The Seattle Seahawks staged an improbable comeback to beat the Green Bay Packers, 28-22, in an exciting NFC Championship Game Sunday. The Seahawks will advance to the Super Bowl, thanks to a botched on-sides catch by Packers tight end Brandon Bostick -- the first team to earn back-to-back berths since the New England Patriots in 2003 and 2004.
The Seahawks were down 19-7, with it looking like they would lose the chance to defend their title, when Bostick let the ball fall through his hands with 2:09 left in the fourth quarter. The Seahawks went on to score a touchdown and ultimately won the game in overtime.
Unfortunately for Bostick, the gaffe can be watched over and over again thanks to apps like Vine. Apparently seeing it once is not enough for some people.
With such a flub, it’s no surprise that the Twitterverse erupted with memes. Some of them are allusions to the Packers choking in the final minutes of the fourth quarter while others joked about Bostick being hit in the head.
— Matt Beeson (@Thee_Matty_B) January 19, 2015
Don't totally blame Brandon Bostick... Lance Stephenson is a Seahawk fan! pic.twitter.com/dMbUizaUwZ
— Otis Livingston (@OlivingstonTV) January 18, 2015
— J-Unit (@JakeRathsack) January 18, 2015
Bostick isn’t alone in epic sports flubs. There have been plenty of times where professional players made amateur mistakes during important games.
1. One notable time was when former Boston Reds first baseman Bill Buckner allowed a routine groundball go through his legs in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. The New York Mets went on to win the World Series.
2. Brett Favre has had his share of costly interceptions, and one of the most memorable was at the 2008 NFC championship. While he was still on the Green Bay Packers, Favre made an ill-advised throw, and the New York Giants' Corey Webster intercepted it. The Giants would go on to defeat Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the 2008 Super Bowl.
3. Steve Bartman was an average Chicago Cubs fan until he attended a 2003 playoff game in Chicago. Bartman attempted to catch a foul ball, like many spectators do at baseball games, but his actions led the other team to win in Game 7. Bartman interfered with Cubs outfielder Moises Alou's effort to catch a ball hit by the then-Florida Marlins’ Luis Castillo. The Marlins went on to win.
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