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After discussing Jerry Butler, I suppose it triggered another "moment" from the Bills past. The 1981 game against New England where Joe Ferguson and Roland Hooks  "Hooked" up and beat the Pats. I remember that the Bills were down...I remember turning off the TV thinking the Bills would come back If I did. Sure enough they did! Does anyone have the video? Please post it!

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I was at the game, watching the end from one of the upper deck tunnels.   Many had left, and after Hooks caught the TD, guys came running out of the bathroom, some with their pants still down around their ankles...Hooks' catch before the TD was one of the ages, and, of course, set up the Hail Mary.

 

The play starts around the 3:30 mark.

 

 

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Thanks! Pandemonium! The first catch was amazing!

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I was at the game as well and we left because it started snowing and game seemed out of reach.  We heard the crowd roar and tried to turn around as we were walking to our car outside Rich, but too late.  It would have been my first live look at a "Hail Mary"  Fergy rightfully deserves praise for his abilities and that was a great demonstration of what he could do.  I think some of his heroics are overshadowed by blunders at critical times.  Not sure how I would rank him as Bills QB but probably 3rd after Kelly and Lamonica.

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I would love to see this scenario replayed again...if we happen to be down to the Pats again. Only this time it is Josh Allen to?

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44 minutes ago, Rocket94 said:

After discussing Jerry Butler, I suppose it triggered another "moment" from the Bills past. The 1981 game against New England where Joe Ferguson and Roland Hooks  "Hooked" up and beat the Pats. I remember that the Bills were down...I remember turning off the TV thinking the Bills would come back If I did. Sure enoigh they did! Does anyone have the video? Please post it!

I listened to this game on a transistor radio while pulling guard duty for an ammo bunker in the jungles of Panama; I remember it well!

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9 minutes ago, Dave in Bluffton said:

I was at the game as well and we left because it started snowing and game seemed out of reach.  We heard the crowd roar and tried to turn around as we were walking to our car outside Rich, but too late.  It would have been my first live look at a "Hail Mary"  Fergy rightfully deserves praise for his abilities and that was a great demonstration of what he could do.  I think some of his heroics are overshadowed by blunders at critical times.  Not sure how I would rank him as Bills QB but probably 3rd after Kelly and Lamonica.

I called Ferguson Super Joe because of the plays and his occasional flash of heroics.

1 minute ago, vorpma said:

I listened to this game on a transistor radio while pulling guard duty for an ammo bunker in the jungles of Panama; I remember it well!

Wow...Noriega! What a remember when!

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I too was at that game and was driving out of the parking lot when Hooks caught the pass.

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1 hour ago, Rocket94 said:

I called Ferguson Super Joe because of the plays and his occasional flash of heroics.

Wow...Noriega! What a remember when!

Sure was, I met Noriega face to face when he was a Major the previous year; slime! 

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23 minutes ago, vorpma said:

Sure was, I met Noriega face to face when he was a Major the previous year; slime! 

So times were still fairly stable. Fascinating!

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I was in the parking lot because the people I went to the game with wanted to leave early & since I wasn't the driver that game I didn't have a choice to stay.

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38 minutes ago, Albany,n.y. said:

I was in the parking lot because the people I went to the game with wanted to leave early & since I wasn't the driver that game I didn't have a choice to stay.

That had to suck...but everyone thought it was over!

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3 hours ago, Dave in Bluffton said:

  It would have been my first live look at a "Hail Mary" 

Funny, i still remember the first time i saw the play live. Jerry Butler, rookie year, vs Jets. Butler goes off for 255 and 4tds, one of which was "Hail Mary" at end of first half. Bos score says it was 75 yards..so i am not quite sure how that went..must have been tipped and he was behind everyone I guess..I really dont remember that part.

 

Anyway,t he term Hail Mary had not been used yet..Bills called the play the "Big Ben" play after Ben Williams, a DE..why? I have no clue. Maybe some old guys here will remember.

 

Only recap i can find of the game called it an alley oop!!!

