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21st May '18 7:05:08 PM WillKeaton
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* Every hockey game ends with TheHero getting a breakaway and going one-on-one against the goalie--or, of course, a shootout, which is a series of forced one-player-vs.-goalie breakaways.

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* Every hockey game ends with TheHero getting a breakaway and going one-on-one against the goalie--or, of course, a shootout, which is a series of forced one-player-vs.-goalie one-playervs. goalie breakaways.



A SuperTrope to WhoNeedsOvertime. Contrast with CurbStompBattle.

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A SuperTrope to WhoNeedsOvertime. WhoNeedsOvertime Contrast with CurbStompBattle.
15th May '18 2:42:15 PM Hjortron18
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[[caption-width-right:350:UsefulNotes/SuperBowl XXXIV. Where the Tennessee Titans lost, because they were one yard short.]]



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[[caption-width-right:350:UsefulNotes/SuperBowl XXXIV. Where the Tennessee Titans lost, because they were one yard short.]]
8th May '18 7:47:10 PM spiritsunami
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* The 2018 Division I Women's Final Four featured not one, not two, but ''all three'' games featuring this trope. In the first semifinal, the always-dominant [=UConn=] Huskies managed to force overtime after trailing by five with just 21 seconds left after Kia Nurse stole the ball and scored the game-tying layup with 10 seconds left (though they actually forced another turnover and couldn't get the game-winner in regulation), but Notre Dame's Arike Ogunbowale broke a tie in the closing seconds of overtime to dispatch the undefeated Huskies. The second semifinal was just as intense, with Louisville scoring to take a 3-point lead with 11 seconds left, Mississippi State tying it up with 6 left, and Louisville putting up a potential buzzer-beater that didn't fall; sadly, the overtime wasn't quite so intense, Mississippi State handily beating the Cardinals. The championship game was the only game of the Final Four to end in regulation... with ''another'' buzzer-beater by Ogunbowale, this time from 3-point range, giving the Fighting Irish the title.
3rd May '18 9:57:54 AM RoseAndHeather
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* The 2018 NCAA Super Six team final for women's gymnastics came Down To The Last Routine for UCLA, who hadn't won a national championship in eight years and were up against the scoring machine that was the University of Oklahoma. In a moment that couldn't have fulfilled this trope any better if it was scripted by movie writers, the title came down to the very last routine for UCLA. Peng Peng Lee, a third-year senior[[note]]she got an extra two years of eligibility due to injuries that took her out of competition for two years[[/note]] and TheHeart of the team, who had already scored a perfect 10 on bars earlier that night, needed an all-but-perfect score to put the Bruins over the top after the team had struggled in the first two rotations. She delivered the performance of her life, scored yet another perfect 10, and clinched the title for the Bruins by five ''hundredths'' of a point over Oklahoma. It really has to be seen to be believed.
29th Apr '18 1:41:24 PM KingLyger
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* OlderThanRadio: In the 1888 Ernest Thayer poem ''Literature/CaseyAtTheBat'', the great Casey, after deliberately getting two strikes to build even more dramatic tension, strikes out to end the game.

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* OlderThanRadio: In the 1888 Ernest Thayer poem ''Literature/CaseyAtTheBat'', the great Casey, after deliberately getting two strikes to build even more dramatic tension, Casey strikes out to end the game.game. However, it's also an instance of an UnbuiltTrope, because Casey deliberately let the first two balls go by as strikes so that he could hit the winning home run to look like an even bigger hero, and then blew it.
10th Apr '18 9:13:14 PM bt8257
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* In the movie ''Film/AceVenturaPetDetective,'' the backstory of Ray Finkle, the primary villain, involves the disastrous loss of that year's Super Bowl by one point due to Finkle missing the 26-yard field goal that would have won the game for the Miami Dolphins. Finkle lost his mind as a result and was committed to a mental hospital, and blames the whole thing on Dan Marino, who according to Finkle didn't hold the ball "laces out" like he was supposed to. His vendetta against Marino and the Dolphins would lead to the plot of the movie.

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* In the movie ''Film/AceVenturaPetDetective,'' the backstory of Ray Finkle, the primary villain, involves the disastrous loss of that year's Super Bowl by one point due to Finkle missing the 26-yard field goal that would have won the game for the Miami Dolphins. Finkle lost his mind as a result and was committed to a mental hospital, and blames the whole thing on Dan Marino, who who, according to Finkle Finkle, didn't hold the ball "laces out" like he was supposed to. His vendetta against Marino and the Dolphins would lead to the plot of the movie.



* Parodied in the obscure 1989 B-horror-movie / teen sex comedy ''Monster High'' (no relation to the toy line from TheNewTens). Not only does the fate of the world come down to [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext a basketball game]], and not only does the outcome of that game come down to one final free-throw, but that free throw spends a ''[[UpToEleven ridiculous]]'' amount of time bouncing around before settling ''perfectly'' on the rim. The world is saved when one of the protagonists gets the bright idea to ''blow on it'', tipping it into the basket and saving the world.

