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`Heidi' Game Named NFL's Most Memorable Regular-Season Moment

Bloomberg News Service

NEW YORK - The infamous "Heidi" game between the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders was voted the most memorable regular-season moment in National Football League history in a recent poll of members of the media.

The NFL conducted the poll to mark the 10,000th regular-season game in league history, which will be played this afternoon.

Entering next weekend, there have been 9,992 NFL games played. There are seven games scheduled for 1 p.m. Eastern time, which will bring the total to 9,999. The first of the four 4 p.m. Eastern time games to end will become the 10,000th in league history.

Of the all the regular-season games played since the league was founded in 1920, the one that stood out to the media panel was the game between the Jets and Raiders on Nov. 17, 1968. With 50 seconds remaining and the Jets leading 32-29, NBC stopped broadcasting the game and switched to the children's film "Heidi."

The Raiders scored two touchdowns during those final 50 seconds for a 43-32 victory.

Even though the Jets and Raiders were in the rival American Football League when they played the game, the NFL counts all AFL records as its own. It also counts the AFL games played before the merger took effect for the 1970 season as among the 9,992 games played so far.

The media panel decided the second most memorable game was the Miami Dolphins' 38-24 victory over the Chicago Bears on Dec. 2, 1985. It was the Bears' only loss that season en route to Super Bowl XX.

The Bears also were involved in one of the third most memorable games, on Dec. 12, 1965, against the San Francisco 49ers when Gale Sayers scored six touchdowns.

That game was tied for third place with two games involving the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins - Nov. 28, 1974 when backup quarterback Clint Longley rallied the Cowboys to a 24-23 victory and Dec. 16, 1979 when Roger Staubach led the Cowboys to a 35-34 come-from-behind victory.

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