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** The next weekend, Syracuse did this in the Elite Eight. [[UnderdogsNeverLose They were a 10 seed some commentators thought shouldn't even be in the tournament.]][[note]]Louisville likely would've been in instead of them, but they self-imposed a postseason ban because of a recruiting scandal.[[/note]] Taking on 1 seed Virginia (a team in the same conference, who had beaten them in the last three regular season meetings), Syracuse was down ''fourteen'' points at halftime. Then the Orange used a full-court press to derail the Cavaliers, and win by six.
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* In Game 4 of the 2008 Finals Series between the Celtics and the Lakers, the Lakers were trailing the Celtics 2-1 in the best-of-seven series after winning Game 3. In Game 4, the Lakers jumped to a high and early lead, going up to 24 points at one point in the first half and leading by 20 points in the third half. Celtics coach Doc Rivers made defensive adjustments, he told his team to play defense, and the Lakers, who'd had trouble completing third quarters, didn't play with the energy they'd brought to the first half. The Celtics chipped away at the Lakers' lead, despite the Lakers' attempts to keep it back up, and the Celtics ultimately pulled ahead to win 97-91 and take a 3-1 series lead, which was practically a death sentence for the Lakers' season; only eight teams have come back from that deficit, and no one has done it in a Finals series.
* How could anyone forget Tracy [=McGrady=]'s miracle 13 points in 35 seconds? With his team down 8 with 35 to go, everyone (even the Rockets fans at the arena) assumed that the Spurs would win simply by making their free throws. They did, but [=McGrady=] did a lot more. He made one heavily contested three to cut the lead to 5. The next trip up, down 7, he faked a 3-point attempt and got Tim Duncan (a great, intelligent defender) to foul him and MADE THE SHOT as well as the resulting free throw, resulting in 4 points, putting the Rockets down 3. The next trip up, in true climactic fashion, the Rockets were just barely able to get the ball inbounds to [=McGrady=] (with no timeouts remaining). He drained ANOTHER three to cut the lead from 5 to 2. On the next trip up for the Spurs, Devin Brown lost the ball and [=McGrady=] was (conveniently to almost an uncanny degree) right there to pick the ball up, travel the length of the court and drain the buzzer-beating three to win the game. Unarguably the quintessential example of this trope. Seems like something out of a movie, doesn't it? Each three-pointer [=McGrady=] hit was tougher and/or more heavily contested than the last, then you throw in the drama of the Rockets having to throw him a jump-ball on the inbound AND the highly improbable occurrence of Devin Brown losing the ball and [=McGrady=] being the closest player to it, coming up and burying the game-winner like a cold-blooded assassin. The only thing that could have made it more cinema-like was if [=McGrady=]'s last shot was a buzzer-beater.
* In the 2001 NCAA College Basketball contest between Duke and the University of Maryland, Duke was down 10 points with 54 seconds remaining and came back to win in what is known as the [[http://ncaabasketball.fanhouse.com/2007/02/10/dukes-miracle-minute-against-maryland/ Miracle Minute]]

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* In Game 4 of the 2008 Finals Series between the Celtics and the Lakers, the Lakers were trailing the Celtics 2-1 in the best-of-seven series after winning Game 3. In Game 4, the Lakers jumped to a high and early lead, going up to 24 points at one point in the first half and leading by 20 points in the third half. Celtics coach Doc Rivers made defensive adjustments, he told his team to play defense, and the Lakers, who'd had trouble completing third quarters, didn't play with the energy they'd brought to the first half. The Celtics chipped away at the Lakers' lead, despite the Lakers' attempts to keep it back up, and the Celtics ultimately pulled ahead to win 97-91 9791 and take a 3-1 31 series lead, which was practically a death sentence for the Lakers' season; only eight teams have come back from that deficit, and no one has had done it in a Finals series.
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* How could anyone forget Tracy [=McGrady=]'s miracle 13 points in 35 seconds? With his team down 8 with 35 to go, everyone (even the Rockets fans at the arena) assumed that the Spurs would win simply by making their free throws. They did, but [=McGrady=] did a lot more. He made one heavily contested three to cut the lead to 5. make it 7671. The next trip up, down 7, 7871, he faked a 3-point attempt and got Tim Duncan (a great, intelligent defender) to foul him and MADE THE SHOT as well as the resulting free throw, resulting in 4 points, putting the Rockets down 3.7875. The next trip up, in true climactic fashion, the Rockets were just barely able to get the ball inbounds to [=McGrady=] (with no timeouts remaining). He drained ANOTHER three to cut the lead from 5 to 2. make it 8078. On the next trip up for the Spurs, Devin Brown lost the ball and [=McGrady=] was (conveniently to almost an uncanny degree) right there to pick the ball up, travel the length of the court and drain hit the buzzer-beating game-winning three to win the game.with 1.7 seconds left. Unarguably the quintessential example of this trope. Seems like something out of a movie, doesn't it? Each three-pointer [=McGrady=] hit was tougher and/or more heavily contested than the last, then you throw in the drama of the Rockets having to throw him a jump-ball on the inbound AND the highly improbable occurrence of Devin Brown losing the ball and [=McGrady=] being the closest player to it, coming up and burying the game-winner like a cold-blooded assassin. The only thing that could have made it more cinema-like was if [=McGrady=]'s last shot was a buzzer-beater.
* In the 2001 NCAA College Basketball contest between Duke and the University of Maryland, Duke was down 10 points with 54 seconds remaining left and came back to win in what is known as the [[http://ncaabasketball.fanhouse.com/2007/02/10/dukes-miracle-minute-against-maryland/ Miracle Minute]]