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* Parodied in the obscure 1989 B-horror-movie / teen sex comedy ''Monster High'' (no relation to the toy line from TheNewTens). Not only does the fate of the world come down to [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext a basketball game]], and not only does the outcome of that game come down to one final free-throw, but that free throw spends a ''[[UpToEleven ridiculous]]'' amount of time bouncing around before settling ''perfectly'' on the rim. The world is saved when one of the protagonists gets the bright idea to ''blow on it'', tipping it into the basket and saving the world.



* Professional drag racing is all about this, particularly in the top tiers of high-powered nitro-fueled cars. Winning margins measured in hundreths or even ''thousandths of seconds'' are not uncommon.

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* Professional drag racing is all about this, particularly in the top tiers of high-powered nitro-fueled cars. Winning margins measured in hundreths or even ''thousandths ''thousandths'' of seconds'' seconds are not uncommon.



* Many individual games, of course, have been won in Down To The Last Play moments. Some notable examples are listed below.
* The only World Series besides 1960 to end on a home run was the 1993 Series. Toronto won four games to two when Joe Carter's three-run homer in the bottom of the 9th won Game 6 86.

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* Many individual games, of course, have been won in Down To The to the Last Play moments. Some notable examples are listed below.
* The only World Series besides 1960 to end on a home run was the 1993 Series.in 1993. Toronto won four games to two when Joe Carter's three-run homer in the bottom of the 9th won Game 6 86.



* In the 1986 World Series the Boston Red Sox, leading the Series three games to two, led 53 going to the bottom of the 10th inning of Game 6, and were three outs from a championship. The first two New York Met batters made quick outs. The Shea Stadium scoreboard operator prematurely flashed the message [[AssumedWin "Congratulations World Champion Boston Red Sox"]]. Then ''everything'' fell apart. Three straight singles cut it to a one-run game and put the tying run at third. A new reliever was brought in, and a [[strike:passed ball]] wild pitch allowed the tying run to score and the winning run to advance to second. Then, an infamous error, as veteran Boston first baseman Bill Buckner allowed the ball to get past him, allowing the winning run to score. The Mets then won Game 7[[note]]the Mets fell behind 30, then came back after the scoreboard operator replayed Buckner's Game 6 error[[/note]] and the championship.

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* In the 1986 World Series the Boston Red Sox, leading the Series three games to two, led 53 going to the bottom of the 10th inning of Game 6, and were three outs from a championship. The first two New York Met batters made quick outs. The Shea Stadium scoreboard operator prematurely flashed the message [[AssumedWin "Congratulations World Champion Boston Red Sox"]]. Then ''everything'' fell apart. Three straight singles cut it to a one-run game and put the tying run at third. A new reliever was brought in, and a [[strike:passed ball]] wild pitch allowed the tying run to score and the winning run to advance to second. Then, an infamous error, as veteran Boston first baseman Bill Buckner allowed let the ball to get past him, allowing the winning run to score. The Mets then won Game 7[[note]]the Mets fell behind 30, then came back after the scoreboard operator replayed Buckner's Game 6 error[[/note]] and the championship.



* June 23, 1984: Bottom of the 9th, 2 outs, The Chicago Cubs were trailing their hated rivals 98 and Bruce Sutter, the best closer in the game at the time, was on the mound. Up walks Ryne Sandberg, who proceeded to drive a home run off Sutter to tie it at 9. In the 10th, the Cardinals would score twice to make it 119; the Cubs were able to get a runner on base, but were once again down to their final out when up walked Sandberg again, again to face Sutter...and again he saved the Cubs by driving a two-run homer into the bleachers. The Cubs won the game in 11 and cement their claim to be contenders in 1984 after being known as "Lovable Losers" for decades beforehand.

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* June 23, 1984: Bottom of the 9th, 2 outs, The Chicago Cubs were trailing the St. Louis Cardinals, their hated rivals rivals, 98 and Bruce Sutter, the best closer in the game at the time, was on the mound. Up walks Ryne Sandberg, who proceeded to drive a home run off Sutter to tie it at 9. In the 10th, the Cardinals would score twice to make it 119; the Cubs were able to get a runner on base, but were once again down to their final out when up walked Sandberg again, again to face Sutter...and again he saved the Cubs by driving a two-run homer into the bleachers. The Cubs won the game in 11 and cement their claim to be contenders in 1984 after being known as "Lovable Losers" for decades beforehand.



** vs. Duke, 2001: The Blue Devils tried to inbound with 00.9 seconds left to play this trope straight, but [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPf3sAtJfw8 a steal by Adam Hall subverted it.]]

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** vs. Duke, 2001: The Blue Devils tried to inbound with 00.9 seconds tenths left to play this trope straight, but [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPf3sAtJfw8 a steal by Adam Hall subverted it.]]



* In a 2010 game between Georgia Tech and Maryland, Georgia Tech scores the go ahead basket with 3 seconds left on the clock. Maryland star PG Greivis Vasquez drives it down the court and makes what appears to be the game-winning basket from half-court, only for it to be called back because Maryland coach Gary Williams called a time-out with 1.5 seconds left. The game looks all-but squandered until the ball gets inbounded to Maryland's Cliff Tucker, who promptly hits the game-winning shot.

