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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Eagles plunked by Raiders
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Jan. 25, 1981

The Philadelphia Eagles go Ker-Plunkett as Oakland Raider quarterback Jim Plunkett completes his triumphant resurgence. Ending an amazing season that took him from the bench (he didn't become the starter until Dan Pastorini suffered a broken leg in the fifth game) to MVP of Super Bowl XV, Plunkett throws three touchdown passes in the Raiders' 27-10 victory in the Superdome in New Orleans.

He hits wide receiver Cliff Branch twice (two and 29 yards) and running back Kenny King for an 80-yarder to boost Oakland's lead to 14-0 late in the first quarter. He completes 13-of-21 passes for 261 yards without an interception.

Eagles quarter Ron Jaworski, nicknamed Jaws, is eaten alive by the Raiders' shark-like defense. Taking the biggest bite out of him is linebacker Rod Martin, who intercepts three passes.

The Raiders are the first wild-card team to win the Super Bowl, though not the first non-first place team to triumph. The Kansas City Chiefs finished second in the AFL West in the 1969 season on their way to the Super Bowl crown.

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