Capital Games’ Year In Review: Best Games

This year brought D.C. sports fans plenty of exhilarating highs and gut-wrenching lows, but you can't deny that we got to see some exciting games in 2012 regardless of outcome. This is a look back at those games.

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 09: Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins celebrates a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints during the season opener at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Marquette v. Georgetown (Jan. 4): Georgetown's first game of 2012 was a tough one against Marquette. The ninth-ranked Hoyas trailed the 20th-ranked Golden Eagles by 14 at halftime and by 17 in the second half, but Hollis Thompson's three-pointer with 24 seconds left completed their comeback, giving them a 73-70 lead they never relinquished.
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Lakers v. Wizards (March 7): Didn't think there would be a Wizards game on this list, did you? Well, the 8-29 Wizards trailed Kobe Bryant and the Lakers by 21 midway through the third quarter, but rallied back as six players scored in double figures in a 106-101 victory. It was one of the few Wizards moments in 2012 (during both the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons) that gave the home fans something to cheer about.
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Capitals v. Bruins - Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals (April 25): The seventh-seeded Caps faced a must-win situation in Boston against the defending Stanley Cup champions. Washington had never won a Game 7 on the road entering the game, but three minutes into overtime, Joel Ward poked a rebound past Tim Thomas to send Washington to the second round.
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Rangers v. Capitals - Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals (May 2): After splitting the first two games of the series at Madison Square Garden, the Caps and Rangers played an epic three-overtime game at Verizon Center. The game started at 7:40 p.m., but did not end until 12:14 a.m. when Marian Gaborik beat Braden Holtby in the third extra session to lift New York to a 2-1 victory and 2-1 series lead. The Caps rebounded in Game 4 before losing the series in seven games.
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Redskins v. Saints (Sept. 9): Robert Griffin III's highly-anticipated NFL debut was surely one to remember. The Saints arrived at the Superdome incredibly motivated after having their roster and coaching staff decimated by a bounty scandal, but RGIII and the Redskins were not intimidated. Griffin's first-career touchdown pass was an 88-yarder to Pierre Garcon that put the 'Skins up for good in a 40-32 Week 1 victory. It's safe to say that D.C.'s love affair with RGIII blossomed that day.
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Cardinals v. Nationals - NLDS Game 4 (Oct. 11): After exchanging runs early on, the Nats, down 2-1 in the series, and Cards played through a pitchers' duel until the bottom of the ninth inning. Lance Lynn had thrown 12 pitches to Jayson Werth, but could only muster a full count. Pitch No. 13, however, proved lucky for the Nationals. Werth smacked a fastball into the left field seats as Washington avoided elimination and extended the NLDS to a winner-take-all Game 5 the following night.
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Cardinals v. Nationals - NLDS Game 5 (Oct. 12): Yes, this sucked, but objectively, it was one of the most exciting games of the year in all of sports. The Nationals jumped out to a 6-0 lead early, but the Cardinals rallied throughout the second half of the game, finally taking the lead during a four-run ninth inning, all of which were scored while down to their final out. By game's end, the Nats had fallen victim to the biggest comeback in a winner-take-all postseason game in MLB history in a 9-7 loss.
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D.C. United v. New York Red Bulls - Second leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinals (Nov. 8): These two teams were scheduled to meet the previous day, but a Nor'easter blanketed the Tri-State Area with snow and rendered the pitch unplayable. It was "snow" problem for United, though.Nick DeLeon (seen above) scored the game's only goal in the 88th minute as D.C. won 1-0 and advanced to the conference final for the first time in six years.
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