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Fans Share The Iconic Sports Plays That Blew Their Minds

Darren - April 9, 2021
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Fans Share The Iconic Sports Plays That Blew Their Minds

Darren - April 9, 2021
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10. 13 Seconds

Conor McGregor’s destruction of Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds was one of the wildest moments in combat sports history. Sure, it’s not exactly a play like the NFL, but in terms of opportunism in the clutch, this is up there. In short, after months of receiving ferocious antagonism, Aldo waded forward toward the Irishman. But the Notorious caught him with an iconic left hand and finished his foe with some unneeded ground and pound.

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This was one of the most anticipated MMA fights of all time because McGregor’s rise was unprecedented. Meanwhile, Aldo was one of the top fighters in the world up until that point. “Seems McGregor brought about the end of Aldo’s prime,” @SpankDrDeerheim tweeted. “Got in his head, destroyed him, and he was never the same afterward. Still an all-time great, but McGregor subverted his reign.”

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9. Monday Night Massacre

“The bomb from Vick to Jackson on the first play from scrimmage starting the Monday Night Massacre was unbelievable,” JeddHampton wrote on Reddit. The Monday Night Massacre took place in 2010 and was Michael Vick’s single best performance as a quarterback. Andy Reid got the best out of him that season but it culminated in an iconic display on the road against the Redskins.

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He threw six touchdown passes on the night, but the first was the best. It was a phenomenal 88-yard touchdown pass that saw Vick throw the ball through the eye of a needle. Meanwhile, it was one of the best games by an Eagles quarterback in franchise history. Even though he endured mixed fortunes during his time in Philadelphia, Vick was glorious in this game.

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8. Super Bowl XLIII

“Big Ben to Santonio Holmes in the corner over 3 guys with only his toenails touching in bounds. For the W,” kander12 wrote on Reddit. This moment came in the culmination of the 2008 season. The Pittsburgh Steelers played the Arizona Cardinals in the Super Bowl but the game was in the balance. That was until the Steelers quarterback combined with Holmes for an iconic moment.

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Roethlisberger’s six-yard pass to Holmes was a thing of beauty between the two men. ‘Big Ben’ avoided the pick-six while Holmes demonstrated perfect composure to pluck the ball from the air. Meanwhile, it continued the Cardinals’ miserable Super Bowl run. Furthermore, Holmes won the game’s MVP award for his phenomenal contributions. What a performance it was.

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7. The Philly Special

“The Philly Special was cool because it renamed a very common trick play. It’s been a thing for decades before and will be for decades since, but now it’s the Philly Special,” NaruTheBlackSwan explained. Doug Pedersen made one of the biggest gambles of his career in 2018 with one of the most iconic plays in Super Bowl history. It became known as the Philly Special after Nick Foles’ one-yard touchdown.

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It came at the end of the first half when Nick Foles caught Trey Burton’s pass. After lining up in an I Formation, Foles snuck into the endzone where he was on-hand to complete the audacious move. It set the Eagles on the road to win the coveted Super Bowl title. After the game, many questioned the legality of the move. Furthermore, Pedersen explained Philadelphia knew that they needed to be clinical at every opportunity.

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6. Airborne

The Sooners played OSU in a 2011 college grudge match. While the former won the game, it was Oklahoma State who pulled off the play of the game. It looked like Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones was trying to pass the ball away when OSU defensive back Broderick Brown intervened. In short, he went airborne. It instantly became an iconic moment for OSU because it was so dramatic.

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He tipped the ball into the hands of linebacker Shaun Lewis to pull off an incredible interception. “Broderick Brown saved the ball as it was flying out of bounds like he was playing basketball and it landed in Shaun Lewis’s hands for the INT,” Wes___Mantooth described. “I couldn’t believe my eyes.” To sum up, it was a brilliant piece of improvisation and sheer dedication to the cause.

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5. The Flying Knee

It’s difficult to describe most combat sports’ moments as ‘plays’ because they are so spontaneous. But in this case, strategy played a massive role in one of the most iconic UFC knockouts ever. Jorge Masvidal fought Ben Askren in 2019 in a high-stakes welterweight clash. He knew exactly what Askren planned to do. As the former Bellator and ONE champion leaned forward for a takedown, Masvidal surged into him with a brutal flying knee.

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Askren went out cold and stiff like a cadaver after just five seconds of action. “It was a calculated and well-presented knee that also was a product of fortunate circumstance (luck helped),” @CallahanKeah tweeted. “Everyone knew Askren was gonna shoot for a double knee, and Masvidal played it cool until he didn’t. IMO they should run it back.”

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4. Buzzer-Beater

“I think Kawhi’s buzzer-beater vs the 76ers has a case considering what it led to,” Jedi-Master-Kenobi wrote on Reddit. He might not be the real Jedi Master but this is definitely a wise take. His iconic moment in game seven of the NBA semifinals against Philadelphia and sealed the win for Toronto. It bounced off the rim four times before finally, agonizingly, falling through.

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It was a moment of iconic magnificence in the clutch. Then, the Raptors went on to win the NBA Championship in the most unlikely of circumstances. However, if it wasn’t for Leonard they would never have got their hands on those rings. This was arguably the most important play of their entire run because the tension was so thick and the stakes were so high.

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3. Behind the Back

“Nebraska’s Jordan Westerkamp’s behind the back catch was insane and a pretty underrated catch, something I’ll never forget,” AlwaysHuskin wrote on Reddit. Westerkamp isn’t the most famous football player on the planet but he did have one iconic highlight-reel moment. It came in a game for Nebraska against Northwestern and was a truly scintillating piece of skill.

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As he ran a route toward the sideline, a defender tipped the throw and forced Westerkamp to improvise. Somehow he managed to catch the ball behind his back before running out of play. Furthermore, it won the college football play of the year in 2014. Westerkamp never managed to achieve a brilliant professional career. He signed for the likes of the Toronto Argonauts but only made their practice squad.

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2. Stevie G’s Equaliser

“I was in the upper tier right behind the goal you could see it was going in the minute it left his foot,” @kglfc96 described. In 2006, Liverpool played West Ham in the FA Cup final. With just seconds left on the clock, Liverpool trailed by a single goal. Then, their phenomenal captain Steven Gerrard pulled out a magic trick. The ball rebounded out to him and he hit a first-time shot into the net from 30 yards.

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Shaka Hislop dived in the West Ham goal but couldn’t get near it. Gerrard’s iconic shot sent the game to extra time and, finally, Liverpool won the penalty shootout. Without their captain’s contribution, Liverpool had no chance of winning the game. But he dragged them kicking and screaming over the line. This also sealed his legacy as one of England’s greatest midfielders.

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1. Hook and Ladder

“Randy Moss’ hook and ladder may be one of the most underrated plays of all time,” Randy_____Marsh wrote on Reddit. This glorious moment came in 2003 when Moss was one of the Minnesota Vikings’ biggest stars. He caught Daunte Culpepper’s 50-yard pass and unleashed the hook-and-ladder to Moe Williams for the touchdown. It was one of the wildest and smoothest plays of the season.

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The play came in week seven of the season but still captured iconic status because it was so well-executed. Meanwhile, it’s still mad to consider how good this Vikings team was and the fact that they never won a Super Bowl. Moss and Culpepper were a dynamic duo and two of the best in the positions of their era. To sum up, this is a great play to end this list.

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