* May 7, 1995. The Indiana Pacers are trailing the New York Knicks by 6 in the final moments of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Then Reggie Miller ''scores 8 points in 8.9 seconds''. Three pointer, steal, three pointer, free throw, free throw. This is a bafflingly incredible feat in and of itself, but teammates, opposing players, coaches, and analysts alike were especially amazed that Reggie had the presence of mind to take two steps back and go for a 3 to tie the game after stealing the ball.
* [[http://www.nba.com/games/20091221/SACCHI/gameinfo.html#nbaGIboxscore Sacramento Kings @ Chicago Bulls (2009/12/21)]] This game. Sacramento is down by 35 points with 8:50 to go in the third quarter and they execute a legendary run in the remaining minutes to win the game. This is the biggest road game comeback in NBA history.

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* May 7, 1995. The Indiana Pacers are trailing the New York Knicks by 6 in the final moments of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.Semifinals. Then Reggie Miller ''scores 8 points in 8.9 seconds''. Three pointer, steal, three pointer, free throw, free throw. This is a bafflingly incredible feat in and of itself, but teammates, opposing players, coaches, and analysts alike were especially amazed that Reggie had the presence of mind to take two steps back and go for a 3 to tie the game after stealing the ball.
* [[http://www.nba.com/games/20091221/SACCHI/gameinfo.html#nbaGIboxscore Sacramento Kings @ Chicago Bulls (2009/12/21)]] This game. Sacramento is down by 35 points 7944 with 8:50 to go in the third quarter and they execute a legendary run in the remaining minutes to win the game.game 10298. This is the biggest road game comeback in NBA history.



* College basketball, February 16 2012, Duke vs NC State. Duke was trailing NC State 61-41 with 11:30 to go in the game but came back to win 78-73.

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* College basketball, February 16 2012, Duke vs NC State. Duke was trailing NC State 61-41 6141 with 11:30 to go in the game but came back to win 78-73.7873.



** Game 1, First Round vs Dallas Mavericks: Thunder trail 94-87 with 2:16 left, win 99-98.
** Game 2, Western Conference Semifinals vs Lakers: Thunder trail 75-70 with 1:47 to go, win 77-75.
** Game 4, Western Conference Semifinals vs Lakers: Thunder trail 62-49, win 103-100.
** Game 6, Western Conference Finals vs Spurs: Thunder trail by as much as 18 and are still behind 63-48 at halftime before winning 107-99.
** Game 1, NBA Finals vs Heat: Thunder trail 39-26, win 105-94.
* On 22 April 2012, the Thunder were the victims of a big comeback. They led the Los Angeles Lakers by 16 points entering the fourth quarter before the Lakers rallied to tie it, eventually winning in double overtime.
* The then-recently-added 4-game first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament [[InsistentTerminology (don't call them "play-in games")]] hosted some major dramatics to begin the 2012 tournament, with BYU setting a tournament record for largest deficit ever overcome, beating Iona 78-72 in the second game of the first day after trailing 49-24 at one point in the first half. ''It wasn't even the most miraculous comeback of the night.'' In the opener of the tournament, after a rather evenly-played first half, Mississippi Valley State started to pull away, a layup with just over 5 minutes left giving them their largest lead of the game, 53-37. Western Kentucky then held them scoreless for the next three minutes and rallied to win 59-58, the ''losing'' team's final two points coming as time expired.