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* In a 2010 game between Georgia Tech and Maryland, Georgia Tech scores the go ahead basket with 3 seconds left on the clock. Maryland star PG Greivis Vasquez drives it down the court and makes what appears to be the game-winning basket from half-court, only for it to be called back because Maryland coach Gary Williams called a time-out with 1.5 seconds left. The game looks all-but squandered all-but-squandered until the ball gets inbounded to Maryland's Cliff Tucker, who promptly hits the game-winning shot.
10th Apr '18 8:00:54 PM bt8257
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[[caption-width-right:350:[[UsefulNotes/SuperBowl Super Bowl XXXIV]]. Where the Tennessee Titans lost, because they were one yard short.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:[[UsefulNotes/SuperBowl Super Bowl XXXIV]].[[caption-width-right:350:UsefulNotes/SuperBowl XXXIV. Where the Tennessee Titans lost, because they were one yard short.]]



* June 23, 1984: Bottom of the 9th, 2 outs, The Chicago Cubs were trailing their hated rivals 98 and Bruce Sutter, the best closer in the game at the time, was on the mound. Up walks Ryne Sandberg, who proceeded to drive a home run off Sutter to tie it at 9. In the 10th, the Cardinals would score twice to make it 119; the Cubs were able to get a runner on base, but were once again down to their final out when up walked Sandberg again, again to face Sutter...and again he saved the Cubs by driving a two-run homer into the bleachers. The Cubs won the game in 11 and cement their claim to be contenders in 1984 after being known as "Lovabale Losers" for decades beforehand.

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* June 23, 1984: Bottom of the 9th, 2 outs, The Chicago Cubs were trailing their hated rivals 98 and Bruce Sutter, the best closer in the game at the time, was on the mound. Up walks Ryne Sandberg, who proceeded to drive a home run off Sutter to tie it at 9. In the 10th, the Cardinals would score twice to make it 119; the Cubs were able to get a runner on base, but were once again down to their final out when up walked Sandberg again, again to face Sutter...and again he saved the Cubs by driving a two-run homer into the bleachers. The Cubs won the game in 11 and cement their claim to be contenders in 1984 after being known as "Lovabale "Lovable Losers" for decades beforehand.



* On July 27, 2017, Toronto Blue Jays batter Steve Pearce pulled off a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the 10th to beat the Oakland Athletics 8-4. However, just three days later against the Angels, Pearce proceeded to do so ''again'' in the 9th for an 11-10 victory (also notably an "ultimate" grand slam, since it eliminated the entire deficit). He is only one of three batters in MLB history to have hit two walk-off grand slams in a single season.

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* On July 27, 2017, Toronto Blue Jays batter Steve Pearce pulled off a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the 10th to beat the Oakland Athletics 8-4. However, just three 3 days later against the Angels, Pearce proceeded to do so ''again'' in the 9th for an 11-10 victory (also notably an "ultimate" grand slam, since it eliminated the entire deficit). He is only one of three batters in MLB history to have hit two walk-off grand slams in a single season.
24th Mar '18 11:09:56 PM nombretomado
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* Subverted in a wildly over-the-top fashion in ''SonicX'' - the speed-obsessed character Sam Speed had demanded a rematch against the titular hedgehog, who had humiliated him at the start of the series. Sam has procured an experimental rocket-jet-car-thing from somewhere, and the race is on! It comes down to a photo finish... until playback reveals that [[spoiler: Sonic had reached the finish line WELL ahead of his opponent, hopped over it so as not to break the tape, mugged for the camera briefly, then run back to resume the race for the 'photo finish'.]]

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* Subverted in a wildly over-the-top fashion in ''SonicX'' ''Anime/SonicX'' - the speed-obsessed character Sam Speed had demanded a rematch against the titular hedgehog, who had humiliated him at the start of the series. Sam has procured an experimental rocket-jet-car-thing from somewhere, and the race is on! It comes down to a photo finish... until playback reveals that [[spoiler: Sonic had reached the finish line WELL ahead of his opponent, hopped over it so as not to break the tape, mugged for the camera briefly, then run back to resume the race for the 'photo finish'.]]
24th Mar '18 9:05:24 AM SreeAnimeFan
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* ''{{Kuroko no Basket}}'' does this a few times, most notably during the Winter Cup and the GoM's match with Jabberwock.

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* ''{{Kuroko ''Manga/{{Kuroko no Basket}}'' does this a few times, most notably during the Winter Cup and the GoM's match with Jabberwock.
24th Mar '18 9:03:05 AM SreeAnimeFan
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* {{Kuroko no Basket}} does this a few times, most notably during the Winter Cup and the GoM's match with Jabberwock.

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* {{Kuroko ''{{Kuroko no Basket}} Basket}}'' does this a few times, most notably during the Winter Cup and the GoM's match with Jabberwock.
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