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2002 Oakland Raiders season

2002 Oakland Raiders season
Head coach Bill Callahan
General manager Al Davis
Owner Al Davis
Home field Network Associates Coliseum
Record 11–5
Division place 1st AFC West
Playoff finish

Won Divisional Playoffs (Jets) 30–10

Won AFC Championship (Titans) 41–24

Lost Super Bowl XXXVII (Buccaneers) 21–48
Pro Bowlers

Rich Gannon, QB Jerry Rice, WR

Lincoln Kennedy, OT

Barret Robbins, C

Rod Woodson, FS
Previous season Next season
< 2001 2003 >
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum during the Raiders' week 17 win over Kansas City

The 2002 Oakland Raiders season was the club’s 43rd, and 33rd in the National Football League. The Raiders, under the leadership of first-year head coach Bill Callahan, clinched a third consecutive AFC West title with an 11–5 finish. The team is probably best remembered, however, for reaching the Super Bowl; in doing so, they became the first Raiders squad in nineteen years to reach professional football's biggest stage.

The 2002 season, due mainly to the aforementioned Super Bowl run, ranks among the most important in franchise history. The aging Raiders' controversial elimination from the prior year's playoffs set the stage for a concerted championship push. Owner Al Davis traded then-head coach Jon Gruden to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers shortly after the Raiders' 2001 playoff loss; in doing so, he received two first-round picks, two second-round picks, and cash considerations from Tampa Bay. Davis, despite team salary cap troubles, also managed to acquire veteran stars Sam Adams, Rod Woodson, and Bill Romanowski during the 2002 offseason.

The Raiders entered the season with a hugely talented (albeit aging) roster of players. The offense was led by quarterback Rich Gannon. The team's receiving corps of Tim Brown, Jerry Rice, and Jerry Porter ranked among the league's best; additionally, running back Charlie Garner posted 1,903 all-purpose yards. The offensive line, moreover, was anchored by pro-bowlers Lincoln Kennedy and Barret Robbins. The Raiders' offense, all told, led the league in total yardage; Gannon additionally led all NFL quarterbacks in passing with 4,689 yards. The defense, while less vaunted, nonetheless ranked among the NFL's finest; the contributions of Rod Woodson, Bill Romanowski, Charles Woodson, and Trace Armstrong aided the Raiders' cause greatly.

In the third quarter of Oakland's 26–20 win on Monday Night Football over the Jets Tim Brown became the third player in NFL history with 1,000 career catches; the game was stopped so Brown could be honored for the achievement; a vehicle carrying his mother and family drove onto the field for the celebration.

Despite their talent, the Raiders struggled in the first half of the 2002 season. A 4–0 start was followed by four consecutive losses; the team's 4–4 record stunned many onlookers. The team, however, redeemed itself by winning seven of its final eight contests. The Raiders clinched full home-field advantage throughout the playoffs (though they'd won "merely" eleven games it was an impressive feat after twelve teams in the AFC finished 8–8 or better, nine of them 9–7 or better). They routed the New York Jets and Tennessee Titans in the playoffs, by a combined score of 71-34 and a plus-four in turnover differential; in doing so, they advanced to Super Bowl. Their opponent, ironically, would be Jon Gruden's Buccaneers.

The Raiders entered Super Bowl XXXVII as slight favorites; many predicted a hard-fought showdown between Oakland's top-ranked offense and Tampa Bay's top-ranked defense. The resulting game, however, ended in disaster for the Raiders. An early three-point lead (courtesy of a Sebastian Janikowski field goal) evaporated as the Buccaneers scored thirty-four unanswered points. The Buccaneers defense, aided by Gruden's knowledge of the Raider offense, intercepted Rich Gannon three times during this scoring surge. A furious Raider rally cut the score to an almost-competitive 34–21 in the fourth quarter; two more Gannon interceptions, however, sealed the Raiders' fate in a 48–21 bludgeoning.

The Raiders collapsed to a 4–12 finish in 2003; the team, for the most part, was disbanded by 2004. Entering the 2015 season, the Raiders have not appeared in a playoff game since and have posted only two .500 seasons (in 2010 and 2011) in the ten seasons following 2002.


