'The Immaculate Reception: A Football Life' Date, Time, Trailer and More

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IDecember 13, 2012

Photo Credit: SI.com
Photo Credit: SI.com

The Immaculate Reception is one of the most polarizing, most talked-about single plays in NFL history, and NFL Films' A Football Life series is set to dig even deeper into this iconic play in its next edition.

Fans of the Oakland Raiders still haven't forgiven the referees for giving the Pittsburgh Steelers a game-winning touchdown in the 1972 divisional round of the playoffs—a play that they claim was a blatant illegal reception.

Here are the details you need to know about the show:


Date: December 19, 2012

Time: 8:00 p.m. ET

Network: NFL Network

Trailer: Watch the official trailer here, courtesy of NFL Films.


More About This Controversial Play

With 1:17 remaining on the clock in the fourth quarter, Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler ran in the go-ahead touchdown from 30 yards out to give his team a tenuous 7-6 lead in a game that had been a defensive struggle the entire way.

Then, the Raiders defense forced Terry Bradshaw and the Steelers into a fourth-and-10 from Pittsburgh's 40-yard line with just 22 seconds left in the game.

The rest is history.

Bradshaw was under intense pressure and threw a pass to the Raiders' 35-yard line, intended for Steelers running back, John Fuqua, who got blasted by Raiders safety Jack Tatum right as the ball arrived.

The ball then sailed backwards and may or may not have hit the ground before Franco Harris famously ran it in for the game-winning touchdown, stiff-arming Raiders defensive back Jimmy Warren along the way. 

The controversy goes beyond whether or not the ball hit the ground, however, as Raiders fans will tell you the ball touched Fuqua first, in which case he would have been the only offensive player to legally make the catch under the old rules. 

For all the details about the Immaculate Reception, make sure to catch A Football Life on Wednesday, December 19.


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