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11th May '16 7:39:25 AM theenglishman
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* Another example in which the Buffalo Bills were a victim came near the end of the 1999 AFC wild-card game against the Tennessee Titans in what became known as the Music City Miracle. With seconds left, Steve Christie hit a 41-yard field goal to put Buffalo up 1615. Then came the kickoff, which was a squib kick first fielded by fullback Lorenzo Neal, who handed the ball to tight end Frank Wycheck. Wycheck then threw a controversial lateral to receiver Kevin Dyson, who took the ball 75 yards for a touchdown (which was confirmed after instant replay showed that Wycheck had not thrown an illegal forward pass), resulting in a 2216 win that led to the Titans march to SuperBowl XXXIV (as well as providing a measure of revenge for several older players who were members of the team when they were known as the Houston Oilers and lost the 1992 wild-card 4138 to Buffalo after leading 353). The Bills have not appeared in the postseason since then, and now that the [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams Toronto Blue Jays]] made it to the [=ALCS=] in 2015, the Bills have [[MedalOfDishonor the longest current playoff drought of any team in the "big four" North American sports leagues]].

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* Another example in which the Buffalo Bills were a victim came near the end of the 1999 AFC wild-card game against the Tennessee Titans in what became known as the Music City Miracle. With seconds left, Steve Christie hit a 41-yard field goal to put Buffalo up 1615. Then came the kickoff, which was a squib kick first fielded by fullback Lorenzo Neal, who handed the ball to tight end Frank Wycheck. Wycheck then threw a controversial lateral to receiver Kevin Dyson, who took the ball 75 yards for a touchdown (which was confirmed after instant replay showed that Wycheck had not thrown an illegal forward pass), resulting in a 2216 win that led to the Titans march to SuperBowl XXXIV (as well as providing a measure of revenge for several older players who were members of the team when they were known as the Houston Oilers and lost the 1992 wild-card 4138 to Buffalo after leading 353). The Bills have not appeared in the postseason since then, and now that with the [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams Toronto Blue Jays]] made making it to the [=ALCS=] in 2015, the Bills now have [[MedalOfDishonor the longest current playoff drought of any team in the "big four" North American sports leagues]].
11th May '16 7:38:09 AM theenglishman
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* Another example in which the Buffalo Bills were a victim came near the end of the 1999 AFC wild-card game against the Tennessee Titans in what became known as the Music City Miracle. With seconds left, Steve Christie hit a 41-yard field goal to put Buffalo up 1615. Then came the kickoff, which was a squib kick first fielded by fullback Lorenzo Neal, who handed the ball to tight end Frank Wycheck. Wycheck then threw a controversial lateral to receiver Kevin Dyson, who took the ball 75 yards for a touchdown (which was confirmed after instant replay showed that Wycheck had not thrown an illegal forward pass), resulting in a 2216 win that led to the Titans march to SuperBowl XXXIV (as well as providing a measure of revenge for several older players who were members of the team when they were known as the Houston Oilers and lost the 1992 wild-card 4138 to Buffalo after leading 353). The Bills have not appeared in the postseason since then.

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* Another example in which the Buffalo Bills were a victim came near the end of the 1999 AFC wild-card game against the Tennessee Titans in what became known as the Music City Miracle. With seconds left, Steve Christie hit a 41-yard field goal to put Buffalo up 1615. Then came the kickoff, which was a squib kick first fielded by fullback Lorenzo Neal, who handed the ball to tight end Frank Wycheck. Wycheck then threw a controversial lateral to receiver Kevin Dyson, who took the ball 75 yards for a touchdown (which was confirmed after instant replay showed that Wycheck had not thrown an illegal forward pass), resulting in a 2216 win that led to the Titans march to SuperBowl XXXIV (as well as providing a measure of revenge for several older players who were members of the team when they were known as the Houston Oilers and lost the 1992 wild-card 4138 to Buffalo after leading 353). The Bills have not appeared in the postseason since then.then, and now that the [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams Toronto Blue Jays]] made it to the [=ALCS=] in 2015, the Bills have [[MedalOfDishonor the longest current playoff drought of any team in the "big four" North American sports leagues]].
30th Apr '16 5:31:08 PM jayharrison
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* The New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers played a special three-game tiebreaker for the 1951 National League championship after finishing the season with identical 9658 records. In the bottom of the ninth of the third game, trailing 42, Bobby Thomson hit a three-run homer off of Ralph Branca to win the NL pennant. Thomson's homer is remembered to this day as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shot_Heard_%27Round_the_World_%28baseball%29 The Shot Heard 'Round the World]].

