11. What Is A Catch? (2010)
The Detroit Lions are well-versed in heartbreak but sometimes they don’t deserve it. In 2010, they trailed the Chicago Bears when it looked like they had snatch victory from the gaping maw of defeat. Shaun Hill launched a pass toward the endzone with 24 seconds left to play (via Detroit Free Press). Then, the Lions star wideout Calvin Johnson jumped up. He caught the ball with both hands before landing with one foot on the ground.
But he lost control of the ball when his other foot touched the turf. Initially, the officials awarded the touchdown and the Lions were delirious. But then they needlessly suffered a horrible disappointment. The officials conferred and decided that the touchdown wasn’t completed. Finally, the Lions lost the game. It took the NFL another eight years before they rewrote the rules to provide clarity upon the situation.