Found September 12, 2012 on Football Nation:
I already covered this game, but I recently learned something about NFL history.On September 10, 1978, the Raiders won a game against the Chargers in the most amazing manner-- an offensive fumble recovery for a touchdown.Even back then, NFL rules limited forward passes to once per play and only from behind the line of scrimmage.  If the ball hit the ground, it was considered incomplete and the play was ruled dead.However, in the video (a look back at the play, maybe from the 1990s, was recently uploaded to Youtube), it seems pretty clear that Ken Stabler and Pete Banaszak were throwing the ball forward, and Banaszak did it down the field from the line of scrimmage.  Some Chargers fans are convinced that the Raiders intentionally fumbled the ball forward and have nicknamed the play "The Immaculate Deception."The game ultimately cost the Chargers a shot at the playoffs.  They finished 9-7, one game behind the Houston Oilers, who clinched the wild card in Week 15, with a two ...
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