
Smith 2 59 43 0
Krepfle 2 16 8t 1
Spagnola 1 22 22 0
Parker 1 19 19 0
Harris 1 1 1 0

 

INTERCEPTIONS
Oakland No. Yds. Long TD
Martin 3 44 25 0
Philadelphia        
None        

 

PUNTING
Oakland No. Yds. Avg. TB Long
Guy 3 126 42.0 0 44
Philadelphia          
Runager 3 110 36.7 0 46

 

PUNT RETURNS
Oakland No. FC Yds. Long TD
Matthews 2 1 1 2 0
Philadelphia          
Sciarra 2 0 18 12 0
Henry 1 0 2 2 0

 

KICKOFF RETURNS
Oakland No. Yds. Long TD
Matthews 2 29 21 0
Moody 1 19 19 0
Philadelphia        
Campfield 5 87 21 0
Harrington 1 0 0 0

 

FUMBLES
Oakland No. Own Rec. Opp. Rec.
Jones 0 0 1
Philadelphia      
Jaworski 1 0 0

 

KICKING
Oakland XP–A FG–A FG Made FG Missed
Bahr 3–3 2–3 46, 35 45
Philadelphia        
Franklin 1–1 1–2 30 28
 

 

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Date: January 25 1981

MVP: Jim Plunkett

Stadium: Superdome

Attendance: 76,135

TV Audience: 94,300,000 (CBS)

30 Second Ad: $275,000

National Anthem: Helen O'Connell

Coin Toss: Marie Lombardi

Halftime show: Jim Skinner Productions presents 'Mardi Gras Festival'

Nielsen Rating: 44.4


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