It might be just a game, but some football plays are so exciting that they become lasting cultural touchstones. How much do you know about the most amazing plays in NFL history?
With the game tied at 13, a rookie placekicker named Jim O'Brien lined up to attempt a 32-yard field goal. In spite of his extreme nerves, O'Brien sent the kick home and the Cowboys packing, giving Baltimore a dramatic win.
Minnesota's Jim Marshall grabbed a 49ers fumble and sprinted 66 yards to the wrong end zone, resulting in a safety. Along the way, his teammates screamed at him in vain to turn around and go the other way.
With just 22 seconds left, an Oakland safety broke up a long pass from Pittsburgh's Terry Bradshaw. The ball careened into the arms of Steeler Franco Harris, who took the ball in for the winning TD.
No one knows for sure whether Fuqua touched the ball before it was batted to Franco Harris. According to the rules of the day, though, if the ball had touched Fuqua, Harris would not have been allowed to catch the ball. The referees ruled the play legal and the Steelers won.
With time racing away and on third down, Young dropped back to pass but faced heavy pressure from Vikings defenders. He dropped his head and ran, breaking six tackles on his way to the end zone.
The Titans were down by one when the Bills kicked off with only 16 seconds left in the game. The Titans threw two laterals, which shook Kevin Dyson free. He sprinted for a 75-yard TD and the incredible win.
The Redskins blocked a field goal attempt, and kicker Garo Yepremian grabbed the ball and decided to throw it. The ball bounced off of his own helmet, Washington intercepted the horrible pass and then returned it for a TD.
The Colts, led by QB Johnny Unitas, drove to New Yorks' 1-yard line in overtime. Ameche scored on the next play to propel the Colts to a thrilling victory that helped popularize football in America.
With just seconds to play in the NFC Championship game against the Cowboys, Clark jumped as high as he could to barely snag a pass from Joe Montana. The 49ers went on to win that year's Super Bowl, and a dynasty was born.
The Giants simply had to run out the clock with less than 60 seconds to play. Instead, they botched a handoff and Eagles cornerback Herm Edwards grabbed the fumble for a 27-yard TD to win the game.
On a critical third down play near the Packers end zone, Elway tucked the ball and ran for a first down. He was utterly blasted by the Packers' Leroy Butler, who spun Elway like a helicopter in the air. Elway held onto the ball and Broncos went on to win.
In 1978, Oakland was knocking on the door of the Chargers' end zone, but there were only 10 seconds left. QB Ken Stabler fumbled the ball forward, and it was batted forward multiple times … until a Raiders player fell onto it in the end zone, sealing the Oakland victory.
With just over a minute remaining, Giants QB Eli Manning threw a desperation pass in Tyree's direction. Tyree managed to pin the pass against his helmet and somehow kept control of the ball. Just four plays later, the Giants score a TD to win the game over New England.
With the Patriots down by three points, Adam Vinatieri kicked a game-tying field goal in a winter gale. The game went into overtime and, thanks to another Vinatieri kick, the Patriots won by three.
Bednarik hit Gifford so hard that he knocked him unconscious … and straight into retirement. Two years later, Gifford came out of retirement. The hit from Bednarik was one of the most famous in league history.
As time expired in the first half against Tennessee, Prater launched a kick for the ages -- it sailed 64 yards through the uprights, making it the longest field goal in NFL history.
Green Bay scored on a last-second play against the Cowboys in the 1967 NFL title game. The Packers' right guard, however, committed a false start … which the referees didn't call, meaning that Green Bay won the game.
In a 1983 game versus the Vikings, the Cowboys were pinned on their 1-yard line. They handed the ball to Tony Dorsett straight up the middle, and he blasted through multiple weak tackles on his way to a 99-yard TD.
With 5 seconds remaining in the game, the Titans were trailing by seven points. They needed a quick TD and extra point to send the game into the first-ever overtime Super Bowl. What happened next broke their hearts.
Dyson snagged a perfect pass from QB Steve McNair and dashed towards the end zone on the last play of the game. St. Louis Rams linebacker Mike Jones grabbed Dyson and pulled him down just short of the end zone, sealing the Rams victory.
In 1974, backup QB Clint Longley entered the game for the injured Roger Staubach. With just 28 seconds left, Longley threw a 50-yard pass to Drew Pearson for a one-point win.
Dallas was down 16-3 when Longley trotted onto the field with the Cowboys' playoff hopes on the line. Longley calmly led Dallas on three TD drives to win the game.
Staubach's last-gasp pass went to wide receiver Drew Pearson, who strolled in for the TD that beat the Vikings. Vikings fans were furious and some insisted that Pearson committed offensive pass interference in order to make the catch.
At 47 yards, the kick was no gimme, especially given the sky-high stakes. Norwood pushed the kick wide right and gained infamy in NFL history.
John Taylor caught only 14 passes the entire season, but Joe Montana lofted one his way at the end of the game. Jerry Rice was the game's MVP, but Taylor caught the game winner with less than a minute left.
The Eagles were down 31-10 to the Giants in the fourth quarter, but Philadelphia QB Michael Vick caught fire, scoring three TDs. On the last play of the game, the Giants lined up to punt and planned to send the game into overtime. Instead, the Eagles DeSean Jackson returned the punt for the winning score.
Knocking on New England's goal line, Seahawks QB Russell Wilson inexplicably threw a pass. A Patriots rookie named Malcom Butler jumped the route and grabbed the interception, sealing the Patriots win.
Seattle didn't need to throw the ball -- with 26 seconds left, there was still plenty of time left in the game, and Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was proving to be a potent weapon. Instead, Seattle threw an interception, sealing their own doom.