When it seemed the ball was about to stop running back Pete Banaszak swung and knocked it toward the end zone.
The ball continued on its journey and was around the five-yard line when Pro Bowl tight end Dave Casper booted it toward the end zone.
The ball finally found paydirt and Casper landed on it for a touchdown.
The Chargers yelped to no avail as referee Jerry Markbreit ruled it a legal play and a touchdown.
Errol Mann came on for the PAT and the Raiders had a 21-20 victory.
"I fumbled it on purpose," Stabler said after the game. "Yes, I was trying to fumble."
In the offseason, the NFL decided to address the controversy, adding a rule that states only the person who fumbles the ball can advance it after the two-minute warning.
That eliminated future Holy Rollers, but The Snake and the Silver and Black already had gained their place in NFL lore.
Another fabled TD pass thrown by Stabler is the "Sea of Hands" play, which saw the quarterback falling but managing to throw a pass into the end zone that was somehow grabbed by Clarence Davis as the Raiders stunned the Miami Dolphins in a playoff game in 1974.