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Here's the TRUTH about the Immaculate Reception. We look at the words of people who were there and separate the fact from fiction, including the recent controversy (that wasn't a controversy at the time) of whether the ball hit the ground, along with the original controversies of who touched the ball, was the 1972 double-touch rule violated, was there a clip, did the refs signal touchdown, what happened on the phone call and more.

There's some tongue-in-cheek razzing of the Raiders in this video. Just having a little fun. :)

I threw this together because recently, the original argument of "who did the ball touch" has shifted to "did the ball touch the ground?" This was never part of the original controversy because the people involved -- players and officials -- saw Franco make a clean, shin-level catch. But in more recent times, fan obsession with a lack of conclusive video (a common situation in the '70s era) has caused certain people to question something that wasn't disputed at the time. It's also a way for Raiders fans to deflect from the clear evidence that the ball hit Tatum, making it a legal play. As a result, I get daily "it hit the ground" comments from self-deceiving Raiders fans on our YouTube channel. All the evidence shows it's a bogus claim, one that even Al Davis never made.

Franco Harris bursts off right tackle for a 71-yard TD as the Steelers amass 361 yards rushing in a 51-35 victory over the Browns on October 7, 1979.

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ESPN Highlights of the Steelers vs Browns in the 1994 AFC Divisional Playoff game with Chris Berman, Tom Jackson and Joe Theismann. Includes postgame interviews with players.

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This video highlights each of Bradshaw's final passes as he comes off the bench, despite his injured throwing arm, and delivers a brief but truly exceptional playoff-saving performance in the last start of his Hall of Fame career (also the Jets' final game at Shea Stadium).

Late in the 1983 season (week 15), the Steelers find themselves in need of a savior after the 3 straight losses put them in jeopardy of missing the playoffs. Enter Terry Bradshaw.

While playing only the 1st quarter and one series into the 2nd quarter, Bradshaw is sharp, effective and fully in charge of the offense, hitting 5 of 8 passes for 77 yds and 2 TD's -- the first to rookie Gregg Garrity, to whom Terry had never previously thrown a pass (not even in practice) and the second to Calvin Sweeney -- shaking the Steelers out of their late-season slump while ensuring them of a playoff spot with the badly-needed win.

Sadly, Terry destroys his ailing arm (which is not yet fully healed from off-season surgery) on his first TD toss, but Bradshaw gallantly continues to play in pain until he throws his 2nd TD. The entire team is energized by the presence of Bradshaw and goes on to simply steamrolls the Jets, ending New York's slim playoff hopes while securing a playoff spot of their own.

Footage includes postgame interview with Bradshaw.

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A friend of the site graciously gave us his recording of the 1978 AFC Playoff Pittsburgh vs Denver TV broadcast synced with the radio call of Jack Fleming and Myron Cope.

Several things are interesting about this. First, the video quality is absolutely superb because it's directly from the Betamax source tape.

Secondly, the person who recorded it was technologically savvy enough in 1978 to connect his radio to the Beta player, allowing him to sync the WTAE audio with the NBC video in real time.

Late in the 3rd quarter (after the Stallworth TD bomb), footage with Fleming and Cope ends, so we sliced it with the regular NBC broadcast, including some great postgame interviews.

A huge Mac & Wife thanks goes out to our donor for having the foresight to record this treasure, and for sharing it with us so we can share it with all of you. Enjoy!

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Finally! A friend of the site graciously gave us his recording of the 1978 AFC Championship TV broadcast synced with the radio call of Jack Fleming and Myron Cope.

Several things are interesting about this. First, the video quality is absolutely superb because it's directly from the Betamax source tape.

Secondly, the person who recorded it was technologically savvy enough in 1978 to connect his radio to the Beta player, allowing him to sync the WTAE audio with the NBC video in real time.

The result is flawless. It's pure video gold and you're going to love watching it. A huge Mac & Wife thanks goes out to our donor for having the foresight to record this treasure, and for sharing it with us so we can share it with all of you. Enjoy!

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Re-upload (original upload stopped playing): This game truly sucks. It SUCKS. It's been 30 years, and I'm still pissed at how poorly the Steelers play in this one. LAME. The ball is all tee'd up for them. A victory would win the division for Pittsburgh and send them to the playoffs. Pro Bowler Warren Moon is out, so in comes backup Commander Cody Carlson -- a QB who hasn't started a game in 2 years -- to SHRED what is supposedly the #1 defense in the NFL. Commander Cody looks more like Dan Marino, hitting 22 of 29 for 247 yds and 3 TDs as the Oilers amass 427 yds of offense. The game is over by halftime, with the Steelers trailing 24-0 after the Oilers score TDs on 3 of their first 4 possessions. Even Hall of Famer Rod Woodson has an awful day, giving up a 53-yd bomb in the 3rd quarter to truly end it at 31-7.