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** Game 1, First Round vs Dallas Mavericks: Thunder trail 94-87 9487 with 2:16 left, win 99-98.
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** Game 2, Western Conference Semifinals vs Lakers: Thunder trail 75-70 7570 with 1:47 to go, win 77-75.
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** Game 4, Western Conference Semifinals vs Lakers: Thunder trail 62-49, 6249, win 103-100.
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** Game 6, Western Conference Finals vs Spurs: Thunder trail by as much as 18 and are still behind 63-48 6348 at halftime before winning 107-99.
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** Game 1, NBA Finals vs Heat: Thunder trail 39-26, 3926, win 105-94.
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* On 22 April 22, 2012, the Thunder were the victims of a big comeback. They led the Los Angeles Lakers by 16 points entering the fourth quarter before the Lakers rallied to tie it, eventually winning in double overtime.
* The then-recently-added 4-game first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament [[InsistentTerminology (don't call them "play-in games")]] hosted some major dramatics to begin the 2012 tournament, with BYU setting a tournament record for largest deficit ever overcome, beating Iona 78-72 7872 in the second game of the first day after trailing 49-24 at one point in the first half. ''It wasn't even the most miraculous comeback of the night.'' In the opener of the tournament, after a rather evenly-played first half, Mississippi Valley State started to pull away, a layup with just over 5 minutes left giving them their largest lead of the game, 53-37. Western Kentucky then held them scoreless for the next three minutes and rallied to win 59-58, the ''losing'' team's final two points coming as time expired.



* During game 3 of the 2002 NBA Eastern Conference Finals, the Boston Celtics were trailing the New Jersey Nets by 21 points at the end of the 3rd quarter. After getting a very stern (and apparently colorful) talking-to from point guard Antoine Walker, the Celtics rallied to complete the biggest comeback in NBA Playoff history, outscoring the Nets 41-16 in the 4th quarter and winning the game by 4 points. The win gave them a 2-1 lead in the series. The Nets then proceeded to win the next three games, advancing to the finals and eventual defeat at the hands of the L.A. Lakers.

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* During game Game 3 of the 2002 NBA Eastern Conference Finals, the Boston Celtics were trailing the New Jersey Nets by 21 points 7453 at the end of the 3rd quarter. quarter (they had trailed 6539 at one point). After getting a very stern (and apparently colorful) talking-to from point guard Antoine Walker, the Celtics rallied to complete the biggest comeback in NBA Playoff history, outscoring the Nets 41-16 in the 4th quarter and winning the game by 4 points. 9490. The win gave them a 2-1 21 lead in the series. The Nets then proceeded to win the next three games, advancing to the finals and eventual defeat at the hands of the L.A. Lakers.



* Series Comeback for 2016: The Cavaliers were down 2-0 and later 3-1 in the NBA Finals. Only 3 Teams had come back from a 2-0 deficit to win the NBA Finals ('69 Celtics, '77 Trailblazers, '06 Heat), and none had rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the Finals round. The Cavaliers were facing the ''defending'' champion Golden State Warriors, a team that won 73 games (out of 82) to set a new record for most wins in a regular season, had blitzed to a new record of 24 wins to open the season, had recovered from their own 3-1 deficit in the previous round (against the OKC Thunder) and had had the first unanimous MVP in NBA history, with Stephen Curry capturing his second MVP in as many years. Naturally, as is the nature of this page, the Cavaliers captured all three of the remaining games, with two of them taking place in Golden State's Oracle Arena.

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* Series Comeback for 2016: The Cavaliers were down 2-0 20 and later 3-1 31 in the NBA Finals. Only 3 Teams had come back from a 2-0 20 deficit to win the NBA Finals ('69 Celtics, '77 Trailblazers, '06 Heat), and none had rallied from a 3-1 31 deficit in the Finals round. NBA Finals. The Cavaliers were facing the ''defending'' champion Golden State Warriors, a team that won 73 games (out of 82) to set a new record for most wins in a regular season, had blitzed to a new record of 24 wins to open the season, had recovered from their own 3-1 31 deficit in the previous round (against the OKC Thunder) and had had the first unanimous MVP in NBA history, with Stephen Curry capturing his second MVP in as many years. Naturally, as is the nature of this page, the Cavaliers captured all three of the remaining games, with two of them taking place in Golden State's Oracle Arena.
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* Series Comeback for 2016: The Cavaliers were down 2-0 and later 3-1 in the NBA Finals. Only 3 Teams had come back from a 2-0 deficit to win the NBA Finals ('69 Celtics, '77 Trailblazers, '06 Heat), and none had rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the Finals round. The Cavaliers were facing the ''defending'' champion Golden State Warriors, a team that won 73 games (out of 82) to set a new record for most wins in a regular season, had blitzed to a new record of 24 wins to open the season, had recovered from their own 3-1 deficit in the previous round (against the OKC Thunder) and had had the first unanimous MVP in NBA history, with Stephen Curry capturing his second MVP in as many years. Naturally, as is the nature of this page, the Cavaliers captured all three of the remaining games, with two of them taking place in Golden State's Oracle Arena.
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* On September 28, 2011, the St. Louis Cardinals and Tampa Bay Rays become two of the most improbable examples ever of teams rallying their way into a playoff spot (and beyond):

