Name that City! — Nov. 19, 2020

Are you ready for some football? This week we take a look at some of the greatest plays from NFL teams located in Flyover Country.

Here’s a review of the questions:

  1. The play known as the Immaculate Reception is widely regarded among football pundits as the greatest moment in NFL history. What flyover city’s team owns that accolade?
  2. Towards the end of the 2006 AFC Championship game, Marlin Jackson intercepted a Tom Brady pass to send this flyover city’s team to Super Bowl XLI. What city and what team?
  3. The play was dubbed a “Miracle.” It was the first game in NFL playoff history to end in a touchdown as time expired. What team pulled it off?

And here are the answers:

  1. Pittsburgh—It was December 23, 1972, in a game against the Raiders. In the last 30 seconds of the game, Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw threw a pass attempt to John Fuqua. The ball bounced, either off of Fuqua’s hands or the helmet of Raiders safety Jack Tatum. Steelers’ fullback Franco Harris scooped it up and ran for the game-winning touchdown.
  2. Indianapolis Colts—There had been plenty of times when the dynastic Patriots ripped Colts’ fans hearts out of their chests. But in the 2006 AFC Championship Game, the tables were turned. With about a minute and a half left in the game, Brady was engineering a drive down the field when his pass was intercepted by Marlin Jackson, winning the game.
  3. Minnesota Vikings—This was called the Minneapolis Miracle (also known as the Minnesota Miracle). On the last play of the game, Vikings quarterback Case Keenum threw a 27-yard pass to wide receiver Stefon Diggs; Saints safety Marcus Williams missed a tackle, allowing Diggs to run to the end zone to complete the 61-yard touchdown pass.