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Raiders nightmare anniversary

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December 23, 1972 - Pittsburgh touchdown, fourth quarter. Franco Harris, 32, bounce enroute to TD on pass that won game. (Lonnie Wlison / Oakland Tribune Staff Archives)

December 23, 1972 – Pittsburgh touchdown, fourth quarter. Franco Harris, 32, bounce enroute to TD on pass that won game. (Lonnie Wilson / Oakland Tribune Staff Archives)

Any Raiders fan of a certain age won’t soon forget what happened 44 years ago today.

In short, it was hell on earth for any Silver & Black fan. (I remember some little kid crying on the stairs inside his house for hours, but we won’t name names!)

On this day in 1972, Franco Harris grabbed a ball that caromed off of Jack Tatum’s shoulder pads and rambled in for a touchdown to beat the Raiders in perhaps the most stunning finish in NFL history.

Do you remember how you felt this day? If so, share your story below.

Oh, Merry Christmas Raiders fans! Just remember, this is just ancient history!

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Jon Becker

  • PC Raider

    Firstest…

  • Carlos Olaiz

    second

  • Carlos Olaiz

    is it my nervous feeling or we are suspecting a very very hard game for tomorrow???

  • Carlos Olaiz

    cannot trust on Sean Smith & TJ anymore ( or at least suffering a lot on the process)…Joseph injured…these blue dudes really destroyed a very respectable Minn defense…

  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)

    Mario, irvin and Mack rushing the passer. Im not worried

  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)

    Even if Aldon gets reinstated in the offseason. It will be much better that he has a full camp with us and is football ready.

  • idahoraiderfan33

    That video was epic!! I put the Tuck Game right up there with that play..

  • idahoraiderfan33

    You just nervous dude

  • idahoraiderfan33

    They do seem to give up the big play, then lock it down.. They need to lock it down from the get go

  • idahoraiderfan33

    MEJ needs to knock that rust off.. But glad he’s back!!

  • idahoraiderfan33

    You don’t think Goodell let’s him play this year and the playoffs??

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    Thanks Mr. Becker! Merry Christmas to you and your family

  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)

    There’s a possibility

  • Die Haters

    Except this is a play…the tuck rule was the shaft by officials. Never used before or after rule? BS

  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)

    4h4 hours ago
    Charles Woodson ‏@cwoodson24
    Happy to see @MLEJ_15FSU back in action. Kid has a chance to be really special!! #GORAIDERS

  • Raiderkoolaid

    I was a freshman in high school, and I set there looking at the TV for probably 30 minutes waiting for them to come back on the TV and announce that the league realized what a mistake they had made and reverse that call. I am still waiting.

  • Raiderkoolaid

    You can never take any NFL team for granite, especially one with an elite QB.

  • Raiderkoolaid

    Ezekiel Elliot’s girlfriend is gorgeous? Who would have thought a millionaire athlete would have an attractive girlfriend?

  • MEX_GHOST

    Sit down!

  • MEX_GHOST

    A very, very little posibility.

  • MEX_GHOST

    We all are normally nervous.

  • MEX_GHOST

    A. L. thoughts??

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Money in that fake world buys all kinds of females, sad but true

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Lol.. It’s never to late to make that wrong right??

  • idahoraiderfan33

    GO RAIDERS

  • idahoraiderfan33

    I should of said, an all time robbery type call.. Calls that will live as long as the game..

  • idahoraiderfan33

    So we have a chance to see Aldon this year??

  • idahoraiderfan33

    I want to see a power run against the Colts.. Get that run game going to prepare the RAIDERS for the playoffs!! Run, Run, Run!!

  • MEX_GHOST

    Yes, I guess 0.000089%.

  • MEX_GHOST

    Hehe. No, never.

  • Rikster/Da/Kool/Kat

    Ahoy Maties

  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)

    morning nation!!

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    gm pal !!

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    Raiders > Colts

  • r8dercain

    This is one lonely mansion..
    Brrr,cold and scary too!!

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    love it. we WILL win today

  • RAY NJ

    Hey, Riff! If you’re in here I want to wish you a Merry Christmas.

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    Merry Christmas, Ray!

  • kuhlest

    Damn, I haven’t been over here all season, but it’s still breathing….nice work fellas

  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)

    Merry Christmas my Nation BROTHAS!!!

  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)

    Whats up brother. Merry Christmas

  • gangosix

    To all of raider nation merry Christmas, may the raiders go all the way.

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Right back at ya bro!!

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Game Day
    Run the ball stop the run

  • idahoraiderfan33

    CWood talking RAIDERS

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Merry Christmas!!!

    GO RAIDERS!!!!!!!!!!!

  • PlunkforHOF

    GO RAIDERS! Merry Christmas holdouts!

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Teams that would be a scary matchup in the playoffs would be the Fins and Titans!!
    Power run teams with QBs that can make plays along with Solid defenses. Assuming they make it..

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Lol, the Browns with the lead on the Bolts.. Hmmmm

  • Aussie Raider

    Christmas day here in the land downunder.Merry Christmas to you all.