TEAMtalk reflects on the thrilling late title twist that saw Manchester City end the season with the Premier League silverware.
The script writer for this incredible title race has done a sensational job.
Just when it seemed the final, unbelievable twist had occurred, Manchester City produced the most remarkable, rousing finish to snatch back a title they looked to have lost.
With City having clawed back an eight-point deficit to regain control heading into their final Premier League game, it seemed almost inconceivable they could lose it against a side battling relegation.
Yet QPR boss Mark Hughes, who as a former City manager and a Manchester United legend knows better than most how much the club has suffered over the years, almost denied them.
Sacked as City manager in 2009, Hughes was minutes away from inflicting more damage on his old club.
It turned in the most remarkable way in the closing moments, but for Hughes, despite the 3-2 loss, his QPR side still survived.
That left everyone at the ground in party mood. The loss of Yaya Toure to injury and the bizarre dismissal of Joey Barton became footnotes on a day when both clubs achieved their aims.
For City, there was not only the excitement of winning a title for the first time in 44 years in the most dramatic of fashion, but also of denying neighbours United another trophy for their vast collection.
Many fans invaded the pitch at the final whistle and those who gave up hope and headed for home with as long as 20 minutes remaining might be regretting their decisions for the rest of their lives.
City fans had come in the mood to party and were clearly determined to enjoy it as the presentation podium was set up.
There were plenty of fans in fancy dress, lots of noise, sunshine and even some of the old inflatable bananas making an appearance.
Everything had been set up for them and victory seemed the most obvious outcome from early on as City completely dominated possession and QPR struggled to get out of their own half.
That made for the extraordinary sight of QPR fans celebrating a goal - scored by Stoke on a ground 55 miles away - when their own team could hardly get a kick.
But QPR's plight was of little concern to City and, although there was silence when it became clear United had scored at Sunderland and their opener took longer than expected, they were soon in command.
Pablo Zabaleta put City ahead thanks to an error from Paddy Kenny and the odds were heavily in City's favour.
As half-time arrived there was little reason to think, with City leading 1-0 and QPR at that stage heading down, that the hosts were not 45 minutes away from the title.
Yet QPR knew they had to dig deep to be sure of saving themselves and their quickfire riposte through Djibril Cisse made for the perfect start.
Barton's disgraceful sending-off and reaction might have meant all their efforts were in vain, and Rangers looked set for a long spell on the back foot after the former City midfielder finally departed.
But the visitors, just as they have stunned Liverpool and Arsenal in their unlikely battle against the drop, ensured the season would be extraordinary to the end.
Jamie Mackie's breakaway goal was everything City had needed to produce, quick and incisive.
City threw on Mario Balotelli in the hope that someone who has created so many headlines of a negative type this season could make one more for the right reasons.
Yet as Kenny redeemed himself with a fine double save, hope began to slip away.
Despite some City fans chanting that they would "Fight to the end", many more took their leave.
After suffering at the hands of United for so many years, this was simply too much to bear.
But this new City side are made of sterner stuff than teams of old and the late efforts of Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero completed an unforgettable story.
Crucial goals in stoppage time used to be United's trick. This time a pair of them meant City rule not only Manchester but the Premier League.
Andy Hampson, Press Association Sport