Biggest Sports Upsets

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US def USSR Hockey 1980
miracle on ice!!!! the 2nd biggest upset is Habs over Washington Capitals round 1 2010 stanley cup playoffs, wow ridiculous


The most epic and probably the most patriotic upset ever. May I also mention that this happened during the Cold War.
they were a bunch of kids playing against pros how can you not vote for them
[Newest]Kids beat the pros who demolished them a few weeks earlier

2Giants Defeat Patriots In Super Bowl XLII
This game was probably the biggest upset ever, nobody thought the Giants had a chance. When making their predictions for who would win the game, all of the announcers voted against the Giants for EVERY PLAYOFF GAME. They weren't supposed to beat the Buccaneers in the first round. Plus, this game had one of the greatest plays in Super Bowl history in which David Tyree a non factor in any other game that season managed to catch a crucial third and long throw (that Eli barely got the chance to throw) on his HEAD! Amazing game, and an amazing upset.
On one side, you have (arguably) the greatest team in football history. It has had an absolutely perfect season, and has easily brushed away much better teams. On the other, you have the 6th seed, the worst team in the playoffs, and a team that has already lost to the Patriots that year. And yet, the Giants pulled it off. The biggest upset ever, and a great game to boot!


I jumped for joy when Eli threw that touchdown pass on the Giants final drive. It was great to see thos cheaters loose their only game that year in the biggest game in Superbowl history. Can you say choke!


[Newest]Patriots were still the better team it just wasn't their night.

3Duke upsets UNLV 1991 Final Four
Nevada Las Vegas returned the same team that beat Duke for the National Championship 103-73 the largest margin ever.
May never get over it, Jerry Tarkanian was sheer genius and recruited the best talent in the country for several year. UNLV was the best show in Vegas at the time.

4Appalachian State def Michigan 2007
The "no huddle" run to perfection. A well coached team caught a giant sleeping. Upsets in 2007 were common - it was one of the best seasons ever to watch games.
As a MICHIGAN FAN, I'm still in shock. This is the biggest upset of all, we will rebound. Hats of to Appalachian State. You humbled us.
oh god I knew this would be here... this is gonna follow me the rest of my life... THAT WAS THE DAY MY PHONE STOPPED WORKING


[Newest]I was born in Boone and I've always loved App State. This is definitely my favorite upset of all time.

5Greece Football Team European Champions 2004
This Greece side had no star names in their team. They had only played in 2 major tournament before and never one a single match. Every game they played in the 2004 tournament knockout stages, you was expecting them to get beat heavily. But game after game their spirit grew and in the final against the host Portugal, which boast players such as Figo, Cristiano Ronaldo and Deco the Greek tactical out played them. Portugal's 2004 team was an attacking team but Greece soaked it up and scored from a corner in second half and hung on to claim a the trophy.

I think this is the biggest sporting shock ever because it is not just one game, it was a tournament! Great team performance!
150-1 odds. Beat Portugal (hosts and one of the favorites) twice. They tied Spain in the first round group play, they beat the defending champion France in the Quarters, the overall favorite Czech Republic in the Semis and Portugal again in the final. Did not give up a single goal in the elimination games! All this while 150-1 odds to win it all. Amazing!
I understand that many Americans don't even have an idea of how big this was, but it was HUGE in world sport, whether you're football fan or not. You could count their win against France as a complete shock but they won it all - against all odds, against much better players, coaches, traditions. Sheer willingness to succeed and an incredible devotion.

6Buster Douglas def Mike Tyson 1990
Back in 1990 would of ranked No 2, but seeing Tyson after...

7#8 Golden State beats #1 Dallas in first round of 2007 NBA Playoffs
Dallas was favorite to win the whole thing that year.

8Red Sox come back from 0-3 to beat the Yankees
The Red Sox always had that curse on them. Everyone thought they would lose. NO OTHER TEAM IN SPORTS HISTORY had comeback from a 0-3 deficit. They finally broke the curse and showed the world they could beat the Yankees. Also the performance by David Ortiz was astounding. He hit so many clutch home runs he deserves to be in the hall of fame just for that.
No team has ever come back in the ALCS after trailing by three games. The fact that this is considered the "greatest rivalry in all of sports" by many should only magnify the emotion that was felt after this comeback.
maybe not an upset but one of the best come backs (or worst chokes) in sports!

