Top 10 Dramatic Regular Season Finales in Sports History

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The regular season finale can offer up some drama. With playoff spots on the line, teams will look to win and hope for other contending teams to lose. These are some of the most dramatic finales to a regular season ever.
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1 2011 Tampa Bay Rays clinch Wild Card with walk-off homer seconds after Red Sox loss 2011 Tampa Bay Rays clinch Wild Card with walk-off homer seconds after Red Sox loss The Tampa Bay Rays are an American professional baseball team based in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Rays compete in Major League Baseball as a member of the American League East division.
2 Manchester City edges Manchester United to win Premier League title with a stunning extra-time goal against QPR Manchester City edges Manchester United to win Premier League title with a stunning extra-time goal against QPR Manchester City Football Club, commonly known as City, is a football club in Manchester, England. Founded in 1880 as St. Mark's, it became Ardwick Association Football Club in 1887 and Manchester City in 1894.

Oh yes, very dramatic. - Metal_Treasure

3 Minnesota Vikings lose playoff spot to Arizona Cardinals while Green Bay clinches the division title in 2003 Minnesota Vikings lose playoff spot to Arizona Cardinals while Green Bay clinches the division title in 2003 The Minnesota Vikings are an American football team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings joined the National Football League as an expansion team in 1960, and first took the field for the 1961 season.
4 Emmitt Smith and the Dallas Cowboys clinch 1993 NFC East Title and Homefield Advantage with OT Win over Giants Emmitt Smith and the Dallas Cowboys clinch 1993 NFC East Title and Homefield Advantage with OT Win over Giants The Dallas Cowboys are a professional American football team based in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. The Cowboys compete in the National Football League as a member club of the league's National Football Conference East division.
5 Kansas City Chiefs defeat Jags and get three miraculous losses from contenders to claim wild-card spot. Kansas City Chiefs defeat Jags and get three miraculous losses from contenders to claim wild-card spot. The Kansas City Chiefs are a professional American football team based in Kansas City, Missouri. The Chiefs compete in the National Football League as a member club of the league's American Football Conference West division.

So there were six teams in the AFC (Bengals, Broncos, Chiefs, Jaguars, Jets, Titans) all vying for the final two playoff spots. While the Jets had no trouble securing a win over the Oakland Raiders, the Chiefs had to beat the Jaguars while hoping for a Titans loss to the Patriots, a Bengals loss to the Steelers, and a Broncos loss to the 49ers. The Titans loss to an already clinched Patriots teams while the Steelers upset the Bengals in overtime. Then, the Broncos were knocked off by the 49ers, a game that also ended in overtime and the Chiefs were in. - BUETBU91

6 2010 Philadelphia Flyers claim playoff spot with shootout win over New York Rangers 2010 Philadelphia Flyers claim playoff spot with shootout win over New York Rangers The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional ice hockey team based in Philadelphia. They are members of the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League.
7 1978 New York Yankees lose a chance to claim AL East title on final day of season. But they win the tiebreaker 1978 New York Yankees lose a chance to claim AL East title on final day of season. But they win the tiebreaker The New York Yankees are an American professional baseball team based in the Bronx, New York City, New York, that competes in Major League Baseball.

Having overcome a 14 game deficit to the Boston Red Sox, the Yankees maintained a one-game lead with seven games to play, the Yankees kept that lead with six wins. But they failed to defeat the Indians in the 162 game. Boston had won seven games and forced a one-game playoff. Yet, the Yankees would win the tiebreaker 5-4. - BUETBU91

8 Detroit Lions clinch playoff spot, eliminate the Jets, and watch Barry Sanders get 2,000 yards. Detroit Lions clinch playoff spot, eliminate the Jets, and watch Barry Sanders get 2,000 yards. The Detroit Lions are a professional American football team based in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions compete in the National Football League as a member club of the league's National Football Conference North division. ...read more.
9 Los Angeles Dodgers win Game 162 over the Astros to force a tiebreaker, which they lose to Houston the next day. Los Angeles Dodgers win Game 162 over the Astros to force a tiebreaker, which they lose to Houston the next day. The Los Angeles Dodgers are an American professional baseball team based in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the National League West division.
10 1993 San Francisco Giants falter vs. Dodgers on the final day to lose NL West title to Atlanta Braves 1993 San Francisco Giants falter vs. Dodgers on the final day to lose NL West title to Atlanta Braves



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1. 2011 Tampa Bay Rays clinch Wild Card with walk-off homer seconds after Red Sox loss
2. Manchester City edges Manchester United to win Premier League title with a stunning extra-time goal against QPR
3. Minnesota Vikings lose playoff spot to Arizona Cardinals while Green Bay clinches the division title in 2003
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