As we approach the conference championship round of the current NFL season, we’ve had a couple of noteworthy games along the way. In the wildcard round, the Houston Texans overcame a double-digit to defeat the Buffalo Bills 19-16.
Unfortunately for Houston, they would face the same fate in their divisional-round matchup against the No. 2 seed Kansas City Chiefs. In that contest, the Texans jumped out to a 21-0 lead. But before you could even blink, the Chiefs outscored them 28-3 in the second quarter, to take a 28-24 lead into intermission. When it was all said and done, Kansas City went on to win the game 51-31, becoming the first team in NFL history to win a game by 20 points after trailing by at least 20 points. With the Super Bowl just a few weeks away, here’s a look at some of the biggest comebacks that have taken place in the big game.
3.Super Bowl XXII: Washington Redskins vs. Denver Broncos
The Broncos jumped out to an early 10-0 lead in the opening quarter after John Elway connected with Ricky Nattiel for a 56-yard touchdown pass. Denver’s early momentum proved to be short-lived, though. Elway threw a pair of picks in the second quarter, which helped the Redskins score five touchdowns to take a 35-10 lead into the break. The Redskins went on to win the game 42-10. While there are a number of teams that have overcome 10-point deficits to win a Super Bowl, Washington is included on the list because they were the first to overcome a double-digit deficit in the big game.
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2.Super Bowl XLIX: New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks.
The Seahawks broke what was once a 14-all tie and headed into the final frame with a 10-point lead. Facing one of the best defenses in the league that season, Tom Brady knew it was going to be tough to produce multiple scoring drives against the Legion of Boom. Despite the daunting task, that is exactly what Brady did.
Midway through the fourth quarter, Brady hooked up with Danny Amendola for a four-yard touchdown that trimmed the deficit to a field goal. And with just over two minutes left to play, Brady struck again, this time connecting with Julian Edelman on a three-yard touchdown, giving the Pats a 28-24 lead.
Seattle wasn’t done yet and they drove all the way down to New England’s one-yard line with just 26 ticks left in regulation. Most of us thought the Seahawks would give the ball to Marshawn Lynch. Instead, they ran a pass play and Russel Wilson’s pass was intercepted by Malcolm Butler, preserving the win for the Patriots.
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1.Super Bowl LI: Atlanta Falcons vs. New England Patriots.
The Atlanta Falcons led the NFL in scoring during the 2016 NFL season. Additionally, they knocked off the Seahawks in the divisional round 36-20. They followed that up with an
impressive 44-21 victory over the Green Bay Packers, stamping the team’s first trip to the big game since 1999. Although their run to the Super Bowl was a respectable one, no one thought they would beat the four-time champion Patriots. Surprisingly, not only did the Falcons keep up with the Patriots, they had them down 28-3 in the third quarter. So how did Tom Brady respond being down by 25 points? Well, after scoring just three points in the first 30 minutes of the game, Brady and the Patriots responded with five straight scoring drives after the break, including two touchdown drives in the fourth quarter (along with a pair of two-point conversions) in the final frame that helped send the game into overtime. The Patriots won the toss and Brady went to work, completing five consecutive passes to get into Atlanta’s red-zone. Then, James White capped off New England’s final drive with a two-yard touchdown run, giving the Patriots a 34-28 win and the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history.