Might Marshawn Lynch's Oakland homecoming have a 'Heidi' moment vs. Jets?

From ESPN - September 17, 2017

OAKLAND -- What does Marshawn Lynch have to do with the 1960s children's movie "Heidi?"

To paraphrase Lynch, not much, cousin.

But if Lynch and the Oakland Raiders have their way Sunday against the New York Jets in the East Bay native running back's homecoming game, perhaps his exploits will join the fictional character in the lore of this ancient AFL rivalry.

Because it has almost been 49 years since the Heidi Game, a cultural awakening to the allure and power of pro football starring the Raiders and Jets.

A quick refresher: With the Jets holding a 32-29 lead with less than a minute remaining on Nov. 17, 1968, NBC left the game to start "Heidi" at 7 p.m. ET. Only viewers on the West Coast, radio listeners and fans in the Oakland Coliseum knew what happened ... the Raiders rallying for two touchdowns to pull out the 43-32 victory.

"We had no idea all those people in New York were not able to watch the game," Oakland Hall of Fame cornerback Willie Brown told me.

"All we knew was that we won."

But how? What, exactly went down in the final minute of that high-scoring affair that saw five lead changes before a 29-29 tie was broken by Jim Turner's 26-yard field goal to give the Jets a three-point lead with 65 seconds to go?

The Mad Bomber happened ... and other things.

Daryle Lamonica, author of the Raiders' quick-strike offense, found Charlie Smith for a 43-yard touchdown to give Oakland the lead again at 36-32.

Then, on the ensuing kickoff, the Jets' Earl Christy fielded the ball and avoided Howie Williams before getting corralled by Bill Budness. Christy collided with Jets teammate Mark Smolinsky and the ball popped loose.


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