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Aught Lang Syne: Top 10 Games — College Football

As much as I like to impugn the honor of college football, the game still has a soft spot in my heart, largely due to its ability to give us games like the following on any given autumn Saturday. The first full decade of the BCS served up its share of duds, but those were almost certainly outweighed by title games that will never be forgotten. It’s also worth noting that the sport that proclaims to have the most meaningful regular season did earn the most regular-season games in its top ten.

Final cuts to this list—which comprises many unforgettable finishes and frantic final quarters, not to mention some outright barnburners—include Stanford’s upset of USC at the Coliseum, Texas and Michigan’s classic 2005 Rose Bowl, Matt Ryan’s last-second heroics to keep BC unbeaten at Virginia Tech in 2007, and a personal favorite: Rutgers’ 18-point comeback and upset of Louisville in Piscataway in 2006.

And if you don’t know what No. 1 is…come on.

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Aught Lang Syne: Top 10 Games — NFL

Opposite the NBA and MLB, the NFL had an amazing decade. Whereas those sports combined to produce three Game 7s in 20 championship series, the NFL saw five Super Bowls come down to the final two minutes. It avoided major scandals while providing us with a likable upstart turned detestable villain, one of the best rivalries the sport has ever seen, featuring two historically transcendent players at the game’s most important position. Oh, and it cleaned up its logo.

It might even be the Golden Age of the NFL.

As for my list, you’ll notice that the common theme uniting all 10 games is fourth-quarter drama. And not like, one-team-drives-for-one-late-TD-to-win drama, but back-and-forth-for-all-15-minutes-with-multiple-scores drama. And even having that high standard and far fewer games to choose from than in the other sports, I had to make some tough cuts. The final ones included the Steelers’ comeback win over the Browns on Wild Card Weekend in 2002 (the same day as a game that made our countdown), the Steelers’ upset of the Colts in the 2005 Divisional Playoffs, and the Colts’ incredible fourth-quarter comeback on Monday Night against the Buccaneers in 2003.

On the other end of the spectrum, the worst game of the decade was Super Bowl XXXVII, the Buccaneers’ 48-21 romp over the Raiders. If you don’t know why, you’re a Bucs’ fan.

10. 2000 Regular Season: New York Jets 40, Miami Dolphins 37 (OT)

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