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30-Year Anniversary: Jaws To Quick


Thirty years ago on November 10, 1985, quarterback Ron Jaworski and wide receiver Mike Quick etched their names into the NFL record books with a 99-yard touchdown pass. It remains tied for the longest pass in league history with the eight other 99-yard throws that have been completed in the last 76 years, but this is the only one to end a game in overtime.

In this particular game against the Falcons, the play helped Philadelphia seal a victory in dramatic fashion. With the Eagles sitting on a comfortable 17-0 lead following the third quarter, Atlanta began an impressive comeback and scored on three consecutive possessions. With 2:22 remaining in the game, the team kicked the tying field goal, evening the game at 17 apiece. The Falcons had the opportunity to steal the win with nine seconds left, but a missed 42-yard field goal forced overtime.

Atlanta received the ball first during the extra time, a possession that was short lived. A sack for a loss of 8 yards by nose tackle Ken Clarke helped solidify a three-and-out for the Eagles' defense. It was Philadelphia's time to shine. Starting from its own 1-yard line after a 62-yard punt, Jaworski threw the ball deep on the team's second play of the drive. Quick sped down the field, making the catch at the 20-yard line and racing the final 80 yards for the touchdown. Philadelphia won the game at Veterans Stadium, 23-17, ending overtime after 1:49.

To this day, the throw from Jaworski remains the only 99-yard pass in Eagles history. At the time, it was only the second 99-yard pass completion to ever happen in the NFL.

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