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The Immaculate Reception
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The Immaculate Reception

Dec. 23, 1972

One of the greatest and most debated plays in NFL history, the Immaculate Reception occurred during a 1972 AFC divisional playoffs game between the Oakland Raiders and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Trailing 7-6, facing a fourth-and-10 with only 1:17 left to play, Terry Bradshaw launched a pass toward John Fuqua. The ball bounced -- off whom is still disputed -- and tumbled, end over end into the hands of Franco Harris. So many aspects of the play are controversial to this day, but what can't be argued is that the play launched Harris and the Steelers to greatness.

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