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Re-upload (original upload stopped playing): I absolutely LOVE this game!

The Browns suffer through a comedy of errors, fumbling the ball on the first snap of 3 consecutive drives and ultimately committing an additional half dozen turnovers (9 total, including a franchise record 8 lost fumbles) before the afternoon is over.

The Steelers lead 21-0 midway through the first quarter and and 35-0 by the half, and the shell-shocked Brownies never recover against the AFC's top-rated defense. The blank look of utter futility on head coach Jim Shofner's hound dog face throughout the game is PRICELESS.

Meanwhile, Bubby Brister throws 4 TDs and rookie Barry Foster has his very first 100 yard game.

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Re-upload (original upload stopped playing): Chuck Noll earns his 200th victory as the Steelers move into a 3-way tie for the AFC Central at 7-6. The Steelers grind the hapless Patriots into a fine powder with their running game, piling up 251 yds on 45 carries and outgaining New England by a margin of 417-182 in total yards. Merrill Hoge leads the way, rushing 19 times for 117 yds and 2 TDs. The defense plays well all day, with Greg Lloyd coming up with a great 4th-and-inches stop early in the game, bursting into the backfield and crushing the RB for a 3-yd loss. Rod Woodson and Jerrol Williams add INTs of rookie QB Tom Hodson and, despite Tim Worley's ongoing fumble issues, the rout is on.

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Re-upload (original upload stopped playing): In Joe Walton's return to New York, Brister hits 18 of 24 and throws 2 TDs and O'Brien throws 2 critical INTs as all the bounces go Pittsburgh's way en route to a convincing victory that keeps the 6-5 Steelers tied with Cinci atop the AFC Central. A botched snap on a punt turns into Steelers first down, a flea-flicker with a bounce-pass from Hoge back to Brister turns into a 28-yd pass to Mularkey and a Woodson bobble of a punt return ends up going to the Jets' 27 to set up a TD.

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Re-upload (original upload stopped playing): he Steelers fumble the opening kickoff and are shut out in the first half, trailing 9-0 at the break. But Bubby Brister (11 of 17, 216 yds, 2 TD, 0 Int) throws a pair of second-half TD passes (Louis Lipps and Mike Mularkey) and Pittsburgh's #2-ranked defense picks off 3 Chris Miller passes to win for the 4th time in 5 games. The Falcons threaten late, driving to the Steeler 22 before Mike Rozier fumbles it away on a direct snap (punched out by Bryan Hinkle, who also ends up with the recovery), and even though the whistle appears to prematurely blow before the Steelers gain possession, the officials award the ball to Pittsburgh. Three plays later, as the clock winds toward the 2-minute warning, Warren Williams puts an exclamation point on the win, bursting untouched through the line on 3rd down and racing 70 yds all alone for a TD.

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Re-upload (original upload stopped playing): An ugly, ugly game. Cinci escapes the first half with a 10-0 lead after the Steelers nearly get on the board just 29 seconds before halfime on a fake field goal attempt by holder Jim Stryzinski, but officials rule he is stopped inches short of a TD and Pittsburgh comes away empty. The Bengals extend their lead to 17-0 on their first series in the third quarter, and Barney Bussey puts the nail in Pittsburgh's coffin shortly thereafter when he returns a Louis Lipps fumble 70 yds for a TD and a 24-0 lead.

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Re-upload (original upload stopped playing): Pittsburgh finally scores their first TD of the year on the first play of the 2nd quarter when Brister hits rookie TE Eric Green for an 8-yd score. The Steelers keep scoring from there, racking up more points vs. San Diego (36) than they had scored in their previous 4 games combined (32) while opening up a 2:1 advantage in time of possession. Brister, playing with a rib injury that ultimately sidelines him in the 2nd half, has a fantastic game, completing 11 of 14 for 132 yds, 2 TDs (both to Green) and 0 sacks. Meanwhile, the Steelers pick off Chargers QB Billy Joe Tolliver 3 times (2 by veteran Dwayne Woodruff) and limit San Diego to 188 total yds.

