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History35 years ago: Holy Roller play revises rules

35 years ago: Holy Roller play revises rules

September 10, 1978: Raiders at Chargers

Ken Stabler deliberately (his own admission) fumbled the ball forward, and carnival-like antics by the Raiders propelled the ball towards a game-winning touchdown at the end of the game.

The next offseason, such an advance was made illegal. Now, a player who fumbles the ball inside of two minutes is the only member of his team allowed to advance the ball after recovering the fumble.

The venerable Jerry Markbreit was the referee.

Play begins at 1:57:30 if it does not cue automatically. [NBC Sports/NFL]

Ben Austro
Ben Austro
Ben Austro is the editor and founder of Football Zebras and the author of So You Think You Know Football?: The Armchair Ref's Guide to the Official Rules (on sale now)

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