Rank 'Em: Best football finishes

Created: October 25, 2011, 4:59 PM


Where does MSU's Hail Mary rank among the greats?

How would you rank some of the best finishes in football history?

There have been some electrifying finishes on the gridiron over the years, but only a few will go down as truly legendary plays. Michigan State made its case last weekend to join the club with a Hail Mary to beat undefeated Wisconsin. Where does it rank among the all-time great plays?

Below you'll find some of the greatest plays in football history. Determining the proper order is up to you. Rank away.

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  • Trinity-Millsaps, 2007
    Trinity uses 15 laterals to go 61 yards in final seconds to defeat conference rival 28-24.
  • Cal-Stanford, 1982
    Cal defeats archrival on 55-yard, five-lateral kickoff return for touchdown as Stanford's band gathers on field.
  • Titans-Bills, 2000
    Down by one, Titans WR Kevin Dyson receives a lateral and runs down sideline for 75-yard touchdown and 22-16 Titans win.
  • LSU-Kentucky, 2002
    LSU wins on 74-yard TD catch by Devery Henderson after Kentucky players doused coach Guy Morriss with Gatorade.
  • MSU-Wisconsin, 2011
    Michigan State scores on last-second Hail Mary from Kirk Cousins to Keith Nichol to beat undefeated Wisconsin.
  • Cowboys-Vikings, 1975
    Cowboys QB Roger Staubach throws game-winning touchdown pass to Drew Pearson from midfield and coins term "Hail Mary."
  • Steelers-Raiders, 1972
    Facing fourth-and-10, Steelers QB Terry Bradshaw heaves pass which careens into hands of Franco Harris, who runs into end zone for winning touchdown.
  • BC-Miami, 1984
    Boston College QB Doug Flutie tosses game-winning, 48-yard TD pass to Gerard Phelan to beat Miami 47-45.
  • Colorado-Michigan, 1994
    Colorado wins in Ann Arbor on 64-yard Hail Mary TD pass from Kordell Stewart to Michael Westbrook.
  • Raiders-Chargers, 1978
    Oakland fumbled, pitched and kicked ball into end zone for tying touchdown and eventual winning extra point.
  • 49ers-Cowboys, 1982
    Joe Montana finds Dwight Clark in the final minute for winning TD in NFC Championship Game.
  • 49ers-Packers, 1999
    Steve Young hits Terrell Owens for 25-yard winning TD with eight seconds remaining.
  • Eagles-Giants, 1978
    Known as "The Miracle at the Meadowlands," Eagles CB Herm Edwards recovers a Giants fumble and returns it for winning touchdown.
  • Eagles-Giants, 2010
    Known as "The Miracle at the New Meadowlands," Eagles WR DeSean Jackson returns a punt for winning 65-yard TD as time expired in the fourth quarter.
  • Steelers-Cardinals
    With seconds remaining, Steelers WR Santonio Holmes catches winning TD pass while tiptoeing end zone sideline.