1983 Los Angeles Raiders season
OwnerAl Davis
General managerAl Davis
Head coachTom Flores
Home fieldLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Local radioKRLA–AM 1110
Results
Record12–4
Division place1st AFC West
Playoff finishWon Divisional Playoffs (vs. Steelers) 38–10
Won AFC Championship (vs. Seahawks) 30–14
Won Super Bowl XVIII (vs. Redskins) 38–9
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros
Allen (center) led the Raiders to a championship in Super Bowl XVIII and earned MVP honors as he rushed for a record of 191 yards, including a memorable 74-yard touchdown run.[3]
Allen (center) led the Raiders to a championship in Super Bowl XVIII and earned MVP honors as he rushed for a record of 191 yards, including a memorable 74-yard touchdown run.[3]

The 1983 season was the Los Angeles Raiders' 14th season in the National Football League (NFL), their 24th season overall, and their second season in Los Angeles. The team began by attempting to improve on their 8–1 record from 1982 and went on to win the Super Bowl for the third time in franchise history. Prior to the Los Angeles Rams victory in Super Bowl LVI, the 1983 Raiders were the only NFL team to win the Super Bowl while based in Los Angeles.

NFL Films produced a documentary about the team's season entitled Just Win, Baby!; it was narrated by John Facenda. On November 24, 2006, NFL Network aired America's Game: The Super Bowl Champions, in which they ranked the 1983 Raiders at #20; the film was narrated by Alec Baldwin and featured commentary from players Marcus Allen, Todd Christensen and Howie Long.

Offseason

NFL Draft

During the draft the Raiders had attempted to execute a 3-team trade that would have brought future Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway to Los Angeles, but this trade was blocked, and Elway was instead drafted by the Colts, for whom he refused to play, then traded to the Broncos.[4]

1983 Los Angeles Raiders draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 26 Don Mosebar *  C USC
2 54 Bill Pickel  NT Rutgers
3 82 Tony Caldwell  LB Washington
4 110 Greg Townsend *  DE Texas Christian
5 138 Dokie Williams  WR UCLA
7 194 Jeff McCall  RB Clemson
8 222 Mike Dotterer  RB Stanford
9 249 Kent Jordan  TE St. Mary's
10 277 Mervyn Fernandez  WR San Jose State
12 333 Scott Lindquist  QB Northern Arizona
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Staff

1983 Los Angeles Raiders staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Personnel

Roster

1983 Los Angeles Raiders final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams



Rookies in italic

Training Camp

The 1983 Los Angeles Raiders training camp facility was the El Rancho Tropicana in Santa Rosa, California.

Preseason

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Time Result Record Venue Attendance NFL.com
recap
1 August 6 San Francisco 49ers 6:00 p.m. PDT W 26–23 (OT) 1–0 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 41,337 Recap
2 August 13 at New York Jets 5:00 p.m. PDT L 17–20 1–1 Giants Stadium 43,392 Recap
3 August 20 Chicago Bears 6:00 p.m. PDT L 21–27 1–2 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 30,187 Recap
4 August 26 at Cleveland Browns 5:00 p.m. PDT L 17–20 1–3 Cleveland Stadium 61,844 Recap

Notes:

a All times are PACIFIC time.

Pre Season Game Officials

Pre Season
Week Opponent Referee Umpire Head Linesman Line Judge Back Judge Side Judge Field Judge
1 San Francisco
2 at N.Y. Jets
3 Chicago
4 at Cleveland

Game summaries

Week P1 (Saturday, August 6, 1983): vs. San Francisco 49ers

Preseason Week 1: San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Raiders
1 2 34OTTotal
49ers 7 9 70023
Raiders 0 0 320326

at Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, California

  • Date: August 6, 1983
  • Game time: 6:00 p.m. PDT
  • Game attendance: 41,337
  • TV: KNBC
Game information

