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Old 12-22-2012, 01:02 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.

 
Old 12-22-2012, 04:06 PM
 
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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.
 
Old 12-22-2012, 04:08 PM
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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.

They didn't win the SB that season or the next season. But your first comment makes sense so I can see how it was a big deal at the time but not 40 years later.
 
Old 12-22-2012, 04:15 PM
 
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The players from the Steelers and the Raiders really did not like each other for the most part and that was just salt to rub in their wounds.
 
Old 12-22-2012, 04:20 PM
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The players from the Steelers and the Raiders really did not like each other for the most part and that was just salt to rub in their wounds.

Former raiders players should have only been bothered if the Steelers went on to win the SB that year. The fact that the Steelers lost the next week should have erased that immaculate reception from their minds forever.


Kind of like how most Giants fans were no longer bothered by the Miracle of the Meadowlands in 2010 since the Eagles lost in the 1st round of the playoffs
 
Old 12-22-2012, 04:41 PM
 
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It was also extremely controversial. If the ball hit the offensive player only it was an illegal play. If it also hit the defensive player it is a legal play. To this day there it is still not clear which happened. Even the way the refs decided was unusual. They called up to a booth where a head official was to get an answer and I believe that he may have watched a replay.
 
Old 12-22-2012, 05:02 PM
 
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The Steeler Thread: Steeler fans unite!
 
Old 12-22-2012, 05:22 PM
 
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It was also extremely controversial. If the ball hit the offensive player only it was an illegal play. If it also hit the defensive player it is a legal play. To this day there it is still not clear which happened. Even the way the refs decided was unusual. They called up to a booth where a head official was to get an answer and I believe that he may have watched a replay.
Manderly is right. At that time you didn't have have umpteen cameras covering the field, you only had a few. It was the first time that I remember that a game was held up as long as it was (5 minutes) to make sure a call was correct on the field, especially as it was near the end of regulation. Was the ball hit by Jack Tatum? Was it hit by John Fuqua of the Steelers. With only two cameras (the third was at the opposite end zone) the call was inconclusive for a reversal.

1972 was the first Pittsburgh Steeler winning season in the last several years. In 1968 and 1969 they won a combined total of 3 games. It took Chuck Noll a few years to get the franchise to respectability. In fact before Three Rivers Stadium was opened up the Steelers played their games at the University of Pittsburgh and before that at Forbes Field, the old ballpark of the Pirates.

And Al Davis, as Davis usually did at that time, screamed foul and that the Raiders got cheated. And screamed. And screamed. It was only six years previous that the AFL/NFL merger was finalized and Davis was set up by the AFL owners to be commissioner and he proved to be combative as hell to Pete Rozelle. Davis argued that the league and Rozelle had been out to get him and his organization ever since. This was a big story back then and it was talked about in spite of the bigger story of the Miami Dolphins going on a 16-0 regular season and playoff run, then a 14-7 win over a favored Washington Redskin squad.
 
Old 12-22-2012, 05:40 PM
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Manderly is right. At that time you didn't have have umpteen cameras covering the field, you only had a few. It was the first time that I remember that a game was held up as long as it was (5 minutes) to make sure a call was correct on the field, especially as it was near the end of regulation. Was the ball hit by Jack Tatum? Was it hit by John Fuqua of the Steelers. With only two cameras (the third was at the opposite end zone) the call was inconclusive for a reversal.

1972 was the first Pittsburgh Steeler winning season in the last several years. In 1968 and 1969 they won a combined total of 3 games. It took Chuck Noll a few years to get the franchise to respectability. In fact before Three Rivers Stadium was opened up the Steelers played their games at the University of Pittsburgh and before that at Forbes Field, the old ballpark of the Pirates.

And Al Davis, as Davis usually did at that time, screamed foul and that the Raiders got cheated. And screamed. And screamed. It was only six years previous that the AFL/NFL merger was finalized and Davis was set up by the AFL owners to be commissioner and he proved to be combative as hell to Pete Rozelle. Davis argued that the league and Rozelle had been out to get him and his organization ever since. This was a big story back then and it was talked about in spite of the bigger story of the Miami Dolphins going on a 16-0 regular season and playoff run, then a 14-7 win over a favored Washington Redskin squad.

That was one game I wanted a copy of during my tape trading days but no footage of that game existed at all but surprisingly I was able to find a 1970 game at Franklin Field between the Eagles and Giants. Makes no sense.
 
Old 12-22-2012, 05:57 PM
 
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Former raiders players should have only been bothered if the Steelers went on to win the SB that year. The fact that the Steelers lost the next week should have erased that immaculate reception from their minds forever.


Kind of like how most Giants fans were no longer bothered by the Miracle of the Meadowlands in 2010 since the Eagles lost in the 1st round of the playoffs
True, but it kept them from going with one of their best teams
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