The 1984 Michigan Panthers-LA Express playoff game was the only pro football game to go into 3 overtimes, with the Express winning 27-21 on a Mel Gray rushing touchdown (where he broke his arm at the end of the run). The Express tied the game 21-21 with less than a minute to go in regulation. Which two players scored the points (touchdown and conversion) to tie the game?
In case you never saw the wild ending to the Michigan Panthers – Oakland Invaders USFL playoff game, where the Panthers fans stormed the field to celebrate with 25 seconds left remaining in the game, then you are welcome to take a look at this YouTube video. This showed that the fans had a connection with their team in Michigan, and hearing the commentators thoughts was rather interesting to say the least!
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Bumper sticker from either the 1983 or 1984 Michigan Panthers. Of interest, the Panthers were one of the first football teams to design a helmet logo which surrounded the ear hole, all the way to the base of the helmet.
Here are highlights of one of the closer games in USFL history from a clip found on YouTube. It features the 1984 matchup between the Pittsburgh Maulers facing the Michigan Panthers. The game was played in the Pontiac Silverdome and features future NFL stars Mike Rozier, Bobby Hebert, and Anthony Carter:
If this video puts a smile on your face because of the memories then take the next step and click either of the images below for Maulers and Panthers merchandise: