Game: 1979 AFC Championship Game
Match-up: Houston Oilers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
With HD cameras and coach's challenges, today's NFL operates with a pretty streamline set of checks and balances. Usually. But back in 1979 you had to rely on the knee-jerk reaction of officials without a safety net, and it sucked.
Trailing 17-10 and deep in Steeler territory, Oilers quarterback Dan Pastorini found Mike Renfro in the end zone for what appeared to be a game-tying touchdown. The side judge thought otherwise, calling the play incomplete. Without a red beanbag, the only thing Houston coach Burn Phillips could throw was a temper tantrum on the sideline as the Oilers lost momentum and, ultimately, the game.