Sports fans love certain superstar athletes because they’re just so good. They love to watch the stars at the top of the game who are brilliant at what they do. But the truth is that even the best athletes have bad days. Many of them have suffered stunning defeats throughout their otherwise glittering careers.
So today we’re going to take a look at 30 remarkable defeats from across the sporting landscape. These include football losses, knockouts, and all kinds of other stunning upsets. In some cases, they were defining moments in great careers. However, in others, it was just a bad one-off experience. Check out the list below via The Sun and Yardbarker.
30. Matt Ryan (2016)
Ryan and his Atlanta Falcons made it all the way to Super Bowl LI in 2016. Ryan came into the game off of an MVP season as well. A loyal Atlanta team member, he was undoubtedly exceptional throughout the year. However, it all ended in tears as the Patriots won the game 34-28. Out of context, this scoreline isn’t that shocking.
But this is one of the if not the most notorious defeats in NFL history. The Falcons were dominant and led by 25 points before the third quarter. They then suffered one of the worst meltdowns football has ever seen. New England bounced back with 25 unanswered points of their own. Finally, they scored from the game-winning drive in overtime. It was a nightmare for Ryan and coach Dan Quinn.