Week P2 (Saturday, August 13, 1983): at New York Jets

Preseason Week 2: Los Angeles Raiders at New York Jets
1 2 34Total
Raiders 3 0 01417
Jets 14 3 3020

at Giants StadiumEast Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Date: August 13, 1983
  • Game time: 5:00 p.m. PDT
  • Game attendance: 43,392
  • TV: KNBC
Game information

Week P3 (Saturday, August 20, 1983): vs. Chicago Bears

Preseason Week 3: Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Raiders
1 2 34Total
Bears 0 14 31027
Raiders 14 0 0721

at Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, California

  • Date: August 20, 1983
  • Game time: 6:00 p.m. PDT
  • Game attendance: 30,187
  • TV: KNBC
Game information

Week P4 (Friday, August 26, 1983): at Cleveland Browns

Preseason Week 4: Los Angeles Raiders at Cleveland Browns
1 2 34Total
Raiders 0 3 7717
Browns 13 7 0020

at Cleveland StadiumCleveland, Ohio

  • Date: August 26, 1983
  • Game time: 5:00 p.m. PDT
  • Game attendance: 61,844
  • TV: NBC
Game information

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Time Result Record Venue Attendance Recap
1 September 4 at Cincinnati Bengals 10:00 a.m. PDT W 20–10 1–0 Riverfront Stadium 50,956 Recap
2 September 11 Houston Oilers 1:00 p.m. PDT W 20–6 2–0 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 37,526 Recap
3 September 19 Miami Dolphins 6:00 p.m. PDT W 27–14 3–0 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 57,796 Recap
4 September 25 at Denver Broncos 1:00 p.m. PDT W 22–7 4–0 Mile High Stadium 74,289 Recap
5 October 2 at Washington Redskins 10:00 a.m. PDT L 35–37 4–1 RFK Stadium 54,106 Recap
6 October 9 Kansas City Chiefs 1:00 p.m. PDT W 21–20 5–1 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 40,492 Recap
7 October 16 at Seattle Seahawks 1:00 p.m. PDT L 36–38 5–2 The Kingdome 60,967 Recap
8 October 23 at Dallas Cowboys 6:00 p.m. PDT W 40–38 6–2 Texas Stadium 64,991 Recap
9 October 30 Seattle Seahawks 1:00 p.m. PST L 21–34 6–3 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 49,708 Recap
10 November 6 at Kansas City Chiefs 10:00 a.m. PST W 28–20 7–3 Arrowhead Stadium 75,497 Recap
11 November 13 Denver Broncos 1:00 p.m. PST W 22–20 8–3 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 57,562 Recap
12 November 20 at Buffalo Bills 10:00 a.m. PST W 27–24 9–3 Rich Stadium 72,393 Recap
13 November 27 New York Giants 1:00 p.m. PST W 27–12 10–3 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 41,473 Recap
14 December 1 at San Diego Chargers 6:00 p.m. PST W 42–10 11–3 Jack Murphy Stadium 47,760 Recap
15 December 11 St. Louis Cardinals 1:00 p.m. PST L 24–34 11–4 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 32,111 Recap
16 December 18 San Diego Chargers 1:00 p.m. PST W 30–14 12–4 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 57,325 Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Notes:

a All times are PACIFIC time. (UTC–7 and UTC–8 starting October 30)

