1972–73 NFL playoffs

1972–73 NFL Playoffs

1972–73 NFL playoffs

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The NFL playoffs following the 1972 NFL season led up to Super Bowl VII. Like the previous NFL seasons, the home teams in the playoffs were decided based on a yearly divisional rotation, excluding the wild card teams who would always play on the road.


<small>Note: Prior to the 1975 season, the home teams in the playoffs were decided based on a yearly rotation.</small>

Divisional playoffs

December 23, 1972

AFC: Pittsburgh Steelers 13, Oakland Raiders 7

Steelers running back Franco Harris scored the winning touchdown on what became known as the Immaculate Reception. In a game that was mostly dominated by defense, the contest remained scoreless until Pittsburgh kicker Roy Gerela kicked an 18-yard field goal in the third quarter. He added a 29-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to increase Pittsburgh's lead, 6-0. But then Raiders backup quarterback Ken Stabler, who had replaced starter Daryle Lamonica, ran for a 30-yard touchdown to give Oakland a 7-6 lead with 1:13 left in the game.

Facing fourth and ten on their own 40-yard line with 22 seconds remaining, Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw threw the ball toward fullback John "Frenchy" Fuqua. But the pass bounced off Raiders safety Jack Tatum and was caught by Harris, who then ran the rest of the way downfield to score a touchdown that gave the Steelers a 12-7 lead with five seconds remaining in the game.

NFC: Dallas Cowboys 30, San Francisco 49ers 28

Backup quarterback Roger......
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