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2002 Oakland Raiders season
Owner Al Davis
Head Coach Bill Callahan
General Manager Al Davis
Home Field Network Associates Coliseum
Results
Record 11–5
Place 1st AFC West
Playoff Finish Won Divisional Playoffs (vs. Jets) 30–10
Won AFC Championship (vs. Titans) 41–24
Lost Super Bowl XXXVII (vs. Buccaneers) 21–48
Pro Bowlers QB Rich Gannon
WR Jerry Rice
T Lincoln Kennedy
C Barret Robbins
FS Rod Woodson
AP All-Pros QB Rich Gannon (1st team)
WR Jerry Rice (2nd team)
T Lincoln Kennedy (1st team)
C Barret Robbins (1st team)
FS Rod Woodson (1st team)
Timeline
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The 2002 Oakland Raiders season was the franchise's 33rd in the National Football League (NFL), their 43rd overall, their eighth since returning to Oakland and their first under head coach Bill Callahan. The Raiders played their home games at Network Associates Coliseum as members of the AFC West. The Raiders had essentially traded their head coach Jon Gruden following the 2001 season. The Raiders hired Callahan, the offensive coordinator under Gruden, to return them to the playoffs.

Despite their talent, the Raiders struggled in the first half of the 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. 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. Finishing 11–5 in a conference where twelve teams obtained .500 or better records and nine were above .500, the Raiders won the AFC West for the third consecutive season and clinched the AFC's top seed and full home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. They routed the New York Jets and Tennessee Titans in the playoffs, by a combined score of 71–34 and +4 in turnover differential; in doing so, they advanced to their first Super Bowl since 1984. Their opponent was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, led by their former coach Jon Gruden.

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 34 unanswered points. The Buccaneers defense, aided by Gruden's knowledge of the Raider offense and Raiders failure to change many of the terms for their offense, intercepted Rich Gannon three times during this scoring surge. Many times, Buccaneer safety John Lynch was able to determine what play was coming based on audibles called by Raider quarterback Rich Gannon. A furious Raider rally cut the score to an almost-competitive 21–34 in the fourth quarter. However, two more Gannon interceptions sealed the Raiders' fate in a 48–21 bludgeoning.

The years following the Super Bowl loss marked a period of decline and futility for the Raiders, earning neither a winning record nor a playoff trip until 2016. As of 2022, this represents the most recent AFC West title and postseason win for the Raiders.

The last remaining active member of the 2002 Oakland Raiders was kicker Sebastian Janikowski, who played his final NFL game in the 2018 season, although he missed the 2017 season.

Personnel[]

Staff[]

2002 Oakland Raiders staff

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator – Marc Trestman
  • Running Backs – Skip Peete
  • Wide Receivers – Fred Biletnikoff
  • Tight Ends – Jay Norvell
  • Offensive Line – Aaron Kromer
  • Senior Assistant – John Morton
  • Offensive Assistant – Jim Harbaugh
  • Offensive Assistant – Chris Turner
 

Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator – Chuck Bresnahan
  • Defensive Line – Mike Waufle
  • Linebackers – Fred Pagac
  • Defensive Backs – Ron Lynn
  • Quality Control/Defense – Chris Griswold
  • Quality Control/Defense – Don Martin
  • Squad Development – Willie Brown

Special Teams Coaches

  • Special Teams Coordinator – Bob Casullo

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning Coordinator – Garrett Giemont

Roster[]

2002 Oakland Raiders roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

  • 23 Madre Hill
  • 25 Charlie Garner
  • 40 Jon Ritchie
  • 47 Tyrone Wheatley
  • 32 Zack Crockett
  • 28 Randy Jordan

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

  • 88 Doug Jolley
  • 86 Roland Williams
Offensive Linemen
  • 65 LT Barry Sims
  • 73 LG Frank Middleton
  • 63 C Barret Robbins
  • 79 RG Mo Collins
  • 72 RT Lincoln Kennedy
  • 74 T Matt Stinchcomb
  • 70 T-G Brad Badger
  • 62 C/LS Adam Treu
  • 66 G Langston Walker

Defensive Linemen

  • 99 DeLawrence Grant
  • 97 John Parrella
  • 95 Sam Adams
  • 93 Trace Armstrong
  • 91 Regan Upshaw
  • 92 Junior Ioane
  • 57 Rod Coleman
  • 75 Chris Cooper
Linebackers
  • 53 Bill Romanowski
  • 55 Travian Smith
  • 50 Eric Barton
  • 41 Eric Johnson
  • 51 Tim Johnson
  • 58 Napoleon Harris

Defensive Backs

  • 24 CB/PR Charles Woodson
  • 26 Rod Woodson
  • 20 Tory James
  • 18 CB/PR Phillip Buchanon
  • 22 Terrance Shaw
  • 33 Anthony Dorsett
  • 38 Clarence Love

Special Teams

Reserve Lists
  • Currently vacant

Practice Squad:

  • CB Tony Lukins
  • TE-long snapper Ben Steele
  • TE David Newman
  • T Joe Wong

Regular season[]

Schedule[]

Week Date Opponent Result Score Record Att.
1 September 8 Seattle W 31–17 1–0
53,260
2 September 15 at Pittsburgh W 30–17 2–0
62,260
3 Bye week
4 September 29 Tennessee W 52–25 3–0
58,719
5 October 6 at Buffalo W 49–31 4–0
73,038
6 October 13 at St. Louis L 28–13 4–1
66,070
7 October 20 San Diego L 27–21 (OT) 4–2
60,974
8 October 27 at Kansas City L 20–10 4–3
78,685
9 November 3 San Francisco L 23–20 (OT) 4–4
62,660
10 November 11 at Denver W 34–10 5–4
76,643
11 November 17 New England W 27–20 6–4
62,552
12 November 24 at Arizona W 41–20 7–4
58,814
13 December 2 NY Jets W 26–20 8–4
62,257
14 December 8 at San Diego W 27–7 9–4
67,968
15 December 15 at Miami L 23–17 9–5
73,572
16 December 22 Denver W 28–16 10–5
62,592
17 December 28 Kansas City W 24–0 11–5
62,078

Standings[]

Template:2002 AFC West standings

Playoffs[]

AFC Divisional Playoff[]

Oakland Raiders 30, New York Jets 10

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 3 7 0 0 10
Raiders 3 7 7 13 30


  • stadium= Network Associates Coliseum, Oakland, California
  • time= 1:30 p.m. PST
  • weather= 61°F, mostly cloudy
  • TV=CBS
  • TVAnnouncers= Greg Gumbel (play-by-play) and Phil Simms (color commentator), and Armen Keteyian (sideline reporter)
  • referee= Dick Hantak
  • attendance= 62,207

AFC Championship Game[]

Oakland Raiders 41, Tennessee Titans 24

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Titans 7 10 7 0 24
Raiders 14 10 3 14 41


  • stadium= Network Associates Coliseum, Oakland, California
  • time= 3:30 p.m. PST
  • weather= 52°F, clear
  • TV=CBS
  • TVAnnouncers= Greg Gumbel (play-by-play), Phil Simms (color commentator), Armen Keteyian, and Bonnie Bernstein (sideline reporters)
  • referee= Ed Hochuli
  • attendance= 62,544

Awards and honors[]

  • Rich Gannon, Bert Bell Award[1]

References[]

Raiders on Pro Football Reference

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