While a Tuck Rule diversion would have been a misfortune impulse for many NFL franchises, a Raiders have a playoff detriment that was even worse. In 1972, John Madden’s organisation hold a 7-6 lead with 1:13 remaining in their AFC local game. Pittsburgh faced a fourth-and-10 from its own 40. Terry Bradshaw scrambled to buy some time in a slot and afterwards heaved a pass to Frenchy Fuqua. Just as a pass reached a Steelers receiver, a fearsome Raiders linebacker Jack Tatum dipped his shoulder for one of his law upending hits and knocked Fuqua down, though not before a round struck someone’s helmet or a pad, caromed 7 yards behind and was scooped adult by Hall of Famer Franco Harris only before it strike a turf. Raiders defenders in a delegate suspicion a play was over and paused for an instant, that was only adequate to open Harris, who outran 4 Raiders defenders for a unlikeliest touchdown in NFL story and one that earned a best nickname for any play in sports history: The Immaculate Reception.
The play brought evident controversy. At a time, a NFL order book pronounced dual descent players couldn’t hold a round consecutively, definition if a pass strike Fuqua’s helmet and went true to Harris, a play was illegal. If a round was final overwhelmed by Tatum before ricocheting back, it was a touchdown. There was no present replay during a time though it was used nonetheless when the arbitrate done a argumentative call to a NFL’s administrator of officials, who reliable a round strike Tatum, support a touchdown.
Tatum insisted a round didn’t hold him while Fuqua announced a same. In his postgame presser, Madden pronounced he suspicion Tatum strike a round (which would have inspected a touchdown and finished a controversy) though doubt still lingers, not helped by inconclusive, grainy radio replays. (FWIW, we consider it strike Fuqua, not Tatum. Watch for yourself.) Only dual group unequivocally knew what happened and now that Tatum is dead, Fuqua is a tip keeper. He says he’s always asked about it and gives a same answer each time.
“I’ll never tell.”
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