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Photo: Drew Pearson pushes off against Nate Wright to steal a Super Bowl appearance from Vikings
Drew Pearson pushes off against Nate Wright to steal a Super Bowl appearance from Vikings

This game took place on Sunday, December 28, 1975 at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Vikings running back Chuck Foreman scored first in the second quarter with a one-yard run. Dallas followed in the third quarter with a Doug Dennison four-yard rush.

The score remined tied until the fourth quarter when the Cowboys pulled ahead with a 24-yard Toni Fritsch field goal.

The Vikings then pulled ahead when running back Brent McClanahan scored on a one-yard run.

But with 24 seconds left in the game and trailing by three points, Dallas quarterback Roger Staubach threw what he later called a “hail mary” pass to wide receiver Drew Pearson for a touchdown.

Pearson illegally pushed off of Vikings cornerback Nate Wright on the Hail Mary pass from Dallas quarterback Roger Staubach to rob the Vikings of a Super Bowl berth.

In addition to the heartbreak of being cheated out of another Super Bowl appearance, quarterback Fran Tarkenton learned after the game that his father had died of a heart attack while watching in Georgia.

The 1975 Vikings squad was the best of that era.

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  2. roger on May 12, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    drew pearson was out of bounds on the play before that . worst officiating i have ever seen . then he gets away with pushing off.

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