Trailing 7-6 with no timeouts and 22 seconds left in the 1972 AFC Divisional playoff game, the Pittsburgh Steelers were left hoping for a miracle to happen on fourth-and-10. With the ball at their own 40-yard line, Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw dropped back in the pocket and was quickly hurried by Oakland’s defenders; the pressure caused Bradshaw to scramble and fire a pass to halfback John “Frenchy” Fuqua at the Raiders’ 35-yard line. The events that transpired next would go down as one of the greatest and most controversial plays in NFL history.
Here’s a look back at that questionable play, as told by Joe Greene, Andy Russell and Franco Harris on “America’s Game.” Also, don’t forget to tune in to “The Immaculate Reception: A Football Life” on Wednesday, December 19 at 8 p.m. ET only on NFL Network.