Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/12/12

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 game lead on the Raiders, Chargers, and Seahawks going into Week 16.

The Chargers and Oilers played in Week 16.  If San Diego had won the game against the Raiders in Week 1, the game against the Oilers would have been a virtual playoff game, with the winner getting in and the loser going home.

The opener this season between the Raiders and Chargers took place on September 10th, 2012-- exactly 34 years later.

It seems odd that such a strange game would take place on the exact same day of a wild play that could very well have been illegal.  Is it possible that the Raiders are getting divine retribution for cheating during that game?  Will we see the Raiders miss the playoffs by one game because of their long snapper?

Anything is possible in today's NFL.

The author missed this play by a decade, and loves the idea of karma costing teams a game here or there.

He can be found on Twitter (@RGDSports) or Facebook (RGDSports@yahoo.com), and can be followed by clicking the "become a fan" button next to his picture.  He will also give you twenty points and a backup long snapper if you can name the team on his hat.



GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Paul George extremely critical of Pacers following trade deadline

Chris Bosh joining TNT as analyst

Cameron Payne will have chance to shine with Bulls

Danny Ainge opens up about why Celtics didn’t make a trade before deadline

Kevin Durant wants to be NBA GM or owner after playing career

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Mavericks discussing buyout with Deron Williams

T-Wolves reportedly backed away from Ricky Rubio-Derrick Rose trade

DeMarcus Cousins calls duo with Anthony Davis ‘Fire and Ice’

Reasons why 76ers got so little for Nerlens Noel emerge

John Lynch: 49ers ‘absolutely’ need to improve at QB position

Report: Raptors trade Jared Sullinger, two future picks to Suns for P.J. Tucker

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

Box Score 2/23: Gillon's buzzer-beater blast for the win

The Aesthetic: Pushing the boundaries of the three-pointer

The top 10 MLB third basemen heading into spring training

NBA coaches who should be fired soon

Box Score 2/22: Not everyone is happy with the new intentional walk rule

Teams and players who could be dealing at the NBA trade deadline

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher who has recorded 10 or more shutouts in a single season

The top 10 MLB third basemen heading into spring training

The Aesthetic: Pushing the boundaries of the three-pointer

NBA coaches who should be fired soon

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker