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20th Jul '16 1:20:49 PM bt8257
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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 Berkeley, to be specific - nine of the ten undergraduate campuses of the University of California system run their own NCAA-affiliated programs (UC-Merced was founded in 2005 and is a part of the NAIA) [[/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.)
* Also older, and a rare example of both sides of the trope showing up: 1994 Texas HS football: Plano East pulls off a near-impossible 24-point comeback with three minutes to go in the fourth quarter. With only seconds on the clock and only the final kickoff to perform, John Tyler High takes the kickoff right back up the field, pulling off the Miracle Win / DownerEnding combo. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHkABO0VwCg The play-by-play is almost as entertaining, for different reasons.]]

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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, Wiki/Wikipedia, as "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Play_(Stanford_vs._California) org/wiki/The_Play_(American football) The Play]]". In 1982, college football teams representing arch-rivals California[[note]]the flagship campus in Berkeley, to be specific - nine of the ten undergraduate campuses of the University of California system run their own NCAA-affiliated programs (UC-Merced was founded in 2005 and is a part of the NAIA) [[/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.)
* Also older, and a rare example of both sides of the trope showing up: 1994 Texas HS football: Plano East pulls off a near-impossible 24-point comeback with three minutes to go left in the fourth quarter. With only seconds on the clock and only the final kickoff to perform, John Tyler High takes the kickoff right back up the field, pulling off the Miracle Win / DownerEnding Win[=/=]DownerEnding combo. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHkABO0VwCg The play-by-play is almost as entertaining, for different reasons.]]



* In the 2013 New York state Section 1 Class AA high school championships, with Mount Vernon leading New Rochelle 60-58, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-rsGQ5JNqA Khalil Edney's in-bounds pass with 2.9 seconds left]] is intercepted by a Mount Vernon player, who heaves the ball up into the air to kill the clock--only it comes down in Edney's hands with enough time for him to toss up a half-court shot, which goes in and, after a lengthy video review, is ultimately counted, giving New Rochelle the 61-60 win.

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* In the 2013 New York state Section 1 Class AA high school championships, with Mount Vernon leading New Rochelle 60-58, 6058, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-rsGQ5JNqA Khalil Edney's in-bounds pass with 2.9 seconds left]] is intercepted by a Mount Vernon player, who heaves the ball up into the air to kill the clock--only it comes down in Edney's hands with enough time for him to toss up a half-court shot, which goes in and, after a lengthy video review, is ultimately counted, giving New Rochelle the 61-60 6160 win.
20th Jul '16 1:15:43 PM bt8257
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** at Wake Forest, 2016: Down 7 with 15 seconds left, Virginia goes on a 9-1 run to win 7271, [[http://www.streakingthelawn.com/2016/1/26/10838258/virginia-basketball-buzzer-beater-wake-forest-darius-thompson a statistical impossibility]]. Capped off with [[UpToEleven a buzzer-beater banked three-point shot]]. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0UTfRLAoCE&t=7m25s As the play-by-play announcer put it]]:

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** at Wake Forest, 2016: Down 7 with 15 seconds left, Virginia goes on a 9-1 run to win 7271, [[http://www.streakingthelawn.com/2016/1/26/10838258/virginia-basketball-buzzer-beater-wake-forest-darius-thompson a statistical impossibility]]. Capped off with [[UpToEleven a buzzer-beater banked three-point shot]]. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0UTfRLAoCE&t=7m25s com/watch?v=l0UTfRLAoCE&t=7m24s As the play-by-play announcer guy put it]]:
20th Jul '16 1:14:18 PM bt8257
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* Basketball lends itself to Down To The Last Play moments; it is not uncommon for a team to go from defeat to victory on the last shot.

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* Basketball lends itself to Down To The Last Play moments; these moments quite often; it is not uncommon common for a team to go from defeat to victory on the last shot.



* A 2004 playoff game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Lakers, who had combined to win the last 5 titles and had each swept the other out of the way during that time, contained two improbable last-second shots. First the Spurs, trailing by a point with 5.4 seconds left, tried a handoff screen from Tim Duncan to Manu Ginóbili. Ginóbili was cut off from receiving the ball, so Duncan just had to just turn around, take a quick dribble, and throw the ball up from the top of the key. He was way off balance and actually fell on his back yet somehow the shot swished through. Now the Lakers had to score in 0.4 seconds or lose. Derek Fisher, who received the inbounds pass, had to grab it, spin around in mid-air, and shoot, all in one quick motion, because the clock starts the instant it touches any player. It also went right through the net, giving LA the game and a 32 series lead, cementing Fisher's reputation as one of the best clutch shooters ever, and leaving Duncan's shot as one of the best all-time clutch plays that didn't result in a win. As Shaquille O'Neal commented, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSnAvhvfniw "One lucky shot deserves another."]] JawDrop.
* David Lee, New York Knicks. Tips it in with ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYa3LjbsZ54 0.1 seconds]]''.
* The University of Virginia Cavaliers tend to do this a lot. There's a reason fans sometimes call them "Cardiac Cavs:"
** 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 averted it.]]
** [[RunningGag vs. Duke]], 2007: Tied up with seconds left in overtime, Sean Singletary made a jumper ''as he's falling down backwards''. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yo4tgWYRpPg There's a reason the Cavaliers retired his number.]]
** at Wake Forest, 2016: Down seven points with fifteen seconds left, Virginia goes on a 9-1 run to win, [[http://www.streakingthelawn.com/2016/1/26/10838258/virginia-basketball-buzzer-beater-wake-forest-darius-thompson a statistical impossibility]]. Capped off with [[UpToEleven a buzzer-beater banked three-point shot]]. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0UTfRLAoCE&t=7m16s As the play-by-play announcer put it]]:
-->"Perrantes to inbound, Gill is fouled out. Inbound pass to Hall. Hall's into the frontcourt, feeds it up. Thompson, for the win, launches the three... '''''[[WhamLine IT'S GOOD!!! HE HITS IT OFF THE BACKBOARD!!!]]''''' And Virginia, with the miracle finish here in Winston-Salem! [[YouHaveGOTToBeKiddingMe Are you kidding me?!]]

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* A 2004 playoff game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Lakers, who had combined to win the last 5 titles and had each swept the other out of the way during that time, contained two improbable last-second shots. First the Spurs, trailing by a point with 5.4 seconds left, tried a handoff screen from Tim Duncan to Manu Ginóbili. Ginóbili was cut off from receiving the ball, so Duncan just had to just turn around, take a quick dribble, and throw the ball up from the top of the key. He was way off balance and actually fell on his back yet somehow the shot swished through. Now the Lakers had to score in 0.4 seconds or lose. Derek Fisher, who received the inbounds pass, had to grab it, spin around in mid-air, and shoot, all in one quick motion, because the clock starts the instant it touches any player. It also went right through the net, giving LA the game and a 32 series lead, cementing Fisher's reputation as one of the best clutch shooters ever, and leaving Duncan's shot as one of the best all-time clutch plays that didn't result in a win. As Shaquille O'Neal commented, Shaq said, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSnAvhvfniw "One lucky shot deserves another."]] JawDrop.
* David Lee, New York Knicks. Tips it in with ''[[http://www.''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYa3LjbsZ54 0.1 seconds]]''.
* The University of Virginia Cavaliers tend to do this a lot. There's a reason fans sometimes call them "Cardiac Cavs:"
Cavs":
** 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 averted subverted it.]]
** [[RunningGag vs. Duke]], 2007: Tied up with seconds left in overtime, OT, Sean Singletary made a jumper ''as he's falling down backwards''. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yo4tgWYRpPg There's a reason the Cavaliers retired his number.]]
** at Wake Forest, 2016: Down seven points 7 with fifteen 15 seconds left, Virginia goes on a 9-1 run to win, win 7271, [[http://www.streakingthelawn.com/2016/1/26/10838258/virginia-basketball-buzzer-beater-wake-forest-darius-thompson a statistical impossibility]]. Capped off with [[UpToEleven a buzzer-beater banked three-point shot]]. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0UTfRLAoCE&t=7m16s com/watch?v=l0UTfRLAoCE&t=7m25s As the play-by-play announcer put it]]:
-->"Perrantes to inbound, Gill is fouled out. Inbound pass to Hall. Hall's into the frontcourt, feeds it up. Thompson, for the win, launches the three... '''''[[WhamLine IT'S GOOD!!! HE HITS IT OFF THE BACKBOARD!!!]]''''' And Virginia, with the miracle finish here in Winston-Salem! [[YouHaveGOTToBeKiddingMe [[YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe Are you kidding me?!]]