  • Personnel 1
    • Staff 1.1
    • Roster 1.2
  • Regular season 2
    • Schedule 2.1
    • Game summaries 2.2
      • Week 1 2.2.1
    • Week 2 2.3
    • Week 3 2.4
    • Week 4 2.5
    • Week 5 2.6
    • Week 6 2.7
    • Week 7 2.8
    • Week 9 2.9
    • Week 10 2.10
    • Week 11 2.11
    • Week 12 2.12
    • Week 13 2.13
    • Week 14 2.14
    • Week 15 2.15
    • Week 16 2.16
    • Week 17 2.17
    • Standings 2.18
  • Playoffs 3
    • AFC Divisional Playoff 3.1
    • AFC Championship Game 3.2
  • Awards and honors 4
  • References 5




Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result TV Time Record Attendance
1 September 8, 2002 Seattle Seahawks W 31–17 FOX 4:15et 1–0
2 September 15, 2002 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 30–17 ESPN 8:30et 2–0
3 Bye
4 September 29, 2002 Tennessee Titans W 52–25 CBS 4:15et 3–0
5 October 6, 2002 at Buffalo Bills W 49–31 CBS 1:00et 4–0
6 October 13, 2002 at St. Louis Rams L 28–13 CBS 4:15et 4–1
7 October 20, 2002 San Diego Chargers L 27–21 (OT) CBS 4:05et 4–2
8 October 27, 2002 at Kansas City Chiefs L 20–10 CBS 1:00et 4–3
9 November 3, 2002 San Francisco 49ers L 23–20 (OT) FOX 4:05et 4–4
10 November 11, 2002 at Denver Broncos W 34–10 ABC 9:00et 5–4
11 November 17, 2002 New England Patriots W 27–20 ESPN 8:30et 6–4
12 November 24, 2002 at Arizona Cardinals W 41–20 CBS 1:05et 7–4
13 December 2, 2002 New York Jets W 26–20 ABC 9:00et 8–4
14 December 8, 2002 at San Diego Chargers W 27–7 CBS 4:15et 9–4
15 December 15, 2002 at Miami Dolphins L 23–17 CBS 1:00et 9–5
16 December 22, 2002 Denver Broncos W 28–16 CBS 4:15et 10–5
17 December 28, 2002 Kansas City Chiefs W 24–0 CBS 5:00et 11–5

Game summaries

Week 1

1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 7 0 0 10 17
• Raiders 7 21 3 0 31


The Seahawks were beaten for the fifth straight time at Oakland, but for the first time as an NFC team as league realignment took them out of the AFC West and into the revamped NFC West. Rich Gannon tossed for 214 yards and two touchdowns while four Raiders backs led by Charlie Garner rushed for 214 yards and two scores. Matt Hasselbeck threw for two touchdowns for the Seahawks.

Week 2

Gannon flirted with Drew Bledsoe's 1994 single-game record for passes with 64, connecting on 43 of them for 403 yards and a 21-yard score to Jerry Porter, but was intercepted twice. The Steelers behind a Kordell Stewart touchdown to Hines Ward at the end of the third quarter clawed to within 20–17, but on the opening play of the fourth Terry Kirby ran back the ensuing kickoff 96 yards for the score. A Sebastian Janikowski field goal ended all hope for the Steelers in a 30–17 Raiders win.

Week 3

Bye Week

Week 4

The Raiders crushed the Tennessee Titans 52–25 as they intercepted Steve McNair four times while Rich Gannon threw four touchdowns. Jerry Rice had 144 yards receiving and a touchdown. The game was a penalty-laden affair with 21 combined fouls eating up 194 yards.

Week 5

The Raiders traveled to Buffalo and once again scored seven touchdowns. The game lead tied or changed ten times before 21 unanswered Raiders points put the game away 49–31. Rich Gannon had three touchdowns while Drew Bledsoe had two scores but was picked off three times; Phillip Buchanon picked off Bledsoe at the Raiders 19-yard line and scored.

Week 6

The Raiders four-game winning streak ended 28–13 against the Rams at the Edward Jones Dome. With the Rams 0–5 and Kurt Warner benched after poor play, Marc Bulger put the game away early with three touchdowns offsetting two Sebastian Janikowski field goals. Rich Gannon was intercepted twice and the two teams combined for 25 penalties for 189 yards.

