On Jan. 3, 1999, in the playoffs after the 1998 season, the Packers were robbed of a win by a blown call clearly visible on replay — before replay was used by the NFL on such plays.
With 8 seconds left and the San Francisco 49ers trailing by four, Steve Young stumbled dropping back from center and then threaded a 25-yard pass between a phalanx of Packers to Terrell Owens, who somehow managed to hold onto despite being hit by two defenders.
The TD catch enabled the 49ers to beat the Packers, denying the Packers the chance for a third straight Super Bowl appearance.
"I don't know where I would be if it weren't for that play, to be honest," Owens said years later. "If you take that one catch, that one touchdown away from me, I don't know where I would be. It was a play that really catapulted my career."
And it was a play that never should have happened — and wouldn't have if replay had been in use then to catch Jerry Rice's fumble recovered by the Packers just before Owens' TD catch.
The NFL adopted a full-fledged replay system before the next season, but it was too late to save Green Bay from one of the worst and most impactful missed calls in NFL history.
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