Is it just me, or does it seem like the Pittsburgh Steelers have more controversial calls go their way than any other team? Also, why are the Oakland Raiders on the wrong side of every controversial call?
This one, though, takes the cake for both teams. In a play that has simply been named the "Immaculate Reception," Franco Harris caught a pass that bounced off something with time running out to give Pittsburgh a 12-7 lead.
The big problem was that no one was quite sure who, or what, the football bounced off. Was it wide receiver John Fuqua? Was it safety Jack Tatum? Did flubber appear on the field and the ball bounce off that?
If the ball hit off a Steeler before Harris caught it, the catch would have been illegal, and Oakland should have won the game. Had the ball hit off Tatum, everything would have been fine, and Pittsburgh rightfully won the game.
This is absolutely the most controversial play in NFL playoff history and is one that will likely be debated until the end of time.