Regular Season Game Officials

Regular Season
Week Opponent Referee Umpire Head Linesman Line Judge Back Judge Side Judge Field Judge
1 at Cincinnati (12) Ben Dreith (10) Tom Myers (8) Dale Williams (53) Bill Reynolds (28) Don Wedge (79) Ed Ward (119) Ron Spitler
2 Houston (71) Bob Frederic (67) John Keck (17) Jerry Bergman (30) Dan Wilford (38) Bill Swanson (120) Gary Lane (gridiron football) (96) Don Hakes
3 Miami (43) Red Cashion (78) Art Demmas (63) Ligouri Hagerty (94) Vern Marshall (52) Ben Tompkins (97) Nate Jones (84) Bob Wortman
4 at Denver (60) Dick Jorgensen (50) Neil Gereb (108) Bob McLaughlin (41) Dick McKenzie (24) Roy Clymer (66) Dave Hawk (31) Dick Dolack
5 at Washington (40) Pat Haggerty (115) Hendi Ancich (85) Frank Glover (44) Walt Peters (92) Jim Poole (61) Dick Creed (18) Bob Lewis
6 Kansas City (9) Jerry Markbreit (57) Ed Fiffick (104) Dale Hamer (117) Ben Montgomery (25) Tom Kelleher (102) Merrill Douglas (91) Bill Stanley
7 at Seattle (32) Jim Tunney (68) John Leimbach (109) Sid Semon (3) Boyce Smith (73) Pat Knight (90) Gil Mace (23) Johnny Grier
8 at Dallas (14) Gene Barth (101) Bob Boylston (37) Burl Toler (54) Jack Johnson (98) Jimmy Rosser (112) Gerry Austin (34) Fritz Graf
9 Seattle (70) Jerry Seeman (20) Frank Sinkovitz (35) Leo Miles (15) Bama Glass (22) Paul Baetz (62) Duwayne Gandy (83) Bill O'Brien
10 at Kansas City (71) Bob Frederic (67) John Keck (17) Jerry Bergman (30) Dan Wilford (38) Bill Swanson (120) Gary Lane (96) Don Hakes
11 Denver (43) Red Cashion (78) Art Demmas (63) Ligouri Hagerty (94) Vern Marshall (52) Ben Tompkins (97) Nate Jones (84) Bob Wortman
12 at Buffalo (95) Bob McElwee (27) Al Conway (111) Earnie Frantz (56) Carver Shannon (5) Ray Douglas (80) Bob Rice (76) Ed Merrifield
13 N.Y. Giants (7) Fred Silva (19) Tommy Hensley (65) Norm Kragseth (59) Bob Beeks (21) Pete Liske (64) Dave Parry (77) Don Orr
14 at San Diego (60) Dick Jorgensen (50) Neil Gereb (108) Bob McLaughlin (41) Dick McKenzie (24) Roy Clymer (66) Dave Hawk (31) Dick Dolack
15 St. Louis (11) Fred Wyant (88) Dave Moss (36) Tony Veteri (4) Wilson Gosier (107) Jim Kearney (16) Royal Cathcart (116) Chuck McCallum
16 San Diego (32) Jim Tunney (68) John Leimbach (109) Sid Semon (3) Boyce Smith (73) Pat Knight (90) Gil Mace (23) Johnny Grier

Game summaries

Week 1 (Sunday, September 4, 1983): at Cincinnati Bengals

Week 1: Los Angeles Raiders at Cincinnati Bengals
1 2 34Total
Raiders 7 10 0320
Bengals 0 0 3710

at Riverfront StadiumCincinnati, Ohio

Game information

Week 2 (Sunday, September 11, 1983): vs. Houston Oilers

Week 2: Houston Oilers at Los Angeles Raiders
1 2 34Total
Oilers 0 3 306
Raiders 6 7 0720

at Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, California

Game information

Week 3 (Monday, September 19, 1983): vs. Miami Dolphins

Week 3: Miami Dolphins at Los Angeles Raiders
1 2 34Total
Dolphins 0 0 01414
Raiders 7 6 7727

at Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, California

Game information

Week 4

Week 4: Los Angeles Raiders at Denver Broncos
1 2 34Total
Raiders (4-0) 0 7 13222
Broncos (2-2) 0 0 077

at Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colorado

Game information

Week 5 (Sunday, October 2, 1983): at Washington Redskins

Week 5: Los Angeles Raiders at Washington Redskins
1 2 34Total
Raiders 0 7 141435
Redskins 7 10 31737

at RFK StadiumWashington, D.C.