* 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 one second left. The game looks all-but squandered until the ball gets in-bounded to Maryland's Cliff Tucker who promptly sinks the winning basket.

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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 one second 1.5 seconds left. The game looks all-but squandered until the ball gets in-bounded inbounded to Maryland's Cliff Tucker who promptly sinks the winning basket.



* A ''high school'' basketball example that made [[http://www.kpho.com/sports/4307457/detail.html national news]] for its sheer improbability: 2005 Minnesota state championship game, Eastview vs. Hopkins. In overtime, Eastview scored with 2.5 seconds left to go up 2. Hopkins threw the ball the length of the court. One of their players, Blake Hoffarber, fell on the floor, the ball bounced his way, and he grabbed the ball and threw it at the basket, ''while sitting down on the floor''. It went in to tie the game. It simply [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJoxGpEswOI has to be seen to be believed]].
* A couple years later, in the 2008 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament, #6 Minnesota was leading #3 Indiana 5755 at Conseco Fieldhouse with 3.4 seconds left. Eric Gordon was at the line with a chance to tie it. He missed the first and intentionally missed the second. Indiana got the rebound. D.J. White was fouled on the putback with 3.1 seconds left and had a chance to give Indiana the lead, but he missed the free throw. He then got fouled ''again'' on the rebound with 1.5 seconds left. He split the pair to make it 5857 Indiana. After a timeout, Travis Busch [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u51znupszPw&t=35s threw a baseball pass]] almost the length of the court. It was caught... by none other than Blake Hoffarber, who turned and tossed up a shot with his left hand, which went through as time expired.
* In the 2010 Big Ten basketball tournament, Michigan led Ohio State 6866 with 2.2 seconds left and the Buckeyes needing to drive the length of the court. What [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tz1sSkExw8M happened next]] proved beyond a shadow of a doubt who the National Player of the Year was.

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* A ''high school'' basketball example that made [[http://www.kpho.com/sports/4307457/detail.html national news]] for its sheer improbability: 2005 Minnesota state championship game, Eastview vs. Hopkins. In overtime, Eastview scored with 2.5 seconds left to go up 2. Hopkins threw the ball the length of the court. One of their players, Blake Hoffarber, fell on the floor, the ball bounced his way, and he grabbed the ball and threw it at the basket, ''while sitting down on the floor''. It went in to tie the game. It simply [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJoxGpEswOI has to be seen to be believed]].
* A couple years later, in the 2008 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament, #6 Minnesota was leading #3 Indiana 5755 at Conseco Fieldhouse with 3.4 seconds left. Eric Gordon was at the line with a chance to tie it. He missed the first and intentionally missed the second. Indiana got the rebound. D.J. White was fouled on the putback with 3.1 seconds left and had a chance to give Indiana the lead, but he missed the free throw. He then got fouled ''again'' on the rebound with 1.5 seconds left. He split the pair to make it 5857 Indiana. After a timeout, Travis Busch [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u51znupszPw&t=35s threw a baseball pass]] almost the length of the court. It was caught... by none other than caught by... Blake Hoffarber, who turned and tossed up a shot with his left hand, which went through as time expired.
* In the 2010 Big Ten basketball tournament, Michigan led Ohio State 6866 with 2.2 seconds left and the Buckeyes needing to drive the length of the court. What [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tz1sSkExw8M happened next]] proved beyond a shadow of a doubt who the National Player of the Year was.



