Questionable calls, massive upsets and history making moments. The past 12 months of sports kept everyone on the edge of their seats.
Here’s a look at 19 of the year’s biggest sports moments.
That wasn’t Pass Interference?
The Saints-Rams no call in the NFC Championship was perhaps the year’s most notorious sports moment. Nickell Robey-Coleman’s helmet-to-helmet hit on Tommylee Lewis was well before Lewis had a chance to catch the ball, but the refs kept their flags in their pockets. New Orleans settled for a field goal on the late fourth quarter drive and went on to lose the game to Los Angeles in overtime, 26-23.
Gronk’s last grabs
If you’re a big fan of defense, this was the Super Bowl for you. The Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots just couldn’t seem to get anything going offensively when they faced off in Atlanta.
But Rob Gronkowski made two catches to set up the only touchdown of the 13-3 game, helping the Patriots win their sixth Super Bowl during his swan song.
Clemson whoops ‘Bama
No. 2 Clemson crushed the top-ranked Crimson Tide, 44-16, denying Alabama their sixth national championship in 10 years. ‘Bama hadn’t lost by more than 14 since Nick Saban became head coach in 2007. And who could forget Clemson’s fast food feast at their White House victory visit.
The Klaw’s shot
Kawhi Leonard, aka “The Klaw,” hit an improbable game 7-winning buzzer-beater to end the Philadelphia 76ers’ title hopes and propel the Raptors to the NBA Finals. With three seconds left, he threw up a prayerful off-balance fade away. After bouncing around the rim multiple times, the ball finally fell Toronto’s way.
QB rushing record
Lamar Jackson broke Michael Vick’s 13-year-old quarterback rushing record en route to helping the Baltimore Ravens lock up the No. 1 overall seed in the playoffs.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) scrambles for yardage against the New York Jets during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
Kentucky Derby controversy
The horse which crossed the finish line first, Maximum Security, was disqualified for path interference.
The Monday Night Football cat
A black cat became legendary when it ran onto the field during the Cowboys-Giants matchup on ESPN’s MNF.
A cat runs on the field during the second quarter of an NFL football game between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
Myles Garrett vs Mason Rudolph
A brawl between the two players resulted in several long term suspensions.
Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (95) hits Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph (2) with a helmet during the second half of an NFL football game Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)
Masvidal’s flying knee
Jorge Masvidal knocked out Ben Askren in seconds at UFC 239.
UVA March Madness redemption
The Cavs beat Texas Tech 85-77 in overtime of the title game after a historic upset loss last year.
NBA free agency
All sorts of roster changes were made with several big names moving to new teams.
Ruiz beats Joshua in seven rounds
In one of the biggest upsets in boxing history, Andy Ruiz took down Anthony Joshua. Just six months later, Joshua put on a boxing clinic and beat Ruiz during their rematch in Saudi Arabia.
Howie Kendrick’s Grand Slams
The playoff bombs solidified him as an unlikely postseason hero for the World Champion Nationals.
Dirk Nowitzki retires
The German 7-footer finished his 21-year NBA career, all with the Dallas Mavericks, as the league’s sixth highest scorer in history. He’s likely the NBA’s best European player ever, and arguably the same among all power forwards.
Under 2-hour marathon
Kenyan marathoner Eliud Kipchoge ran the 26.2 miles in 01:59:40.
Simone Biles: Reigning gymnastics queen
She set several records in 2019 and even landed a number of new skills that now bear her name.
Gold medalist Simone Biles of the United States performs on the vault in the women’s apparatus finals at the Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Angels no-hitter after death of Tyler Skaggs
Los Angeles combined for a no-hitter in their first home game following the pitcher’s death from an accidental overdose.
Tiger Woods’ comeback win at the Masters
After 11 years since winning a major, Tiger rallied to win the Masters in an emotional scene.
Tiger Woods reacts as he wins the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
US Women win another World Cup
Megan Rapinoe led the USWNT to their fourth World Cup title, scoring six goals.
United States’ Megan Rapinoe celebrates after scoring her side’s first goal during the Women’s World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between France and the United States at the Parc des Princes, in Paris, Friday, June 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)