Game information

Week 6

Week 6: Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Raiders
1 2 34Total
Chiefs (2-4) 14 3 0320
Raiders (5-1) 0 7 7721

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles

  • Date: October 9, 1983
  • Game time: 4:00 p.m. (ET)/3:00 p.m. (CT)/1:00 p.m. (PT)
  • Game weather: 68 °F; relative humidity 75%; wind 9
  • Game attendance: 40,492
  • Referee: Jerry Markbreit
  • TV announcers (KCTV): Don Fortune (play-by-play), Len Dawson (color commentator)
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com
Game information

Week 7 (Sunday, October 16, 1983): at Seattle Seahawks

Week 7: Los Angeles Radiers at Seattle Seahawks
1 2 34Total
Raiders 7 10 51436
Seahawks 7 0 171438

at The KingdomeSeattle, Washington

Game information

Week 8 (Sunday, October 23, 1983): at Dallas Cowboys

Week 8: Los Angeles Raiders at Dallas Cowboys
1 2 34Total
Raiders 10 21 3640
Cowboys 7 17 01438

at Texas StadiumIrving, Texas

Game information

Week 9 (Sunday, October 30, 1983): vs. Seattle Seahawks

Week 9: Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Raiders
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 0 17 71034
Raiders 0 7 7721

at Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, California

Game information

Week 10

Week 10: Los Angeles Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs
1 2 34Total
Raiders (7-3) 7 0 02128
Chiefs (4-6) 0 6 7720

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: November 6, 1983
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. (ET)/12 Noon (CT)/10:00 a.m. (PT)
  • Game weather: 53 °F, relative humidity 88%, wind 8 mph
  • Game attendance: 75,497
  • Referee: Bob Frederic
  • TV announcers (NBC): Charlie Jones (play-by-play), Bob Griese (color commentator)
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com
Game information

Week 11

Week 11: Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Raiders
1 2 34Total
Broncos (6-5) 10 0 01020
Raiders (8-3) 0 6 7922

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles

Game information

Week 12 (Sunday, November 20, 1983): at Buffalo Bills

Week 12: Los Angeles Raiders at Buffalo Bills
1 2 34Total
Raiders 7 3 71027
Bills 0 3 02124

at Rich StadiumOrchard Park, New York

Game information

Week 13 (Sunday, November 27, 1983): vs. New York Giants

Week 13: New York Giants at Los Angeles Raiders
1 2 34Total
Giants 2 3 0712
Raiders 0 13 7727

at Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, California

Game information

Week 14

Week 14: Los Angeles Raiders at San Diego Chargers
1 2 34Total
Raiders (11-3) 0 14 28042
Chargers (5-9) 7 3 0010

at Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego

Game information

Week 15 (Sunday, December 11, 1983): vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Week 15: St. Louis Cardinals at Los Angeles Raiders
1 2 34Total
Cardinals 0 20 7734
Raiders 17 7 0024

at Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, California

Game information

Week 16

Week 16: San Diego Chargers at Los Angeles Raiders
1 2 34Total
Chargers (6-10) 7 0 7014
Raiders (12-4) 7 6 31430

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles

Game information

Standings

Division

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Los Angeles Raiders(1) 12 4 0 .750 6–2 10–2 442 338 W1
Seattle Seahawks(4) 9 7 0 .563 5–3 8–4 403 397 W2
Denver Broncos(5) 9 7 0 .563 3–5 9–5 302 327 L1
San Diego Chargers 6 10 0 .375 4–4 4–8 358 462 L1
Kansas City Chiefs 6 10 0 .375 2–6 4–8 386 367 W1

Final statistics

Statistical comparison

Los Angeles Raiders Opponents
First downs 356 285
First downs rushing 143 86
First downs passing 181 170
First downs penalty 32 29
Third down efficiency 100/223 44.8% 72/225 32.0%
Fourth down efficiency 7/7 100.0% /
Net yards rushing 2240 1586
Rushing attempts 542 436
Yards per rush 4.1 3.6
Passing – Completions/attempts 301/504 282/531
Times sacked-total yards 55–464 57–484
Interceptions thrown 24 20
Net yards passing 3446 3162
Total net yards 5686 4748
Punt returns-total yards 58–664 35–334
Kickoff returns-total yards 61–1175 68–1227
Interceptions-total return yards 20–238 24–381
Punts-average yardage 78–42.8 100–40.6
Fumbles-lost 46–25 31–16
Penalties-total yards 121–992 109–947
Time of possession 30:58 29:02
Turnovers 49 36