* The Chicago Bulls beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 in 1989. Michael Jordan hits the series winner at the buzzer. Famously known as ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5WUOnTxwPw The Shot]]''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AY-iq58_oz4 Hill to Laettner, turn, swish]].
* The last 40 seconds of the 2011 Unicaja-Real Madrid must be seen to be believed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xi6jEaBj_qs
* Former [=UConn=] standout and current Seattle Storm star Sue Bird has a long list of last minute, clutch shots, from the 2001 Big East tournament championship game after Notre Dame had tied the game with 5 seconds left and she drives down the length of the court for the winning shot, to the 2010 WNBA Playoffs, where successive game winning baskets in the Western Conference Finals Game 2 and the WNBA Finals Game 1 gave her the media nickname of "Big Shot Bird."
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqG7eSRAyfg Watford for the win...]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Tt1HkTSxxg Arizona vs. Cincinnati, February 10, 1996]]: The game is tied at 76 with just a couple seconds left and Arizona's Miles Simon gets his hands on the ball. Just before the buzzer, he throws up a desperation 3/4ths court shot that, by some miracle, goes in. Arizona wins 7976, giving Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson his 500th career win.
* #1 Arizona vs. USC, March 6, 1998. Jason "The Jet" Terry hits a runner with 6.9 seconds left in OT to give #1 Arizona a 9088 lead over 719 USC. But Adam Spanich gets the ball with 2.8 seconds left and promptly [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-nDklKD-BE&t=77s fires a 3...]]

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* The Chicago Bulls beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 in 1989. Michael Jordan hits the series winner at the buzzer. Famously known as ''[[http://www.''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5WUOnTxwPw The Shot]]''.
* [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AY-iq58_oz4 Hill to Laettner, turn, swish]].
* The last 40 seconds of the 2011 Unicaja-Real Madrid must be seen to be believed: http://www.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xi6jEaBj_qs
* Former [=UConn=] standout and current Seattle Storm star Sue Bird has a long list of last minute, clutch shots, from the 2001 Big East tournament championship game after Notre Dame had tied the game with 5 seconds left and she drives down the length of the court for the winning shot, to the 2010 WNBA Playoffs, where successive game winning baskets in the Western Conference Finals Game 2 and the WNBA Finals Game 1 gave her the media nickname of "Big Shot Bird."
Bird".
* [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqG7eSRAyfg Watford for the win...]]
* [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Tt1HkTSxxg Arizona vs. Cincinnati, February 10, 1996]]: The game is tied at 76 with just a couple seconds left and Arizona's Miles Simon gets his hands on the ball. Just before the buzzer, he throws up a desperation 3/4ths court shot that, by some miracle, goes in. Arizona wins 7976, giving Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson his 500th career win.
* #1 Arizona vs. USC, March 6, 1998. Jason "The Jet" Terry hits a runner with 6.9 seconds left in OT to give #1 Arizona a 9088 lead over 719 USC. But Adam Spanich gets the ball with 2.8 seconds left and promptly [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-nDklKD-BE&t=77s com/watch?v=v-nDklKD-BE&t=1m17s fires a 3...]]
29th Jun '16 4:24:24 AM igordebraga
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* Ghana had a penalty kick in the very last moment of overtime against Uruguay in their 2010 World Cup quarterfinal. This penalty was awarded when a clear goal for Ghana was boxed away bay a Uruguayanfield player. It was missed, leading to a penalty shootout which Ghana lost, eliminating the last remaining African team in the South Africa WC.

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* Ghana had a penalty kick in the very last moment of overtime against Uruguay in their 2010 World Cup quarterfinal. This penalty was awarded when a clear goal for Ghana was boxed away bay by a Uruguayanfield player. It was missed, leading to a penalty shootout which Ghana lost, eliminating the last remaining African team in the South Africa WC.
25th Jun '16 6:42:33 AM AB
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** The 2016 race was all set to be Toyota's first victory... until their lead car broke down just after starting what would have been its final lap, and the second-placed Porsche 919 came screaming past with three minutes left on the race clock.

