The 17 Biggest Upsets In Sports History

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There is truly nothing better than a good underdog story, and nothing quite embodies this ethos like the biggest upsets in sports history. There are moments when a team shouldn't have a shot to win but pull off something truly memorable. It's the 'David vs. Goliath' moments that draw sports fans in and keep them coming back. Today we take a look at the biggest upsets ever, which have created some of the most iconic sports moments of all time. For a list of the most iconic sports photos of all time, checkout this article. From the "Miracle on Ice" to Super Bowl III, here are the 20 biggest upsets in sports history.

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The 20 Biggest Sports Upsets

17. Florida Panthers Beat Boston Bruins - First Round 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs

16. Tyra Black beats Anna Leigh Waters

15. #8 Seed Knicks Reach NBA Finals

14. UMBC 2018 NCAA Tournament

13. Appalachian State beats Michigan

12. Fairleigh Dickinson 2023 NCAA Tournament

11. Rulon Gardner 2000 Summer Olympics

10. 1969 Miracle Mets

9. Jack Fleck 1955 US Open

8. Buster Douglas Defeats Mike Tyson

7. 1960 World Series - Pirates defeat Yankees

6. Super Bowl XLII Giants defeat undefeated Patriots

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  • Date: February 3rd, 2008
  • Location: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
  • Final Score: Giants 17 - 14 Patriots

The New England Patriots were looking to become the second team in NFL history to go undefeated and win the "Big Game". They dominated the regular season and playoffs, finishing 18-0 en route to a Super Bowl matchup they were heavily favored. However, after some fourth quarter magic from Eli Manning and David Tyree, the Giants completed the greatest Super Bowl upset of all time.

5. VIllanova 1985 NCAA Championship

4. Super Bowl III - New York Jets defeat Baltimore Colts

3. Leicester City 2015-16 Premier League Champions

2. NC State 1983 NCAA Championship

1. Miracle on Ice - USA Defeats USSR in 1980 Olympics

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