Raiders-Steelers get together 50 years and a day after Immaculate Reception

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On December 23, 1972, the Steelers used one of the most memorable plays in NFL history to beat the Raiders in the divisional round of the playoffs. Fifty years and one day after the Immaculate Reception, the Raiders and Steelers will get together again in Pittsburgh.

The two teams will play on Christmas Eve, with a game that begins at 8:15 p.m. ET. It will be televised exclusively by NFL Network.

“The game we asked for and we were hoping for was the game on Dec. 24,” Steelers President Art Rooney II told the team’s official website. “We weren’t sure if they were going to give us the Raiders or not, but they slid the Raiders into that slot, so we’re excited about that and excited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Immaculate Reception.”

The Raiders and Steelers are playing in 2022 because they both finished in second place in their respective divisions.

“We’re going to have some celebrations on Dec. 23, on the actual anniversary, and so we’ll probably have some guys in from that 1972 team, and we just felt it would work better to have those two days back-to-back,” Rooney said.

The Steelers usually don’t like hosting night games at Heinz Field. But they should expect a big crowd, given the anniversary and the fact that no one has to worry about getting up and going to work the next morning.

23 responses to “Raiders-Steelers get together 50 years and a day after Immaculate Reception

  1. “The Steelers usually don’t like hosting night games at Heinz Field”

    Why is that? I’ve never heard anything about them not liking home night games. I’ve been to a couple of night games there. The place is always rockin!

  2. It was one of my favorite moments ever. What an awesome play! To this day it crushes the raider nation.

  3. Good to see both franchise’s have prospered equally 50 years later lol

  4. I wonder if they’ll show the immaculate reception on that broadcast…..

  5. I’ve always found it odd that TV has used that footage in connection with the Steelers Super Bowl run, ummmm they lost the next week to Miami

  6. It was a cruel day for football fans in the Bay area. Later that afternoon, Dallas overcame a 28-13 4th quarter deficit to beat the 49ers 30-28.

  7. For the obtuse among you, no, they didn’t make the Super Bowl that year… but it WAS the start of the run, winning 4 of the next 6 of course. So much talent on those two teams! The battles were epic in that 7 or 8 years between the Steel Curtain and the Raider O line with 4 HOF’ers on one line! Always thought the call was BS, but those two teams had some awesome, no holds-barred battles… especially after Noll (might have been Rooney) whined to the press about the Raiders being a “criminal element”… which of course they pretty much were. They don’t play football ANYTHING like those two teams played it anymore… far better for the long-term future of the players, few of whom are still around from those two teams, but far FAR worse for those of us watching today’s far SAFER game.

  8. What’s next the Tuck Rule game in New England? Both games stolen by the NFL. Would love to see an interview of the Immaculate Hoax game refs if they did indeed ask how much security was available prior to making the call?

  9. I think it would be the greatest if they found a never seen view of the play that showed if the ball hit the ground or not. Showed it to the audience at halftime. I don’t care if it hit the ground or not. It’s marked as a win either way.

  10. ksiner46 says:
    May 13, 2022 at 6:09 am
    I’ve always found it odd that TV has used that footage in connection with the Steelers Super Bowl run, ummmm they lost the next week to Miami
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    ummmm, it was their first ever playoff win.

  11. Yes Raider fans, the officials made the correct call, the video does not lie.

  12. but it WAS the start of the run, winning 4 of the next 6 of course.
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    Wrong.
    The Dolphins won in 1973 also.
    Steelers didnt start winning until the 1974 season.

  13. MortimerInMiami says:
    May 13, 2022 at 12:51 pm
    Yes Raider fans, the officials made the correct call, the video does not lie.
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    You are correct the video dosent lie, the ball hit Steelers receiver first bounced off him, then Franco caught it. At that time in the NFL the ball could not be touched by two offensive players once it left the QBs hand without a defensive player touching it in between the offensive touches. I remember watching that play live, the Raiders got jobbed that day but the Refs wouldnt have gotten out of the stadium alive if they made the correct call.

  14. Raiders fans are so goofy. Good luck with D. Adams and Derek Carr, lol.

    4-13 season in that staked division.

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