Most confident of the Raiders was Lamonica, completing his first full season as a starting quarterback. "I know we can win tomorrow," he said flatly the day before the game. "Those predictions—Oakland a two-touchdown underdog—are ridiculous. Green Bay is a great football team. There can be no doubt about that. We respect them. But we should have been undefeated this year. You're a good football team when you come close to winning 15 games in a row. This is a young, strong football team. It makes mistakes, but all year it proved it could overcome them."
After the game, Lombardi smiled happily. "It wasn't our best effort," he said. "All year it seems like when we get a couple of touchdowns ahead, we let up. Maybe that's the sign of a veteran team. I don't know."
Someone asked him if he planned to retire, and he smiled again but did not answer.
Gene Upshaw, the rookie Raider offensive guard who played opposite Jordan, came into the Packer dressing room after most people had left and sat down next to him. Jordan introduced him to Gregg. "Here's a fine young ballplayer who did a hell of a job on an old man today," Jordan said, smiling.
"I told 'em in the All-Star Game, Oakland would be in the Super Bowl," Upshaw said. "I've learned a little since then, Henry."
"If you learn as much next year, I'd hate to get you again," Jordan said. He thought about that and added, "Still, I hope we see you again next January."
"Let's make it a date," Upshaw said. It is a date both players probably will keep.