Raiders–Steelers rivalry

Raiders–Steelers rivalry

Oakland Raiders–Pittsburgh Steelers
Oakland Raiders
Pittsburgh Steelers
First meeting October 25, 1970
Oakland 31, Pittsburgh 14
Latest meeting October 27, 2013
Oakland 21, Pittsburgh 18
Next meeting November 8, 2015
Statistics
Meetings total 27 meetings
All-time series OAK: leads 15–12–0
Regular season OAK: leads 12–9–0
Postseason results Tied: 3-3
Largest victory November 21, 2010
Pittsburgh 35, Oakland 3
Current streak OAK: 2 wins
Championship success

Super Bowl Championships (9)

Conference Championships (12)

The Raiders–Steelers rivalry is a rivalry in the NFL between the Oakland Raiders and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The bitter rivalry between the Raiders and Steelers started with the Steelers' first playoff win over the Raiders by way of Franco Harris's Immaculate Reception on December 23, 1972. The two teams met in the playoffs for five consecutive seasons (1972-1976) and is regarded as one of the most bitter rivalries in the history of professional sports. The rivalry had it all - violence, drama, and bragging rights for AFC supremacy. The Oakland Raiders currently lead the all-time series 15-12-0.

History

The Immaculate Reception spawned a heated rivalry between the Raiders and Steelers, a rivalry that was at its peak during the 1970s, when both teams were among the best in the league and both were known for their hard-hitting, physical play. The teams met in the playoffs in each of the next four seasons, starting with the Raiders' 33–14 victory in the 1973 divisional playoffs. Pittsburgh used the AFC championship game victories over Oakland (24–13 at Oakland in 1974 and 16–10 at Pittsburgh in 1975) as a springboard to victories in Super Bowl IX and Super Bowl X, before the Raiders notched a 24–7 victory at home in 1976 on their way to winning Super Bowl XI. To date, the two last met in the playoffs in 1983 when the eventual Super Bowl champion Raiders, playing in Los Angeles at the time, crushed the Steelers 38–10. The rivalry has somewhat died off in the years since, mainly due to the Raiders on-field struggles since appearing in Super Bowl XXXVII.

Lawsuit

During the 1975 AFC Championship game, Raiders strong safety Lynn Swann that gave him a concussion. When the two teams met in the 1976 season opener, Atkinson hit Swann again and gave him another concussion. After the second incident, Steelers head coach Chuck Noll referred to Atkinson as part of the "criminal element" in the NFL. Atkinson filed a $2 million defamation lawsuit against Noll and the Steelers, which he lost.[1]

References

  1. ^ Smizik, Bob (2006-10-29). "Raiders of the lost rivalry".