"Hell with the Lid Off" looks at the ferocious five-year war waged by Pittsburgh and Oakland for NFL supremacy during the turbulent seventies. The roots of their rivalry dated back to the 1972 playoff game in Pittsburgh that ended with the “Immaculate Reception,” Franco Harris’s stunning touchdown that led the Steelers to a win over the Raiders in their first postseason meeting. That famous game ignited a fiery rivalry for NFL supremacy. Between 1972 and 1977, the Steelers and the Raiders—between them boasting an incredible twenty-six Pro Football Hall of Famers—collided in the playoffs five straight seasons and in the AFC title game three consecutive years.
Ed Gruver is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of several books.
Jim Campbell has worked at the Pro Football Hall of Fame and was a member of the Steelers’ organization during their dynasty decade in the 1970s. He has written for numerous NFL publications and has authored several books on the NFL.
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