Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday: Roger Staubach, A Hail Mary, & Whiskey

Today’s edition of Throwback Thursday takes us back to the 1975 NFL playoffs and the legendary meeting between the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings.

Dubbed as the “Hail Mary Game”, Roger Staubach completed two consecutive throws to receiver Drew Pearson including a 50-yard touchdown bomb to score an improbable 17-14 win for the Cowboys.

This game was notable for several reasons:

  1. The Staubach/Pearson 4th and 17 play is a crazy throw and reception.
  2. Obviously, Michael Irvin wasn’t the first Cowboy receiver wearing number 88 to blatantly push off.
  3. Near the end of the video, Vikings fans were so outraged over the Pearson play that referee Armen Terzian was struck in the head with a whiskey bottle.
  4. This was the first of two straight Cowboys road wins as a wild card entrant that ushered them into Super Bowl.

This game propelled Dallas into Super Bowl X, where they met their waterloo in a 21-17 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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