 

https://www.nytimes.com/1979/09/24/archives/buffalos-ferguson-butler-star-butler-10-receptions-4-scores.html

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15 minutes ago, plenzmd1 said:

Funny, i still remember the first time i saw the play live. Jerry Butler, rookie year, vs Jets. Butler goes off for 255 and 4tds, one of which was "Hail Mary" at end of first half. Bos score says it was 75 yards..so i am not quite sure how that went..must have been tipped and he was behind everyone I guess..I really dont remember that part.

 

Anyway,t he term Hail Mary had not been used yet..Bills called the play the "Big Ben" play after Ben Williams, a DE..why? I have no clue. Maybe some old guys here will remember.

 

Only recap i can find of the game called it an alley oop!!!

 

https://www.nytimes.com/1979/09/24/archives/buffalos-ferguson-butler-star-butler-10-receptions-4-scores.html

I was 17 at the time. I don't remember exactly. Maybe a tribute to Ben Williams?

 

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It's been so many years, I don't remember much of that game - except for those last two remarkable plays.  Those were unforgettable.  Hooks, already one of my favorite Bills, was a hero that day.  

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4 minutes ago, hondo in seattle said:

It's been so many years, I don't remember that game clearly - except for those last two remarkable plays.  Those were unforgettable.  Hooks, already one of my favorite Bills, was a hero that day.  

That first catch was shoe string like! Hooks was a gamer.

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16 minutes ago, Rocket94 said:

That first catch was shoe string like! Hooks was a gamer.

If i remember correctly, OJ Simpson told OBD to play Roland Hooks after his trade to 49ers.  Hooks was a big play guy.

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4 minutes ago, freddyjj said:

If i remember correctly, OJ Simpson told OBD to play Roland Hooks after his trade to 49ers.  Hooks was a big play guy.

Yes he was. He was a rugged and durable player as well.

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I was also at that game - I remember the fans streaming out of the stadium and I told my brother "We aren't leaving - this will be an Alcoa Fantastic Finish!"  (old timers will get the reference).

 

The catch by Hooks may be the most remarkable sports play I've ever seen live.  We were in the end zone and I can still picture plain as day the ball leaving Fergy's hand and sailing down the middle and then the catch.  OMG.  What an unbelievable catch - and to see it live in the moment it was even better - I'll never forget it.

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4 minutes ago, stevewin said:

I was also at that game - I remember the fans streaming out of the stadium and I told my brother "We aren't leaving - this will be an Alcoa Fantastic Finish!"  (old timers will get the reference).

 

The catch by Hooks may be the most remarkable sports play I've ever seen live.  We were in the end zone and I can still picture plain as day the ball leaving Fergy's hand and sailing down the middle and then the catch.  OMG.  What an unbelievable catch - and to see it live in the moment it was even better - I'll never forget it.

It was an incredible catch! I saw the highlights after turning off the tv. Technology of the 70's

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1 hour ago, plenzmd1 said:

Anyway,t he term Hail Mary had not been used yet..

 

I believe it was Roger Staubach who coined the term after a late game heave to Drew Pearson won a playoff game against the Vikings in Minnesota.  1971 or 72?

 

Anyways, after the game, Staubach said he just threw the ball up there, said a Hail Mary, and hoped for the best.  It's been called a "Hail Mary" play ever since.

 

And that is your history lesson for the day...

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17 minutes ago, Ned Flanders said:

 

I believe it was Roger Staubach who coined the term after a late game heave to Drew Pearson won a playoff game against the Vikings in Minnesota.  1971 or 72?

 

Anyways, after the game, Staubach said he just threw the ball up there, said a Hail Mary, and hoped for the best.  It's been called a "Hail Mary" play ever since.

 

And that is your history lesson for the day...

That was when it was first used but..as mentioned in 79 Bills still called it the Big Ben..thinkin maybe in the 80's did it offcially become "a hail Mary" pass

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I love those old NFL Films videos.  Plus hearing Ed Sabol narrate it takes one back in time.  Pretty cool.

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