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.