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Top Hail Marys in Sports History

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In order to win any game, match or event in sports, there has to be some luck involved. Whether it's a last-second buzzer beater in basketball, a walk-off hit in baseball or a shootout goal in hockey or soccer, these game-ending plays are reasons why you play until the very last play. But the luckiest play in sports is the Hail Mary. Though thousands have tried, few have succeeded. These 15 plays are the top Hail Marys in sports history.

15. Arizona State vs. USC: 2014

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15. Arizona State vs. USC: 2014

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Trailing 34-32 with seven seconds remaining, Arizona State quarterback Mike Bercovici completed a 46-yard Hail Mary pass to wide receiver Jaelen Strong as time expired to defeat No. 16 USC 38-34, in the Los Angeles Coliseum. This was the first time the Sun Devils won in the Coliseum since 1999. This also completed a nine-point comeback in the last 3:02 with Arizona State having no timeouts.

14. Cleveland vs. New Orleans: 1999

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14. Cleveland vs. New Orleans: 1999

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In 1999, on Halloween, the Cleveland Browns won their first game since coming back to the NFL against New Orleans as Tim Couch completed a 56-yard Hail Mary pass to Kevin Johnson as time expired for the stunning 21–16 victory. This was the second consecutive game that the Saints lost on a Hail Mary pass after losing to the New York Giants.

13. New York Giants at Green Bay Packers: 2011 Playoffs

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13. New York Giants at Green Bay Packers: 2011 Playoffs

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In their divisional playoff matchup against the Green Bay Packers, the New York Giants were at the Green Bay 37 with six seconds left. With the first half coming to a conclusion, Eli Manning threw the ball to the end zone and Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks came down with a TD. The touchdown put the Giants up 20-10 and they won the game 37-20. The Giants eventually went on to win Super Bowl XLVI.

12. 2005 Capital One Bowl: Iowa vs. LSU

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12. 2005 Capital One Bowl: Iowa vs. LSU

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With 14 seconds left in the 2005 Capital One Bowl, Iowa quarterback Drew Tate completed a 56-yard touchdown pass to Warren Holloway to give Iowa a 30–25 victory over LSU. The Hawkeyes finished 10-2 on the season with the Tigers finishing at 9-3.

11. Cardinals vs. Vikings: 2003

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11. Cardinals vs. Vikings: 2003

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In the final week of the 2003 season, the Minnesota Vikings needed a win against the lowly Arizona Cardinals to win the NFC North. However, with time running out, Cardinals QB Josh McCown completed a 28-yard game-winning pass to Nathan Poole, giving the Cardinals an 18-17 win. The loss gave the Green Bay Packers the division title and Poole was rewarded a key to the city of Green Bay.

10. 49ers vs. Bengals: 1987

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10. 49ers vs. Bengals: 1987

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The San Francisco 49ers faced the Cincinnati Bengals in 1987 and the Bengals once again were the victims to Joe Montana's magic. Leading 26-20 with six seconds remaining, the Bengals turned the ball over on downs rather than punting the ball. With two seconds remaining, Montana threw a touchdown pass to Jerry as time expired. The 49ers kicked an extra point and won 27-26.

9. Michigan State vs. Wisconsin: 2011

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9. Michigan State vs. Wisconsin: 2011

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On the final play of the game between Michigan State and Wisconsin, MSU QB Kirk Cousins threw a pass into the end zone that was caught by Keith Nichol at the 1-yard line. Nichol had to fight two Wisconsin defenders for the extra yard to reach the end zone. The play was not ruled a touchdown on the field, however the call was overturned after video replays showed that the ball crossed the plane. Michigan State won 37-31.

8. 1980 Holiday Bowl: BYU vs. SMU

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8. 1980 Holiday Bowl: BYU vs. SMU

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In the 1980 Holiday Bowl between BYU and SMU, BYU QB Jim McMahon completed a 41-yard Hail Mary to Clay Brown on the game's final play for a 46–45 win over the Mustangs. The game is known as the "Miracle Bowl" because the Cougars overcame a 45–25 deficit with four minutes left in the game.