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* On September 28, 2011, the St. Louis Cardinals and Tampa Bay Rays become became two of the most improbable examples ever of teams rallying their way into a playoff spot (and beyond):
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** The 2013 season was similar. The Red Sox were last in the American League at the beginning of the season. But then, a terrorist bombing occurred during the Boston Marathon, killing three people and maiming dozens. The Sox were instrumental in helping the city rally together, and Boston not only won the World Series, but it was their first World Series clincher on home turf at Fenway Park since 1918.

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** The 2013 season was similar. The Red Sox were last in the American League at the beginning of the season. But then, a terrorist bombing occurred during the Boston Marathon, killing three people and maiming dozens. The Sox were instrumental in helping the city rally together, and Boston not only won the World Series, Series (strangely enough, against the St. Louis Cardinals yet ''again''), but it was their first World Series clincher on home turf at Fenway Park since 1918.



** On August 25th, 2011, the Cardinals were 10 and a half games back in the NL Wild Card race. In just a month's time, they managed to go 22-8 and, thanks to a 9-17 September collapse by the Atlanta Braves (and a good luck necklace given to manager Tony La Russa by Music/CarlosSantana), they drew even with [[DownToTheLastPlay one game to play]]. The Cards took care of business against the Houston Astros. The Braves... squandered a 3-1 lead with the Phillies plugging single-run innings in the 7th, 9th, and 13th. Cards advance [[WhoNeedsOvertime without having to play an extra inning or game]]!
*** And then, they went on to beat the heavily-favored Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers to reach the World Series against the Texas Rangers, who had been in the World Series the previous year. In Game 6, the Rangers were one out away from winning the series 4-2, when David Freese hit a triple that tied the game at 7-7. Then, in the 10th, Lance Berkman tied up the game at 9-9 when the Rangers needed one out to win again before Freese homered in the 11th for St. Louis win the game 10-9, and go on to win the World Series the next day, capping off the Miracle Rally that began just over 2 months ago.

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** On August 25th, 2011, the Cardinals were 10 and a half games back in the NL Wild Card race. In just a month's time, they managed to go 22-8 and, thanks to a 9-17 September collapse by the Atlanta Braves (and a good luck necklace given to manager Tony La Russa by Music/CarlosSantana), they drew even with [[DownToTheLastPlay one game to play]]. The Cards took care of business against the [[ButtMonkey Houston Astros.Astros]]. The Braves... squandered a 3-1 lead with the Phillies plugging single-run innings in the 7th, 9th, and 13th. Cards advance [[WhoNeedsOvertime without having to play an extra inning or game]]!
*** And then, they went on to beat the heavily-favored Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers to reach the World Series against the Texas Rangers, who had been in the World Series the previous year. In Game 6, the Rangers were one out away from winning the series 4-2, four games to two, when David Freese hit a triple that tied the game at 7-7. Then, in the 10th, 10th inning, Lance Berkman tied up the game at 9-9 when the Rangers again needed only one out to win again win, before Freese homered in the 11th for St. Louis to win the game 10-9, and go 10-9. The Cards went on to win the World Series the next day, capping off the Miracle Rally that began just over 2 two months ago.



** At the same time, the Rays, who were 9 games back of the then-division-''leading'' Boston Red Sox on September 1st, won 6 out of 7 games against the Red Sox that month (they went 10-9 otherwise) which, along with the Red Sox's 7-19 (Tampa Bay games included) collapse, resulted in the two AL East rivals being tied for the Wild Card spot heading in to the final day. Tampa Bay rallied from a 7-0 deficit against the New York Yankees in the last two innings to win 8-7, while the Sox squandered a 3-2 lead against the [[ButtMonkey Baltimore Orioles]] in the bottom of the ninth and lost 4-3. The Rays advanced, and Boston's season ended.

