It was dire straits as dire gets.
The Algerians were simply playing to keep the Americans out of the next round of the World Cup. They tackled player after player and rarely went on the attack.
An apparent goal by Clint Dempsey was disallowed after he was controversially ruled offside.
Yet, at 91:49, on a breakaway by Jose Altidore, the American soccer dream lived on.
Altidore passed to Clint Dempsey whose shot rocketed off the Algerian goaltender and left to Landon Donovan.
"Time just kind of stopped," said Donovan.
It did for all except Donovan, who never hesitated in putting the ball into the right side of the net.
About a minute later, the U.S. went from being knocked out of the World Cup to the winner of its group. Final score 1-0.
A teary, but ecstatic Donovan declared, "We're not done yet. We're alive baby!"