5. San Francisco 49ers – from 24 points behind to win the 2003 NFC Wild Card game

Garcia celebrates his 14 yard touchdown run.
Garcia celebrates his 14 yard touchdown run.

In the second-largest comeback in postseason history at the time, Jeff Garcia and the 49ers stormed back to defeat the New York Giants on their way to the NFC Divisional Round. What makes this comeback even more impressive is the fact that San Francisco was down 38-14 with only 4:27 left in the third quarter. During Buffalo’s epic 32-point comeback, they were only down 11 with 4:21 left in the third.

Garcia completed the comeback by throwing a 13-yard touchdown to receiver Tai Streets with exactly 1:00 left. The Giants had an opportunity down 1 point to hit a 41-yard field goal as time expired, but a botched snap broke the hearts of New York and its fans.

NFC Wild Card Game
Jan. 5, 2003 at San Francisco

New York Giants 7 21 10 0 38
San Francisco 7 7 8 17 39

49ers – Owens 76 pass from Garcia (Chandler kick).
Giants – Toomer 12 pass from Collins (Bryant kick)
Giants – Shockey 2 pass from Collins (Bryant kick)
49ers – Barlow 1 run (Chandler kick)
Giants – Toomer 8 pass from Collins (Bryant kick)
Giants – Toomer 24 pass from Collins (Bryant kick)
Giants – Barber 6 run (Bryant kick)
Giants – FG Bryant 21
49ers – Owens 26 pass from Garcia (Garcia pass Owens)
49ers – Garcia 14 run (Garcia pass to Owens)
49ers – FG Chandler 25
49ers – Streets 13 pass from Garcia (conversion failed)

Totals NYG SF
First Downs 26 23
Total Yards 446 446
Yards Rushing 119 90
Yards Passing 327 356
Turnovers 1 2

4. San Francisco 49ers – From 28 points behind to beat New Orleans

Joe Montana drops back for a pass
Joe Montana drops back for a pass.

In the largest regular-season comeback in NFL history, the Archie Manning-led Saints marched into San Francisco to jump out to a 35-7 halftime lead. However, the 49ers had none other than Joe Montana on their side. The second half was more lopsided than the first as the 49ers outscored the Saints 31-0, including overtime. Ray Wersching kicked a 36-yard game-winning field goal to top off one of the greatest comebacks we have ever seen.

Dec. 7, 1980 at San Francisco

New Orleans 14 21 0 0 0 35
San Francisco 0 7 14 14 3 38

Saints – Harris 33 pass from Manning (Ricardo kick)
Saints – Childs 21 pass from Manning (Ricardo kick)
Saints – Holmes 1 run (Ricardo kick)
49ers – Solomon 57 punt return (Wersching kick)
Saints – Holmes 1 run (Ricardo kick)
Saints – Harris 41 pass from Manning (Ricardo kick)
49ers – Montana 1 run (Wersching kick)
49ers – Clark 71 pass from Montana (Wersching kick)
49ers – Solomon 14 pass from Montana (Wersching kick)
49ers – Elliott 7 run (Wersching kick)
49ers – FG Wersching 36

Totals NO SF
First Downs 27 24
Total Yards 519 430
Yards Rushing 143 176
Yards Passing 376 254
Turnovers 3 0

3. Indianapolis Colts – From 28 points behind to win the 2014 AFC Wild Card game

Andrew Luck dives into the end zone after recovering a fumble to cut Kansas City’s lead to 4.
Andrew Luck dives into the end zone after recovering a fumble to cut Kansas City’s lead to 4.

Arguably Andrew Luck’s greatest game, the star quarterback led a seemingly impossible comeback to save Indianapolis’ season. The Kansas City Chiefs took a 38-10 lead in the third quarter after they capitalized on Luck’s second interception to score an easy touchdown. But the Colts kept chipping away, finally taking a 45-44 lead on T.Y. Hilton’s 64-yard touchdown catch-and-run. Lucks first career postseason win remains the second-largest comeback in postseason history.

