The NFL’s Longest Game: How a Soccer Player-Turned-Kicker Secured the Win

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Third in a series on iconic NFL games.

The longest game in NFL history featured 13 future Hall of Fame players, two future Hall of Fame head coaches, starting quarterbacks who would finish their careers with a combined three Super Bowl titles and an unlikely star for the losing team. But the 1971 Christmas Day playoff game between the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs was decided by a 5-foot-7, 170-pound, balding, Cyprus-born kicker/tiemaker who became best known for one of the greatest Super Bowl bloopers of all time.



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