Week 7

The Raiders returned to Oakland and faced the 5–1 Chargers, who charged out to a 14–0 lead; the game lead tied or changed three times after that as Oakland forced overtime, but in the extra period the Chargers drove down and LaDanian Tomlinson's 19-yard score finished off the 27–21 San Diego win.

Week 9

Jerry Rice faced his former team for the first time as the Raiders hosted their next-door neighbors the 49ers. Rice caught six passes for 74 yards while his successor at the Niners, Terrell Owens, accounted for all but 99 yards of Jeff Garcia's 282 passing yards. The game was tied 13–13 into the fourth quarter; following an exchange of touchdowns (a Tai Streets reception and a Charlie Garner run) the 49ers got the ball back with 6:30 to go, but Jose Cortez missed a 27-yard field goal attempt on the final play of regulation. The Niners got the ball for overtime and Garcia completed five passes while rushing three times for 21 yards; it set up Cortez's winning 23-yard field goal, a 23–20 Niners win. The game put the Niners at 6–2 while the Raiders were searching for answers after falling to 4–4.

Week 10

The Raiders got back on track by crushing the Broncos 34–10. In the first quarter Brian Griese was intercepted by Rod Woodson for a 98-yard pick-six score and the Raiders never looked back. Rich Gannon had three touchdowns and only four incompletions of 38 throws for 352 yards.

Week 11

On Sunday Night Football the Raiders hosted the Patriots a year after the controversial Tuck Rule Game and won 27-20. The two teams managed 584 yards of offense as Rich Gannon threw for 297 yards with one interception; five Raiders players including Gannon rushed for 97 yards and three touchdowns, enough to overcome Kevin Faulk's 86-yard kick return score in the final minute.

Week 12

The Raiders traveled to Arizona and put up 520 yards of offense in a 41-20 win. Gannon had 340 passing yards and three scores while Jake Plummer was intercepted twice to go with two touchdowns. The Cardinals were limited to 263 yards of offense, 135 of them from Marcel Shipp.

Week 13

One of the league's most famous rivalries was renewed as the Raiders hosted the NY Jets 34 years after the famous Heidi Game meeting. After the Jets took a 10–6 halftime lead the Raiders drove down field in the third quarter; with 11:30 to go in the third on 2nd and 16 Rich Gannon completed a six-yard pass to Tim Brown; the catch was the 1,000th in his career for Brown as he became only the third player in league history to reach 1,000 catches; the game was stopped and a vehicle transported Brown's family onto the field to celebrate the accomplishment; among those congratulating Brown were his mom ("She's never been to a game since I've been playing," Brown said) and one of the other two players with 1,000 career catches – teammate Jerry Rice. Following the celebration Rice caught a 26-yard touchdown. The Raiders clawed to a 26–20 lead before intercepting Chad Pennington at their nine-yard line with four seconds to go.

Week 14

The Raiders travelled to Qualcomm Stadium and slammed the door on the 8-4 Chargers' run to the playoffs 27-7. They intercepted Drew Brees three times while the Raiders managed just 67 rushing yards but three of them ended in touchdowns.

Week 15

The Raiders hit a roadblock as the Dolphins stormed to a 23-17 win at Pro Player Stadium. Rich Gannon was intercepted once and the Raiders fumbled. Ricky Williams accounted for 101 rushing yards for Miami.

Week 16

The Broncos despite 16 second-half points fell 28-16 to the Raiders as three Raiders backs rushed for 136 yards and three scores, culminated by Zack Crockett's one-yard score in the fourth. The loss all but eliminated the Broncos from the playoffs despite twelve other teams still being mathematically eligible in the AFC.

Week 17

In a Saturday NFL double-header (the Eagles-Giants were the opening game) the Raiders shut out the Chiefs 24-0 and won the top seed in the AFC. The Chiefs were held to 176 yards of offense and a Trent Green interception.


AFC West
(1) Oakland Raiders 11 5 0 .688 4–2 9–3 450 304 W2
Denver Broncos 9 7 0 .563 3–3 5–7 392 344 W1
San Diego Chargers 8 8 0 .500 3–3 6–6 333 367 L4
Kansas City Chiefs 8 8 0 .500 2–4 6–6 467 399 L1


AFC Divisional Playoff

AFC Championship Game

Awards and honors


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Raiders on Pro Football Reference

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