Shaking off the devastation of losing a five-run, eighth-inning lead the night before, Curt Schilling shut out the Blue Jays in Game 5 to take the World Series back to Toronto. There, the Phillies overcame a 5-1 deficit with a five-run seventh inning (capped by Lenny Dykstra's three-run homer). When Larry Andersen escaped a bases-loaded jam in the eighth, the Phils seemed poised to force a Game 7 . . . until all Mitch broke loose in the ninth. Walk (on four pitches), flyout, single and . . . well, you really don't want to read it all over again, do you? . . .
4,5,6 2001-03 EAGLES
. . . And we're fairly certain you don't want to go over the NFC title game gruesome threesome put up by the Eagles before they finally broke through with a trip to the big game.
Allen Iverson owned the extra period in the Finals' Game 1 in Los Angeles and the Sixers' 107-101 victory ended the Lakers' 19-game winning streak. From there, LA used Shaquille O'Neal and a ton of three-pointers to win the next four, including three in a row at whatever the Wachovia Center was called back then.
Less than 5 months after the Sixers' title, the Wheeze Kids did all they could to make it back-to-back parades in Philly. Joe Morgan and Garry Maddox stole Game 1 of the World Series against the Orioles with solo home runs, but the Phils lost four straight despite holding leads in Games 2, 3 and 4. Game 5 was a 5-0 shutout at Veterans Stadium.
Another team that won Game 1 of a finals series and lost in four straight. After a 4-1 Flyers' victory in Game 1, the Wayne Gretzky/Paul Coffey-led Oilers outscored Ron Hextall and Co. by a 20-10 margin the rest of the way, including an 8-3 title clincher.
10 1996-97 FLYERS
The Flyers really never had a shot in the finals against a Red Wings juggernaut that was just coming into their own with this sweep. The Flyers totaled six goals in the series; the Red Wings scored six just in Game 3. *