While it may not be the most defining rivalry for both teams, there is plenty of history between the Las Vegas Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers.
It all began in 1972 during the AFC Divisional Round between both teams. It ended with running back Franco Harris making the ‘Immaculate Reception’, for a game-winning touchdown in the final seconds. There has since been endless debate on whether or not the ball had tipped the ground before Harris caught it.
Asked about the Raiders-Steelers' historic rivalry, Carr said, "the ball touched the ground."
— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) September 15, 2021
Carr’s declaration should hardly come as any surprise considering his family was Raiders fans growing up. It is safe to say that he heard his fair share of opinions regarding that fateful game.
Of course, Steelers fans will have something else to say about the matter once Carr and Co. make their visit to Heinz Field this week. After all, the catch served as a turning point in their franchise as they went on to win four Super Bowls during the decade.
However, Carr will settle his own score versus Pittsburgh after splitting the previous two matchups. The first one ended in a game-winning kick before he could even things out by leading a tremendous comeback just three seasons later.
The Raiders’ offense will have its work cut out against a Steelers’ defense that finished the 2020 campaign as the No. 3-ranked group in the league. It appears their success has carried over into the 2021 NFL season after holding the high-powered Buffalo Bills’ offense to just 16 points in the opener.
Regardless, it is clear that Carr is looking forward to the challenge and is even having a little fun with it in the days ahead.