From gravity-defying dunks to improbable upsets, the sporting world has made us cheer, cry, cringe and gaze on in amazement this year.
Here are the 20 most memorable moments — in chronological order — from the field, court, pitch and rink in 2013:
1. Jadaveon Clowney Hit in Outback Bowl
Tampa, January 1: The year started off with a bang — literally. South Carolina defensive end Jadaveon Clowney earned instant fame for a bone-crushing hit on Michigan running back Vincent Smith in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s day.
Clowney not only hit Smith with enough force to knock his helmet off, but also recovered the fumble for the Gamecocks, who went on to win 33-28.
2. Mile High Miracle
Denver, January 12: Facing a seven-point deficit with 44 seconds remaining, no timeouts and the ball on their own 30-yard line, things looked grim for the Baltimore Ravens in the 2013 AFC Divisional playoffs.
Then the impossible happened. Ravens receiver Jacoby Jones inexplicably got behind the Broncos defense and hauled in a 70-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco, forcing overtime at Mile High. The Ravens prevailed 38-35 in overtime to complete one of the most epic comebacks in NFL history.
Click here to read more about Baltimore’s comeback.
3. Power Outage at Super Bowl XLVII
New Orleans, February 3: A power outage interrupted play for 34 minutes during Super Bowl XLVII between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers.
Despite a furious rally from the 49ers, the Ravens ultimately held on to win 34-31.
4. DeAndre Jordan Posterizes Brandon Knight
Los Angeles, March 10: DeAndre Jordan threw down this thunderous alley-oop slam over Brandon Knight during a game between the Clippers and Pistons in March. The epic slam — a shoe-in for dunk of the year — quickly became the object of T-shirts, memes and viral videos – much to the chagrin of Knight.
5. Florida Gulf Coast Knocks Off Georgetown
Philadelphia, March 22: Florida Gulf Coast busted quite a few brackets in March. Andy Enfield’s team shocked the world by toppling Georgetown 78-68 in the second round of the NCAA tournament, becoming the seventh 15-seed to defeat a No. 2. The Eagles went on to become the first No. 15 in history to make the Sweet 16 by notching a 10-point win over San Diego State in the next round.
Click here to read more about Florida Gulf Coast’s historic run.