November 10, 2002
(Pittsburgh-AP) -- Tommy Maddox's comeback story gets better with every week. On this record-setting day, though, Michael Vick's comeback was just as remarkable.
Vick rallied Atlanta from 17 points down in the fourth quarter and the Falcons withstood Maddox's club-record 473 yards passing to tie Pittsburgh 34-34 today -- the NFL's first tie in five years. After Pittsburgh's Todd Peterson and Atlanta's Jay Feely had overtime field goal attempts blocked, Pittsburgh still nearly won it. With only 1 second on the clock, Maddox lofted a 50-yard pass that Plaxico Burress caught at the Falcons' 1. Half of Burress' body was in the end zone but the ball was not, and the Steelers didn't have enough time to run another play.
It was the N-F-L's first tie since a 7-7 Giants-Redskins game in 1997. Pittsburgh's last tie was 35-all against Denver in 1974, and Atlanta hadn't tied since a 20-20 deadlock with the Rams in 1971, long before the NFL went to overtime. Both teams remained unbeaten in their last five games and are 5-3-1.