Today in sports history December 23rd, 1972 the Steelers defeated the Raiders in what might be the most famous play in history of the NFL. “The Immaculate reception by Franco Harris”. The Steelers were trailing in the last 30 seconds of the game. Terry Bradshaw dropped back to throw a pass to John Fuqua. The Ball ended up bouncing off the helmet of Raiders safety Jack Tatum and into the air. The Raiders fullback Franco Harris scooped it up out of the air and ran for the game winning down.
Today in sports history December 23rd, 1972 the Steelers beat the Raiders on final play in what becomes known as the “immaculate reception” by Franco Harris @francoharrishof
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Many people believe that the ball may have touched the ground before Harris caught it. However, there was no instant replay at the time and the play stood. It helped spark a brutal rivalry between the Steelers and Raiders and remains one of the most famous and controversial plays in NFL history.