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It's that time of the year again. Worst loss in team history talk time.

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At least long as you've been watching. Guessing we won't get many games before the 2000s on here for most fans.

For me, it's probably a tie between the 1997 NFC Championship game and the 2011 Championship game.

Even as a kid I was tired of losing to Green Bay. A relative of mine was a Packers fan which made it worse. That was the third time straight we had lost to them. We weren't supposed to have any excuses this time. Jerry Rice wasn't there, but we had Young, Owens, Hearst, and a top 3 defense in the league. Team just didn't show up. I don't know if we beat the Broncos had we moved on. 49ers beat them in the regular season, but the Broncos were on a roll as the playoffs started. Terrell Davis probably has a huge day at the very least. 

2011 I remember feeling worse than the next year when we actually made the Super Bowl, and lost then. Maybe because I had a feeling from the start the Ravens were just a good matchup against us. Also, the defense was wavering. The year before we had a monster defense though, that won in spite of an average offense. Of course in a close game in bad weather, Kyle Williams two fumbles doomed the team, and put the defense in a bad spot which had played their hearts out all game long. Also the non call on the Bradshaw fumble made it worse. Tarrell Brown also probably intercepts a pass if he didn't run into Dashon Goldson. My god, we had that game. AND WE LET THEM OFF THE HOOK. To this day I still remember ugly face Steve Weatherford with his hands outstretched screaming that they are going to the Super Bowl when the Giants won in OT. Makes me want to puke now that I'm typing this. If we go on, I think there is a good chance we beat the Patriots. 

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2006 divisional round Colts @ Ravens

The mere mention of this game makes me want to rage. I would've bet my life savings that the Ravens were going to the Superbowl this year. I think we were like +17 in turnovers this year. Just so much absurd nonsense went on in this game and has forever scarred me. Why did I come to this thread? icon_lol.gif:(

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For the Patriots it's easy. It's 2007 just because it would have made them the best team of all time instead of one of the best teams of all time. Also just the way it happened. It's tough being on the other end of someone else's Cinderella moment. And when you win enough, that tends to happen a lot more than you think. 

Not really much more to say about that. I'd like to highlight some others. The Patriots biggest missed opportunity for a Super Bowl was in 2006. I really think the Colts were a better team that year, but my god they damn near pulled off that game if they just made a few smarter plays. If they passed more and stopped running Maroney I really think they win that. And then they would have massacred the Bears. That was a tough one to swallow because the rivalry was so important. Even moreso than 2015. Because at least that year you could say "yeah the Broncos beat us, but it wasn't really because of the guy on their team whose been our rival forever". Even in 2013, the Broncos were just so much better and so dominant that I was kinda happy just to be there.  In 2006, Peyton played like crap in the playoffs but he showed up enough in that game to get his first meaningful win against us. And knowing some Colts fans, that's something of their signature win in team history. So it's a bitter one. Again, it sucks being on the other end of someone else's Cinderella moment. 

 

 

 

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2 minutes ago, RavensfanRD said:

2006 divisional round Colts @ Ravens

The mere mention of this game makes me want to rage. I would've bet my life savings that the Ravens were going to the Superbowl this year. I think we were like +17 in turnovers this year. Just so much absurd nonsense went on in this game and has forever scarred me. Why did I come to this thread? icon_lol.gif:(

I feel like every AFC team that year except the Colts hates it because we all knew we were going to have an automatic Super Bowl win against the Bears. You guys had a killer defense, the Chargers were unreal and that was their best chance at a championship, the Pats were a decent team, and the freaking Colts with Peyton playing unsinpired ball got to do it.

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SB 30.

My feelings on Neil O'Donnell are along the lines of how Ray Finkle feels about Dan Marino.

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1 hour ago, lancerman said:

For the Patriots it's easy. It's 2007 just because it would have made them the best team of all time instead of one of the best teams of all time. Also just the way it happened. It's tough being on the other end of someone else's Cinderella moment. And when you win enough, that tends to happen a lot more than you think. 

Not really much more to say about that. I'd like to highlight some others. The Patriots biggest missed opportunity for a Super Bowl was in 2006. I really think the Colts were a better team that year, but my god they damn near pulled off that game if they just made a few smarter plays. If they passed more and stopped running Maroney I really think they win that. And then they would have massacred the Bears. That was a tough one to swallow because the rivalry was so important. Even moreso than 2015. Because at least that year you could say "yeah the Broncos beat us, but it wasn't really because of the guy on their team whose been our rival forever". Even in 2013, the Broncos were just so much better and so dominant that I was kinda happy just to be there.  In 2006, Peyton played like crap in the playoffs but he showed up enough in that game to get his first meaningful win against us. And knowing some Colts fans, that's something of their signature win in team history. So it's a bitter one. Again, it sucks being on the other end of someone else's Cinderella moment. 

