Bottom line: After quarterbacking the Raiders to a 33-14 loss to the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl II, "The Mad Bomber" had a chance to return to the big game each of the next three seasons, but fate turned against him each time.
In the 1968 AFL Championship Game against Joe Namath and the New York Jets, Lamonica was leading the Raiders on a potential game-winning drive in the fourth quarter when his swing pass to Charlie Smith at the Jets’ 24-yard line was ruled a lateral and recovered by New York. The Jets held on for a 27-23 win and shocked the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III.
The next season, the Raiders were favored against the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFL championship game after defeating them twice in the regular season, but an injury to Lamonica’s throwing hand in the third quarter proved pivotal in a 17-7 loss.
In 1970, Lamonica again was knocked out of the AFC championship game with an injury, and the Colts went on to a 27-17 win.