9Patriots def Rams Super Bowl 36
At the time the patriots were a joke. They never could put together a Superbowl-winning season. they had a Quarterback Tom Brady who was drafted in the sixth round. They barely made it through the postseason but when it counted they performed. Even with John Madden saying they should kneel the ball and play for overtime they tried. Which set up Adam Vinatieri to hit the game-winning field goal and set himself up as one of the best field goal kickers of all-time
Patriots were a wild card team I believe? They didn't destroy anyone that season. They just won when they had to.
Start of a dynasty for the Pats.

10Villanova def Georgetown 1985 Final 4
The U.S. win over the Soviet's in Olympic Ice Hockey in 1980 was big but the Soviet's were showing signs they were vulnerable BEFORE the U.S. defeated them. VILLANOVA defeated Georgetown with a 78.6 Percent Shooting Percentage which is STILL a record for Best Shooting Percentage in a NCAA Championship Game and they achieved that as Double Digit Underdogs!
This was a game that redefinied the term "cinderella."

The Contenders

11Broncos def Packers Super Bowl 32
It was my 33rd birthday that day and I told everyone at the party I would run down the street in my birthday suit if the Broncos won! OMG! It was a brisk 18 degrees out by that time of the night! bRRRRR! Go Giants!
How is broncos beating the packers an upset broncos r the best and the packers suck

12Wisconsin beats Kentucky in 2015 Final Four

132004 Detroit Pistons def L.A. Lakers - NBA Finals
Supposed dream team of Gary Payton, Karl Malone, Shaq and Kobe. Nearly swept if not for game 2 buzzer tying shot by Kobe. End up losing 4 games to 1.


14Jets beat Colts in Super Bowl III
New AFL league champs stun established NFL champs. This was the game that started the mergers of the two leagues

15Pirates def Yankees 1960
No one seems to remember this one often enough, but when baseball was king, this was the king of all upsets.
The were in the middle of their dynasty and set all the offensive records but one they only got three wins. They were the better team (and I am a life long Buc fan) but not on the day that mattered. That is why they call them upsets!
My favorite baseball upset I grew up in Pittsburgh and always loved the pirates Go bucs

16NC State def Houston 1983 Final 4
This one should be #3 or 4 easily. Nobody predicted it would be close much less a "pass" that was slammed home at the buzzer to win.
Valvano beats Phi Slamma Jamma. What a game.

17Dodgers def A's 88 World Series
Kurt Gibson walk off HR and A's were never the same.

18Denmark Football Team European Champions 1992
Because when the that final whistle from that game got blown, almost the entire nation went out their doors and started partying and celebrating, no other sport upset can ever match this! EVER!
A wild-carded team without their best player Michael Laudrup which made history by defeating great teams as Holland (previous champions) and Germany

19Australia beats Argentina - 2006 World Cup Germany
This never happened, where is your information from?

20Stanford def. USC 2007
This was a much bigger upset than the App St / Michigan game! Stanford was ranked over 100 at the time they played! App St is a perennial powerhouse in football.
This is definitely a top ten nominee. Not even Stanford believed it after it was already over.
41 point underdog Stanford upsets USC and shocks the nation

21Boise State def. Oklahoma 2007 Fiesta Bowl
the trick play that defeated a powerhouse

22Holy Cross 55 def. Boston College 12 and then the Cocoanut Grove fire
stunning upset followed by real tragedy

23John Daly wins the PGA
It should be #3 after ASU vs. Michigan. Daly was the last alternate added. He never played a practice round. He just "gripped it and ripped it" for four great rounds, shocking the golf world along the way.

24Texas Western def Kentucky 1966 Final Four Championship
Are you kidding me, best basketball upset of all time, like the Emancipation Proclamation of basketball! Definitely put Rupp in his place!


amazing upset. They made a movie. It's really good.


No other small college basketball team will win the National Championship!

25#16 seed Harvard def #1 seed Stanford in 1998 Women's NCAA Tournament
Only time a 16 seed has beat a 1 seed, and Stanford had home court advantage!

26UConn def Duke 1999 Final 4
I hate Duke SO much. This is without a doubt one of my favorite upsets ever.

27Houston Rockets def Orlando Magic in 1994

28Pitt beats West Virginia 2007
Best upset of 2007 after app state Michigan. Pitt won 13-9 over the no2 team West Virginia Go pitt
pitt keeps wv out of title game

29Cassius Clay knocks out Sonny Liston
In hind sight it shocks no one. In 63 Clay was about the only one who knew how immensely superior a boxer he was compared to Liston.
How does this shock anyone?


30BYU def SMU 1980 Holiday Bowl
jim mcmahon throwing the last hail mary to win it with 3 seconds left!