Boxscore

Quarter-by-quarter
1 2 3 4 OT T
Raiders 75 131 108 128 0 442
Opponents 61 85 54 138 0 338

Individual leaders

Offense

Raiders Passing
C/ATT1 Yds TD INT
Jim Plunkett 230/379 2935 20 18
Marc Wilson 67/117 864 8 6
Marcus Allen 4/7 111 3 0
Greg Pruitt 0/1 0 0 0
Raiders Rushing
Car2 Yds TD LG3
Marcus Allen 266 1014 9 19
Frank Hawkins 110 526 6 32
Kenny King 82 294 1 16
Greg Pruitt 26 154 2 18
Marc Wilson 13 122 0 23
Jim Plunkett 26 78 0 20
Rick Berns 6 22 0 13
Cliff Branch 1 20 0 20
Malcolm Barnwell 1 12 0 12
Cleo Montgomery 2 7 0 5
Derrick Jensen 1 5 0 5
Chester Willis 5 0 0 4
David Humm 1 –1 0 –1
Ray Guy 2 –13 0 –3
Raiders Receiving
Rec4 Yds TD LG3
Todd Christensen 92 1247 12 45
Marcus Allen 68 590 2 36
Cliff Branch 39 696 5 99
Malcolm Barnwell 35 513 1 41
Frank Hawkins 20 150 2 28
Dokie Williams 14 259 3 50
Kenny King 14 149 1 34
Calvin Muhammad 13 252 2 45
Cleo Montgomery 2 29 0 15
Don Hasselbeck 2 17 2 13
Greg Pruitt 1 6 0 6
Derrick Jensen 1 2 1 2

1Completions/attempts 2Carries 3Long gain 4Receptions

Defense

Raiders Sacks
Sacks
Howie Long 13.0
Greg Townsend 10.5
Lyle Alzado 7.0
Rod Martin 6.0
Bill Pickel 6.0
Archie Reese 4.0
Mike Davis 2.0
Ted Hendricks 2.0
Matt Millen 2.0
Bob Nelson 2.0
Reggie Kinlaw 1.0
Jack Squirek 1.0
Dave Stalls 0.5
Raiders Safety
Sfty
Lyle Alzado 1
Greg Townsend 1
Raiders Interceptions
Int Yds TD LG PD
Vann McElroy 8 68 0 28
Rod Martin 4 81 2 40
Lester Hayes 2 49 0 28
Matt Millen 1 14 0 14
Ted Watts 1 13 0 13
James Davis 1 10 0 10
Mike Davis 1 3 0 3
Mike Haynes 1 0 0 0
Odis McKinney 1 0 0 0
Raiders Fumbles
FF Fmb FR Yds TD
Marcus Allen 14 2 0 1
Greg Pruitt 10 7 0 0
Jim Plunkett 7 3 0 0
Marc Wilson 4 1 0 0
Frank Hawkins 2 1 0 0
Calvin Muhammad 2 0 0 0
Dokie Williams 2 0 0 0
Todd Christensen 1 1 0 0
Derrick Jensen 1 0 0 0
Kenny King 1 0 0 0
Cleo Montgomery 1 0 0 0
Chester Willis 1 0 0 0
Vann McElroy 0 3 5 0
Mike Davis 0 2 0 0
Howie Long 0 2 0 0
Greg Townsend 0 1 66 1
Lyle Alzado 0 1 0 0
Tony Caldwell 0 1 0 0
Dave Dalby 0 1 0 0
Bruce Davis 0 1 0 0
James Davis 0 1 0 0
Ted Hendricks 0 1 0 0
Bob Nelson 0 1 0 0
Bill Pickel 0 1 0 0
Dave Stalls 0 1 0 0
Ted Watts 0 1 0 0
Raiders Tackles
Comb Solo Ast TGL QBHits