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** At the same time, the Rays, who were 9 games back of the then-division-''leading'' Boston Red Sox on September 1st, won 6 out of 7 games against the Red Sox that month (they went 10-9 otherwise) which, along with the Red Sox's 7-19 (Tampa Bay games included) collapse, resulted in the two AL East rivals being tied for the Wild Card spot heading in to the final day. Tampa Bay rallied from a 7-0 deficit against the New York Yankees to win 8-7 (scoring all their runs in the last two innings to win 8-7, 8th and 9th innings), while the Sox squandered a 3-2 lead against the [[ButtMonkey Baltimore Orioles]] in the bottom of the ninth and lost 4-3. The Rays advanced, and Boston's season ended.
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** And then the city of Boston comprehensively and quite spectacularly lost its collective shit. Heck, the entire New England region started whooping and hollering. That series made the actual World Series that year (where the Sox swept a lackluster St. Louis Cardinals team) look anticlimactic.

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** And then the city of Boston comprehensively and quite spectacularly lost its collective shit. Heck, the entire New England region started whooping and hollering. That series made the actual World Series that year (where the Sox easily swept a lackluster the St. Louis Cardinals team) Cardinals) look anticlimactic.



* On August 25th, 2011, the St. Louis Cardinals were 10 and a half games back in the NL Wild Card race. In just a month's time, they managed to go 22-8 and, thanks to a 9-17 September collapse by the Atlanta Braves (and a good luck necklace given to manager Tony La Russa by Music/CarlosSantana), they drew even with [[DownToTheLastPlay one game to play]]. The Cards took care of business against Houston. The Braves... squandered a 3-1 lead with Philly plugging single-run innings in the 7th, 9th, and 13th. Cards advance [[WhoNeedsOvertime without having to play an extra inning or game]]!
** And then, they went on to beat the Phillies and the Brewers to reach the World Series against the Texas Rangers, who had been in the World Series the previous year. In Game 6, the Rangers were one out away from winning the series 4-2, when David Freese hit a triple that tied the game at 7-7. Then, in the 10th, Lance Berkman tied up the game at 9-9 when the Rangers needed one out to win again before Freese homered in the 11th for St. Louis win the game 10-9, and go on to win the World Series the next day, capping off the Miracle Rally that began just over 2 months ago.
** Altogether, the Cardinals had a .006% chance of winning the World Series. [[RealityIsUnrealistic And yet they won.]]
* Similar to the 2011 example above, the 2002 Anaheim Angels had a remarkable comeback. In Game 6 of the World Series that year, the Angels were facing elimination. They were down 5-0 to the San Francisco Giants going into the bottom of the 7th inning with San Francisco leading the series, 3-2. Then, Giants manager Dusty Baker removed starting pitcher Russ Ortiz after he gave up back to back hits to Troy Glaus and Brad Fullmer. During the pitching change, the fans went into a frenzy when the Rally Monkey appeared on the JumboTron.