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** The 2016 race was all set to be Toyota's first victory... until their lead car broke down just after starting what would have been its final lap, and the second-placed Porsche 919 came screaming past with three minutes left on the race clock. The Toyota began to slow halfway round it's penultimate lap with a turbocharger problem so unexpected that the driver of the other Toyota thought it was slowing up for a team photo-op at the finish. With a minute's lead over the Porsche the Toyota still made it to the line first so had the problem risen only a lap later they would have still won.
19th Jun '16 8:32:52 AM Deadbeatloser22
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** The 2016 race was all set to be Toyota's first victory... until their lead car broke down just after starting what would have been its final lap, and the second-placed Porsche 919 came screaming past with three minutes left on the race clock.
15th Jun '16 5:59:11 PM PuritanPhysicist
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* Virginia Cavaliers vs Duke Blue Devils, February 1, 2007. Tied up with seconds left in overtime, Sean Singletary made a jumper ''as he's falling down backwards''. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yo4tgWYRpPg There's a reason the Cavaliers retired his number.]]
** Six years earlier, Virginia went down to the second-to-the-last play when hosting Duke. 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 averted it.]]

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* The University of Virginia Cavaliers vs Duke Blue Devils, February 1, 2007. Tied up with seconds left in overtime, Sean Singletary made tend to do this a jumper ''as he's falling down backwards''. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yo4tgWYRpPg lot. There's a reason the Cavaliers retired his number.]]
fans sometimes call them "Cardiac Cavs:"
** Six years earlier, Virginia went down to the second-to-the-last play when hosting Duke. 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 averted it.]]]]
** [[RunningGag vs. Duke]], 2007: Tied up with seconds left in overtime, Sean Singletary made a jumper ''as he's falling down backwards''. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yo4tgWYRpPg There's a reason the Cavaliers retired his number.]]
** at Wake Forest, 2016: Down seven points with fifteen seconds left, Virginia goes on a 9-1 run to win, [[http://www.streakingthelawn.com/2016/1/26/10838258/virginia-basketball-buzzer-beater-wake-forest-darius-thompson a statistical impossibility]]. Capped off with [[UpToEleven a buzzer-beater banked three-point shot]]. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0UTfRLAoCE&t=7m16s As the play-by-play announcer put it]]:
-->"Perrantes to inbound, Gill is fouled out. Inbound pass to Hall. Hall's into the frontcourt, feeds it up. Thompson, for the win, launches the three... '''''[[WhamLine IT'S GOOD!!! HE HITS IT OFF THE BACKBOARD!!!]]''''' And Virginia, with the miracle finish here in Winston-Salem! [[YouHaveGOTToBeKiddingMe Are you kidding me?!]]
** [[RuleOfThree at Duke]], 2016: On the other end, Virginia looked prepared to win at Duke for the first time since 1995. The Cavalier's Brogdon made a basket with seconds left... enough seconds for Duke's Grayson Allen to make his own buzzer-beater. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsZstyQQ0Uw It may have been a travel]], but it counted, and Duke won.
14th Jun '16 8:47:09 PM DarkPhoenix94
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* Liverpool were 3-0 down against AC Milan at half-time in the 2005 Champions' League final. Milan were considered to be possibly the best team on the planet, while Liverpool had wriggled into the final via luck, [[{{Determinator}} a never say die attitude]] and a few moments of magic from their [[TheCaptain Steven]] [[TheAce Gerrard]]. Fifteen minutes into the second half, after three goals in six minutes, the score was 3-3. A double save from Liverpool's goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek against Andriy Shevchenko (then one of the best players on the planet) that was voted the greatest Champions League moment of all time took it all the way to penalties, which Liverpool won.

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* Liverpool were 3-0 down against AC Milan at half-time in the 2005 Champions' League final. Milan were considered to be possibly the best team on the planet, while Liverpool had lost their star striker to Real Madrid the previous summer and wriggled into the final via luck, [[{{Determinator}} a never say die attitude]] and a few moments of magic from their [[TheCaptain Steven]] [[TheAce Gerrard]]. Fifteen minutes into the second half, after three goals in six minutes, the score was 3-3. A double save from Liverpool's goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek against Andriy Shevchenko (then one of the best players on the planet) that was voted the greatest Champions League moment of all time took it all the way to penalties, which Liverpool won.