Special Teams

Raiders Kicking
0–19 20–29 30–39 40–49 50+ FGM–FGA XPM–XPA
Chris Bahr 9–11 8–9 4–6 0–1 21–27 51–53
Raiders Punting
Pnt Yds Lng Blck
Ray Guy 78 3336 67 0
Raiders Kick Returns
Ret Yds TD Lng
Greg Pruitt 31 604 0 42
Cleo Montgomery 21 464 0 48
Dokie Williams 5 88 0 19
Matt Millen 2 19 0 10
Derrick Jensen 1 0 0 0
Rod Martin 1 0 0 0
Raiders Punt Returns
Ret Yds TD Lng
Greg Pruitt 58 666 1 97

Scoring

Raiders Scoring
RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD XPM XPA FGM FGA Sfty Pts
Chris Bahr 51 53 21 27 114
Marcus Allen 9 2 1 12 72
Todd Christensen 12 12 72
Frank Hawkins 6 2 8 48
Cliff Branch 5 5 30
Greg Pruitt 2 1 3 18
Dokie Williams 3 3 18
Don Hasselbeck 2 2 12
Kenny King 1 1 2 12
Rod Martin 2 2 12
Calvin Muhammad 2 2 12
Greg Townsend 1 1 1 8
Malcolm Barnwell 1 1 6
Derrick Jensen 1 1 6
Lyle Alzado 1 2

Postseason

Schedule

Round Date Opponent (seed) Time Result Record Venue Attendance Recap
Wild Card First-round bye
Divisional January 1 Pittsburgh Steelers (3) 1:00 p.m. PST W 38–10 1–0 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 90,334 Recap
AFC Championship January 8 Seattle Seahawks (4) 1:00 p.m. PST W 30–14 2–0 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 88,374 Recap
Super Bowl XVIII January 22 Washington Redskins (N1) 1:30 p.m. PST W 38–9 3–0 Tampa Stadium 72,290 Recap

Notes:

a All times are PACIFIC time.

Playoff Game Officials

Playoff
Round Opponent Referee Umpire Head Linesman Line Judge Back Judge Side Judge Field Judge Alternate
AFC Divisional Playoff Pittsburgh (14) Gene Barth (78) Art Demmas (85) Frank Glover (39) Jack Fette (52) Ben Tompkins (80) Bob Rice (31) Dick Dolack
AFC Championship Game Seattle (60) Dick Jorgensen (101) Bob Boylston (35) Leo Miles (74) Ray Dodez (73) Pat Knight (58) Bill Quinby (23) Johnny Grier
Super Bowl XVIII Washington (14) Gene Barth (89) Gordon Wells (17) Jerry Bergman (59) Bob Beeks (52) Ben Tompkins (90) Gil Mace (34) Fritz Graf (32) Jim Tunney (Referee)
(57) Ed Fiffick (Umpire)

AFC Divisional Playoffs (Sunday, January 1, 1984): vs. (3) Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC Divisional Playoffs: Pittsburgh Steelers at Los Angeles Raiders
1 2 34Total
Steelers 3 0 7010
Raiders 7 10 21038

at Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, California

Game information

The Raiders scored 3 touchdowns in the third quarter en route to a 38–10 win over the Steelers. In the first quarter, Pittsburgh advanced on a 78-yard drive, but when faced with fourth down and inches near the goal line, they opted for kicker Gary Anderson's 17-yard field goal. But the Raiders controlled the rest of the game, as Lester Hayes returned an interception 18 yards for a touchdown. A 4-yard touchdown by running back Marcus Allen and a 45-yard field goal gave the Raiders a 17–3 lead. The Raiders then scored three touchdowns in the third period, including Allen's 49-yard run. Allen finished the game with 121 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns on just 13 carries, while also catching 5 passes for 38 yards. The Steelers' lone score in the second half was wide receiver John Stallworth's 58-yard touchdown reception.