AFC Wild Card Game
Jan. 4, 2014 at Indianapolis

Kansas City 10 21 10 3 44
Indianapolis 7 3 21 14 45

Chiefs – Bowe 6 pass from Smith (Succop kick)
Colts – Hilton 10 pass from Luck (Vinatieri kick)
Chiefs – FG Succop 19
Chiefs – Avery 79 pass from Smith (Succop kick)
Chiefs – Sherman 5 pass from Smith (Succop kick)
Colts – FG Vinatieri 37
Chiefs – Davis 4 run (Succop kick)
Chiefs – Davis 10 pass from Smith (Succop kick)
Colts – Brown 10 run (Vinatieri kick)
Colts – Brown 3 pass from Luck (Vinatieri kick)
Chiefs – FG Succop 42
Colts – Fleener 12 pass from Luck (Vinatieri kick)
Colts – Luck 5 fumble recovery (Vinatieri kick)
Chiefs – FG Succop 43
Colts – Hilton 64 pass from Luck (Vinatieri kick)

Totals KC IND
First Downs 30 28
Total Yards 513 536
Yards Rushing 150 100
Yards Passing 363 436
Turnovers 1 4

2. New England Patriots – From 25 points behind to win Super Bowl LI

Tom Brady boasts the Lombardi trophy after an epic comeback.
Tom Brady boasts the Lombardi trophy after an epic comeback.

In the largest Super Bowl comeback in NFL history, the New England Patriots ripped the hearts out of the Atlanta Falcons to capture Tom Brady and Bill Belichick’s fifth Super Bowl together. Up 28-3, the Falcons defense was forcing crucial turnovers and the Falcons offense looked like it couldn’t be stopped.

Then the team completely collapsed. Atlanta failed to score another point. Many regard this game as one the Falcons lost rather than one the Patriots won. Tom Brady threw for 466 yards and two touchdowns in typical fashion and Julian Edelman secured one of the greatest catches in Super Bowl history.

 Super Bowl LI – Feb. 5, 2017 at Houston

New England 0 3 6 19 34
Atlanta 0 21 7 0 28

Falcons – D.Freeman 5 yd. run (M.Bryant kick)
Falcons – A.Hooper 19 yd. pass from M.Ryan (M.Bryant kick)
Falcons – R.Alford 82 yd. interception return (M.Bryant kick)
Patriots – S.Gostkowski 41 yd. Field Goal
Falcons – T.Coleman 6 yd. pass from M.Ryan (M.Bryant kick)
Patriots – J.White 5 yd. pass from T.Brady (kick failed, hru)
Patriots – S.Gostkowski 33 yd. Field Goal
Patriots – D.Amendola 6 yd. pass from T.Brady (J.White run)
Patriots – J.White 1 yd. run (T.Brady-D.Amendola pass)

Totals NE ATL
First Downs 37 17
Total Yards 546 344
Yards Rushing 104 104
Yards Passing 442 240
Turnovers 2 1

1. Buffalo Bills – From 32 points behind to win a 1993 Wild Card game

Christie and Reich celebrate after hitting the game-winning field goal.
Christie and Reich celebrate after hitting the game-winning field goal.

In what is heralded as the greatest comeback in NFL history, the 1992-93 Buffalo Bills erased a 32-point second-half deficit against the Houston Oilers in a wild-card playoff game. The Oilers led 35-3 in the third quarter when the Bills started to mount their comeback. The Bills were without their star quarterback Jim Kelly, and backup Frank Reich had to carry the team. Reich threw four touchdowns during the miraculous comeback and the Bills won on a field goal in overtime.

The 32-point comeback remains the largest in NFL history.

AFC First-Round Playoff Game
Jan. 3, 1993 at Buffalo

Houston 7 21 7 3 0 38
Buffalo 3 0 28 7 3 41

Oilers – Jeffires 3 pass from Moon (Del Greco kick)
Bills – FG Christie 36
Oilers – Slaughter 7 pass from Moon (Del Greco kick)
Oilers – Duncan 26 pass from Moon (Del Greco kick)
Oilers – Jeffires 27 pass from Moon (Del Greco kick)
Oilers – McDowell 58 interception return (Del Greco kick)
Bills – Davis 1 run (Christie kick)
Bills – Beebe 38 pass from Reich (Christie kick)
Bills – Reed 26 pass from Reich (Christie kick)
Bills – Reed 18 pass from Reich (Christie kick)
Bills – Reed 17 pass from Reich (Christie kick)
Oilers – FG Del Greco 26
Bills – FG Christie 32

Totals HOU BUF
First Downs 27 19
Total Yards 429 366
Yards Rushing 82 98
Yards Passing 347 268
Turnovers 2 1

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