7. The Fail Mary: Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks

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7. The Fail Mary: Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks

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Playing with replacement officials on a Monday night game between Green Bay and Seattle, Seahawks QB Russell Wilson threw a last-second Hail Mary pass on 4th-and-10 to Golden Tate, who was surrounded by Green Bay defenders in the end zone. Tate clearly pushed off one of the defenders, but he and another Green Bay player came up with the football. The officials incorrectly ruled simultaneous possession, giving Seattle a 14-12 win.

6. The Miracle at Jordan-Hare: Georgia Bulldogs vs. Auburn Tigers

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6. The Miracle at Jordan-Hare: Georgia Bulldogs vs. Auburn Tigers

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Trailing 38-37 with 36 seconds left in the game on 4th-and-18, Auburn QB Nick Marshall threw a 73-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Ricardo Louis. The ball was overthrown but was deflected by Georgia defenders Josh Harvey-Clemons and Tray Matthews at the 23-yard line, falling into the hands of Louis. The score known as "The Prayer at Jordan-Hare" gave Auburn a 43-38 win.

5. The Bluegrass Miracle: LSU Tigers vs. Kentucky Wildcats

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5. The Bluegrass Miracle: LSU Tigers vs. Kentucky Wildcats

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In a game between LSU and Kentucky in 2002, the Tigers trailed 30-26 with seconds remaining. With Kentucky prematurely celebrating a supposed win, LSU QB Marcus Randall completed a 75-yard pass to Devery Henderson, who caught the ball after a deflection. Kentucky fans rushed onto the field and even started tearing down the goal posts in the opposite end zone, not knowing that they had lost. LSU won the game 33–30 in the "Bluegrass Miracle".

4. 2013 AFC Divisional Playoffs: Baltimore vs. Denver

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4. 2013 AFC Divisional Playoffs: Baltimore vs. Denver

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With less than a minute remaining and at their own 30 down by seven, Baltimore needed a miracle against Denver in their 2013 divisional playoff game. Joe Flacco launched the ball to Jacoby Jones on the right sideline, who caught it at the Broncos' 20 yard line and scampered in for the touchdown. This play would send the game to overtime and the Ravens would kick a field goal in the second overtime. Baltimore would eventually win Super Bowl XLVII.

3. The Miracle At Michigan: Colorado vs. Michigan

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3. The Miracle At Michigan: Colorado vs. Michigan

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Down by five points, with six seconds to play, No. 7 Colorado faced No. 4 Michigan in the Big House. Colorado QB Kordell Stewart heaved the ball 73 yards in the air down to the opposing 1-yard line. Wideout Blake Anderson tipped the ball to Michael Westbrook for a 64-yard touchdown pass on the last play of the game. The play became known as "The Miracle at Michigan".

2. Hail Flutie: Boston College vs. Miami

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2. Hail Flutie: Boston College vs. Miami

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In the most famous Hail Mary in college football history, Boston College faced Miami in the Orange Bowl in 1984. Trailing 45-41 with seconds remaining, Boston College QB Doug Flutie threw a 48-yard Hail Mary to Gerard Phelan for the stunning 47–45 victory. The play became known as the "Hail Flutie" and is generally credited with giving Flutie the Heisman Trophy later that season.

1. 1975 NFC Divisional Playoffs: Dallas vs. Minnesota

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1. 1975 NFC Divisional Playoffs: Dallas vs. Minnesota

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The most famous Hail Mary in professional football history is the play that coined the term "Hail Mary". Dallas faced Minnesota in Minnesota in the 1975 NFC Divisional Playoffs. Trailing 14-10, Dallas QB Roger Staubach launched a last-second bomb to the end zone. Cowboys receiver Drew Pearson came up with the ball after pushing Minnesota's Nate Wright. The Cowboys won 17-14 and advanced to Super Bowl X.

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