Immaculate Reception live! last 2 minutes from Pittsburgh 1972

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Raiders Steelers 1972 Divisional playoff ends in historic fashion……


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29 thoughts on “Immaculate Reception live! last 2 minutes from Pittsburgh 1972

  1. Great finish! Still…the Steelers are still two years away. The Raiders four. But we had fantastic rivalries (and personalities) in the 70s.

  2. Hello John. I really like how you did this. The radio broadcast combined with some game footage, pics and trading cards. I am a 47-year old Chiefs fan. As a kid I fell in love with NFL Films, but was disappointed that for years the only footage of the I.C. was the initial collision followed by the end zone shot of Harris scooping-up the ball. Thank you and Happy New Year.

  3. The AFC dominated in the 70’s. It was the combination of the Steelers, Dolphins and Raiders that dominated the AFC and the league. The only team on the NFC who was comparable was the Cowboys. Those teams ruled the 70’s – Steelers, Cowboys, Raiders and Dolphins. Everyone else was second-tier. Great that they all had memorable games with each other. The only dream matchup that didn’t happen at the playoff leve was Dallas-Oakland. Now that would have been a cool Super Bowl!

  4. I am a Raider fan, but this sums up the difference between the Steeler and Raiders of this era. The Steelers were slightly better. I still think the ball bounced off the turf, but the Dolphins probably would have beat the Raiders this year anyway. Tatum’s machismo backfired. He should of just batted it down. It was actually an awesome hit, but somebody like Ronnie Lott would have batted it down or intercepted it, in the interest of winning the game.

  5. Listened to this game on the radio in PGH.  Game was blacked out.  Had to wait til 6 oclock news on WTAE to watch this play and have Myron Cope make sense of it.  By 11PM news, Myron had coined the term, the "Immaculate Reception" as recommended to him by someone who called into the news room.

  6. I watched it with my father and brothers. I recall how saddened I was when Bradshaw first ducked and scrambled because I thought he was sacked. The catch was unbelievable. A miracle.

  7. I recall my dad and older brother watching this game and all of sudden I hear them yelling in the living room and I go running in there trying to figure out what in hell happened.  All I could see was Bradshaw and those fans hugging and going nuts.

  8. Can I say something here ? Now, taking off my Raiders hat, and trying to do this objectively. Over the last half century or so, I have seen pages and pages about Oakland having to fight off refs all the time. In all this time, with all the trash talking that goes on, you would think that the Steelers would be able have any game against Oakland where " the refs helped the Raiders " Since 1968, I have never seen ANY article about any fan from any team ever say the refs helped the Raiders. You would think there would be at least one of " oh yeah, well look how much the refs helped you in this game " . The half of the ledger sheet that lists games the refs won, and particularly against Pitt, is empty. So I have to conclude that if there are no games in 50 years , and bales full on the other side. The Raiders have the right to be upset with being victims. I saw a thing on youtube a bit ago, top ten bad calls. The tuck rule was number 2 and the Deception was #1. But honestly, the Deception was Jack Tatum's fault. Just knock the ball down instead of risking the deflection.

  9. #41 for the Raiders always claimed he was clipped by McMakin by the Steelers but never reacted to the ref about not getting a flagg. the Raiders also claimed the ball hit the ground but NO Raider around the play complained about it

  10. There was a rule back then that ball could not touch two offensive players. Harris' catch of the ball should have been called a non catch because it hit Fuqua first. The only player who could of caught the ball was Fuqua.

  11. It was because of this famous play that I always had little respect for Raider safety Jack Tatum. Tatum may have been a great player and arguably the hardest hitting guy to play in the NFL, but the immaculate reception was his fault. Rather than use finese and play the ball like any savvy safety would do in this situation, he instead tried to levy Fuqa. If he was to play the ball like he was supposed to in such a situation, he could have made an easy interception. It was that "try-to-kill a receiver" mentality that spawned the Darryl Stingley tragedy several years later.

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