This Day in Football: Roger Staubach’s “Hail Mary”

Dallas Cowboys, TCIPF Staff, This Day in NFL History

On December 28, 1975 the Dallas Cowboys played the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Divisional Playoff Round. Despite being heavy underdogs, the Cowboys trailed 14-10 late in the fourth quarter with one last shot for a miracle. Cowboys QB Roger Staubach threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to WR Drew Pearson to give Dallas a 17-14 upset victory. The pass became known as the “Hail Mary,” a name that has become forever synonymous with last-second, desperation passes.

Watch the genesis of the “Hail Mary” pass from NFL Films’ 1987 production, “The Greatest Moments in Dallas Cowboys History.”

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