WASHINGTON — We watch sports for the moments that make us collectively cheer, hold our breath, or feel our hearts race.
These are the photos that memorialize those moments.
Check out the gallery below for a look at some of the biggest sports moments from 2017.
James White of the New England Patriots celebrates with teammates after defeating the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime to win Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on Feb. 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Getty Images/Tom Pennington
Floyd Mayweather Jr. connects on a punch with Conor McGregor during their super welterweight boxing match on Aug. 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather won by TKO in the 10th round. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Getty Images/Christian Petersen
Alex Ovechkin (#8) of the Washington Capitals skates alone on the ice during a stop in play during the first period against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on May 10, 2017 in Washington, DC. The Caps lost 2-0. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Getty Images/Patrick Smith
A general view of Court 2 during the men’s doubles second round match between Sam Groth of Australia and Robert Lindstedt of Sweden and Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan of The United States on day six of the 2017 French Open at Roland Garros on June 2, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Getty Images/Julian Finney
Lorenzo Cain (#6) of the Kansas City Royals watches a kitten run across the outfield in the sixth inning during a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on Aug. 9, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Getty Images/Dilip Vishwanat
Josh Jackson (#11) of the Kansas Jayhawks has the ball deflect off his face as Ishmail Wainright (#24) of the Baylor Bears defends in the second half at the Ferrell Center on Feb. 18, 2017 in Waco, Texas. Kansas won 67-65. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)
Getty Images/Ron Jenkins
Members of the Detroit Lions take a knee during the playing of the national anthem prior to the start of the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Ford Field on Sept. 24, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan shortly after President Donald Trump criticized NFL players for kneeling during the anthem. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
Getty Images/Rey Del Rio
Patric Hornqvist #72 of the Pittsburgh Penguins scores on the power play at 7:45 of the second period against Cory Schneider #35 of the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on April 6, 2017 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Getty Images/Bruce Bennett
Usain Bolt of Jamaica falls to the track in the Men’s 4×100 Relay final during day nine of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 at The London Stadium on Aug. 12, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
Getty Images/Matthias Hangst
The field heads into the first turn during the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 6, 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Getty Images/Patrick Smith
Corey Oates of the Broncos is tackled by Brenko Lee of the Bulldogs during the round five NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Brisbane Broncos at ANZ Stadium on March 30, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)
Getty Images/Matt King
Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray (#30) blocks a shot by Nashville Predators’ Colton Sissons (#10) during the second period of Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Sunday, June 11, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Christian Pulisic of the United States men’s national team reacts to their loss to Trinidad and Tobago during the FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between Trinidad and Tobago at the Ato Boldon Stadium on Oct. 10, 2017 in Couva, Trinidad And Tobago. The loss eliminated the United States from World Cup qualifying. (Photo by Ashley Allen/Getty Images)
Getty Images/Ashley Allen
Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson, top left, and Golden State Warriors forward David West (#3) are separated by guard J.R. Smith (#5) and referee Dan Crawford (#43) during the first half of Game 5 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Monday, June 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
AP/Marcio Jose Sanchez
The Houston Astros celebrate after their win against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of baseball’s World Series Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Astros won 5-1 to take the series 4-3. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
AP/Mark J. Terrill
Serena Williams of the United States serves in her third round match against Nicole Gibbs of the Unites States on day six of the 2017 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Jan. 21, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Getty Images/Cameron Spencer
Sergio Garcia of Spain celebrates after defeating Justin Rose (not pictured) of England on the first playoff hole during the final round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Getty Images/Rob Carr
In this Jan. 10, 2017, file photo, Clemson’s Deshaun Watson celebrates a last second touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow in the second half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Alabama in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
James Madison running back Taylor Woods (20) gets tackled by the South Dakota State defense during the first half of a FCS semifinal football game, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 in Harrisonburg, Va. (Stephen Swofford/Daily News-Record via AP)
Kevin Pillar (#11) of the Toronto Blue Jays fields a fly ball off the center field wall during the eighth inning of a game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Aug. 20, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Getty Images/Stacy Revere
North Carolina’s Kennedy Meeks places his right hand outside of the line as Meeks and Gonzaga’s Silas Melson (#0) battle for a loose ball during the second half in the finals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 3, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz.
AP Photo/David J. Phillip
South Carolina’s Kaela Davis and Allisha Gray celebrate with A’ja Wilson, right, after the team’s 67-55 win over Mississippi State in the NCAA women’s college basketball tournament Final Four championship game in Dallas, Sunday, April 2, 2017.
Richard W. Rodriguez/Star-Telegram via AP
Russell Westbrook (#0) of the Oklahoma City Thunder dunks after a steal against the LA Clippers at Staples Center on Jan. 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Getty Images/Harry How
LSU’s Kramer Robertson, right, reacts after being called out at home plate by umpire Troy Fullwood in the eighth inning against Florida in Game 2 of the NCAA College World Series baseball finals in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, June 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Watford at White Hart Lane on April 8, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
Getty Images/Dan Mullan
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