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Re-upload (original upload stopped playing): The Dolphins win easily as the Steelers finish the month of September with ZERO offensive TDs in 4 games under Joe Walton's horrific new offense. Miami jumps out to a 21-0 lead and piles up a better than 2-1 edge in both yards and time of possession. Boos rain down on Bubby Brister, who suffers through a nightmarish performance (7 of 18, 76 yds, 0 TD, 3 INT, 3 sacks) before being benched in favor of Rick Strom, who receives cheers from the crowd until he promptly fumbles his first snap under center. Miami rushes the ball 42 times for 3 TDs, while the Steelers eek out a paltry 41 yds rushing on 14 carries.

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Re-upload (original upload stopped playing): In spite of an anemic offense who is outgained 309-123, Pittsburgh's defense and special teams step up to give the Steelers their first home win vs. an AFC Central foe in nearly 3 years. David Johnson opens the scoring with a 1st quarter INT (1 of 4 Moon INTs on the day) of a pass that glances off the arm of Ernest Givins and returns it 26 yards for an easy TD. Rod Woodson seals the deal in the 4th quarter with a bobbing, weaving 52-yard punt return that leaves five would-be tacklers in his wake on his way to the end zone.

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Re-upload (original upload stopped playing): The Steelers are victimized for a TD on the opening kickoff, but bounce right back on the strength of 4 Brister TD passes, 3 TDs by Merrill Hoge and overwhelming defense that forces LA into 3 turnovers. Pittsburgh's special teams also amend for their early gaffe with Rod Woodson kickoff returns of 44 and 49 yards (setting up 2 Anderson FGs) and blow the game open in the 3rd quarter when Larry Griffin and Dwight Stone pour in nearly untouched to nail Rams punter Keith English in the backfield at the Rams 6 before he can get the punt away, setting up a 1-yd TD by Hoge.

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Re-upload (original upload stopped playing): Bubby Brister has a monster game against the injury-depleted Broncos secondary, completing 21 of 28 passes for 353 yds and 4 TDs, 3 of them to rookie TE Eric Green. Louis Lipps also exploits Denver's inexperienced secondary, hauling in 9 catches for 141 yards and Bubby's other TD. The Broncos actually jump out to a 17-7 lead early in the 2nd quarter before Pittsburgh goes on a tear, scoring 27 unanswered points. Things could've been even worse for Denver, because the Steelers leave points of the field after a 90-yd pass reception by Dwight Stone (Warren Williams fumbles into the end zone) and again after Donald Evans returns an Elway fumble 59 yds to the Denver 11 in the closing seconds (the Steelers allow time to expire).

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Re-upload (original upload stopped playing): The defense plays fairly well and keeps the Steelers in the game for 3 quarters, but Pittsburgh's putrid Joe Walton-led offense lives up to their league-worst ranking, again failing to score a TD and fumbling 5 times (losing 2) as Bubby Brister is sacked 6 times and throws a bad pick (nearly as bad as the one Marcus Allen throws to Rod Woodson). Despite keeping it close, the 4th quarter belongs to the Raiders, who score early on a 1-yd Allen run and then put it away with a 66-yd TD bomb.

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Re-upload (original upload stopped playing): So here they are... perhaps the unlikeliest playoff team in NFL history. Pounded in week 1 by Cleveland, 51-0. Pounded in week 2 by Cinci, 42-10. Pounded by Houston twice during the regular season, including a 27-0 drubbing in this very same "House of Pain."

Yet here they are... two teams and two head coaches, each the antithesis of the other, who utterly despise one another. By the time the game finally ends on Gary Anderson's monster 50-yard field goal in overtime (set up by an explosive forced fumble and recovery by Hall of Famer Rod Woodson), Chuck Noll is moving on in the playoffs with an unlikely trip to Denver in the midst of perhaps the finest coaching job of his Hall of Fame career. Meanwhile, Jerry Glanville heads back to Houston in disgrace, where a pink slip awaits.

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Re-upload (original upload stopped playing): The overly-complicated Joe Walton era at offensive coordinator begins with a whimper. Pittsburgh's offense is confused and ineffectual from the outset, as their only scoring drive of the game -- set up when Hardy Nickerson forces a Kosar fumble, recovered at the Cleveland 1-yd line by Aaron Jones -- covers just 1 yard (backwards) in 4 tries, resulting in a chip-shot FG. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh's offense proves to be a bigger scoring threat for Cleveland, giving the Browns their only TD of the game on 30-yd TD return of a Hoge fumble and setting up a short Cleveland FG after a Brister INT is returned to the Steeler 9. Pittsburgh's defense, on the other hand, plays an outstanding game, allowing just 3 offensive points (forcing a FG at the end of a remarkable 19-play drive), allowing just 158 total yds (80 rushing, 78 passing) and sacking Kosar 7 times. In the end, it's not enough to overcome an offense that allows Michael Dean Perry to spend more time in the Pittsburgh backfield than Merril Hoge.

