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5 On Your Side Countdown | The 10 greatest Cardinals postseason moments

From Albert's blast in Houston, to Gibson's dominance in '68 and Freese's iconic night, what's you favorite Cardinals postseason moment?

ST. LOUIS — As a franchise, the Cardinals are defintley not short on iconic postseason moments. But how do they stack up?

5 On Your Side set out to count down the Cardinals' classic postseason heroics from 10 to 1. Here's what we came up with.

Do you agree? What would you have added to the list?

10: Chris Carpenter's Game 5 of the 2011 NLDS against the Phillies

One of the best-pitched games in the history of the franchise.

Carpenter out-dueled his longtime friend and Hall of Famer the late Roy Halladay for a complete game shut out to send the Cardinals to the NLCS.

He went nine innings, gave up just three hits and didn't walk a batter.

The Cardinals don't go on to win the World Series without this herculean effort from Carpenter.

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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter (29) reacts with second baseman Nick Punto (8) and first baseman Albert Pujols (5) after baseball's Game 5 of the National League division series with the Philadelphia Phillies Friday, Oct. 7, 2011 in Philadelphia. Cardinals won 1-0. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

9: Albert Pujols breaks Brad Lidge and stuns Houston

The Astros were getting ready to celebrate a National League pennant at home. And then Pujols happened.

Everyone knows where they were at for this moment.

Pujols' go-ahead blast in the ninth against Lidge turned Minute Maid Park into the country's largest morgue.

The Cardinals would eventually lose the series, or this classic moment would be even higher.

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St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols hits a three run homer in the ninth inning in Game 5 of their National League Championship Series in Houston, Monday, Oct. 17, 2005. Cardinals' David Eckstein and Jim Edmonds scored on the home run. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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8: 1987's unlikely homer heroes

Jose Oquendo hit one home run in the 1987 regular season. Tom Lawless hadn't hit any. Both came up huge in the playoffs with iconic homers.

Oquendo's in Game 7 of the NLCS helped get the Cardinals to the World Series.

Lawless's home run (and iconic bat flip) helped the Cardinals win Game 4 of the World Series.

Two of the most unexpected home runs in the history of the Cardinals.

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7: Willie McGee does it all in the 1982 World Series

In Game 3 of the 198 World Series, Willie McGee literally did it all.

He had two absolute robbery catches at the wall, and then hit two home runs. He had only hit four home runs all season.

The rookie announced himself to the baseball world on the biggest stage in the game.

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St. Louis Cardinals batter Willie McGee connects for the second of his two consecutive home runs in Game 3 of the World Series against the Brewers in Milwaukee, Wis., Oct. 15, 1982. McGee accounted for four of the Cards' runs, as they won the game 6-2, to take a 2-1 lead in the series. (AP Photo)

6: Albert makes World Series history in Arlington

Pujols' Game 3 in the 2011 World Series is quiet possibly the most dominant offensive performance in the history of the series.

Five hits, three home runs, six RBI and 14 total bases.

The machine added another chapter to his legendary career.

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St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols watches his two-run home run during the seventh inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Texas Rangers Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

5: Bob Gibson's 17 strikeouts in the 1968 World Series

Don Larsen may have something to say about this, but Gibson turned in what could have been the most dominant start in World Series history.

Gibson's 17 strikeouts were a baseball record at the time, and are still a World Series record.

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FILE - In this Oct. 2, 1968, file photo, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bob Gibson throws to Detroit Tigers' Norm Cash in the ninth inning of the opening game of the World Series in St. Louis. Gibson struck Cash out for the 16th strikeout of the game and set a new World Series record. Looking on are catcher Tim McCarver, home plate umpire Tom Gorman and first base umpire Jim Honochick. On Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, Clayton Kershaw became the first pitcher since Gibson in 1968 to win the National League MVP award. (AP Photo/ File)

4: Yadier Molina's clutch Game 7 home run in the 2006 NLCS

Molina wasn't quite the clutch star he's become now all the way back in 2006, and his ninth inning go-ahead home run to send the Cardinals to the World Series really started that legacy.

Molina's cries of joy were audible on the broadcast as he jogged around the bases in a dead silent Shea Stadium.

You remember where you were for that one, too.

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St. Louis Cardinals Yadier Molina celebrates his two-run home run in the ninth inning as the New York Mets bench looks on in Game 7 of baseball's National League Championship Series, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2006, at Shea Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

3: Jack Clark burns the Dodgers in 1985

Tommy Lasorda must still be regretting not walking Clark.

The Cardinals' power bat made the Dodgers pay with a clutch go-ahead home run in Los Angeles in Game 6 to send the Cardinals to the World Series.

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Jack Clark of the St, Louis Cardinals, left, is embraced by teammate Vince Coleman after Clark smashed a ninth inning three-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers to win the National League Pennant at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif., Oct. 16, 1985. (AP Photo)

2: Ozzie Smith makes St. Louis go crazy

Sometimes you just get a perfect moment.

Ozzie Smith had never hit a left-handed home run in his entire career in more than 3,000 at-bats.

Welp, he picked a heck of a time for his first.

Smith took Tom Niedenfuer deep to win Game 5 of the 1985 NLCS, and Jack Buck stole the show with an all-time great call.

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Ozzie Smith of the St. Louis Cardinals jumps in the air as he rounds second base after hitting a game winning home run in the ninth inning Oct. 14, 1985 in St. Louis. The Cardinals defeated the Los Angeles 3-2 to take the fifth game of the National League Playoffs. The Cardinals holds a three game to two edge in the series. (AP Photo)

1: David Freese becomes a legend

On an October night in 2011, a St. Louis kid became an icon.

There's really not a whole lot left to say about a moment that lives so vividly in the conscience of this town.

The definitive number one.

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Teammates celebrate with St. Louis Cardinals' David Freese after Freese hit a walk-off home run during the 11th inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series against the Texas Rangers Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won the game 10-9 to tie the series 3-3. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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