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Almost Heroes: Sports Teams That Fell Just Short of Immortality

Darren - February 9, 2024
Sports

Almost Heroes: Sports Teams That Fell Just Short of Immortality

Darren - February 9, 2024

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Buffalo Bills (2021)

The Bills and the Chiefs had one of the most epic postseason duels ever in 2022. This was a clash of two of the NFL’s top quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen. In the end, a coin toss decided this game because these two men were on fire. Mahomes proved his clutch qualities as he led Kansas City on a game-winning drive in overtime.

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It was soul-crushing for the Bills because they were brilliant. Many NFL fans called for the league to change the overtime rules because they felt Allen deserved the right to respond. However, he didn’t get a chance to touch the ball in overtime as the Chiefs sent Buffalo home without another trip to the Super Bowl (via The Athletic).

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Utah Jazz (1998)

Everybody knows about Michael Jordan’s iconic final shot in 1998 for the Chicago Bulls. Usually, we celebrate this as the end of an era as well as a dynasty. A compromised Jordan came up clutch in the most dramatic circumstances. However, spare a thought for the Jazz who lost a franchise-changing game.

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History often forgets to mention that Utah entered the NBA Finals as favorites. Furthermore, John Stockton had the chance to seal the series for his team but missed his last shot. In the end, Jordan proved his clutch credentials again as he delivered one of his most legendary moments (via Stateside Sports).

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Liverpool (2019)

The Reds feature for a second time on this list after another heartbreaking year. They almost ended their three-decade streak without a league title when they broke their points record in 2019. This was an insane season where they went on a relentless run and finished with a ludicrous 97 points.

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However, this was still two fewer than Manchester City who edged them to the title again. Liverpool sought solace in the Champions League as they won their sixth European Cup. But it wasn’t the prize that their long-suffering fans desired. It was a cruel way for their year to finish because they came so close (via Liverpool.com).

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New Orleans Saints (2018)

Saints fans still consider this a massive injustice after one of the most controversial no-calls ever. New Orleans played the Rams in one of the most infamous games in NFL history. It was one of New Orleans’ most heartbreaking moments because they should have won this clash (via SBNation).

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Yes, they wasted opportunities but the officials also handed the game to the Rams. Corner Nickell Robey-Coleman’s pass interference went unpunished and this was the defining moment. The Rams won the NFC Championship and went to the Super Bowl, eventually losing to New England. Everybody knew that the Saints were a better team and should have been there.

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