It was Thanksgiving 2012 when the world received one of the most iconic plays in NFL history. The New York Jets allowed the New England Patriots to score two quick touchdowns to fall behind early in the first quarter. In short, New York needed to make something happen to avoid the Patriots running away with the game. Then they had the chance to set up a run play, yet it all fell apart in a hilarious fashion.
QB Mark Sanchez wanted to offload to Lex Hilliard but he wasn’t there. With the play about to break down, Sanchez looked to make something happen. It did. He ran into Brandon Moore’s backside. In the end, the Patriots won 49-19 and scored directly after the “butt fumble.” Steve Gregory picked up the ball and carried all the way to the endzone without a challenge. In sum, it was both beautiful and ridiculous at the same time.
Starting pitcher Blake Snell was on fire for the Tampa Bay Rays in Game Six of the 2020 World Series. In fact, he only allowed one hit and zero runs. It was a must-win game but the Rays’ star pitcher was up for it. He made it to the sixth inning when the Rays manager Kevin Cash made the decision that will potentially define his career. He withdrew Snell and sent on Nick Anderson to the former’s bemusement.
You have to feel for Anderson because the relief pitcher just wasn’t in the same class as Snell. After taking the lead, the Rays fell behind and were never able to reclaim it. The Dodgers won 3-1 in Game Six and won their first World Series since 1988. But you have to wonder how the game would have gone if Snell had stayed in. As soon as Cash pulled Snell, the Rays lost the lead.
Every football player dreams of scoring the winning touchdown. But somehow Falcons’ running back Todd Gurley managed to score a losing touchdown against the Detroit Lions. The Lions let the Falcons 16-14 in the fourth quarter but had used up all of their timeouts. The Falcons knew they needed to run the clock out and score a field goal to win. It was that simple.
Todd Gurley tried to stop from scoring to run the clock out, but couldn't hold up.
The Lions scored the game-winning TD with 0 seconds on the clock.
But as we know, the Falcons know how to throw a game away. Gurley did so in the most dramatic of circumstances when he lost concentration and instinctively moved towards the endzone. He recoiled in horror when he realized what he was doing, but it was too late. His momentum carried his body over the line and the Falcons scored the touchdown. Then the Lions went straight back on the attack and duly got the win with a last-second touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford.