Hail Mary! Long, Last-Minute TD Passes

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Hail Mary! Long, Last-Minute TD Passes

When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me (speaking words of wisdom). Wait a minute! That is from 'Let It Be' by The Beatles. Well, when football teams are down late in a game and far away from the end zone, they often throw a long pass called a Hail Mary, hoping for (but not really expecting) success. However, sometimes prayers are answered! Let's see if you can answer these questions about famous Hail Mary plays!

In the 1972 playoff matchup between the Steelers and Raiders, who caught the deflected pass at the end of the game to complete a 60 yard pass play that gave the Steelers a 13 to 7 win?

In 1980, the Vikings trailed the Browns 23 to 22 with 5 seconds left. What Viking WR caught a 46 yard TD pass to win the game?

On November 23, 1984, Boston College beat Miami 47 to 45 on a last second 48 yard TD pass. What WR caught that pass?

On December 3, 2015, Aaron Rodgers threw a last second 69 yard TD pass to ____________________to defeat the Detroit Lions in Detroit.

On January 16, 2016, Aaron Rodgers completed a 41 yard TD bomb to Jeff Janis to tie a playoff game in the dying seconds. What team did Green Bay then eventually still lose to in overtime?

What Cincinnati Bengal WR caught an amazing last second 48 yard TD pass at the end of the 1st half from Andy Dalton in an eventual 31 to 17 win over Cleveland in 2016?

On September 10, 2016, what team did Central Michigan beat with a last second 49 yard TD pass thrown by Cooper Rush? The final score was 30 to 27.

In the CFL in 2012, at the end of the 1st in half in a game vs Edmonton, Chris Matthews caught a 47 yard Hail Mary TD pass. What team did he play for?

What team ALMOST beat the Steelers on a last second Hail Mary pass in the 1995 AFC Championship game?

In college, Ben Roethlisberger threw a 70 yard TD pass in 2001 to defeat Akron 30 to 27 on the last play of the game. What team did he play for?

In 1980, the Vikings trailed the Browns 23 to 22 with 5 seconds left. What Viking QB threw a 46 yard TD pass to win the game?

On September 24, 1994, what Colorado QB completed a 64 yard TD pass at the end of the game to beat Michigan 27 to 26?

On November 15, 2020, Kyler Murray completed a 57 yard TD bomb to DeAndre Hopkins (who was surrounded by 3 defenders) on the last play of the game. Who did Arizona beat?

Trailing 35 to 28 in an NFL playoff game in 2013 with under 40 seconds left, Joe Flacco threw a 67 yard Hail Mary TD pass to Jacoby Jones against what team?

What NCAA team won the famous 'Bluegrass Miracle' game with a 74 yard TD pass from Marcus Randall to Devery Henderson on the last play of the game?

On September 17, 2022, what team completed a 63 yard TD pass from Chase Brice to Christian Horn to gain a last second victory over Troy?

In November of 2010, tied 24 to 24 with 3 seconds left, Jacksonville scored on a 47 yard Hail Mary TD pass to Michael Thomas against what team?

On October 31, 1999, what Cleveland Browns QB threw a 56 yard bomb to Kevin Johnson to beat the Saints 21 to 16 on the last play of the game?

On December 8, 2002, what team did Tim Couch and the Cleveland Browns beat with a last second 50 yard TD pass to Quincy Morgan? The Browns won the game 21 to 20.

On November 23, 1984, Boston College beat Miami 47 to 45 on a last second 48 yard TD pass. What QB threw that pass?

On September 23, 2012, a scrambling Russell Wilson completed a long TD pass on the last play of the game to ____________to defeat Green Bay 14 to 12.

On November 16, 2013, what team won the game known as the 'Prayer at Jordan-Hare' with a last second 73 yard TD pass to beat Georgia 43 to 38?

On October 1, 2016, what team did Tennessee beat 34 to 31 on a last second 43 yard TD pass from Joshua Dobbs to Juwon Jennings?

On December 19, 1980, what BYU QB completed a last second 41 yard TD pass to earn a 45 to 39 win over SMU in the Holiday Bowl?

In a 1975 playoff game, what team did Roger Staubach defeat with his last second Hail Mary TD pass to Drew Pearson?

Hail Mary! Long, Last-Minute TD Passes

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Dave Morrissey

Dave is an accomplished economics instructor with over two decades of experience in the prestigious International Baccalaureate program. His students have consistently ranked in the top 10% annually, and one year they achieved the highest overall class average in the world. This outstanding achievement led a UK publisher to request that he write a textbook, an offer he declined in favor of creating sports quizzes, which he found more engaging.

In addition to his teaching career, Dave is also a former high school football coach, having won a couple of local championships. While he wishes he had won more, he continues to be deeply involved in football as a scout, recruiter, and social media creator for a university football team.

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A die-hard fan of the Las Vegas Raiders, Dave has experienced his share of sports heartache, having seen them play in seven NFL cities with six losses. His all-time favorite athlete is Don Mattingly, reflecting his deep love for sports that spans many arenas.