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* On September 28, 2011, the St. Louis Cardinals and Tampa Bay Rays become two of the most improbable examples ever of teams rallying their way into a playoff spot (and beyond):
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On August 25th, 2011, the St. Louis Cardinals were 10 and a half games back in the NL Wild Card race. In just a month's time, they managed to go 22-8 and, thanks to a 9-17 September collapse by the Atlanta Braves (and a good luck necklace given to manager Tony La Russa by Music/CarlosSantana), they drew even with [[DownToTheLastPlay one game to play]]. The Cards took care of business against Houston.the Houston Astros. The Braves... squandered a 3-1 lead with Philly the Phillies plugging single-run innings in the 7th, 9th, and 13th. Cards advance [[WhoNeedsOvertime without having to play an extra inning or game]]!
** *** And then, they went on to beat the heavily-favored Phillies and the Milwaukee Brewers to reach the World Series against the Texas Rangers, who had been in the World Series the previous year. In Game 6, the Rangers were one out away from winning the series 4-2, when David Freese hit a triple that tied the game at 7-7. Then, in the 10th, Lance Berkman tied up the game at 9-9 when the Rangers needed one out to win again before Freese homered in the 11th for St. Louis win the game 10-9, and go on to win the World Series the next day, capping off the Miracle Rally that began just over 2 months ago.
** *** Altogether, the Cardinals had a .006% chance of winning the World Series. [[RealityIsUnrealistic And yet they won.]]
** At the same time, the Rays, who were 9 games back of the then-division-''leading'' Boston Red Sox on September 1st, won 6 out of 7 games against the Red Sox that month (they went 10-9 otherwise) which, along with the Red Sox's 7-19 (Tampa Bay games included) collapse, resulted in the two AL East rivals being tied for the Wild Card spot heading in to the final day. Tampa Bay rallied from a 7-0 deficit against the New York Yankees in the last two innings to win 8-7, while the Sox squandered a 3-2 lead against the [[ButtMonkey Baltimore Orioles]] in the bottom of the ninth and lost 4-3. The Rays advanced, and Boston's season ended.
** In 1 hour and 40 minutes, the Red Sox and Braves were out of the playoffs, and the St. Louis Cardinals and Tampa Bay Rays were in. A short timeline is below:
*** 8:52 pm Eastern in Tampa Bay: Andruw Jones hits a home run to put the Yankees up 7-0 on the Rays in the fifth inning.
*** 9:34 pm Eastern in Baltimore: The Baltimore-Boston game goes into a rain delay in the seventh inning. The score is Boston 3, Baltimore 2, and if the game cannot resume, it will be declared a rain-shortened Boston victory and the Red Sox will at least get an additional game and would win the wild card outright if Tampa is unable to come back from their 7-run deficit.
*** 9:56 pm Eastern in Atlanta: Philadelphia's Chase Utley hits a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning to tie the game at 3-3.
*** 10:17 pm Eastern in Tampa Bay: Yankees' reliever Luis Ayala walks Sam Fuld with the bases loaded and nobody out in the bottom of the 8th, ending the shutout. The Rays still trail 7-1.
*** 10:23 pm Eastern in Tampa Bay: Rays' third baseman Evan Longoria hits a home run in the bottom of the 8th; the score is now Yankees 7, Rays 6.
*** 10:26 pm Eastern in Houston: Cardinals defeat the hapless Astros 8-0. At this point, they'd need the Braves to lose to have the wild card outright. If the Braves won, they'd have to play an additional game to determine the National League wild card seed.
*** 10:47 pm Eastern in Tampa Bay: Dan Johnson, pinch-hitting for the Rays, hits a home run to tie the game. That was Johnson's first hit since the first month of the season.
*** 10:58 pm Eastern in Baltimore: Play resumes.
*** 11:28 pm Eastern in Atlanta: Hunter Pence scores in the 13th inning for the Philadelphia Phillies to take a 4-3 lead.
*** 11:40 pm Eastern in Atlanta: Game over. Braves are out, Cardinals are in.
*** 11:59 pm Eastern in Baltimore: The Orioles' Nolan Reimold ties the game, and it's now 3-3.
*** 12:02 am Eastern in Baltimore: Robert Andino hits a game-winning single, and Orioles win 4-3; it's the backup shortstop's 7th RBI against Boston in the last eight days. The Red Sox now need Rays to lose to force an additional game for the American League wildcard seed.
*** Just three minutes later...12:05 am Eastern in Tampa Bay: Longoria hits a game-winning home run: Rays 8, Yankees 7. Rays are in, the Red Sox are out.
*** Remember: Tampa Bay was ''losing'' 7-0 with six outs to go in Game 162 against the juggernaut Yanks. They had to pull a MiracleRally just to pull off their September MiracleRally! It was like a ''Film/MajorLeague'' movie come to life (and no team before had ever rallied from such a deficit in the final game of the season to get into the playoffs).
*** The Sox, meanwhile, were 89-0 when leading after 8 innings that year, with closer Jonathan Papelbon facing the bottom of the hapless O's lineup with two outs and no one on.
*** This whole ordeal was HarsherInHindsight for the Rays and Yankees. Both teams lost in the AL Division Series to the Rangers and Tigers, respectively. "Game 162" was meaningless for the Yankees; they had already won the AL East and were in the playoffs win or lose.
*** It's also this for the Braves when you remember that the Cardinals ended up winning the title.
*** And the historical capper: Both Boston and Atlanta set the mark for biggest blown September leads in baseball ''history''. The Red Sox led the Rays for the AL Wild Card by 9 games on September 3rd, the Braves led the Cardinals for the NL wild card by 8.5, and no team had ever squandered such a commanding lead in September, with their mathematical odds of reaching the playoffs each being over 99%. Since the Red Sox are the more famous franchise and were the favorites to win it all after adding superstar Carl Crawford, they grabbed most of the headlines, much to the small consolation of the Braves, who have been one of the main victims in MLB of this trope since the [=90s=].
* Similar to the 2011 example above, examples, the 2002 Anaheim Angels had a remarkable comeback. In Game 6 of the World Series that year, the Angels were facing elimination. They were down 5-0 to the San Francisco Giants going into the bottom of the 7th inning with San Francisco leading the series, 3-2. Then, Giants manager Dusty Baker removed starting pitcher Russ Ortiz after he gave up back to back hits to Troy Glaus and Brad Fullmer. During the pitching change, the fans went into a frenzy when the Rally Monkey appeared on the JumboTron.



