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But there was 5 seconds left in the Immaculate Reception game…


Mark Kaboly | Tribune-Review

Especially now, everybody knows just about everything about the Immaculate Reception they can possibly know.

OK, then tell me this: How did the game end when there was 5 seconds left on the clock after Franco Harris’ Immaculate Reception and Roy Gerela‘s extra point to make it 13-7? There was still 5 seconds left. Shouldn’t there have been a kick off? What happened with the kickoff? Did the Raiders have one last play?

Well, Rocky Bleier, who was a special teams player for the Steelers at the time, has no clue.

“I don’t remember,” Bleier said Sunday before the Steelers celebrated the 40th anniversary of the play. “Did we kick the extra point? I guess we did kick off. I don’t remember. That’s crazy.”

The answer is yes. The Steelers did kick off after that mob scene on the turf of Three Rivers Stadium that we all have watched a hundred times before.

Gerela kicked the ball out of the end zone that gave the Raiders one last play at the 20-yard line.

According to the official game book from the playoff game, “(Ken) Stabler’s long pass for (tight end Raymond) Chester was broken up by.”

It was never mentioned who broke up the play, but now you know how the game really ended.




Author: Mark Kaboly

Mark Kaboly is the Pittburgh Steelers beat writer for the Tribune-Review. Mark has covered more than 300 NFL football games in all 32 NFL cities as well as four Super Bowls -- XL in Detroit, XLIII in Tampa, XLV in Dallas and 50 in San Francisco. A Belle Vernon Area graduate, Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a specialization in journalism from California University of Pennsylvania. Mark lives in Port Vue with his wife, Jennifer; daughter Briella; and boys Rocco and Bugsley Pug

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