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--> '''Don Drysdale, announcing the game for the Dodgers' radio broadcast:''' [Dennis] Eckersley working out of the stretch. Here comes the 3-2 pitch. And a drive hit to right field. WAY BACK! THIS BALL... IS GONE! (after a nearly two-minute pause) This crowd will not stop! They can't believe the ending! And, this time, [[Literature/CaseyAtTheBat Mighty Casey did ''not'' strike out!]]
* The New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers played a special three-game tiebreaker for the 1951 National Nat, re-gripping the bat, ional League championship after finishing the season with identical 9658 records. In the bottom of the ninth of the third game, trailing 42, Bobby Thomson hit a three-run homer off of Ralph Branca to win the NL pennant. Thomson's homer is remembered to this day as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shot_Heard_%27Round_the_World_%28baseball%29 The Shot Heard 'Round the World]].
26th Apr '16 9:24:18 AM megarockman
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* American Football has had plenty over the years... but one stands head and shoulders above all others in terms of sheer insanity. It is known, even to Wikipedia, as "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Play_(Stanford_vs._California) The Play]]". In 1982, college football teams representing arch-rivals California[[note]]the flagship campus in Berkley, to be specific - all nine undergraduate campuses of the University of California system run their own athletic programs[[/note]] and Stanford played their season-ending game. After a spectacular drive led by John Elway, Stanford took a 2019 lead on a field goal with four seconds left, meaning Cal had to return the ensuing kickoff all the way or they'd lose (theoretically, they could down it promptly and try for a Hail Mary, but that's much more difficult). In the equivalent of a rugby play, Cal used five laterals to keep the play alive until they ran it into the end zone and scored a touchdown. Bonus points because the Stanford band and team thought they had ''already won'', and were filing onto the field at one point, they were at least 20 yards downfield for their victory tune and got clobbered in the process. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fZCCAqoSwY It has to be seen to be believed, really.]] - (One of the passes may have been thrown after the player was already down by contact, and so Stanford to this day refuses to acknowledge the game as a Cal win.)

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* American Football has had plenty over the years... but one stands head and shoulders above all others in terms of sheer insanity. It is known, even to Wikipedia, as "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Play_(Stanford_vs._California) The Play]]". In 1982, college football teams representing arch-rivals California[[note]]the flagship campus in Berkley, Berkeley, to be specific - all nine undergraduate campuses of the University of California system run their own athletic programs[[/note]] and Stanford played their season-ending game. After a spectacular drive led by John Elway, Stanford took a 2019 lead on a field goal with four seconds left, meaning Cal had to return the ensuing kickoff all the way or they'd lose (theoretically, they could down it promptly and try for a Hail Mary, but that's much more difficult). In the equivalent of a rugby play, Cal used five laterals to keep the play alive until they ran it into the end zone and scored a touchdown. Bonus points because the Stanford band and team thought they had ''already won'', and were filing onto the field at one point, they were at least 20 yards downfield for their victory tune and got clobbered in the process. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fZCCAqoSwY It has to be seen to be believed, really.]] - (One of the passes may have been thrown after the player was already down by contact, and so Stanford to this day refuses to acknowledge the game as a Cal win.)
26th Apr '16 9:23:39 AM megarockman
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* American Football has had plenty over the years... but one stands head and shoulders above all others in terms of sheer insanity. It is known, even to Wikipedia, as "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Play_(Stanford_vs._California) The Play]]". In 1982, college football teams representing arch-rivals California[[note]]the flagship campus in Berkley, to be specific - all nine campuses of the University of California system run their own athletic programs[[/note]] and Stanford played their season-ending game. After a spectacular drive led by John Elway, Stanford took a 2019 lead on a field goal with four seconds left, meaning Cal had to return the ensuing kickoff all the way or they'd lose (theoretically, they could down it promptly and try for a Hail Mary, but that's much more difficult). In the equivalent of a rugby play, Cal used five laterals to keep the play alive until they ran it into the end zone and scored a touchdown. Bonus points because the Stanford band and team thought they had ''already won'', and were filing onto the field at one point, they were at least 20 yards downfield for their victory tune and got clobbered in the process. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fZCCAqoSwY It has to be seen to be believed, really.]] - (One of the passes may have been thrown after the player was already down by contact, and so Stanford to this day refuses to acknowledge the game as a Cal win.)

