The Hail Mary…. many football fans still believe that Drew Pearson pushed off. One of those famous plays like The Immaculate Reception that has been debated hundreds of times with no outcome.

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On December 28, 1975 the Dallas Cowboys played the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Divisional Playoff Round. Despite being heavy underdogs, the Cowboys trailed 14-10 late in the fourth quarter with one last shot for a miracle. Cowboys QB Roger Staubach threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to WR Drew Pearson to give Dallas a 17-14 upset victory. The pass became known as the “Hail Mary,” a name that has become forever synonymous with last-second, desperation passes.

Watch the genesis of the “Hail Mary” pass from NFL Films’ 1987 production, “The Greatest Moments in Dallas Cowboys History.”

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