For a while, a Super Bowl comeback was as rare as Tom Brady performing poorly. Since the first Super Sunday in 1967, there had not been a game when a team came back from a deficit of more than ten points. There was nothing quite like the amazing 32-point comeback victory the Buffalo Bills had over the Houston Oilers in the AFC wild-card game of 1993.
In actuality, nine out of the twelve games played between 1984 and 1995 had a final score of 17 points or more; these games included five of the six most lopsided games in NFL history. Therefore, fans were free to flip the channel or just concentrate on the commercials and the chili because blowouts were the norm and there was no hope of rallying from a deficit of more than 10 points (as it had never happened before).
But on February 5, 2017, Brady and the New England Patriots made it very evident that a one-sided Super Bowl would never again be safe to watch, and that's when everything changed. It ranks first on our list of the greatest Super Bowl comebacks ever.
Brady's legacy didn't seem to be in good shape as the Patriots fell behind Matt Ryan and the Falcons 28-3 in the third quarter of Super Bowl LI. But the all-time great quarterback began preparing for the challenge of staging the greatest comeback in the game's 51-year history.
The 39-year-old quarterback broke Super Bowl records with 446 passing yards, 62 completions on pass attempts, and 43 scoring runs as the Patriots, who concluded the regular season with the best record in the NFL at 14-2, scored 31 points in a row. Brady would go on to win two more Super Bowls, one with the Patriots and one with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, before he announced his retirement.
James White had one of his best games ever with two touchdowns on the ground and 14 receptions for 110 yards and one touchdown. His 1-yard run and Brady's pass to Danny Amendola for the two-point conversion tied the score with 0:57 remaining in regulation. Tom has had a lot of amazing ones. Reporters were told by New England's head coach Bill Belichick that "tonight was one of them."
Only three teams have overcome 10-point deficits in the fourth quarter to win the Super Bowl. The Chiefs of 2019; the 2014 Patriots (more on them later); and the 2016 Patriots mentioned above. Jimmy Garoppolo, the 49ers, and Andy Reid and company were trailing at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.
and the offensive coordinator of the 2016 Falcons team, Kyle Shanahan, 20-10, but Mahomes, 24, scored 21 points in a row for the Chiefs in the last 6:13 to win 31-20. Both the team's fifty-year title drought and Reid's two-decade wait after being turned down for a Super Bowl berth when coaching the Philadelphia Eagles were ended by the triumph.