Eddie Murray of the Detroit Lions mistakenly ran onto the field and kicked a 47-yard field goal as time ran out, beating the Dallas Cowboys today, 27-24.
The clock was running and showed 10 seconds left when Murray rushed into the game.
"We were going to stop the clock with a ball thrown (out of bounds)," Detroit Coach Monte Clark said.
"I didn't realize we were out of timeouts," Murray said.
No one was sure what was happening, who was supposed to be on the field, or how many players lined up for the final play.
End Ulysses Norris, whose 18-yard catch put the ball on the 30 to set up the mistaken kick, said he lined up as a back.
Quarterback Eric Hipple ad-libbed, took the snap, put the ball down and Murray, out of position, began moving toward the ball with two seconds left. His kick barely cleared the crossbar.
"I thought the kick was too high and might be short," Murray said. "But, the next thing I knew was that Eric had me down and was yelling: 'We beat America's team!'
"It could have been my biggest blunder ever. Let's not dwell on negatives. It turned out well."
Dallas had gone ahead, 24-17, on Danny White's 14-yard pass to Jay Saldi with 2:37 remaining.
Then, after the kickoff, Hipple passed to Billy Sims for 81 yards and a 24-24 tie.
Dallas punted on its next possession and the Lions began their final drive with 1:13 left.
The defeat knocked the Cowboys (8-3) out of a first-place tie with the Philadelphia Eagles (9-2) in the NFC Eastern Division.