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By SI Wire
December 10, 2014

Percy Harvin's kick return touchdown to open the second half of Super Bowl XLVIII was the most tweeted moment in American sports in 2014, according to data released by Twitter. 

The moment generated 381,605 tweets per minute, 75,000 more than Clint Dempsey's go-ahead goal against Portugal in the World Cup.

Worldwide, the World Cup was the biggest event of the year on Twitter. All five of the most tweeted moments in sports for the year were related to the World Cup. Overall, the tournament was the most tweeted sporting event ever, with more than 672 million tweets sent over the course of the month-long tournament. 

The World Cup was also the most mentioned global topic on Facebook, which released its Year in Review on Tuesday.

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Germany's victory over Argentina spurred the most tweets, with 618,725 per minute. Sami Khedira's goal for Germany in the semifinal against hosts Brazil, the fourth in six minutes for the German's, was the second-most popular moment of the tournament. 

Pacers forward Paul George's first tweet after his horrific leg injury was the most retweeted post by an American athlete. 

Other popular sporting events included the NBA Finals, which ranked only behind the World Cup, the Sochi Olympics, the Super Bowl and the NFL draft.

- Dan Gartland

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