* At the same time, the Tampa Bay Rays, who were 9 games back of the then Division ''leading'' Boston Red Sox on September 1st, won 6 out of 7 games against the Red Sox that month (they went 10-9 otherwise) which, along with the Red Sox's 7-19 (Tampa Bay games included) collapse, also brought the AL East rivals even heading in to the final day:
** The Boston Red Sox were ahead of the [[ButtMonkey Baltimore Orioles]] 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs, only to have the Orioles get two doubles to tie, followed by an outfield hit to win the game 4-3. In 1 hour and 40 minutes, the Red Sox and Braves were out of the playoffs, and the St. Louis Cardinals and Tampa Bay Rays were in. A short timeline is below:
** 8:52 pm Eastern in Tampa Bay: Andruw Jones hits a home run to put the Yankees up 7-0 on the Rays in the fifth inning.
** 9:34 pm Eastern in Baltimore: The Baltimore-Boston game goes into a rain delay in the seventh inning. The score is Boston 3, Baltimore 2, and if the game cannot resume, it will be declared a rain-shortened Boston victory and the Red Sox will at least get an additional game and would win the wild card outright if Tampa is unable to come back from their 7-run deficit.
** 9:56 pm Eastern in Atlanta: Chase Utley hits a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning to tie the game at 3-3.
** 10:17 pm Eastern in Tampa Bay: Luis Ayala walks Sam Fuld with the bases loaded and nobody out in the bottom of the 8th, ending the shutout. The Rays still trail 7-1.
** 10:23 pm Eastern in Tampa Bay: Evan Longoria hits a home run in the bottom of the 8th; the score is Yankees 7, Rays 6.
** 10:26 pm Eastern in Houston: Cardinals defeat Astros 8-0. At this point, they'd need the Braves to lose to have the wild card outright. If the Braves won, they'd have to play an additional game to determine the National League wild card seed.
** 10:47 pm Eastern in Tampa Bay: Dan Johnson hits a home run to tie the Yankees-Rays game. That was Johnson's first hit since the first month of the season.
** 10:58 pm Eastern in Baltimore: Play resumes.
** 11:28 pm Eastern in Atlanta: Hunter Pence scores in the 13th inning for the Philadelphia Phillies to take a 4-3 lead.
** 11:40 pm Eastern in Atlanta: Game over. Braves are out, Cardinals are in.
** 11:59 pm Eastern in Baltimore: The Orioles' Nolan Reimold ties their respective game versus the Red Sox at 3-3.
** 12:02 am Eastern in Baltimore: Robert Andino hits a game-winning single; Orioles win 4-3; it's the backup SS's 7th RBI against Boston in the last eight days. The Red Sox now need Rays to lose to force an additional game for the American League wildcard seed.
** Just three minutes later...12:05 am Eastern in Tampa Bay: Longoria hits a game-winning home run: Rays 8, Yankees 7. Rays are in, the Red Sox are out.
** Remember: Tampa Bay was ''losing'' 7-0 with six outs to go in Game 162 against the juggernaut Yanks. They had to pull a MiracleRally just to pull off their September MiracleRally! It was like a ''MajorLeague'' movie come to life (and no team had ever rallied from such a deficit in the final game of the season to get into the playoffs).
** The Sox, meanwhile, were 89-0 when leading after 8 innings that year, with closer Jonathan Papelbon facing the bottom of the hapless O's lineup with two outs and no one on.
** This whole ordeal was HarsherInHindsight for the Rays and Yankees. Both teams lost in the AL Division Series to the Rangers and Tigers, respectively. "Game 162" was meaningless for the Yankees; they had already won the AL East and were in the playoffs win or lose.
** It's also this for the Braves when you remember that the Cardinals ended up winning the title.
** And the historical capper: Both teams set the mark for biggest blown September leads in baseball ''history''. The Red Sox led the Rays for the AL Wild Card by 9 games on September 3rd, the Braves led the Cardinals for the NL wild card by 8.5, and no team had ever squandered such a commanding lead in September, with their mathematical odds of reaching the playoffs each being over 99%. Since the Red Sox are the more signature franchise and were the favorites to win it all after adding superstar Carl Crawford, they grabbed most of the headlines, much to the small consolation of the Braves, who are basically the MLB leader in this trope over the last 20 years.



