10 historic heated Raiders rivalry matchups in 2023

Dec 29, 1974; Oakland, CA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Donnie Shell (310 tackles Oakland Raiders receiver Cliff Branch (21) during the 1974 AFC Championship game at Oakland Alameda Coliseum. Pittsburgh defeated Oakland 24-13. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMandatory Credit: Malcolm Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

No non-division team has been a more classic rival for the Raiders than the Steelers. Both teams were mainstays in the postseason throughout the 70s. The two teams clashed five straight times in the playoffs from 1972-76. Three of the first four, the Steelers knocked the Raiders out of the playoffs, starting with the infamous ‘Immaculate Reception’ game in 1972. The next two times the Raiders fell to the Steelers, they would go on to win the Super Bowl.

In 1976, the Raiders would finally best the Steelers and make the Super Bowl. While you won’t see this in any ‘Greatest Super Bowl match-up’ lists, you could never tell that to Al Davis. Beating the Steelers in the playoffs *was* his Super Bowl. Thus why, after the Raiders beat the Vikings, he had 24-7 printed on the ring. That was the score by which the Raiders beat the Steelers in the AFC Championship game.

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