Greatest comebacks in NFL history: Jaguars’ playoff win over Chargers earns spot among greatest rallies of all time

Greatest comebacks in NFL history: Jaguars’ playoff win over Chargers earns spot among greatest rallies of all time

Greatest comebacks in NFL history: Jaguars’ playoff win over Chargers earns spot among greatest rallies of all time

The Jacksonville Jaguars pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in NFL history, coming back from a 27-point deficit to stun the Los Angeles Chargers 31-30 in the AFC playoffs. The comeback was the third-most in NFL playoff history, overcoming five first-half turnovers — including four Trevor Lawrence interceptions.

Where does the historic Jaguars comeback rank among the greatest of all time? Here are the six greatest in NFL history:

The biggest comeback in NFL history belongs to the Vikings, who overcame a 33-0 halftime deficit to pull off the unlikely comeback and clinch the NFC North title. The Cousins ​​threw four touchdown passes in the second half as the Vikings erased a 36-7 deficit with 4:53 left in the third quarter to score the final 32 points in this one.

Minnesota scored 22 points in the fourth quarter, tying the game on a 64-yard touchdown reception from Cousins’ Dalvin Cook with 2:15 left in regulation. The Vikings got the ball in overtime – after kicking off their first possession in overtime – with 1:41 left as Cousins ​​led the Vikings 60 yards downfield, resulting in a 40-yard field goal from Greg Joseph for the win with three seconds remaining in overtime.

The Cousins ​​overcame two interceptions to throw for 460 yards and four touchdowns in the victory. Colts quarterback Matt Ryan ended up the starting quarterback with two 25-point leads, the only quarterback in league history to have that distinction.

2. Buffalo Bills 41, Houston Oilers 38 (OT) – 32 points (1992 AFC Playoffs)

What was the biggest comeback in NFL history is still one of the most unlikely wins the league has ever seen. Bills backup quarterback Frank Reich engineered the play known as “The Comeback” as Buffalo erased a 35-3 third quarter deficit to claim the victory.

Reich threw four touchdown passes in the second half, three to Andre Reed and one to Don Beebe as the Bills took a 38-35 lead with 3:08 left (Reich threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Reed ). The Oilers rallied to tie as Warren Moon led them on a 63-yard drive that culminated in an Al Del Greco field goal to send the game into overtime.

Houston got the ball first in overtime, but Moon threw an interception to Nate Odomes who gave the ball to the Bills at the Oilers 20-yard line. The replay showed the intended target, Ernest Givins, being held by Darryl Talley, but no flag was thrown. Steve Christie hit a 32-yard field goal to complete the unlikely comeback as the Bills would eventually go to their third straight Super Bowl a few weeks later.

3. Indianapolis Colts 45, Kansas City Chiefs 44 – 28 points (2013 AFC Playoffs)

In his first season with the Chiefs, Andy Reid appeared to be heading for a playoff victory after leading 38-10 early in the third quarter after Knile Davis caught a 10-yard pass from Alex Smith. The Colts outscored the Chiefs 21-3 for the rest of the quarter to cut the deficit to 41-31 going into the fourth.

Indianapolis actually fumbled the ball trying to cut the deficit to three when Andrew Luck recovered the fumble and threw the ball for a touchdown in one of the weirdest plays in NFL history. Luck hit TY Hilton for a 64-yard touchdown pass with 4:21 left to give Indianapolis a 45-44 lead, as the Colts held the Chiefs on their ensuing possession to cap the comeback.

Chance threw for 443 yards with four touchdowns, overcoming three interceptions in the process. Hilton caught 13 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns as both teams finished with over 500 yards of offense.

The legend of Joe Montana in San Francisco started in this game. San Francisco was down 324-21 in the first half and trailed 35-7 at halftime, with the 49ers’ only touchdown coming on a 57-yard punt return from Freddie Solomon.

Montana threw two touchdown passes in the second half, a 71-yard pass to Dwight Clark, then a 14-yard pass to Solomon to make it 35-28. Lenvil Elliott tied the game with a 7-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter to force overtime.

Montana capped the comeback in overtime, as the 49ers scored the win with Ray Wersching drilling a 36-yard kick. Montana threw two touchdown passes and rushed for one in the second half, going 24 of 36 for 285 yards. The Saints fell to 0-14 with the loss, the worst defeat for the infamous “Aints”.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars 31, Los Angeles Chargers 30 – 27 points (2022 AFC wild-card playoffs)

The Jaguars overcame four Trevor Lawrence interceptions and five turnovers in the first half to pull off one of the most unlikely comebacks in NFL history. Jacksonville overcame a 27-0 deficit to score on its last five possessions (four consecutive touchdown passes from Lawrence) — and a two-point shuffle conversion — to rally for victory.

Since the two-minute mark in the first half, Lawrence has gone 23 of 29 for 253 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a passer rating of 142.9 — all on four different receivers. Jacksonville set up Riley Patterson with a game-winning field goal from 36 yards, thanks to a fourth-and-1 conversion that Travis Etienne had a 25-yard run with 1:27 to play.

The Chargers went scoreless on three of their four possessions in the second half, with Cameron Dicker missing a 40-yard field goal to lead 30-20 with 8:27 remaining. Jacksonville scored the final 11 points to rally to victory, the third-biggest comeback in NFL playoff history.

6. Buffalo Bills 37, Indianapolis Colts 35 – 26 points (Week 4, 1997 regular season)

Buffalo trailed 26 points in the second quarter before Todd Collins led the Bills to 10 unanswered points before halftime to make the deficit manageable. Antowain Smith rushed for three second-half touchdowns, including a 54-yard rush with 5:21 left to give Buffalo a 37-29 lead.

The game was not over, as Colts quarterback Paul Justin hit Marvin Harrison on a 14-yard touchdown pass with 14 seconds left. The Colts went for the two-point conversion and the tie to force overtime, but Kurt Schulz broke up Justin’s pass for Harrison to hold the 37-35 lead.

Indianapolis recovered the kick in play and tried two desperate passes, but the last one to the end zone was caught by Ken Irvin. Buffalo won despite five turnovers and two missed punts.

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