The NFL has a history filled with spectacular moments, that continue to amaze fans all over the world. Within this article, you will find a few examples of these extraordinary occurrences in NFL history. As you will see, these moments are amazing. They not only show how talented and athletic the players are, but also capture the thrilling and dramatic essence of American football, making it one of the most exciting sports globally.
The Minneapolis Miracle
The Minneapolis Miracle refers to the National Football Conference divisional playoff game between the New Orleans Saints and the Minnesota Vikings in 2018. In the final moments of the game, it seemed like the Saints were about to win. Nevertheless, against all odds a miracle occurred, which changed everything when Vikings quarterback Case Keenum heaved the ball along the sideline to wide receiver Stefon Diggs. At that moment, Saints’ safety Marcus Williams missed a tackle, which allowed Diggs to run into the end zone. As a result, this became the first game in NFL history to finish with a touchdown as time expired, that would later be described as the Minneapolis Miracle.
The Ickey Shuffle
One of the most notable touchdown celebrations in NFL history has got to be the Ickey Shuffle, performed by Elbert’ Ickey’ Woods. He played for the Cincinnati Bengals and every time he scored a touchdown, Woods used to shuffle his feet to the right while holding the ball out to the right and repeat the same move on the left. If you want to find out how the Bengals are doing this year, check out the NFL moneyline odds for the Bengals vs. Chiefs, as well as the latest stats and injury reports. At BetUS, you can also find plenty of NFL lines for the NFL Conference Championship Games. Their handy sports betting guides will help you get started with betting online.
The Helmet Catch
In February 2008, during the last two minutes of Super Bowl XLII, Eli Manning, the quarterback of the New York Giants, skillfully evaded three defensive players from the New England Patriots. He threw a forward pass, which was followed by wide receiver David Tyree making a leaping catch and pressing the ball against his helmet. This turned out to be instrumental in the Giants’ victory over the Patriots, who were actually about to become the first NFL team to finish a season undefeated and untied.
The Philly Special
Typically trick plays are rarely used in the Super Bowl, but in 2018 towards the end of the second quarter of Super Bowl LII Philadelphia Eagles coach took a chance with a trick play called ‘The Philly Special’ on fourth down from the one-yard line. The play consisted of a direct snap to running back Corey Clement, who pitched the ball to Trey Burton. Then, Burton threw the ball to a wide open Nick Foles, who ended up scoring a touchdown.
The Immaculate Reception
During a divisional game between the Oakland Raiders and Pittsburg Steelers in 1972 fans witnessed one of the most famous plays to this day – the Immaculate Reception. With 22 seconds left in the game, quarterback Terry Bradshaw threw the ball to receiver John Fuqua. However, the ball bounced off Fuqua and surprisingly running back Franco Harris was able to catch it in the air and immediately ran for a touchdown. Although there are some people who believed that the ball touched the ground, which would mean that the play was dead, referees didn’t believe this.
The Ice Bowl Of 1967
This moment is known as one of the NFL’s coldest and most thrilling games ever. The 1967 NFL Championship Game was played on 31st December in Green Bay, Wisconsin to determine the NFL’s champion. With freezing temperatures and wind chills, this game became known as the Ice Bowl of 1967. Packers quarterback Bart Starr clinched his first Super Bowl win by scoring the game-winning touchdown, leading his team to victory.
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Lastly, Wide Right or Wide Right 47 described Scott Norwood’s missed 47-yard field goal attempt, which could have helped the Buffalo Bills secure a victory at the end of Super Bowl XXV. However, the missed goal meant the game was won by the New York Giants. As a result, the phrase ‘Wide Right’ was even used to refer to the game itself. It was also used in other sports and some fans of the team started calling it The Miss. This loss was the closest that the Buffalo Bills could get to victory, since they ended up losing the next three Super Bowls by significant margins.