AFC Championship Game (Sunday, January 8, 1984): vs. (4) Seattle Seahawks

AFC Championship Game: Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Raiders
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 0 0 7714
Raiders 3 17 7330

at Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, California

Game information

Seattle had defeated Los Angeles twice during the regular season, but this game had a very different outcome.

The Raiders jumped to a 20–0 halftime lead en route to a 30–14 victory. The Seahawks were held to 65 rushing yards while Raiders Running back Marcus Allen ran for 154 yards, caught 7 passes for 62 yards, and scored 2 touchdowns. Lester Hayes' interception on Seattle's first drive of the game set up a 20-yard field goal. In the second quarter, Raiders running back Frank Hawkins then scored two touchdowns. In the second half, Seahawks starting quarterback Dave Krieg was benched and replaced by Jim Zorn. Zorn threw two touchdown passes, but it was not enough as Allen's 3-yard touchdown reception and another Raiders field goal put the game away. Seahawks running back Curt Warner, the AFC's leading rusher during the regular season, was held to just 26 yards on 11 carries.

Super Bowl XVIII (Sunday, January 22, 1984): vs. (N1) Washington Redskins

Super Bowl XVIII: Washington Redskins vs. Los Angeles Raiders
1 2 34Total
Redskins 0 3 609
Raiders 7 14 14338

at Tampa StadiumTampa, Florida

Game information
Marcus Allen rushes in Super Bowl XVIII.
Marcus Allen rushes in Super Bowl XVIII.

Less than five minutes into the game, Derrick Jensen blocked Redskins Jeff Hayes punt and recovered the ball in the end zone to give the Raiders a 7–0 lead. On their ensuing drive, Washington was forced to punt, but Los Angeles punt returner Ted Watts muffed the kick and Washington safety Greg Williams recovered the ball at the Raiders 42-yard line. However, the Redskins could only advance to 27-yard line.

The Redskins regrouped in the second half, and scoring on their opening drive by marching 70 yards in 9 plays. First, Garrett returned the opening kickoff 35 yards from 5 yards deep in the end zone to the Washington 30-yard line. Then, Theismann completed a 23-yard pass to receiver Charlie Brown to the Raiders' 47-yard line. Eight plays later, fullback John Riggins finished the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. (Riggins became the second player to run for touchdowns in back-to-back Super Bowls. He had one in Super Bowl XVII en route to winning that game's Super Bowl MVP). Moseley's extra point attempt was blocked by Don Hasselbeck, but the Redskins had cut the score to 21–9 and were just 2 touchdowns away from taking the lead.

However, the Raiders completely took over the rest of the game, preventing any chance of a Washington comeback. On the ensuing drive, Washington defensive back Darrell Green was called for a 38-yard pass interference penalty while trying to cover Raiders receiver Malcolm Barnwell, setting up running back Marcus Allen's 5-yard touchdown run 7 plays later to make the score 28–9.

On the next Raiders possession, the last play of the third quarter, Plunkett handed the ball off to Allen, who started to run left. But then he saw a lot of defenders in front of him so he cut back to the middle and took off for a then Super Bowl record 74-yard touchdown run, increasing Los Angeles' lead to 35–9.

In the final period, the Raiders sacked Theismann 3 times, forcing him to fumble once, and intercepted a pass. Meanwhile, a 39-yard run from Allen set up a 21-yard field goal from kicker Chris Bahr to make the final score of the game 38–9.

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Media

Radio
Flagship Station Play-by-play Color Commentator Studio Host
KRLA–AM 1110 Bill King Rich Marotta
Pre Season TV
Station Play-by-play Color Commentator Studio Host
KNBC–TV 4

References

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  2. ^ "1983 NFL All-Pros". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
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  6. ^ 1983 Los Angeles Raiders season at databaseFootball.com Archived April 10, 2007, at the Wayback Machine