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 Americans were either amateur or collegiate, while the Soviets lived and breathed hockey. In an exhibition game,soviets demolished us 10-3. But we came into the medal round stronger and more motivated and in that game heart beat skill. It would've been better if it was a gold medal match!
The most epic and probably the most patriotic upset ever. May I also mention that this happened during the Cold War.
[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.

5Buster Douglas def Mike Tyson 1990
Back in 1990 would of ranked No 2, but seeing Tyson after...

6Greece 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.

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

8Patriots 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.

9Wisconsin beats Kentucky in 2015 Final Four
3rd upset of the tournament(#14Georgia St. Definitely #3Baylor, and #14 UAB definitely #3Iowa St.)1 Kentucky was unbeaten coming in, most thought they were going to win it all. It was a HUGE upset.

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

112004 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.


12Broncos 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

13Pirates 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

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

15NC 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.

16Red 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!

17Stanford 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

18Boise State def. Oklahoma 2007 Fiesta Bowl
the trick play that defeated a powerhouse

19Denmark 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

20Dodgers def A's 88 World Series
Kurt Gibson walk off HR and A's were never the same.

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