If history is any lesson to us, we know to expect the unexpected on wild-card weekend. FOXSports.com ranks the top 10 wild-card moments in NFL history.
Jan 4, 2004, Seahawks at Packers
Sixty minutes wasn’t enough for these two teams. So what better way to decide a team’s playoff fate than with a coin flip? The Seahawks won the toss and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck boldly stated, "We want the ball and we're going to score." That wouldn’t be the case. Veteran cornerback Al Harris picked off Hasselbeck and took it to the house for a game-winning TD.
Jan. 3, 1988, Seahawks at Oilers
First overtime wild card game, Houston won 23-20 on a Tony Zendejas 42-yard field goal. Seattle tied the game with just under two minutes remaining when Hall of Fame wide receiver Steve Largent caught a 20-yard TD pass from non-HOF QB Dave Krieg.
Jan. 8, 2012, Steelers at Broncos
With new playoff overtime rules on full display during wild-card weekend, Tim Tebow stole the show. Tebow threw a strike to second-year receiver Demaryius Thomas for an 80-yard score and the rest is history.
Jan. 4, 2003, Falcons at Packers
Michael Vick, 22, went into Lambeau Field on a snowy Saturday evening and beat Brett Favre and the Packers 27-7. Green Bay was undefeated at home in the regular season and Atlanta handled them easily. The Packers had been 13-0 since 1933 in home playoff games coming into the day.
Jan. 8, 2011, Jets at Colts
Jets won 17-16 in what ended up being Peyton Manning's last game in a Colts uniform. Indy came in as winners of four straight, but lost in the final 53 seconds as Mark Sanchez piloted a drive to set up a Nick Folk game-winning kick.
Jan. 8, 2000, Titans at Bills
Ever hear of the Music City Miracle? It’s only the most bizarre play in NFL postseason history. And if you’re a Bills fan, it’s the most devastating play. With 16 seconds remaining and a one-point lead in hand, Buffalo kicked off to Tennessee. Lorenzo Neal fielded the short kick and then handed it to Steve Wychek. He then threw the ball across the field — which would be debated if it was actually a lateral for years to come — to Kevin Dyson, who ran down the sideline for a 75-yard score.
Jan. 6, 2007, Cowboys at Seahawks
The Cowboys trailed by one. Quarterback Tony Romo led the Cowboys into field-goal range. Placeholder Tony Romo couldn’t finish the job. Romo botched the snap and attempted to run it in for a score. He was tackled on the 1-yard line by Seahawks linebacker Jordan Babineaux, clinching a 21-20 Seattle win. The Cowboys have won just one playoff game since.
Jan. 3, 1999, Packers at 49ers
Terrell Owens’ struggles plagued his performance in the wild-card matchup, but he would have his moment. With 4 seconds left and the Niners trailing by 4 points, Steve Young stumbled in his drop back and threw up a prayer. Owens hauled in the go-ahead score and became very emotional as the 49ers would advance to the divisional round.
Jan. 8, 2011, Saints at Seahawks
Marshawn Lynch’s 67-yard rumble had the 12th man rocking as the Seahawks (7-9) knocked off the defending champs. No, seriously. Lynch’s run sparked Seattle’s faithful so much that they caused an earthquake. Lynch dodged eight defenders as he was escorted into the end zone and the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network recorded a small tremor near Qwest Field at the same time he was ripping off his run.
Jan. 9, 2005, Vikings at Packers
Randy Moss’ touchdown celebration caused a blaze of controversy as he pretended to moon the crowd. After Moss took a 34-yard Daunte Culpepper pass to the end zone, he created a stir of emotion by disrespecting the Lambeau faithful. The Vikings earned the crucial road win by defeating the Packers 31-17.