* The recently-added 4-game first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament [[InsistentTerminology (don't call them "play-in games")]] hosted some major dramatics to begin the 2012 tournament, with BYU setting a tournament record for largest deficit ever overcome, beating Iona 78-72 in the second game of the first day after trailing 49-24 at one point in the first half. ''It wasn't even the most miraculous comeback of the night.'' In the opener of the tournament, after a rather evenly-played first half, Mississippi Valley State started to pull away, a layup with just over 5 minutes left giving them their largest lead of the game, 53-37. Western Kentucky then held them scoreless for the next three minutes and rallied to win 59-58, the ''losing'' team's final two points coming as time expired.

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* The recently-added then-recently-added 4-game first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament [[InsistentTerminology (don't call them "play-in games")]] hosted some major dramatics to begin the 2012 tournament, with BYU setting a tournament record for largest deficit ever overcome, beating Iona 78-72 in the second game of the first day after trailing 49-24 at one point in the first half. ''It wasn't even the most miraculous comeback of the night.'' In the opener of the tournament, after a rather evenly-played first half, Mississippi Valley State started to pull away, a layup with just over 5 minutes left giving them their largest lead of the game, 53-37. Western Kentucky then held them scoreless for the next three minutes and rallied to win 59-58, the ''losing'' team's final two points coming as time expired.
12th Jun '16 6:41:00 PM MrMatt
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* In both of the first two ''Film/MajorLeague'' movies, the Indians start their MiracleRally when Pedro Cerrano hits a game-changing home run on an 0-2 count when he'd missed the first two pitches by a mile. The sequel also counts as a PersepectiveFlip: the Indians race out to a 3-0 lead in their postseason series only for [[OpposingSportsTeam Chicago]] to rally and force a game seven.

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* In both of the first two ''Film/MajorLeague'' movies, the Indians start their MiracleRally when Pedro Cerrano hits a game-changing home run on an 0-2 count when he'd missed the first two pitches by a mile. The sequel also counts as a PersepectiveFlip: PerspectiveFlip: the Indians race out to a 3-0 lead in their postseason series only for [[OpposingSportsTeam Chicago]] to rally and force a game seven.
12th Jun '16 6:40:27 PM MrMatt
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* In both of the first two ''Film/MajorLeague'' movies, the Indians start their MiracleRally when Pedro Cerrano hits a game-changing home run on an 0-2 count when he'd missed the first two pitches by a mile.

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* In both of the first two ''Film/MajorLeague'' movies, the Indians start their MiracleRally when Pedro Cerrano hits a game-changing home run on an 0-2 count when he'd missed the first two pitches by a mile. The sequel also counts as a PersepectiveFlip: the Indians race out to a 3-0 lead in their postseason series only for [[OpposingSportsTeam Chicago]] to rally and force a game seven.
3rd Jun '16 12:48:10 AM InfinityPlusTwo
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* In the 2016 regular season, the San Diego Padres led the Seattle Mariners 12-2 after scoring 7 runs in the bottom of the 5th inning... only to watch that lead immediately evaporate as the Mariners scored 5 in the 6th to bring it to 12-7, then 9 in the 7th, at one point stringing together 7 consecutive hits with two outs in the inning. The Mariners ultimately won 16-13.
29th May '16 5:40:27 PM WillKeaton
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracle_on_Manchester The Miracle on Manchester]]. In Game 3 of their best-of-5 division semi-final against the Los Angeles Kings in 1982, the Edmonton Oilers, who were the No.1 seed and were led by such rising stars as Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier, rocketed to a 5-0 lead (including two short-handed goals) by the end of the second period. In the final twenty minutes, the Kings pulled level, with three goals coming in the last five and a half minutes and the equalising goal coming with just five seconds left. In overtime, Messier nearly scored a winning goal for the Oilers within seconds thanks to an error of judgement by Kings goaltender Mario Lessard, but it was Daryl Evans who scored the winner for Los Angeles after two and a half minutes. The Kings won the series 3-2 to advance to the division final, [[ShaggyDogStory where they lost to the Vancouver Canucks in five games.]]

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracle_on_Manchester The Miracle on Manchester]]. Manchester.]] In Game 3 of their best-of-5 division semi-final against the Los Angeles Kings in 1982, the Edmonton Oilers, who were the No.1 seed and were led by such rising stars as Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier, rocketed to a 5-0 lead (including two short-handed goals) by the end of the second period. In the final twenty minutes, the Kings pulled level, with three goals coming in the last five and a half minutes and the equalising goal coming with just five seconds left. In overtime, Messier nearly scored a winning goal for the Oilers within seconds thanks to an error of judgement by Kings goaltender Mario Lessard, but it was Daryl Evans who scored the winner for Los Angeles after two and a half minutes. The Kings won the series 3-2 to advance to the division final, [[ShaggyDogStory where they lost to the Vancouver Canucks in five games.]]
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