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Was the touchdown at the end of the game between the Steelers and the Raiders in the 1972 AFC Divisional playoff game legally a touchdown by the NFL double touch rules or was the pass first touched by the Steelers' receiver?

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  • Well, the Steelers won, so yes in practice. I've never seen a replay that was convincing one way or the other. One of those deep mysteries of sports...
    – Jon Custer
    Aug 26 '14 at 22:42
  • NO! I say no! It was, and still is, and always will be raiders against the world. Aug 26 '14 at 23:21
  • @skullpatrol like how the "tuck rule" wasn't a fumble?
    – user527
    Sep 2 '14 at 13:46
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    @edmastermind29 the steelers, like the patriots were the darlings of their respective decades. Sep 2 '14 at 18:27
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Oh I know this one! My first cousin, Fred Swearingen #21 was the referee. The best answer is by the off-field official, Art McNally IN USA TODAY below. It wasn't my cousin's best call. But it was LEGAL! Fred had called a conference to debate the "double-touch" rule. Steelers' QB Bradshaw threw a pass which caromed off Pittsburgh running back Frenchie Fuqua, then hit Oakland Raiders' defensive back Jack Tatum, then scooped up by Pittsburgh's Franco Harris. LEGAL TOUCHDOWN!

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2012/12/18/art-mcnally-recalls-immaculate-reception-40-years-later-denies-looking-at-the-replay/1778279/

Fred had ANOTHER controversial call also involving the Steelers and Lynn Swann in Super Bowl XIII.

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The call on the field was that the ball rebounded from the Oakland defender, and was caught before it hit the ground by Franco Harris, making it a legal reception and a touchdown.

Those facts, and whether the entire city of Pittsburgh ought to be burned to the ground have been debated by Raiders fans ever since.

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