The top 25 most memorable plays in NFL history

15. Wide Left

The Vikings have had some crushing moments over the years, but none were as shocking as when Anderson, who had not missed a field goal or an extra point all season, missed a 38-yard kick that would have put the Falcons away in the 1998 NFC championship game. Atlanta would tie it up and then win in overtime, punching its ticket to a Super Bowl Minnesota likely would have been favored in.

14. Marshawn Lynch on the Richter Scale

In one of the greatest games — and greatest upsets — in NFL history, Lynch put the exclamation mark on Seattle’s amazing 2010 wild-card victory over the Saints with an unreal touchdown run that literally caused an earthquake.

13. Montana to Taylor

Capping a 92-yard drive with just half a minute remaining in Super Bowl XXIII, Joe Montana hit John Taylor to steal a championship from the Bengals.

12. Joe Theismann’s leg isn’t supposed to look like that

This one speaks for itself. National TV. Lawrence Taylor. Joe Theismann. The end of a career.

11. Jackie Smith’s drop

Strangely, two of the top 11 most memorable plays are actually gaffes from America’s Team. In this case, Smith dropped what would have been a game-tying touchdown against the Steelers in Super Bowl XIII — a game which Dallas went on to lose by four points. Verne Lundquist summed up the moment perfectly: “Bless his heart,” the play-by-play man said of Smith, “he’s got to be the sickest man in America.”

About Brad Gagnon

Brad Gagnon has been passionate about both sports and mass media since he was in diapers -- a passion that won't die until he's in them again. Based in Toronto, he's worked as a national NFL blog editor at (covering Super Bowls XLIV, XLV and XLVI), a producer and writer at theScore Television Network and a host, reporter and play-by-play voice at Rogers TV. His work has also appeared at Deadspin,, The Guardian, The Hockey News and elsewhere at Bloguin, but his day gig has him covering all things NFC East for Bleacher Report.