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Re-upload (original upload stopped playing): This season finale is a particularly fascinating game in Steelers history for a number of reasons. After losing their first two games of the season by a combined score of 92-10 to division rivals Cleveland and Cincinnati, the fact that Pittsburgh is even mathematically alive for a playoff spot is a minor miracle.

In addition to the Steelers needing a win in Tampa, they also need the Raiders to lose to the Giants, the Colts to lose to the Saints and the Bengals to lose to the Vikings to earn a playoff berth. Amazingly, all those things actually happen!

While Bubby Brister completes only 7 passes and throws 2 Ints, player of the game Rod Woodson makes up for it with an All-World performance, returning the opening kickoff 72 yards to set up Pittsburgh's first score, tackling RB's in the backfield, breaking up TD's and intercepting passes. Merrill Hoge (18 att, 90 yds) puts up his best numbers of the regular season and Louis Lipps is spectacular (4 rec., 137 yds, 2 TD) as the Steelers clinch a playoff spot in perhaps the finest season of coaching in Chuck Noll's Hall of Fame career.

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Re-upload (original upload stopped playing): Rod Woodson, Carnell Lake and Greg Lloyd shine -- expecially Lloyd, who has 8 tackles, an INT, knocks out Jets QB Pat Ryan on a controversial hit, then sacks his replacement, Ken O'Brien -- as the Steeler defense shuts out the Jets, allowing Tim Worley's 35-yd sweep right for a TD on their opening drive to stand as the winning score. The Steelers extend their AFC-best takeaway total, forcing 3 in Pittsburgh territory, and Rod Woodson blocks a Pat Leahy FG try in the 4th quarter to preserve the shutout. Brister also sustains a concussion midway through the 4th when his head slams the turf after a nasty hit by a blitzing LB, but the Steelers hold on to improve their record to 7-7 and stay alive in the wild card race. Footage includes commercials, halftime show and "5th Quarter" postgame highlights and interviews.

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Re-upload (original upload stopped playing): Who says Dolphins can swim? Miami scores on their first two possessions for an early 14-0 lead. But a torrential downpour begins, lasting most of the first half and dumping two inches of rain, resulting in ankle-deep water on the sidelines and lakes of standing water on the field, and the Fins drown in mistakes. While the monsoon conditions contribute to 5 Miami turnovers, the Steelers seem remarkably unaffected and don't commit a single turnover.

Miami's lead vanishes, and things go from bad to worse when a shoulder injury knocks out Marino late in the 3rd. Three fumble recoveries and an INT thrown by backup QB Scott Secules help the Steelers roll to 34 unanswered points, led by Merril Hoge's 3 rushing TDs. Carnell Lake scoops up a fumbled handoff and pitches it to Dwayne Woodruff, who splashes 21 yds for a score. Brister hits a 33-yd pass to set up an Anderson FG at the end of the first half for a 17-14 lead, and later hits a 53-yd pass set up a 5-yd TD run by Hoge. Pittsburgh’s final 10 points are set up by a fumbled kickoff return and Greg Lloyd’s 31-yd INT return to the Miami 5.

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Re-upload (original upload stopped playing): The Steelers spend 3-1/2 quarters living up to their NFL-worst offensive ranking before unexpectedly engineering a 91-yd TD drive in the 4th quarter -- capped by a 1-yd Hoge run on 4th and goal -- to win the game. The Chargers outgain the Steelers by more than 2-to-1 (359 to 151), but the Chargers turn it over twice on botched punt returns, Rod Woodson blazes 84 yds for a TD on a kick return and a late McMahon INT (David Little) seals the win for Pittsburgh.

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Re-upload (original upload stopped playing): The Bears turn 6 Pittsburgh turnovers into 17 points in an ugly one. Brister has a miserable day with 4 sacks, a fumble and 3 bad interceptions, one coming on his very first pass of the game and another stopping a Steeler drive at the Bears 5-yd line as the Steelers suffer their 3rd shoutout of the year. Louis Lipps is one of the few bright spots for Pittsburgh, catching 4 passes for 112 yds.

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Hello and welcome to the McMillen & Wife video vault! I'm glad you found your way to our channel and I truly hope you enjoy watching (and re-watching) these classic games! If you're like me, you'll quickly find yourself slipping back into your childhood as you relive this amazing era of Steeler football and re-experience the greatest football dynasty of all time.