Classic Walk Off Wins

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Imagine this, ten seconds remain on the clock, your team is down by one point, 61 yards away from the end zone.

Let’s face it, the chances of a game winning play right now are somewhere between minuscule and non-existent.

All you can do here is heave and hope, next thing you know Stefon Diggs is in the end zone, helmet flying and the Minnesota crowd is losing their freaking minds.

One of the best things about sports are those memorable finishes that stick around in our minds for years to come and the fact there is always another classic finish on the horizon.

No matter what the sport there is always the potential for someone to step up and take charge as our list of classic walk off finishes demonstrates.

THE TIDE KEEPS ROLLING

Both the NFL and College Football have delivered plenty of drama in the past week.

The National Championship was decided on a miracle play on the second drive of overtime.

Having missed a game winning field goal in the fourth quarter, Alabama was trying to respond to Georgia’s field goal.

A sack on first down made things fairly difficult… on paper at least.

HIT ME HOUSTON ONE MORE TIME

While not for the championship, the Astros walk off hit in game 5 certainly laid the foundation for them to finish the job last season.

In extra innings, a see-sawing classic where both teams bats just went crazy was decided by a two-out hit and the Houston crowd was sent home very happy.

A FINISH FIT FOR A KING

No matter how many times you do it, a championship is always special.

Just ask the LA Kings, who won the 2014 Stanley Cup with a walk off goal in double overtime.

Leading the series 3-1 they needed a third period goal from Marian Gaborik on the powerplay to tie the game up as the New York Rangers desperately tried to force a game six at Madison Square Garden.

With just over five minutes remaining in the second overtime, Alex Martinez pounced on a loose puck and pandemonium ensued.

A SHUEY THING

With the AFL in desperate need of a memorable finish, the elimination final between West Coast and Port Adelaide last season gave us just that.

A back and forth game, which left Port fans rueing their sides wayward kicking, was decided with an after the siren shot for Luke Shuey who had been tackled high.

Port lined up just about every available player on the mark trying to put him off, but it was to no avail as Shuey’s kick went straight through the middle and the Adelaide Oval was quiet bar a small yellow and blue pocket.

NOBODY DOES IT BETTER

Remember when the Wallabies won the Bledisloe Cup?

That was fun and in all honesty it would be good to have that happen again sometime soon.

Until then, us Australian rugby fans are forced to scour YouTube for memories of the 2000 and 2001 triumphs, which can still bring goose bumps in the right setting.

Cut to Wellington, early August 2000, these two sides had played a classic in Sydney three weeks earlier and it was set up for a repeat performance here.

The first half provided another points explosion, with the All Blacks leading 20-18 before both teams tightened up their defences.

With time well and truly up, the Wallabies won a penalty and with regular kicker Stirling Mortlock off, the responsibility fell to captain John Eales.

They say that Nobody’s perfect and in this instance, his kick certainly was.

The second part isn’t technically a “walk off” as there was still a kick off afterwards but you know what, it was the final game for John Eales and given his heroics the year before it is worth remembering fondly.

TRY OR MIRACLE? SAME THING

A 60m try which involved the entire team and saw the ball cover double that with the side to side movement and the siren sounding as the celebrations were in full swing.

Down 14-12 in the final seconds, Mark Coyne plays the ball and would finish off the move as well.

Not only was it a memorable finish, the commentary really helped make this moment. With the number of times this has been replayed over the years you can probably recite Ray Warren screaming “Coyne, Coyne, goes for the corner and gets the try, Queensland! It’s a miracle!”

At that point Paul Vautin decided to take a nice jab at Peter Sterling in a nice bit of Origin rivalry, followed by the famous “That’s not a try, that’s a miracle!”

 

SOUTH KOREA’S GOLDEN GOAL

The last FIFA World Cup to have Golden Goal in operation had three knockout matches decided by the controversial rule. Ahn Jung-Hwan was probably not enjoying himself right up until the 117th minute when he became a national hero.

Having had an early penalty saved by Gianluigi Buffon, he would have been dreading the response from his home fans when Christian Vieri put Italy into the lead soon after.

Dutch master coach Guus Hiddink made an attacking change to try and keep the home side in the tournament and was rewarded with an equaliser minutes before full time.

With a penalty shootout becoming an increasing possibility, Ahn got on the end of a cross and sent South Korean fans into delirium with a goal to put them into the final eight.