Football is the most popular and exciting sport in the United States. The NFL is amazing because it provides so much drama. But if there’s a winner there’s also a loser. Every fan knows what it’s like to suffer defeat. However, some are more soul-crushing than others.
Let’s look at some of the most traumatic defeats in recent NFL history. From playoff near-misses to harrowing Super Bowl comebacks, this list will bring tears to the eyes of fans. Check it out now via Yardbreaker.
30. Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings (2021)
The Lions were garbage in 2021 but at least they had heart. Rookie coach Dan Campbell brought a new sense of optimism to the franchise with his fighting spirit. However, they endured a brutal start to the season with some near misses. They led against the Packers before eventually falling to Aaron Rodgers’ men.
The Vikings also inflicted a soul-destroying loss. It looked as though Detroit were on for their first win of the season as the game reached its dying moments. They rallied from 10-points down with three minutes left (via MPR News). But Minnesota broke their hearts with a Greg Joseph field goal.