Looking at the most memorable final games at NFL stadiums

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On Thursday night, the NBA played its final game ever at Oracle Arena in Oakland. It was a memorable occasion, with the Toronto Raptors winning the league title on the Golden State Warriors’ home court.

And so we used that idea for Friday morning’s PFT Live draft. What were the most memorable final games at NFL stadiums?

Big Cat and I went back and forth through three rounds, and we threw out a couple of others that missed the cut (our friend Paul Allen will relate to one of them). Check out the selections, and chime in via the comments.

PFT Live returns Monday, and we’ve got only two more weeks until our pre-training camp hiatus.

23 responses to “Looking at the most memorable final games at NFL stadiums

  1. municipal stadium Cleveland Ohio. fans taking their seats out with them, the crying from fans over our team that had no business leaving.

  2. The pats final home game launched an unprecedented run of ongoing excellence the likes of which we may never see again.

  3. For Tampa fans…The Eagles losing yet another NFCCG to the Bucs. Their first win in a game below freezing. To us Eagle fans it still stings but you didn’t say ” good memory”

  4. Ouch, that last game at the Vet is a painful memory for us Eagles fans. NFC Championship Game at home after losing the NFC Championship Game on the road the year before; Eagles beat the Bucs at the Vet the previous two years in the playoffs, and that year during the regular season. Add in the fact that pretty much every talking head in the country kept bringing up the fact that Tampa was something like 0-35 in games played under 40 degrees. So of course the Eagles went out and got their teeth kicked in

  5. Yeah that game to end Veterans Stadium was painful for Eagles fans…when Barber takes McNabbs pass to the house, you could hear crickets the rest of the game.

    Last game in Kezar Stadium was memorable to…A great old ballpark, with the 49ers losing a heartbreaker to the Cowboys for the first NFC Championship…They used that stadium for the first Dirty Harry movie.

    Another game I have collected is the final Cardinal game in Busch Stadium in St Louis…I never thought the Cards would go to Arizona, but they had left Chicago as well. A loss to the Cowboys in 87.

    Would like to collect the final games in Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium, for the Ravens…The Vikings last game in Metropolitan Stadium in 1981, The last game at Three River Stadium…

  6. Last game at Shea Stadium for the Jets was memorable to…The Steelers had to win in 1983 to win their division. Terry Bradshaw came out and did enough to win the game and the division, the last game of his great career.

  7. A bit ironic that the asterisk ridden Patsies dynasty all started from the last game at Foxboro where a Brady fumble was inexcusably changed to an incomplete pass.

  8. Need to watch the segment, but Brett Favre brought the Packers back from a big deficit against Atlanta at Milwaukee County stadium in December of 1994. Got the winning touchdown on a busted play, diving into the end zone on a run with 14 seconds left to get them into the playoffs. That was their second year in a row in playoffs under Holmgren.

  9. It’s fitting that the game that launched the greatest dynasty in the history of the sport was also the last game played at Schaefer/Sullivan/Foxboro Stadium. It’s also fitting that the same game portended the collapse of the most overrated franchise in the league (other than the Dolphins), the Nomadic Raiders.

  10. I was at the last football game played at Detroit’s Tiger Stadium. It was Thanksgiving Day Nov. 23rd. 1978 against the Denver Broncos. It was the game that ended Steve Owens career. There was about 3″ of snow on the ground during pregame and as the marching band was circling the warning track, the center field bleachers started throwing snow balls at the band. When the P.A. announcer asked the fans to quit throwing snowballs, they responded by pelting the band with snow balls. Just one of the things I remember.

  11. rabbi187 says:
    June 15, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    A bit ironic that the asterisk ridden Patsies dynasty all started from the last game at Foxboro where a Brady fumble was inexcusably changed to an incomplete pass.
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    Inexcusably = that was the actual rule in place at the time, but otherwise excellent ranting.

  12. jay25340 says:
    June 15, 2019 at 11:21 am
    Wasn’t the Raiders-Patriots ’01 Playoff game the last at Foxboro Stadium?

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    Yep. Simply the best ever example. Epic. A Pats fan died of a heart attack in the stands as Vinatieri’s kick went through.

  13. bit ironic that the asterisk ridden Patsies dynasty all started from the last game at Foxboro where a Brady fumble was inexcusably changed to an incomplete pass.

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    I assume that you are smarter than this, since the call was correct, and you are just a hater

    But this is how you lose credibility.

  14. brickwilly says:
    June 15, 2019 at 4:05 pm
    I was at the last football game played at Detroit’s Tiger Stadium. It was Thanksgiving Day Nov. 23rd. 1978 against the Denver Broncos. It was the game that ended Steve Owens career. There was about 3″ of snow on the ground during pregame and as the marching band was circling the warning track, the center field bleachers started throwing snow balls at the band. When the P.A. announcer asked the fans to quit throwing snowballs, they responded by pelting the band with snow balls. Just one of the things I remember.

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    The Lions played in the Silverdome beginning with the 1975 season. You are thinking of 1974. They did play Denver on Thanksgiving day in 1974. Steve Owens was injured in that fame and never played again.

  15. I was at the last game at TWA/Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. It’s one that really hurt a lot, because my dad and I always used to make the trip to St. Louis at least once a year (we both live hundreds of miles away in different directions) to see our Rams. Saw a lot of really bad teams, but also saw one of the best playoff games/upsets in NFL history, which also was the official end of the greatest show on turf, against Carolina in the 2003 season. Walking out of the dome for the last time…it hadn’t been announced yet, but everyone knew it was coming…was really hard.

  16. I was at that last game at the Vet. It was a magical atmosphere throughout, and the Eagles loss was the most excruciating sports moment I ever experienced.

  17. Bucs closing down the Vet for sure. I lived in the Philly area for many years and always enjoyed attending games there, especially against Dallas. There was nothing more wild than the 700 level.

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