- Kevin Seifert, NFL Nation
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Horizon beat history on a couple of occasions in Round 1 of ESPN.com's Memorable Plays bracket. A game-winning punt return from 2012 eliminated one of the most noteworthy plays in recent NFL history, Earnest Byner's fumble in the 1987 AFC Championship Game. And a four-year-old onside kick took out one of the most iconic game-winning scores we've ever seen -- Drew Pearson's Hail Mary reception for the Dallas Cowboys in 1975.
Fortunately, history prevailed in one instance: Voters recognized that Adam Vinatieri's field goal in the 2001 playoffs, which helped send the New England Patriots to the Super Bowl, carried a bit more impact than, uh, the "Butt Fumble."
That brings us to Round 2. You can find the updated bracket here. I'm interested to see how voters deal with two matchups in particular:
John Riggins vs. Marshawn Lynch: In 1983, Riggins broke through the line on fourth down, ran through an arm tackle and ran 43 yards to push the Washington Redskins toward victory in Super Bowl XVII. Twenty-seven years later, Lynch scored on an iconic 67-yard run to help the Seattle Seahawks to a playoff victory. Lynch's run was longer, required more broken tackles and probably ranks as one of the 10 most difficult runs in NFL history. Riggins didn't have to break as many tackles -- the Miami Dolphins were in a fourth-down defense close to the line -- but the play helped his team to a more significant victory. Objectively, it's a tough call. I'm guessing Lynch wins, a result I couldn't argue with.
Scott Norwood vs. John Elway: In sports, do we remember failure more than success? That question might be answered when voters are asked to decide whether Norwood's miss on the final play of Super Bowl XXV is more memorable than Elway's helicopter run in Super Bowl XXXII. Norwood's miss squashed the Buffalo Bills' best chance to win a championship during their run of four consecutive Super Bowl appearances. Movies have been made about the kick. Elway's body-sacrificing run, on the other hand, came to symbolize his desire to win a championship after three Super Bowl losses. Call me cynical. I'm leaning in Norwood's direction.
Now do me a favor: Get to those polling stations and get these questions answered!