The 1976 Oakland Raiders season was the team's 17th season, and 7th in the National Football League.
After having appeared in the three previous AFC Championship Games – and having lost all three—the 1976 Raiders finally won the conference championship, and went on to win their first Super Bowl.
After posting a 13–1 regular season record and winning their sixth AFC West championship in seven seasons, the Raiders rolled to victories against the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers to achieve the second Super Bowl berth in team history. Then on January 9, 1977 at the Rose Bowl, the Raiders won Super Bowl XI by defeating the Minnesota Vikings 32–14. The victory had the Raiders compile a spectacular 16–1 overall record.
On March 30, 2012, the 1976 Oakland Raiders were named the greatest team of all time by NFL.com's "Bracketology"; a 15-day, 6 round fan vote tournament that features the 64 greatest teams from the Super Bowl era. Oakland beat the 2000 Baltimore Ravens in the final round by a .8% margin.
| 1976 Oakland Raiders roster|
Ken Stabler, David Humm, Mike Rae
Clarence Davis HB, Mark van Eeghen FB, Pete Banaszak, Carl Garrett, Manfred Moore, Hubert Ginn
Fred Biletnikoff, Cliff Branch, Mike Siani, Morris Bradshaw
Dave Casper, Warren Bankston
|| Offensive linemen
LT Art Shell, LG Gene Upshaw, C Dave Dalby, RG George Buehler, RT John Vella, Dan Medlin, Henry Lawrence, Steve Sylvester
John Matuszak, Dave Rowe, Otis Sistrunk, Charles Philyaw, Herb McMath
LOLB Phil Villapiano, LILB Willie Hall, RILB Monte Johnson, ROLB Ted Hendricks, Rodrigo Barnes, Floyd Rice, Rik Bonness
George Atkinson, Willie Brown, Neal Colzie, Charlie Phillips, Mike Reinfeldt, Jack Tatum, Alonzo "Skip" Thomas
K Errol Mann, P Ray Guy, PR Neal Colzie, KR Carl Garrett
| Art Shell
|| Gene Upshaw
|| Dave Dalby
|| George Buehler
|| John Vella|
The Road to their first World Championship began on opening day as they faced the reigning world champion Pittsburgh Steelers. In their home opener, Oakland trailed 28–14 with just over five minutes to play, yet orchestrated what many to this day refer to as their Comeback Classic of 1976. They won 31–28 on a 21-yard Fred Steinfort field goal with 18 seconds left.
What followed was a mammoth 5-game road trip, featuring wins over each of the Raiders' three divisional foes. It also included Oakland's lone loss on the year, a 48–17 shocker in New England. However, this would just be a preview of things to come between the Raiders and the Patriots.
Oakland became virtually unbeatable after the defeat. Upon returning home, the Raiders cruised to big victories, like a 49–16 stomping of the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers and had nail biters like the 28–27 victory against a competitive Chicago Bear team at Soldier Field. They closed out the season with a 24–0 shutout of the San Diego Chargers in Oakland.
The Raiders would end the 1976 season with a 64.3% pass completion. Ken Stabler would complete 66.7% of his passes. Mark van Eeghan would reach the 1000 yard mark with 1012 yards. Dave Casper would lead the team in receptions with 53 while Cliff Branch would lead the team in reception yards (1111), touch downs (12), and yards per reception for receivers who caught more than one pass (24.2).
| Week || Opponent || Result || Game site || Attendance|
| 1 || Pittsburgh Steelers ||W 31–28|| Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum || 51,371|
| 2 || at Kansas City Chiefs ||W 24–21|| Arrowhead Stadium || 60,884|
| 3 || at Houston Oilers ||W 14–13|| Houston Astrodome || 42,338|
| 4 || at New England Patriots ||L 17–48|| Schaefer Stadium || 61,068|
| 5 || at San Diego Chargers ||W 27–17|| San Diego Stadium || 50,523|
| 6 || at Denver Broncos ||W 17–10|| Mile High Stadium || 63,431|
| 7 || Green Bay Packers ||W 18–14 || Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum || 52,232|
| 8 || Denver Broncos ||W 19–6|| Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum || 52,169|
| 9 || at Chicago Bears ||W 28–27|| Soldier Field (I) || 53,585|
| 10 || Kansas City Chiefs ||W 21–10|| Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum || 48,259|
| 11 || at Philadelphia Eagles ||W 26–7|| Veterans Stadium || 65,990|
| 12 || Tampa Bay Buccaneers ||W 49–16|| Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum || 49,590|
| 13 || Cincinnati Bengals ||W 35–20|| Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum || 52,430|
| 14 || San Diego Chargers ||W 24–0|| Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum || 50,102|
Week 1: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 2: at Kansas City Chiefs
Week 3: at Houston Oilers
Week 4: at New England Patriots
Week 5: at San Diego Chargers
Week 6: at Denver Broncos
Week 7: vs. Green Bay Packers
Week 8: vs. Denver Broncos
Week 9: at Chicago Bears
Oakland Raiders at Chicago Bears
- Date: November 7
- Location: Soldier Field, Chicago
- Game start: 1:00 p.m. CST
- Game attendance: 53,585
- Game weather: 36°F, wind 15 mph
||Bears||Walter Payton 5-yard run (Bob Thomas kick)||Bears 7–0|
||Raiders||Dave Casper 17-yard pass from Ken Stabler (Errol Mann kick)||Tie 7–7|
||Raiders||Cliff Branch 75-yard pass from Ken Stabler (Errol Mann kick)||Raiders 14–7|
||Raiders||Clarence Davis 2-yard run (Errol Mann kick)||Raiders 21–7|
||Bears||James Scott 36-yard pass from Bob Avellini (Bob Thomas kick)||Raiders 21–14|
||Bears||Walter Payton 12-yard run (kick failed)||Raiders 21–20|
||Bears||Walter Payton 2-yard run (Bob Thomas kick)||Bears 27–21|
||Raiders||Cliff Branch 49-yard pass from Ken Stabler (Errol Mann kick)||Raiders 28–27|
Oakland escaped Chicago with a victory after a 31-yard field goal attempt by Bob Thomas with 15 seconds left got caught in a gust of wind and hit the upright.
Week 10: vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Week 11: at Philadelphia Eagles
Week 12: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 13: vs. Cincinnati Bengals
With the victory, the Raiders clinched a playoff berth for the Steelers.
Week 14: vs. San Diego Chargers
AFC Divisional: vs. New England Patriots
AFC Championship: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Super Bowl XI: vs. Minnesota Vikings
Awards and honors