 

 

 

Agree with this.

the 2015/16 loss in MH always seems to tug at me, as well. I think it's because how it went down, rather than wider significance - I've never seen someone so belligerent with sheer bloody mindedness and refusal to give up like TB that day. We were so out-matched with Miller and Ware eating our line alive in 1.4 seconds, and Brady had never been hit so often, but we were so close to pulling out the ultimate punk job up there. We were the best team in the league that year too, even with the injuries. We were 10-0 by the end of Nov. But yeah, 2007 and nothing will ever come close, probably.

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1 hour ago, RavensfanRD said:

2006 divisional round Colts @ Ravens

The mere mention of this game makes me want to rage. I would've bet my life savings that the Ravens were going to the Superbowl this year. I think we were like +17 in turnovers this year. Just so much absurd nonsense went on in this game and has forever scarred me. Why did I come to this thread? icon_lol.gif:(

I thought that team was the best Ravens team I had seen. Number 1 in defensive DVOA, number 2 in special teams DVOA, and number 1 in overall DVOA. Should have gone to the Super Bowl.

I'd have to watch the game again, but I mostly remember that Dallas Clark catch, and McNair throwing 2 picks in the redzone I think. And it was outdoors, yet the Colts won.

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Pretty sure I know which game most Eagles fans will pick. 

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Or Raiders fans.

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I grew up a Titans fan so this one is easy.  Most people would assume that the toughest loss a Titans fan could have is the 1999 Super Bowl against the Rams where they came up one yard short.  Not for me.  That year we were a surprise team that had a miracle run to the Super Bowl.  Most Titans fans (including me) were just happy to be there.  I didn't really take losing that Super Bowl hard.  The most crushing loss I can remember as a Titans fan was the 2000 Divisional Playoffs versus the Baltimore Ravens.

Lotta people don't know this cause the 2000 Ravens get hyped as one of the greatest defenses of all-time (and rightfully so) but it was the Tennessee Titans that had the #1 ranked defense in the NFL that season (if you go by yards allowed).  Tennessee also had the best record in the NFL that year along with a prime Steve McNair and Eddie George.  Most people felt that they were the best team in the NFL that season and poised to win the Super Bowl.  During the opening drive of the game, we drove the ball effortlessly down the field on that historic defense and scored a TD.  During the week leading up to the game, I never once thought for a moment we would lose that game.  I thought we were guaranteed to not only beat the Ravens but win the Super Bowl as well.  I'm sure people who remember that game know how crazy it got after that.  Baltimore literally couldn't do anything offensively yet they ended up winning the game by 2 TDs because of a blocked FG returned for a TD and an INT returned for a TD by Ray Lewis to seal the game late in the 4th quarter.  To this day, its probably the toughest loss I've ever experienced as a fan of a team. 

The crazy thing about that game was the aftermath.  I swear that it felt like there was a cloud over the city of Nashville for the next 4-5 days after that game.  Everyone was down.  Nobody could believe we lost.  There was a sense of despair everywhere in the city.  Definitely the most crushing loss I've ever experienced as a fan.

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13 minutes ago, VanS said:

I grew up a Titans fan so this one is easy.  Most people would assume that the toughest loss a Titans fan could have is the 1999 Super Bowl against the Rams where they came up one yard short.  Not for me.  That year we were a surprise team that had a miracle run to the Super Bowl.  Most Titans fans (including me) were just happy to be there.  I didn't really take losing that Super Bowl hard.  The most crushing loss I can remember as a Titans fan was the 2000 Divisional Playoffs versus the Baltimore Ravens.

Lotta people don't know this cause the 2000 Ravens get hyped as one of the greatest defenses of all-time (and rightfully so) but it was the Tennessee Titans that had the #1 ranked defense in the NFL that season (if you go by yards allowed).  Tennessee also had the best record in the NFL that year along with a prime Steve McNair and Eddie George.  Most people felt that they were the best team in the NFL that season and poised to win the Super Bowl.  During the opening drive of the game, we drove the ball effortlessly down the field on that historic defense and scored a TD.  During the week leading up to the game, I never once thought for a moment we would lose that game.  I thought we were guaranteed to not only beat the Ravens but win the Super Bowl as well.  I'm sure people who remember that game know how crazy it got after that.  Baltimore literally couldn't do anything offensively yet they ended up winning the game by 2 TDs because of a blocked FG returned for a TD and an INT returned for a TD by Ray Lewis to seal the game late in the 4th quarter.  To this day, its probably the toughest loss I've ever experienced as a fan of a team. 

