In 1971, The Oakland Raiders missed the post-season for the only time between 1967 to 1977. In 1972 they bounced back, finished 1st in the west at 10-3-1, but lost to the Steelers in the first round. We have five future Hall of Famers in this group.
George was out of football in 1959, but in 1960 the AFL came knocking, and he found a 2nd career as the Oilers' starting QB and kicker from 1960-66, while leading Houston to the AFL Championship in 1960 and 1961. He also led AFL in passing attempts and completions in '63, '64, and '65.
In 1967 Blanda moved on tho the Raiders, and was their kicker for 9 seasons. He played in Super Bowl II, but retired just before the Raiders' Super Bowl championship season of 1976. George was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1981.
Also check out the 1968 and 1971 Raiders.