In honour of the Super Bowl, here’s a clip of the “Immaculate Reception.” It occurred in a 1972 playoff game between Pittsburgh and Oakland. Oakland was ahead 7-6 with 22 seconds left on the clock. The Steelers were fourth and 10, so this was their last chance to avoid ending their season.
The Steelers obviously won the game, which was their first playoff win since their inception in 1933. They lost the following week to Miami, who were of course enjoying their “perfect season,” and who went on to win the 1972 Super Bowl.
But, this marked the end of 4 decades of failure, and Pittsburgh went on to win 4 of the next 10 championships.