* The following year, they did the exact same thing, even being 3-2 down, except that they only had seconds left. The ball was lobbed into the box, knocked out and fell to [[TheCaptain Gerrard.]] The man could barely walk. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uVF74OqZDY So he did this.]] One again, they won on penalties.

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* The following year, they did the exact same thing, thing in the FA Cup final, even being 3-2 down, except that they only had seconds left. The ball was lobbed into the box, knocked out and fell to [[TheCaptain Gerrard.]] The man could barely walk. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uVF74OqZDY So he did this.]] One again, they won on penalties.penalties.
* Really, they're prone to this. In April 2016, Liverpool team were in transition. Having nearly won the title less than two years before under manager Brendan Rodgers, a disastrous decline the following season and a lacklustre start to the one after that saw Rodgers fired. He was replaced by charisatic German Jurgen Klopp, who managed to whip the team into something approximating shape, took them to a cup final and pulled off famous wins in which they [[CurbstompBattle thrashed]] their rivals. However, they were still on course to finish 8th (albeit only missing on the top 4 by six points) and had lost that cup final. In the quarter finals of the Europa League, they were drawn against competition favourites Borussia Dortmund, who were in the process of challenging the near unstoppable Bayern Munich for the German title. They would finish second in the Bundesliga and were one of the most feared teams in Europe, while Liverpool were generally seen as a fallen giant, once great but brought low. The only advantages Liverpool had were their manager, who had previously managed Dortmund and knew the team and the players inside out, and [[{{Determinator}} stubbornness]]. In the first leg, at Dortmund, they executed a perfect containment strategy, getting a 1-1 draw and thereby a valuable away goal [[note]] In European club competitions, there's something called the away goals rule. if the two teams are tied on aggregate after the second match has ended, then the team that has scored more goals at the opponent's stadium goes through, with extra time only taking place if they have scored the same number of away goals. [[/note]]. Dortmund responded by coming to Anfield and scoring two goals in the first eight minutes, putting them 2-0 up on the night and 3-1 up on aggregate, meaning that Liverpool had to win outright. Liverpool duly pulled one back, making it 2-1 (3-2). Dortmund promptly scored again, making it 3-1 (4-2). There was less than twenty five minutes to go, but Liverpool steadly hauled down their technically far superior opponents, making it 3-3 (4-4). At this point, Dortmund were still going through on the away goals rule. Then, in stoppage time, Liverpool scored a 4th, making it 4-3 on the night and 5-4 on aggregate. In the words of the commentator, "Liverpool have come back from the dead!" Afterwards, #ComeBackKings was trending on Twitter, and most appropriate it was too.



* A Rugby Union example came in the 2003 Rugby World Cup final between Australia and England in Australia. After a half-time score of 5-14 to England, Elton Flatley kicked penalty goals for Australia in the 47th, 61st and 80th minutes to tie the game at 14-14. English fly half Jonny Wilkinson kicked a penalty goal to put England ahead in the 2nd minute of overtime, which Flatley responded to in the 97th minute with 3 minutes remaining. Wilkinson kicked a drop goal with 27 seconds left on the clock to win the game 20-17 and the World Cup for England.
** Probably more common in Rugby than you'd think - Since after the 80 minutes passes, play doesn't end until the next stoppage (and even then not if it's a penalty), a well disciplined team trailing by a narrow margin always has time to launch a final attack.

