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This month in sports history: December

| Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, 7:12 a.m.
Franco Harris (32) of the Pittsburgh Steelers eludes a tackle by Jimmy Warren of the Oakland Raiders on a 42-yard run to score the winning touchdown in the American Conference playoff game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 23, 1972.  Harris' 'Immaculate Reception' came when a desperation pass to a teammate bounced off a Raiders defender.  The touchdown gave Pittsburgh a 13-7 lead with five seconds left in the game.  (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck)
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Franco Harris (32) of the Pittsburgh Steelers eludes a tackle by Jimmy Warren of the Oakland Raiders on a 42-yard run to score the winning touchdown in the American Conference playoff game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 23, 1972. Harris' 'Immaculate Reception' came when a desperation pass to a teammate bounced off a Raiders defender. The touchdown gave Pittsburgh a 13-7 lead with five seconds left in the game. (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck)
The scoreboard above the crowd in the stands shows the Chicago Bears leading 60-0 against the Washington Redskins early in the fourth quarter in the National Football League championship game at Griffith Stadium in Washington.
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The scoreboard above the crowd in the stands shows the Chicago Bears leading 60-0 against the Washington Redskins early in the fourth quarter in the National Football League championship game at Griffith Stadium in Washington.
Guy Lafleur (10) of the Montreal Canadiens cuts in front of Aaron Broten of the New Jersey Devils during third period NHL action at the Meadowlands Arena in East Rutherford.
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Guy Lafleur (10) of the Montreal Canadiens cuts in front of Aaron Broten of the New Jersey Devils during third period NHL action at the Meadowlands Arena in East Rutherford.
O.J. Simpson of the Buffalo Bills (32) goes through the New York Jets line Dec.16, 1973 at Shea Stadium in New York in the first quarter play in which Simpson broke the NFL season rushing record. Also shown are Joe Ferguson (12) and Paul Seymour (87) of the Bills and Phil Wise (27) and John Ebersole (55) of the Jets. (AP Photo)
O.J. Simpson of the Buffalo Bills (32) goes through the New York Jets line Dec.16, 1973 at Shea Stadium in New York in the first quarter play in which Simpson broke the NFL season rushing record. Also shown are Joe Ferguson (12) and Paul Seymour (87) of the Bills and Phil Wise (27) and John Ebersole (55) of the Jets. (AP Photo)
Frenzied fans are shown atop the bus carrying the world champion Baltimore Colts after their arrival at Friendship International Airport.
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Frenzied fans are shown atop the bus carrying the world champion Baltimore Colts after their arrival at Friendship International Airport.
Protesters hold signs as they line up across the street from Federal Court prior to the sentencing of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick for his role in a dogfighting conspiracy in Richmond.
Protesters hold signs as they line up across the street from Federal Court prior to the sentencing of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick for his role in a dogfighting conspiracy in Richmond.
Navy midshipmen cheer for their team during the second quarter of the 104th Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia.
Navy midshipmen cheer for their team during the second quarter of the 104th Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia.
Trevor Berbick beat former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali in a unanimous 10-round decision.
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Trevor Berbick beat former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali in a unanimous 10-round decision.
Fans hold up a sign reading '0-16' in front of Detroit Lions defensive tackle Andre Fluellen (96) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday.
Fans hold up a sign reading '0-16' in front of Detroit Lions defensive tackle Andre Fluellen (96) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday.
Shortstop Alex Rodriguez gives reporters a big smile while answering questions about his $252 million 10-year deal with the Texas Rangers during a news conference in Arlington.
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Shortstop Alex Rodriguez gives reporters a big smile while answering questions about his $252 million 10-year deal with the Texas Rangers during a news conference in Arlington.
Ohio State's running back Archie Griffin smiles as he poses with the 1975 Heisman Trophy, on December 2, 1975, in New York City. Griffin, who already won in 1974, is the first player to win the prestigious award twice.  (AP Photo)
Ohio State's running back Archie Griffin smiles as he poses with the 1975 Heisman Trophy, on December 2, 1975, in New York City. Griffin, who already won in 1974, is the first player to win the prestigious award twice. (AP Photo)
Gale Sayers, Chicago Bears' sensational halfback, smiles happily after scoring six touchdowns against San Francisco 49ers as the Bears won, 61-20, in Chicago, Dec. 12, 1965. The remarkable Kansas rookie boosted his season touchdown total to 21, a new record in the NFL. Player at right is unidentified. (AP Photo/Paul Cannon)
Gale Sayers, Chicago Bears' sensational halfback, smiles happily after scoring six touchdowns against San Francisco 49ers as the Bears won, 61-20, in Chicago, Dec. 12, 1965. The remarkable Kansas rookie boosted his season touchdown total to 21, a new record in the NFL. Player at right is unidentified. (AP Photo/Paul Cannon)

One of the most memorable moments in NFL history is Franco Harris' “Immaculate Reception” which gave the Steelers a 12-7 lead over the Oakland Raiders with five seconds left in the game in Pittsburgh on Sunday, Dec. 23, 1972. Fast forward more than 30 years later and the top headline from the NFL was the sentencing in Federal Court of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick for his role in a dogfighting conspiracy in Richmond, Virginia.

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