31UCLA def USC 2006
UCLA kept USC out of BCS title game

32St Kilda vs Collingwood 1966 AFL Grand Final
Barry breen kicked the winning point what a heartbreak


33Uruguay beats Brazil in the MaracanĂ  to win 1950 World Cup Final
1950, Brazil host nation, MaracanĂ  stadium built for the ocasion (capacity: 200.000), Uruguay won 2-1. "Never 200.000 people made a silence so big" - Uruguayan Journalist


To beat a brazilian soccer team in a world cup final in front of 200,000 fans.

34Steelers Win Superbowl XL from the 6th Seed
come on who can't see this as a upset that can never been broken just tied.

35Matt Serra beats George St. Pierre for The UFC Welterweight Championship

36New Zealand Draws With Italy 2010 FIFA World Cup
New Zealand only just made it into the WC, they have only one professional football team, and they drew with the defending champions, becoming the only undefeated team in the 2010 FWC

37Giants def Packers 2007 NFC Championship Game
What a field goal! 47 yards, very disappointing for every Packer fan and every Packer player. But hopefully Favre won't retire!

381969 Mets def Orioles in World Series
they don't call them the "miracle mets" for nothing!

39Kansas Jayhawks upsets Oklahoma for NCAA Championship in 1988

40USSR controversially defeats USA for Gold Medal in 1972 Olympics Basketball
Oh please drivein101. The Soviet Union beat the US and you know it. 51-50 was the true final score.
True final score: USA 50, USSR 49 -- Political final score: USA 50, USSR 51


41Florida Def Ohio State 2006 BCS Title Game
Gators surprise the Nation by defeating the heavily favored Buckeyes for the National title 41-14

42Oregon St. def Cal 2007

43Chaminade defeats No. 1 Virginia - Dec. 23, 1982
The number 1 team in the nation, a basketball powerhouse led by college and pro hall of famer Ralph Sampson is defeated by Chaminade from the NAIA. A school with 8000 students, and no real athletic program.
NCAA Men's Basketball - Virginia had the best player in the country, 7'4" Ralph Sampson and the #1 ranking, and were beat by a Div. 2 (then NAIA) Chaminade.

44#15 Seed Hampton U def #2 Seed Iowa 2001 NCAAs

45Oregon upset by Arizona 2007
Not an updset we lost dennis dixon and that's why Arizona won

46Golden State Sweeps Washington in 4 in '75

47India def. Sri Lanka In the 2011 Cricket World Cup

48Seahawks defeat Broncos In Super Bowl 48
This game was UNBELIEVABLE. I could not BELIEVE how far my team fell. I had high expectations for this to be an exciting game, but the second Seattle got that safety and THEN a touchdown, I knew it was over. I had no fun watching this game.
Mainly for how lopsided the score was


Still don't know how the hell that happened even if I didn't go for anyone but was 100 percent sure broncos were gonna woop ass it was the other way around

49Jaguars def Steelers Twice in Pittsburgh in 2007

50Knicks def Heat 3-2 in 1999
Knicks eight seeded team defeated number one seeded heat team in the first round and then later on went to the nba finals.

51Mets vs Boston World Series game 6
"Here comes Knight and the Mets win it! "
A soft roller to first base was missed to cost Boston the World Series.

52Soderling defeats Nadal: French Open 2009 Fourth Round
This is still the only person to beat Rafa at the French Open!

53Phelps Beats Cavic by 1 One Hundredth of a Second

54Tim Bradley def. Manny Pacquiao

55France vs Italy 2006 FIFA World Cup

56India Defeats West Indies at 1983 Cricket World Cup Final
India an Underdog went on to defeat the mighty Caribbean side at 1983 cricket world cup final

57North Korea 1-0 Italy 1966 FIFA World Cup

581950 World Cup: U.S. defeats England 1-0
The result was so unexpected that English newspapers thought that there had been an error in the result, and that England had won 10-0!


59Canadiens Def. Capitals and Penguins: Stanley Cup Playoffs 2010

601980 North Stars defeat Canadiens in 7

61Australia def Japan - 2006 World Cup

62Mexico vs Brazil 2012 Olympic Final
The team expected to win the world cup on home turf in two years is stunned by a humble mexican side

63Germany beats Brazil 7-1 in the 2014 World Cup
It was in rio to start. Sure Neymar was out but they would have lost even if he was playing. The Brazilians seemed out of it today and the Germans took advantage


64Zalgiris Kaunas wins 1999 Euroleague

65USA beat England in 1950 FIFA World Cup

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