Oakland Raiders: 30 Iconic Moments In Franchise History

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Oct 25, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders fan reacts from the stands during the second half of the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Oakland won 37-29. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

20. November 22, 1982 – Monday Night Madness

The Raiders have a long history of incredible comebacks and heart stopping moments. Their 1982 Monday night matchup with division rival San Diego is simply another chapter in the same book.

The Raiders fell behind the Chargers high flying Air Coryell led offense 24-0. But just before the half, Jim Plunkett hit tight end Todd Christensen with a one yard pass to get the Raiders on the board and cut San Diego’s lead to 24-7.

After halftime, the Raiders came out firing and their defense started putting the squeeze on Dan Fouts and San Diego’s offense. With almost six minutes to go in the game, fullback Frank Hawkins punched it in from the one to give the Raiders their first lead of the game 28-24.

The Chargers got the ball back but the Raiders defense held. Lester Hayes batted down Fouts’ last heave into the end zone for Charlie Joiner, securing Oakland’s amazing come from behind win. After the game, Raiders guard Mickey Marvin said:

"“We’ve gained some fans who have now learned not to leave before the end. With us it often goes down to the wire. The Raiders have been doing this for a long time, since before I came in 1977.”"

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