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VIDEO: Remembering When the Raiders' Jim Plunkett Threw the First 99-Yard Touchdown Pass in NFL History

Jason Schandl
Video of the Raiders' Jim Plunkett throwing the first 99-yard touchdown pass in NFL history.
Video of the Raiders' Jim Plunkett throwing the first 99-yard touchdown pass in NFL history. / Twitter: NFLMAVERICK
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One of the most impressive plays in football is a 99-yard touchdown. When teams are backed up on their own 1-yard line, they're usually just looking to gain a yard or two to get some breathing room. When they break one off for the longest offensive touchdown possible, it's always a sight to behold.

The first 99-yard score in NFL history was a rush by Tony Dorsett in 1982, but just one year later, then-Los Angeles Raiders quarterback Jim Plunkett and wide receiver Cliff Branch hooked up for the first-ever 99-yard passing touchdown.

The play action set this one up beautifully, as that's a spot where playcalling tends to be very run-heavy, and the fake allowed Branch to get wide open behind the defense. He hauled in the accurate throw and outran the defense for the score.

One of the best quarterbacks in Raiders history, this was just one of 80 TD passes Plunkett through over his eight years with the Raiders. He also racked up 12,665 passing yards.

Branch spent his entire NFL career with the Raiders, scoring 67 touchdowns and tallying 8,685 receiving yards while earning first-team All-Pro honors three times.

Heading into their first year in Las Vegas with a new speedster on the outside in rookie Henry Ruggs III, Raiders fans are hoping to see plenty more explosive plays like this in the coming years.


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