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TFD: 'Immaculate Reception' and other past plays with modern technology

  • Blog Post by: Michael Rand
  • December 18, 2012 - 5:11 PM

The NFL on Fox asks an interesting question on Facebook -- the time peg being that Sunday is the 40th anniversary of "The Immaculate Reception."

If instant replay was used in 1972, the Immaculate Reception would have been ruled:

A catch, Steelers win.
Incomplete, Raiders win
.

The play has long been controversial because of an obscure rule about which team touched the ball first (a rule that was later undone).

In any event, the catch/no-catch query is interesting in and of itself. What we are wondering in the comments is: What are some other great moments in sports history that might have gone the other way/been overturned if modern technology and rules were in place?
 

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