Don’t be a prisoner of the moment. Yes, the Patriots’ 25-point comeback was unbelievable and Super Bowl LI was arguably the best of all time. But sports fans have been spoiled in the past 12 months. From the Cavs coming back from a 3-1 deficit to the Cubs doing the same in the World Series, there has been no shortage of breathtaking championships.
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Villanova hits buzzer-beating 3-pointer to beat North Carolina for national title
March Madness has a way of giving us unforgettable moments, and that was exactly the case when Villanova battled North Carolina for the NCAA championship last April. Kris Jenkins hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer, answering Marcus Paige’s own trey that tied the score seconds earlier, helping the Wildcats topple the Tar Heels 77-74. "Kris told him he was going to be open, Arch made the perfect pass," Villanova coach Jay Wright said after the game. "Kris lives for that moment."
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Cavs erase 3-1 deficit to win thrilling Game 7
Cavs fans still love to remind everyone that the Warriors became the first team in NBA Finals history to blow a 3-1 lead. But it wasn’t like Game 7 was a laugher. LeBron James made a critical chase-down block on Andre Iguodala late in the fourth quarter, and Kyrie Irving hit the game-sealing three over Stephen Curry with 53 seconds left. "I'm coming home with what I said I was going to do," James said after helping the Cavs win their first title in franchise history. "I can't wait to get off that plane, hold that trophy up and see all our fans at the terminal."
Cubs win Game 7 in extra innings to end World Series title drought
Chicago Cubs fans waited 108 years for this moment, which they had to sweat out in extra innings. The Cubs erased a 3-1 series hole to force a Game 7 against the Indians, who rallied to tie the score in the eighth inning. If that wasn’t stressful enough a 17-minute rain delay only added to the drama, which came to an end in the 10th inning when Ben Zobrist hit a tiebreaking RBI double that gave Chicago an 8-7 win.
Clemson rallies past Alabama on last-second TD for national title
Deshaun Watson proved he was worthy of the Heisman Trophy, throwing a 2-yard touchdown to Hunter Renfrow with one second left as Clemson stunned Alabama 35-31 to win its first national title since 1981. The Tigers trailed by three with 2:01 left when Watson, who threw for 420 yards and three touchdowns, led the miraculous comeback.
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Patriots erase 25-point deficit to stun Falcons in overtime
It looked like a foregone conclusion at halftime, when the Falcons were up by 18 points. Then the unthinkable happened. The Patriots scored 25 unanswered points to force the first overtime in Super Bowl history. Then they finished the comeback on James White's 2-yard score in OT that gave the Patriots their fifth Super Bowl title.