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

bore5

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
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2Duke 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.

3Giants 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!

Blueyays

No competition. The Patriots were on the verge of becoming the greatest NFL team of all time. Giants pulled together through skill and epic plays to take down what would have been the most historic team in NFL history
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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.
I love Appalachian state this was a great game laughed all day about it. it was amazing GO ASU!

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

7Red Sox come back from 0-3 to beat the Yankees
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!
This should be ranked higher because the Red Sox didn't have any superstars like the Yankees did. Ortiz didn't emerge as a superstar yet and no one really stood out in that lineup maybe except for Manny. Boston did have good pitching though like Pedro and Foulke. The Yankees on the otherhand had great players like Jeter, A-Rod, Rivera, and Posada. I think almost anyone even Red Sox nation doubted the Sox after being killed in the first 3 games especially in Game 3.

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

9Villanova def Georgetown 1985 Final 4
This was a game that redefinied the term "cinderella."

10Patriots def Rams Super Bowl 36
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.

The Contenders

11Pirates 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!

12Jets 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


13NC 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.


14Dodgers def A's 88 World Series

Kurt Gibson walk off HR and A's were never the same.


15Denmark 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

16Broncos 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

17Australia beats Argentina - 2006 World Cup Germany
This never happened, where is your information from?

18Boise State def. Oklahoma 2007 Fiesta Bowl

the trick play that defeated a powerhouse


19Holy Cross 55 def. Boston College 12 and then the Cocoanut Grove fire

stunning upset followed by real tragedy


20Stanford def. USC 2007

41 point underdog Stanford upsets USC and shocks the nation

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.


21John 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.


22#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!


23Texas Western def Kentucky 1966 Final Four Championship

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

ziggy22

Are you kidding me, best basketball upset of all time, like the Emancipation Proclamation of basketball! Definitely put Rupp in his place!

crimson_stampede

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


24UConn def Duke 1999 Final 4
I hate Duke SO much. This is without a doubt one of my favorite upsets ever.

25Houston Rockets def Orlando Magic in 1994

26Pitt beats West Virginia 2007

pitt keeps wv out of title game


27BYU def SMU 1980 Holiday Bowl

jim mcmahon throwing the last hail mary to win it with 3 seconds left!


28Cassius Clay knocks out Sonny Liston

29UCLA def USC 2006

UCLA kept USC out of BCS title game


30St Kilda vs Collingwood 1966 AFL Grand Final

Barry breen kicked the winning point what a heartbreak

browney115


31Uruguay 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

torneca


32Steelers Win Superbowl XL from the 6th Seed

come on who can't see this as a upset that can never been broken just tied.


33Matt Serra beats George St. Pierre for The UFC Welterweight Championship

34New 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

35Giants 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!


361969 Mets def Orioles in World Series

they don't call them the "miracle mets" for nothing!


37USSR 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

DRIVEIN101


38Florida Def Ohio State 2006 BCS Title Game
Gators surprise the Nation by defeating the heavily favored Buckeyes for the National title 41-14

39Oregon St. def Cal 2007

40Kansas Jayhawks upsets Oklahoma for NCAA Championship in 1988

41Chaminade 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.

42#15 Seed Hampton U def #2 Seed Iowa 2001 NCAAs

43Oregon upset by Arizona 2007
Not an updset we lost dennis dixon and that's why Arizona won

44Golden State Sweeps Washington in 4 in '75

452004 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.

woodythegnome


46India def. Sri Lanka In the 2011 Cricket World Cup

47Jaguars def Steelers Twice in Pittsburgh in 2007

48Knicks 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.


49Mets 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.

50Soderling defeats Nadal: French Open 2009 Fourth Round
This is still the only person to beat Rafa at the French Open!

51Phelps Beats Cavic by 1 One Hundredth of a Second

52Tim Bradley def. Manny Pacquiao

53France vs Italy 2006 FIFA World Cup

54India 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

55Seahawks 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.
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

56North Korea 1-0 Italy 1966 FIFA World Cup

571950 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!

GrahamClayton


58Canadiens Def. Capitals and Penguins: Stanley Cup Playoffs 2010

591980 North Stars defeat Canadiens in 7

60Australia def Japan - 2006 World Cup

61Mexico 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

62Germany 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

Biggyepicness


63Zalgiris Kaunas wins 1999 Euroleague

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