What had been a defensive struggle turned into an offensive battle in the fourth quarter. The Steelers got on the board first in the final frame, getting a touchdown from Franco Harris to take a 10-0 lead. Oakland responded with a touchdown of its own, but Pittsburgh quickly cancelled it out to take a 16-7 lead. The Raiders cut their deficit to 16-10 with less than a minute left and recovered the ensuing onside kick, but came up 15 yards short on a Hail Mary attempt.
2 of 16Doug Pensinger/Getty Images; George Tiedemann/SI
Steelers vs. Colts
Pittsburgh took the lead late in this back-and-forth game, getting a touchdown from running back Bam Morris to go up 20-16 with 1 minute, 34 seconds left. The Colts had a good shot at the end zone on their final drive, but wideout Aaron Bailey couldn't quite haul in Jim Harbaugh's 29-yard Hail Mary as time expired.
3 of 16Heinz Kluetmeier/SI
Broncos vs. Raiders
With his team down 7-3 in the third quarter, hard-hitting Raiders safety Jack Tatum appeared to force a Denver fumble on Oakland's two yard line. Unfortunately for the Raiders, the officials didn't see it that way, ruling that the Denver running back was down before the ball came out. The Broncos would score on the next play to take a 14-3 lead. They never gave it up; icing the game after Oakland made it 20-17 late in the fourth. Denver's Haven Moses (pictured) caught five passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns.
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Cowboys vs. Packers
Running back Emmitt Smith rushed for 150 yards and three touchdowns to help the Cowboys overcome a 27-24 fourth quarter deficit to win 38-27. It was the third straight year Dallas eliminated the Packers from the playoffs.
5 of 16Al Tielemans/SI; Jim Rogash/Getty Images
Patriots vs. Ravens
The Ravens should have won it. Then they should have tied it. Baltimore did neither, and the Patriots escaped with a 23-20 win. Ravens wide receiver Lee Evans had the game-winning touchdown in his hands with 22 seconds left before New England cornerback Sterling Moore jarred the ball free. Then Billy Cundiff shanked a 32-yard field goal with 11 seconds remaining, locking up the Patriots' rematch with the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI.
6 of 16John Iacono/SI
Rams vs. Buccaneers
The defensively stout Bucs held the Rams' "Greatest Show on Turf" in check for most of the game, but Tampa Bay couldn't get a stop when it mattered most, giving up a touchdown with 4 minutes, 44 seconds left to lose 11-6.
7 of 16Tony Triolo/SI
Redskins vs. 49ers
Washington entered the fourth with a commanding 21-0 lead, but the 49ers mounted a furious comeback, tying the game at 21 with just over seven minutes left. The Redskins responded with a clinical 13-play, 78-yard drive that took six minutes off the clock and set up kicker Mark Moseley -- who was 0-for-4 on field goals in the game -- for his game-winning 25-yarder. Washington's John Riggins (44) rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns.
8 of 16Vincent Muzik/SI
Falcons vs. Vikings
Minnesota kicker Gary Anderson -- who had not missed a kick all season -- gave new life to the Falcons when he pushed a late 38-yarder that would've sealed the victory. Atlanta quarterback Chris Chandler took advantage of Anderson's miss, driving his team down the field and throwing a 16-yard touchdown to force overtime. The Falcons won on the fourth possession of the extra period, getting a 38-yard field goal from Morten Anderson to beat the Vikings 30-27.
9 of 16Peter Read Miller, John Biever/SI
Giants vs. Packers
What a way to go out: Playing in a minus-24 degree wind chill, Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre's last pass as a Packer was an interception on the second play of overtime. The pick set up Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes -- who had missed two fourth quarter kicks, including a 36-yarder as time expired -- for his game-winning 47-yarder that made it 23-20.
10 of 16Bob Rosato/SI
Saints vs. Vikings
Favre threw away the NFC Championship for the second time in three years in 2010, getting intercepted late in regulation with Minnesota in position for a game-winning field goal attempt. New Orleans converted on the first possession of overtime, getting a 40-yarder from kicker Garrett Hartley to win 31-28.
11 of 16Mark Duncan/AP
Broncos vs. Browns
It's been more than 20 years, but Cleveland fans are still cringing about "The Fumble." With the Browns trailing 38-31 with just over a minute left in the game, Cleveland running back Earnest Byner coughed up the ball on the Broncos' two-yard-line to send Denver to the Super Bowl.
12 of 16Al Tielemans/SI
Colts vs. Patriots
Peyton Manning and the Colts finally got the monkey off their backs in 2007, miraculously coming back from a 21-3 first half deficit to defeat longtime nemesis Tom Brady and the Patriots 38-34. Running back Joseph Addai capped the comeback, scoring with one minute left to give the Colts their first lead of the game.
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Broncos vs. Browns
Browns fans, avert your eyes. John Elway led the Broncos on "The Drive," a 98-yard, five minute masterpiece to tie Cleveland at 20 with 37 seconds left in regulation. The Broncos would go on to win in overtime, getting a 33-yard field goal from kicker Rich Karlis to win 23-20. It was the first of two consecutive gut-wrenching AFC championship defeats Denver would hand Cleveland.
14 of 16V.J. Lovero, Richard Mackson/SI
Giants vs. 49ers
The Giants' defense -- which had earlier knocked Joe Montana out of the game -- came up huge with New York trailing 13-12 with 2 minutes, 36 seconds remaining, recovering 49er running back Roger Craig's fumble to set up the Giants' decisive drive. New York kicker Matt Bahr capped the final possession, nailing his fifth field goal as time expired to give the Giants a 15-13 victory.
15 of 16Walter Iooss Jr./SI
49ers vs. Cowboys
One of the most famous plays in NFL history, Dwight Clark's leaping, fingertip touchdown grab of a Joe Montana pass -- forever known as "The Catch" -- gave the 49ers a 28-27 lead over the Cowboys with just 51 seconds on the clock. San Francisco would go on to win the game and the Super Bowl.
16 of 16Neil Leifer/SI
Packers vs. Cowboys
A stone-cold classic, the Ice Bowl is remembered as one of the best games in NFL history. The rematch of the 1966 NFL Title Game pitted two of the game's best coaches, Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry, against each other and lived up to the substantial hype surrounding it, with Packers quarterback Bart Starr scoring a last second touchdown in -20 degree weather to give Green Bay a 21-17 win.
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