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Posted: January 26, 1981

Super Bowl XV MVP: Jim Plunkett wire reports

Jim Plunkett

Oakland won its second Super Bowl title as Jim Plunkett passed for 261 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Raiders became the first wild-card team to win the Super Bowl, defeating Philadelphia 27-10.

After a first-quarter interception by linebacker Rod Martin, who had three picks, Plunkett hit Cliff Branch for a 2-yard touchdown. Later, Plunkett was part of the longest scoring play in Super Bowl history. With under a minute remaining in the first half, Oakland took over on its own 20-yard line. Scrambling, Plunkett found Kenny King behind the secondary and lofted a pass to him. The running back did the rest, completing an 80-yard touchdown.

The Raiders started the second half as strongly as they had finished the first. Plunkett led a 76-yard scoring drive, capping it off with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Branch.

Plunkett hadn't even become the Oakland starter until the sixth week of the season. He then led them to nine wins in their final 11 games, before winning three consecutive playoff games to reach the Super Bowl.