Brady, Pats Join Ranks of Greatest NFL Comebacks

Sunday night, Tom Brady led the Patriots from a 24-0 halftime deficit to a 34-31 overtime win.  it was the biggest comeback in team history and the tied for the 5th biggest comeback in NFL history.

Ironically, the list includes chokes and comebacks by both the Patriots and Broncos, including a 1960 win 31-24 win over the Boston Patriots.

#1: Buffal0 Bills – 32 Points
QB: Frank Reich

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

#2: San Francisco 49ers – 28 Points
QB: Joe Montana

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 N.O. S.F.
First Downs 27 24
Total Yards 519 430
Yards Rushing 143 176
Yards Passing 376 254
Turnovers 3 0

#3: Buffalo Bills – 26 Points

QB: Todd Collins

Sept. 21, 1997 at Buffalo

Indianapolis 14 12 0 9 35
Buffalo 0 10 6 21 37

Colts – Bailey 10 pass from Harbaugh (Blanchard kick)
Colts – Faulk 10 run (Blanchard kick)
Colts – FG Blanchard 39
Colts – FG Blanchard 36
Colts – FG Blanchard 49
Colts – FG Blanchard 22
Bills – Johnson 16 pass from Collins (Christie kick)
Bills – FG Christie 27
Bills – A. Smith 15 run (2-pt attempt failed)
Colts – FG Blanchard 25
Bills – Early 4 pass from Collins (Christie kick)
Bills – A. Smith 1 run (Christie kick)
Bills – A. Smith 54 run (Christie kick)
Colts- Harrison 2 pass from Justin (2-pt attempt failed)

Totals IND BUF
First Downs 17 25
Total Yards 322 393
Yards Rushing 124 163
Yards Passing 198 230
Turnovers 1 5

#4:  St. Louis Cardinals – 25 Points
QB: Neil Lomax

Nov. 8, 1987 at St. Louis

Tampa Bay 7 7 14 0 28
St. Louis 0 3 0 28 31

Buccaneers – Carrier 5 pass from DeBerg (Igwebuike kick)
Buccaneers – Carter 3 pass from DeBerg (Igwebuike kick)
Cardinals- FG Gallery 31
Buccaneers – Smith 34 pass from DeBerg (Igwebuike kick)
Buccaneers – Smith 3 run (Igwebuike kick)
Cardinals – Awalt 4 pass from Lomax (Gallery kick)
Cardinals – Noga 23 fumble recovery (Gallery kick)
Cardinals – J. Smith 11 pass from Lomax (Gallery kick)
Cardinals – J. Smith 17 pass from Lomax (Gallery kick)

Totals T.B. ST. L
First Downs 26 26
Total Yards 377 415
Yards Rushing 83 137
Yards Passing 294 278
Turnovers 1 2

#5: New England Patriots – 24 Points

QB: Tom Brady

November 24, 2013

Denver 17 7 0 7 31
New England 0 0 21 10 34

Broncos – Miller 60 fumble return (Prater kick)
Broncos – Moreno 2 run (Prater kick)
Broncos – FG Prater 27
Broncos – Tamme 10 pass from Manning (Prater kick)
Patriots – Edelman 5 pass from Brady (Gostkowski kick)
Patriots – Bolden 1 run (Gostkowski kick)
Patriots – Gronkowski 6 pass from Brady (Gostkowski kick)
Patriots – Edelman 14 pass from Brady (Gostkowski kick)
Patriots – FG Gostkowski 31
Broncos – D. Thomas 11 pass from Manning (Prater kick)
Patriots – FG Gostkowski 31

Totals DEN NE
First Downs 28 27
Total Yards 412 440
Yards Rushing 280 116
Yards Passing 132 324
Turnovers 4 3

Pats-Broncos Highlights

 

Fourteen Other 24 Point Comebacks

Philadelphia Eagles – From 24 points behind to win:

Oct. 27, 1946 at Washington

Philadelphia 0 0 14 14 28
Washington 10 14 0 0 24

Detroit Lions – From 24 points behind to win:

Oct. 20, 1957 at Detroit

Baltimore 7 14 6 0 27
Detroit 0 3 7 21 31

Philadelphia Eagles – From 24 points behind to win:

Oct. 25, 1959 at Minneapolis

Philadelphia 0 0 21 7 28
Chicago 7 10 7 0 24

Denver Broncos – From 24 points behind to win:

Oct. 23, 1960 at Denver

Boston 10 7 7 0 24
Denver 0 0 14 17 31

Miami Dolphins – From 24 points behind to win:

Dec. 15, 1974 at Miami

New England 21 3 0 3 27
Miami 0 17 7 10 34

Minnesota Vikings – From 24 points behind to win:

Dec. 4, 1977 at Minnesota

San Francisco 0 10 14 3 27
Minnesota 0 0 7 21 28

Denver Broncos – From 24 points behind to win:

Sept. 23, 1979 at Denver

Seattle 10 10 14 0 34
Denver 0 10 21 6 37

Houston Oilers – From 24 points behind to win:

Sept. 23, 1979 at Cincinnati

Houston 0 10 17 0 3 30
Cincinnati 14 10 0 3 0 27

L.A. Raiders – From 24 points behind to win:

Nov. 22, 1982 at Los Angeles

San Diego 10 14 0 0 24
L.A. Raiders 0 7 14 7 28

L.A. Raiders – From 24 points behind to win:

Sept. 26, 1988 at Denver

L.A. Raiders 0 0 14 13 3 30
Denver 7 17 0 3 0 27

L.A. Rams – From 24 points behind to win:

Dec. 6, 1992 at Tampa

L.A. Rams 0 3 21 7 31
Tampa Bay 6 21 0 0 27

Detroit Lions – From 24 points behind to win:

Oct. 2, 2011 at Dallas

Detroit 0 3 14 17 34
Dallas 7 13 10 0 30

Denver Broncos – From 24 points behind to win:

Oct. 15, 2012 at San Diego

Denver 0 0 14 21 35
San Diego 10 14 0 0 24

San Francisco 49ers – From 24 points behind to win:

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
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