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On This Day in Sports Odds History

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1980 (NFL): The Oakland Raiders become the first Wild Card team to win the Super Bowl after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 27-10 in Super Bowl XV. The Raiders were 3-point underdogs and the game stayed just under the total of 37½-points. Raiders quarterback Jim Punkett was named Super Bowl MVP after throwing for 261 and 3 touchdowns. Oakland entered the season at 35-1 to win the Super Bowl and was 15-1 before the start of the playoffs.

1998 (NFL): In his 15th season and 4th Super Bowl appearance, 37-year old John Elway finally wins his first Super Bowl after the Denver Broncos defeat the Green Bay Packers 31-24. The Broncos were an 11½-point underdog and the game went over the total of 49 points. Super Bowl MVP Terrell Davis rushed for 157 yards and 3 touchdowns. Elway passed for 123 and 1 interception and added a rushing touchdown.

2003 (Tennis): "The Serena Slam" - Serena Williams wins her first Australian Open title and her 4th straight Grand Slam singles title after defeating her older sister Vensus Williams 7-6, 3-6, 6-4. Serena entered the tournament at even money to win the title and was a -165 favorite for the match. She defeated Venus in each of the 4 finals of the major victories. The duo also won the women's doubles tournament - the 6th of their 14 women's doubles Grand Slam titles.