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Old 01-03-2019, 11:17 AM
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Originally Posted by DSYoungEsq View Post
In 1979 (I believe), the New York Football Giants were winning a game late in the season against the Philadelphia Eagles. With very little time left on the clock, the Giants merely needed to kneel down two times and the game was over.

On the second play, for reasons that remain shrouded in mystery, they attempted a hand-off instead. The ball was fumbled, the Eagles scooped it up and ran it back for a game-winning TD. In Philly, to this day, the play is referred to as the "Miracle at the Meadowlands." In New York, it's only referred to with swear words. Philly went on to finish the season 9-7 and got a wild card playoff spot.

Since that time, it has been a rare occurrence indeed that any professional or college team has failed to understand the importance of properly kneeling out the game.
To be fair the "kneeldown" wasn't technically a legal play at that time (the NFL apparently didn't change the rules to legitimize it until 1987). As the Wikipedia article on the game notes, the typical way to run out the clock back then was either for the QB to take the snap and drop on the ground until touched by a defensive player. There were apparently a variety of reasons why the Giants coach called for a handoff, and