In honor of Valentine's Day on Friday, NFL Network took a look at the Top 10 Most Heartbreaking Losses in NFL history. The New York Giants, being the eternal underdog that they are, were responsible for four of those top 10 most heartbreaking losses.
Perhaps one of the greatest non-Super Bowls ever played, the 2011 NFC Championship game was tough, physical and violent for four full quarters. Two of the best teams in the game — with two of the better defenses in the game — battled into overtime, where a fumble would ultimately set up a game-winning Lawrence Tynes field goal. The lasting image from that game? Other than Eli Manning's mud-filled helmet, was punter Steve Weatherford running down the field screaming "We're going to the f—king Super Bowl!" They would later defeat the New England Patriots to win Super Bowl XLVI.
This upset will live in infamy — and not just because of the look on Jerry Jones' face afterwards. Following the loss, wide receiver Terrell Owens gave the press conference of a lifetime, where he broke down into tears, lips quivering as he repeated: "That's my quarterback. That's my quarterback." Tony Romo, of course, came under fire for that performance after throwing the game-losing interception as the last few moments of the clock ticked away.
Great defense vs. unstoppable offense was the headline going into Super Bowl XXV, with many thinking even Big Blue couldn't slow down Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas & Co. But, thanks to a "wide right" courtesy of Scott Norwood to end the game, Big Blue held strong and came down with a huge upset, winning only their second Super Bowl. To this day, Super Bowl XXV is the only Super Bowl to be decided by a single point.
Already named the greatest Super Bowl ever played — twice — Super Bowl XLII now receives the honor of most heartbreaking loss in NFL history. In other words, it was also the most tremendous upset in NFL history. After having lost to the New England Patriots in the preseason and then again in the final week of the regular season, the Giants would go on to upend the then 18-0 Patriots, ruining "perfection" and giving Big Blue faithful the greatest single moment in their sports lives.
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