Sporting events, much like great movies, are often made even better by a mind-blowing ending. From buzzer-beating baskets to walk-off home runs to game-winning catches to overtime goals—heck, even penalty kicks (OK, we hate penalty kicks, but you get the point).
Those are the routine plays that elevate highly anticipated sporting events into unforgettable memories, but there’s often a strange and completely unforeseen act that affects the outcome and leaves us completely confused about what we’ve just witnessed.
Spectacular endings can turn an otherwise boring sporting event into an instant classic, all because of a furious flurry of action in the closing minutes or even one unforgettable play. Depending on the outcome, one mind-blowing play can turn a role player into a hero or turn a star into a goat.
Whether our favorite team emerges victorious or our most hated rival crushes our souls, fantastic endings live in our memories forever, leading to the types of moments that are replayed on SportsCenter for eternity.
All of these plays are historic because of the sheer magnitude of the moment in which they occurred. But they are equally as special because of the act itself, be it clutch, a supreme choke job or just plain weird.
Here’s a look at 50 of the most mind-blowing endings in sports history.