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The result: Oakland Raiders 27, Philadelphia Eagles 10
The date: Jan. 25, 1981
The place: Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans
The situation: Linebacker Rod Martin intercepted Philadelphia quarterback Ron Jaworski's first pass and returned it 17 yards to the Eagles' 30. That set up a 2-yard touchdown toss from Jim Plunkett to Cliff Branch, putting Oakland ahead 7-0 6:04 into the game.
The turning point: Two possessions later, the Eagles appeared to have tied the score on a 40-yard pass from Jaworski to wide receiver Rodney Parker. But Eagles receiver Harold Carmichael was flagged for illegal motion. That forced a punt, and the Raiders took over at their 14. Two plays later, they faced third and 4 and were about to make history. The moment: Plunkett scrambled out of the pocket and connected with running back Kenny King — who had only 22 receptions and no touchdowns during the regular season — on a sideline toss at the 39. Eagles defensive back Herman Edwards appeared to be in position for an interception. But King made the catch and dashed down the sideline, with receiver Bobby Chandler providing the escort and making the final block. The play ended up as an 80-yard touchdown pass, the longest at the time in a Super Bowl, and the Eagles never recovered.
Quotable: "The play wasn't designed for me to go deep,'' King said. ''I'm supposed to go 6 yards upfield and cut for the sidelines, but when I saw Jim looking upfield, I broke up the sideline. I didn't hear any footsteps behind me, and Chandler kept up with me stride for stride. I didn't know he was that fast." Dave Scheiber, Times staff writer