Matchup Memories: Dolphins - Raiders

Five snapshots from the Dolphins-Raiders series …


1. Dec. 30, 1973 — The Dolphins' road to a second consecutive Super Bowl title included a 27-10 victory against the Raiders in the 1973 AFC Championship Game at the Orange Bowl. The story of this game was the Dolphins running game, which produced 266 yards and three touchdowns by Larry Csonka. The Dolphins defense held Oakland to 236 yards and came up with an interception by linebacker Bob Matheson.


2. Dec. 6, 1998 — This late-season game at what was then known as Network Associates Coliseum was a showcase for the Dolphins defense. The Dolphins came up with an incredible six interceptions and eight sacks in the 27-17 victory. Linebacker Robert Jones was the individual star with two sacks and two interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown. Linebacker Zach Thomas also had a pick-six, while Trace Armstrong had 2.5 sacks and Jason Taylor had two.


3. Sept. 23, 2001 — This was one of the most emotional victories the Dolphins have ever had, not only because the game came down to the final seconds but also because it was the first weekend of NFL action after the events of 9/11. The Dolphins pulled out an 18-15 victory when quarterback Jay Fiedler scrambled for a touchdown on the final play of the game. The image of Fiedler in the end zone with his right fist raised made the cover of Sports Illustrated.


4. Sept. 16, 2012 — In the second game of the season, Joe Philbin earned his first victory as Dolphins head coach in a 35-13 rout of the Oakland Raiders. The Dolphins actually trailed 10-7 at halftime before Reggie Bush erupted for touchdown runs of 23 and 65 yards. Bush finished with 172 rushing yards and Lamar Miller added 65, as the Dolphins ended up with 263 yards on the ground.


5. Sept. 28, 2014 — The teams' last meeting took place at Wembley Stadium in London and it was all Dolphins after Oakland scored a touchdown on the opening drive. The Dolphins scored 38 consecutive points to turn that 7-0 deficit into a 38-14 victory. Ryan Tannehill passed for 278 yards and two touchdowns, Cortland Finnegan returned a fumble 50 yards for a touchdown, and Walt Aikens, Brent Grimes and Jimmy Wilson all had interceptions that they returned at least 30 yards.

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