John Mackey Runs Over Lions D for 64 Yard TD
At old Tiger Stadium in Detroit, on a cold Sunday in November of 1966, legendary Baltimore Colts tight end John Mackey – showcasing his unusual blend of speed and power – bested the Lions defense with a run for the ages. The 7-2 Colts were down 17-0 in the game’s fourth quarter, and needing a spark. Baltimore backup quarterback Gary Cuozzo tossed a short pass in Lions territory to Mackey, who turned downfield and broke a tackle. The 6-foot-3, 222-pounder plowed into a crowd of seven Lions, escaping the gang tackle, then steamrolling a teammate who stood in his way before breaking a final tackle and racing in for a 64-yard touchdown. The Colts wound up losing 20-14, but Mackey had the best season of his Hall of Fame career, with 829 yards receiving and nine touchdowns.