Oakland Raiders: 30 Iconic Moments In Franchise History

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Aug 8, 2015; Canton, OH, USA; Dave Casper during the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

15. September 10, 1978 – The Holy Roller

Sometime’s a franchise’s greatest plays are the ones that aren’t scripted. And sometimes, those plays are just downright bizarre. Take for instance, the Raiders’ game against the Chargers back in 1978 for instance.

San Diego had dominated the Raiders in most every statistical category. They’d almost doubled Oakland’s time of possession. They’d picked off Ken Stabler three times. And with ten seconds left on the clock, they held a 20-14 lead. But Oakland had the ball on San Diego’s 14-yard line.

Oakland’s legendary broadcaster Bill King, who was calling the game, of course, encapsulated one of the strangest, most bizarre plays the NFL has ever seen:

"“Stabler back, here comes the rush, he sidesteps, can he throw? He can’t! The ball, flipped forward, is loose, a wild scramble, two seconds on the clock, Casper grabbing the ball, it is ruled a fumble, Casper has recovered in the end zone, the Oakland Raiders have scored on the most zany, unbelievable, absolutely impossible dream of a play! Madden is on the field, he wants to know if it’s real, they said ‘yes, get your big butt out of here,’ he does. There is nothing real in the world any more, this one will be relived…forever.”"

That pretty much sums it up better than we could.

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