This push off discussion has been going on for a long time. It was just 4 months ago that for the first time Pearson admitted contact.
Here is the video
"Pearson pushed off Nate Wright on the play, but it was either their last chance or very close to it ... What did they have to lose? The push was apparent, and there were two officials on the catch so, in that sense, we were victims. ... On the other hand, it was a great play. Pearson must have been a basketball player at some point, because that was a basketball play. He didn't push too soon ... he waited until the ball was almost there, until he and Nate were both in the air. Then he pushed off, and Nate went on the ground. It he had pushed while they were still running, he wouldn't have knocked Nate off stride. But it was a remarkable play by Pearson ... jump, push a man away and catch the football, all in the same motion. It couldn't have been easy."
— Bud Grant, Bud: The Other Side of the Glacier
"Nate Wright fell on the play, and they said I pushed him. You know, there was contact. When I brought my arm around, there was contact. And that might have been what knocked him off balance. But there was never, ever any deliberate push or anything of that nature. How can you push somebody and make the catch at the same time? I'm not that good."
— Drew Pearson, Cowboys Have Always Been My Heroes
"It WAS a push-off."
— Jim Marshall, Star-Tribune, Jan 8, 2000
Thanks DeLain, it was obviously a push-off at the biggest moment.
If this would have happened in the past 20 years, it'd be a highlight of every pre-game show for every football telecast.