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* A Rugby Union example came in the 2003 Rugby World Cup final between Australia and England in Australia. After a half-time score of 5-14 to England, Elton Flatley kicked penalty goals for Australia in the 47th, 61st and 80th minutes to tie the game at 14-14. English fly half Jonny Wilkinson kicked a penalty goal to put England ahead in the 2nd minute of overtime, which Flatley responded to in the 97th minute with 3 minutes remaining. Wilkinson kicked a drop goal with 27 seconds left on the clock to win the game 20-17 and the World Cup for England.
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England. The commentary was special.
--> There's 35 seconds to go, this is the one. It's coming back to Jonny Wilkinson, he drops for World Cup glory. It's up! It's over! He's done it! Jonny Wilkinson is England's hero - yet again! And there's no time for Australia to come back. England have just won the World Cup.
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Probably more common in Rugby than you'd think - Since after the 80 minutes passes, play doesn't end until the next stoppage (and even then not if it's a penalty), a well disciplined team trailing by a narrow margin always has time to launch a final attack.
11th Jun '16 5:43:06 PM storyyeller
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* Happens frequently in ''{{Franchise/Pokemon}}'', where matches frequently come down to between the last Pokémon on each side. Notable places include:
** Battles against the Champion and maybe the last Elite Four member (even though they use five Pokémon against what should be your team of six) in the main games.
** The last two fights of any cup, in both Stadiums and Colosseum.
** The last few leaders in Gym Leader Castle, the E4 and Champ in the same castle, and all of Round 2 mode in Pokémon Stadium 1 and 2.
** Mewtwo in Stadium 1.
** The last guy in Mt. Battle in Colosseum's Story Mode (seriously, the first 99 trainers are incredibly easy!) as well as Kruger the first time you meet him in Pokémon Battle Revolution: both Trainers rely on Double Battles in which a majority of the team knows Earthquake and is paired with a Flying type or a Pokémon with the Levitate ability. Oh, and there's [[LethalJokeWeapon that Swalot with Ice Beam...]]
** The Colosseum Masters in PBR, as well as all of Level 50 All mode, Stargazer Colosseum, and even the LOWER levels of Courtyard Colosseum the second time around (when it's in Survival Battle mode). If you don't have Taunt or a Grass/Poison type in L50 All, then the Carnivines, which are all @Leftovers and have Stockpile, Protect, Toxic, and Leech Seed will MESS. YOU. UP.
*** And Stargazer Colosseum the second time around is EXTREMELY brutal: the Trainers all have near-Website/{{Smogon}} levels of proficiency, relying on incredibly obscure, yet effective, combos such as Lopunny using Switcheroo to put a Toxic Orb on a Normal Pokémon with Guts and the Façade move [[note]]the poisoning from the orb triggers an Attack boost from Guts and a power doubling from Façade, whose power is ALREADY raised due to STAB, and the Lopunny has Klutz, which makes all held items useless on it[[/note]], a Pachirisu using Flatter on a Drifblim@Lum Berry with Unburden [[note]]this raises Drifblim's Special Attack, its primary attacking stat, by two and confuses it; [[OhCrap the confusion triggers Lum Berry, and its use triggers Unburden, which doubles its Speed]][[/note]], having Berries on all Pokémon that reduce the damage of types it's weak to, and those types just happening to be the types you were going to use on them [[note]]Example: Your opponent is Luxray, an Electric type. You have a Ground type. You take the obvious first step of using Earthquake, only to find out that it's holding a Shuca Berry, which halves the damage of super-effective Ground moves. Not only do you not kill it, but it then one-shots you back with fucking Ice Fang! Or, you fucking survive fucking Ice Fang and it lands a [[ClusterFBomb goddamn motherfucking freeze]] (10% chance which [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard somehow feels more like it's 20%!]])!!![[/note]], Pokémon with Explosion and a partner who's Ghost type [[note]]Ghosts are immune to Normal moves and will take no damage[[/note]], putting a Toxic Orb on a Pokémon with Poison Heal [[note]]This ability causes poisoned Pokémon to gain HP instead of losing it[[/note]], Pokémon with Pressure and Spite [[note]]this runs you out of Power Points quickly[[/note]], Pokémon with heavy defensive stats and HP healing [[note]]and confusion inducing moves[[/note]]...[[WallOfText can I stop now!?!]] ''(pout pout pout)''
9th Jun '16 12:42:58 AM PaulA
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* In the ''Series/EnemyAtTheDoor'' episode "War Game", the format for the chess championship final match is for two games (with players alternating colours), with provision for a third tie-breaking game if one is required. Naturally, it is.
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