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Edwin Shrake
January 08, 1968
For years the Oakland Raiders bounced from one stadium to another, playing all but unnoticed in the shade of that other professional football team from the town across the Bay. But last week, now firmly settled in their own fine new home, the Raiders finally got what they had been seeking during those darker times—their first American Football League championship. After waiting so long, the Raiders turned the event into an almost casual rout. They beat the Houston Oilers 40-7 and left the impression they could have easily doubled the score if they had not been looking forward to their showdown Super Bowl match with the Green Bay Packers.
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January 08, 1968

Another Old Pro Kicks For Sixteen

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"If we play like we played today, we can run on Green Bay or on anybody else," said Upshaw. "There's plenty of pressure in the Super Bowl, but if we keep calm it's going to be just like playing any team in any other game."

The Raiders may find that is not quite the case. But after eight years of trying, they have at last won an AFL championship, and they have a reason to feel heady.

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