“It ain’t over ‘till the fat lady sings.” When scores get out of hand, it can be easy to forget that coming back is possible. These teams didn’t forget that. Here are four of the greatest comebacks in the history of sports.
1. The Miracle at the New Meadowlands
The Philadelphia Eagles trailed by 21 points with less than eight minutes left in the fourth quarter. But that was just an afterthought as DeSean Jackson returned a punt all the way back for a touchdown as time expired on the game. The final? Philadelphia 38, the New York Giants 31. The stunning come-from-behind victory will live in the history of the New Meadowlands Stadium.
For the most part, in both basketball and hockey, a 3-games-to-none lead in a best-of-7 series is impossible to come back from. That is, unless you are the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers trailed the Bruins 3-0 in their Eastern Conference Semifinal matchup, all hope seemingly lost. That is until they stormed back, forced a game 7 and won 4-3 on a goal from Simon Gagne. They were the third team in the history of the NHL to come back from the 3-0 deficit.
3. The Legend of Reggie Miller
There may not have been a more relentless player in the 1990 NBA than Reggie Miller. His performance in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal exemplifies that. Miller brought the Indiana Pacers to victory by scoring 8 points in the final 18.7 seconds of the game, leaving the New York Knick crowd stunned.
4. The Comeback
The largest comeback in NFL history. That was all the Buffalo Bills had to do to walk away with a win. They fell behind 35-3 to the Houston Oilers, with fans filing out by halftime. But backup quarterback Frank Reich fired four touchdown passes in the second half, leading the most electric comeback ever. The Bills would kick a field goal in overtime to secure the 41-38 victory.