The crazy thing about that game was the aftermath.  I swear that it felt like there was a cloud over the city of Nashville for the next 4-5 days after that game.  Everyone was down.  Nobody could believe we lost.  There was a sense of despair everywhere in the city.  Definitely the most crushing loss I've ever experienced as a fan.

2000 Titans were a great team. Especially on defense. If the Titans won, the Raiders I think would have had to go to Tennessee. That would have been interesting. 

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1. 2002 NFC Championship Game: Absolute chokejob against the Bucs who the Eagles has demolished in prior years and who were winless in games below 30 degrees. I hate to be the guy who plays the what if game but the Eagles probably would’ve beaten the Raiders in the Super Bowl had they won.

2. 2004 Super Bowl: The 2017 game helps mitigate the sting of this by a lot, but it’s still tough seeing your team fall short on the biggest stage. Poor clock management by Big Red and a couple brutal picks by McNabb sealed this game.

3. 2003 NFC Championship Game: Losing to the Jake Delhomme Panthers at home is pretty embarrassing (despite the Panthers being a pretty good team - Eagles were heavily favored). The Eagles scored 3 points because their crappy receivers (Thrash, Pinkston, FredEx) couldn’t beat the jam.

4. 2008 NFC Championship Game: They came all the way back after being down 20 at halftime. However the Cardinals pulled ahead because the defense could not stop Larry Fitz (to be fair no one could that postseason). One last hurrah for McNabb/Reid/Westbrook/Dawkins. It was almost a magical run that culminated in an all-PA Super Bowl.

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SB 52, SB 42 and the SB 46were all pretty awful in recent history. Has to be SB 42 though. Crushing defeat.

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Nothing as impactful as the mentions above for the Texans, but plenty of losses to ponder over:

The Rosencopter:

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David Garrard to Glover Quin to Mike Thomas hail Mary:

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Jimmy Graham crashing the Deshaun Watson coming out party (on the plus side, we won a World Series two days later - then lost Watson to an ACL the very next day):

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Brady to Cooks (also, why Corey Moore isn't in the NFL anymore):

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The exact moment where Matt Schaub's career came to a screeching halt:

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I'm sure I have more, but this is too much as is for me. Bunch of bad memories here.

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4 hours ago, VanS said:

I grew up a Titans fan so this one is easy.  Most people would assume that the toughest loss a Titans fan could have is the 1999 Super Bowl against the Rams where they came up one yard short.  Not for me.  That year we were a surprise team that had a miracle run to the Super Bowl.  Most Titans fans (including me) were just happy to be there.  I didn't really take losing that Super Bowl hard.  The most crushing loss I can remember as a Titans fan was the 2000 Divisional Playoffs versus the Baltimore Ravens.

Lotta people don't know this cause the 2000 Ravens get hyped as one of the greatest defenses of all-time (and rightfully so) but it was the Tennessee Titans that had the #1 ranked defense in the NFL that season (if you go by yards allowed).  Tennessee also had the best record in the NFL that year along with a prime Steve McNair and Eddie George.  Most people felt that they were the best team in the NFL that season and poised to win the Super Bowl.  During the opening drive of the game, we drove the ball effortlessly down the field on that historic defense and scored a TD.  During the week leading up to the game, I never once thought for a moment we would lose that game.  I thought we were guaranteed to not only beat the Ravens but win the Super Bowl as well.  I'm sure people who remember that game know how crazy it got after that.  Baltimore literally couldn't do anything offensively yet they ended up winning the game by 2 TDs because of a blocked FG returned for a TD and an INT returned for a TD by Ray Lewis to seal the game late in the 4th quarter.  To this day, its probably the toughest loss I've ever experienced as a fan of a team. 

The crazy thing about that game was the aftermath.  I swear that it felt like there was a cloud over the city of Nashville for the next 4-5 days after that game.  Everyone was down.  Nobody could believe we lost.  There was a sense of despair everywhere in the city.  Definitely the most crushing loss I've ever experienced as a fan.

Not to mention the Ray INT was a ball taken from Eddie George with him lying in the dirt afterward. Was quite symbolic. 

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