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* American Football has had plenty over the years... but one stands head and shoulders above all others in terms of sheer insanity. It is known, even to Wikipedia, as "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Play_(Stanford_vs._California) The Play]]". In 1982, college football teams representing arch-rivals California[[note]]the flagship campus in Berkley, to be specific - all nine undergraduate campuses of the University of California system run their own athletic programs[[/note]] and Stanford played their season-ending game. After a spectacular drive led by John Elway, Stanford took a 2019 lead on a field goal with four seconds left, meaning Cal had to return the ensuing kickoff all the way or they'd lose (theoretically, they could down it promptly and try for a Hail Mary, but that's much more difficult). In the equivalent of a rugby play, Cal used five laterals to keep the play alive until they ran it into the end zone and scored a touchdown. Bonus points because the Stanford band and team thought they had ''already won'', and were filing onto the field at one point, they were at least 20 yards downfield for their victory tune and got clobbered in the process. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fZCCAqoSwY It has to be seen to be believed, really.]] - (One of the passes may have been thrown after the player was already down by contact, and so Stanford to this day refuses to acknowledge the game as a Cal win.)
26th Apr '16 9:22:56 AM megarockman
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* * American Football has had plenty over the years... but one stands head and shoulders above all others in terms of sheer insanity. It is known, even to Wikipedia, as "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Play_(Stanford_vs._California) The Play]]". In 1982, college football teams representing arch-rivals California[[note]]the flagship campus in Berkley, to be specific - all nine campuses of the University of California system run their own athletic programs[[/note]] and Stanford played their season-ending game. After a spectacular drive led by John Elway, Stanford took a 2019 lead on a field goal with four seconds left, meaning Cal had to return the ensuing kickoff all the way or they'd lose (theoretically, they could down it promptly and try for a Hail Mary, but that's much more difficult). In the equivalent of a rugby play, Cal used five laterals to keep the play alive until they ran it into the end zone and scored a touchdown. Bonus points because the Stanford band and team thought they had ''already won'', and were filing onto the field at one point, they were at least 20 yards downfield for their victory tune and got clobbered in the process. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fZCCAqoSwY It has to be seen to be believed, really.]] - (One of the passes may have been thrown after the player was already down by contact, and so Stanford to this day refuses to acknowledge the game as a Cal win.)

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* * American Football has had plenty over the years... but one stands head and shoulders above all others in terms of sheer insanity. It is known, even to Wikipedia, as "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Play_(Stanford_vs._California) The Play]]". In 1982, college football teams representing arch-rivals California[[note]]the flagship campus in Berkley, to be specific - all nine campuses of the University of California system run their own athletic programs[[/note]] and Stanford played their season-ending game. After a spectacular drive led by John Elway, Stanford took a 2019 lead on a field goal with four seconds left, meaning Cal had to return the ensuing kickoff all the way or they'd lose (theoretically, they could down it promptly and try for a Hail Mary, but that's much more difficult). In the equivalent of a rugby play, Cal used five laterals to keep the play alive until they ran it into the end zone and scored a touchdown. Bonus points because the Stanford band and team thought they had ''already won'', and were filing onto the field at one point, they were at least 20 yards downfield for their victory tune and got clobbered in the process. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fZCCAqoSwY It has to be seen to be believed, really.]] - (One of the passes may have been thrown after the player was already down by contact, and so Stanford to this day refuses to acknowledge the game as a Cal win.)
26th Apr '16 9:22:33 AM megarockman
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* In 1982, college football teams representing arch-rivals California and Stanford played their season-ending game. After a spectacular drive led by John Elway, Stanford took a 2019 lead on a field goal with four seconds left, meaning Cal had to return the ensuing kickoff all the way or they'd lose (theoretically, they could down it promptly and try for a Hail Mary, but that's much more difficult). In the equivalent of a rugby play, Cal used five laterals to keep the play alive until they ran it into the end zone and scored a touchdown. Bonus points because the Stanford band and team thought they had ''already won'', and were filing onto the field at one point, they were at least 20 yards downfield for their victory tune and got clobbered in the process. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fZCCAqoSwY It has to be seen to be believed, really.]] - (One of the passes may have been thrown after the player was already down by contact, and so Stanford to this day refuses to acknowledge the game as a Cal win.)

