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Old 12-22-2012, 08:40 PM
 
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Well, I think I'll always remember the Seattle-GB Inaccurate Reception game even though it was just a simple regular-season game.

 
Old 12-22-2012, 10:45 PM
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Well, I think I'll always remember the Seattle-GB Inaccurate Reception game even though it was just a simple regular-season game.

It was nice that GB still made the playoffs after that horrible call
 
Old 12-23-2012, 10:03 AM
 
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I think you have to put it into perspective. In the early 70's football on TV was changing. Colored sets were becoming more and more common and Monday Night Football was only a couple of years old. It was a play that a LOT of people watched as football was becoming more and more of a national obsession and, with the call coming as it did, cameras played a crucial role. (Hats off to Double H for the explanation of that.)
 
Old 12-23-2012, 10:11 AM
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I think you have to put it into perspective. In the early 70's football on TV was changing. Colored sets were becoming more and more common and Monday Night Football was only a couple of years old. It was a play that a LOT of people watched as football was becoming more and more of a national obsession and, with the call coming as it did, cameras played a crucial role. (Hats off to Double H for the explanation of that.)

I didn't realize that it was the 40th anniversary of that play.
 
Old 12-23-2012, 10:19 AM
 
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I didn't realize that it was the 40th anniversary of that play.
Those of us who remember watching it are feeling a little older today, lol.
 
Old 12-23-2012, 10:31 AM
 
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Those of us who remember watching it are feeling a little older today, lol.
That's for sure!

Another point regarding where the league was promotion wise was that NFL Films was just getting started to have input on both of the "NFL Today" shows on CBS and NBC. You also didn't have a lot of money coming through the clubs set up by NFL properties in regards to selling team ball caps, jerseys, t-shirts, etc.

So what several ball clubs did was have their fans promote from within. And the Pittsburgh fans certainly did their part. All around the stadium you would see home made banners regarding their favorite players and establishing mini fan clubs to them. A few of those would be "Fuqua's French Foreign Legion" (John Fuqua), "Gerela's Gorillas" (Roy Gerela), "Franco's Italian Army" (Franco Harris), and other players.
 
Old 12-23-2012, 10:36 AM
 
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Maybe this will shed some light...

Birth of champion Steelers created a new attitude in Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
 
Old 12-23-2012, 11:06 AM
 
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I mean why should Raiders fans even care about this game when it wasn't even the AFC championship game which determines who goes to the SB. I was watching Football life on the NFL network and there was a special about this game and how Franco Harris has a statute??? A statute for a man whose team lost the next week and never made the SB? To me this is the most over hyped NFL story in NFL history since that miracle win ended up not meaning anything in the long run.
There is so much you do not understand that you still do not understand no matter what or how much anyone else tells you.

But ...

If you ask me, the more memorable play during the playoffs that year was in the Steelers-Dolphins game the next week: Larry Seiple's fake punt and run for a first down.

We were in Pittsburgh visiting my grandparents for New Year's, and the game was blacked out there. The tape of the game was broadcast at midnight on some Pittsburgh TV station or another, and my dad and I sat in my aunt's basement to watch the game on a little black and white portable, so we wouldn't disturb the various family members sleeping on the living room floor.

To this day, the words "fake punt" in my family results in gales of hilarity. I guess we're easily amused.

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Those of us who remember watching it are feeling a little older today, lol.
Indeed.
 
Old 04-17-2016, 07:14 PM
 
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1. It wasn't the game that decided who goes to the Superbowl

2. That Lucky Steelers win never lead to them reaching the Superbowl that year


I mean why should Raiders fans even care about this game when it wasn't even the AFC championship game which determines who goes to the SB. I was watching Football life on the NFL network and there was a special about this game and how Franco Harris has a statute??? A statute for a man whose team lost the next week and never made the SB? To me this is the most over hyped NFL story in NFL history since that miracle win ended up not meaning anything in the long run.
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Because it was the first playoff win for them ever and only 9 or 10 non-losing seasons of their then 40 year existence, and it would usher in a rivalry with Oakland and the start of their one of two back-to-back Super Bowl wins in the 70s.

Other than that, yeah no big deal.
Here's the thing, Raiders fans still complain, I assume, about the call because they thought it hit Frenchy.

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-networ...late-Reception
 
Old 04-20-2016, 06:23 PM
 
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The actual rule is often misinterpreted. If the ball touched a defensive player at all, then the entire offense became eligible, period. No matter whether or not an offensive player touched it, or whether an offensive player touched it first, if it touched a defensive player at all, then every offensive player became eligible to receive the ball. The ball bounced eight yards back upfield, and it also bounced a split second before Frenchy Fuqua bounced off Jack Tatum, so it was not possible for the transfer of momentum to the ball to have come from Fuqua, especially since Fuqua was running across the field, not upfield. If Fuqua was the only player who touched the ball, then it would have bounced across the field instead of upfield. Thus, the transfer of momentum had to have come from Tatum, who was running full speed back upfield toward Fuqua, and also in the exact same direction that the ball bounced. The basic laws of physics imply that the correct call was made.
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