Patriots fans worried their season could be doomed and Las Vegas suspended all betting related to the team and the AFC East until receiving more news about the injury. It is being reported now that all tests on Brady's knee came back negative and it's only a minor injury, but it served as a reminder that one moment can change everything.
That got me thinking about some other moments from the world of sports in the past year that could have changed the entire outcome of a season. Interestingly, three current champions all had incredible moments that could have resulted in other teams celebrating a championship right now.
The Alabama Crimson Tide are viewed as a modern day dynasty in college football. The Tide are the two-time defending National Champions and have a great chance at winning their third consecutive title this season. One moment in the 2012 SEC Championship game kept that dream alive.
Alabama held a 32-28 lead over the Georgia Bulldogs in the game's final minute. Georgia had the ball and appeared to be on its way to a miraculous game-winning drive and a berth in the BCS Championship game. UGA Quarterback Aaron Murray threw a ball toward the endzone in the final seconds but the ball was deflected at the line-of-scrimmage and a Bulldog receiver caught the ball at the five-yard line but was tackled in bounds. With no timeouts remaining, the Dawgs couldn't stop the clock and it was the game's final play.
One moment. One deflection. Alabama won the game and went on to win the national championship.
The Baltimore Ravens won the 2013 Super Bowl by defeating the San Francisco 49ers. But were it not for an incredible play in the Divisional Round of the playoffs against the Denver Broncos, the Ravens wouldn't have even been playing for in the Super Bowl. Baltimore trailed by a touchdown with under a minute remaining in the game when Joe Flacco connected with Jacoby Jones for a 71-yard touchdown pass to tie the game and send it to overtime.
It looked like Baltimore's season was over. One moment changed that.
And in one of the most dramatic moments in NBA Finals history, the San Antonio Spurs were only seconds away from winning the 2013 NBA Championship and denying LeBron James of his second consecutive title. The Spurs led by three points in the final seconds of game six of the finals and a win would have clinched the title. Instead, Ray Allen made a three-pointer with five seconds left to tie the game and send it to overtime.
The Heat went on to win Games Six and Seven to reclaim the NBA title.
Imagine what would have happened if Allen hadn't made the corner three-pointer. The Heat would have been talked about as a failure. Networks would have had run feature stories and articles about why LeBron James had such a disappointing season.
One moment changed all of it. One moment impacted a legacy.
Moments are a big part of what makes sports so exciting. It's why we gravitate towards watching highlights and why were often talk about the great moments we remember from a game or season.
The unpredictable nature of who will step up at any given moment is what keeps us on the edge of our seats during a great game.
Let's hope the next year of sports gives us as many amazing moments as we've had in the past year.