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* * American Football has had plenty over the years... but one stands head and shoulders above all others in terms of sheer insanity. It is known, even to Wikipedia, as "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Play_(Stanford_vs._California) The Play]]". In 1982, college football teams representing arch-rivals California[[note]]the flagship campus in Berkley, to be specific - all nine campuses of the University of California system run their own athletic programs[[/note]] and Stanford played their season-ending game. After a spectacular drive led by John Elway, Stanford took a 2019 lead on a field goal with four seconds left, meaning Cal had to return the ensuing kickoff all the way or they'd lose (theoretically, they could down it promptly and try for a Hail Mary, but that's much more difficult). In the equivalent of a rugby play, Cal used five laterals to keep the play alive until they ran it into the end zone and scored a touchdown. Bonus points because the Stanford band and team thought they had ''already won'', and were filing onto the field at one point, they were at least 20 yards downfield for their victory tune and got clobbered in the process. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fZCCAqoSwY It has to be seen to be believed, really.]] - (One of the passes may have been thrown after the player was already down by contact, and so Stanford to this day refuses to acknowledge the game as a Cal win.)



* American Football has had plenty over the years... but one stands head and shoulders above all others in terms of sheer insanity. It is known, even to Wikipedia, as "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Play_(Stanford_vs._California) The Play]]".
25th Apr '16 6:39:24 AM Larkmarn
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* ''Film/TheFencer'': In the finals of the fencing tournament, the score is tied, the Moscow team has priority (meaning they win if it's a tie), and the team's best fencer is injured. Little Marta is their last hope. [[spoiler: She manages to score a touch with a second to spare, winning the whole tournament]].
5th Apr '16 9:42:56 AM sturmovik
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** 32 years later the Eagles and Giants [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracle_at_the_New_Meadowlands met again in the Giants' new stadium]]. Once again the Eagles appeared to be in a hopeless situation, down 21 points with only 7 minutes left to play. However a series of quick scores left the game tied with only 14 seconds remaining and the Giants forced to punt the ball on 4th down. The punter, Matt Dodge, was instructed to punt the ball out of bounds to prevent Eagles return man De Sean Jackson, any chance to run the ball back for a touchdown. Unfortunately the punt did not go out of bounds and after initially bobbling the ball[[note]]Which had the effect of distracting the punt defense team[[/note]], De Sean Jackson ran it back for a touchdown. Since Jackson also made sure to avoid entering the end zone before time had expired he because the first person in NFL history to score a walk-off punt return touchdown. Failure to kick the ball out of bounds ended the NFL career of Matt Dodge.



** In 1997 Edgar Rentería's single in the 11th won the Series for the Florida Marlins[[hottip:*: now Miami Marlins]] over the Cleveland Indians.

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** In 1997 Edgar Rentería's single in the 11th won the Series for the Florida Marlins[[hottip:*: now Marlins[[note]]now Miami Marlins]] Marlins[[/note]] over the Cleveland Indians.
5th Apr '16 9:28:59 AM sturmovik
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** The other contender for recognition here is the "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracle_at_the_Meadowlands Miracle at the Meadowlands]]", which did two things: it immediately ended the career of that offensive coordinator, and it completely changed the way the final few minutes of football is played ''specifically to avoid another such "miracle"''.

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** * The other contender for recognition here is the "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracle_at_the_Meadowlands Miracle at the Meadowlands]]", which Meadowlands]]" involved the Philadelphia Eagles playing TheRival New York Giants. Down 17-12, the Eagles turned the ball over on downs deep in Giant's territory giving the Giants an apparent victory since all the Giants needed to do was [[InstantWinCondition run out the clock]]. However to do this required running one more play and the Philadelphia Eagles [[DoNotGoGentle were not content to give up]] despite their seemingly hopeless situation. The Giants' offensive coordinator called a stock rush play to protect the QB from the Eagles who were rushing hard to provoke a fumble. Instead, the play call [[HoistByHisOwnPetard ''caused'' a fumble]] that an Eagle defender promptly snapped up and returned for a game winning touchdown. This result did two things: it immediately ended the career of that offensive coordinator, and it completely changed the way the final few minutes plays of football is played with a special [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quarterback_kneel#Defense victory formation]] designed to ''specifically to avoid another such "miracle"''."miracle"''.
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