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Sunday could have been Super Bowl XLVIII

Updated: December 21, 2011, 6:30 PM ET
By Shaun Assael

On Dec. 6, 1963, a Congressional Medal of Honor holder named Joe Foss lent his signature to a letter to NFL Commissioner Peter Rozelle. An innovation known as instant replay was about to make its TV debut during the Army-Navy game in Philadelphia the next day, but Foss was proposing an even bigger breakthrough for TV sports. As the head of the upstart American Football League, Foss wanted to challenge the NFL to a title game.

"Much talking has been done of late by the public ...

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