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16th Apr '17 4:15:14 PM bt8257
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A pre-requisite of sporting flicks, where the competitor or team (usually the underdog, see DavidVersusGoliath) seems to be on their way down, until a pivotal moment happens (often a case of PutMeInCoach), after which the team stages, yes, a miraculous comeback ending in victory.

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A pre-requisite of sporting flicks, where the competitor or team (usually the underdog, see DavidVersusGoliath) seems to be on their the way down, until a pivotal moment happens (often a case of PutMeInCoach), after which the team stages, yes, a miraculous comeback ending in victory.
21st Mar '17 7:58:45 PM hullflyer
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* Super Bowl LI: Halfway through the third quarter, everything looked to be going perfect for the Atlanta Falcons, who were up 28-3 against the New England Patriots. However, the Falcons had only scored twice on standard possessions, with the other two coming off turnovers, one of which was a pick-six[[note]]an interception immediately run back for a touchdown[[/note]], and their defense had been on the field for an incredibly long time, and it began to show. They were forced to abandon the man-to-man coverage that had been working, and adopt the much less effective zone defense, which the Patriots immediately took advantage of, and began moving the ball almost at will, further exhausting the Falcons defense. While the Falcons had a few chances to put the game away, they were unable to do so, most especially when they were in field goal range, and instead of running three times and kicking it, putting them up by two scores with only a little over three minutes left, they attempted to pass, and quarterback Matt Ryan was sacked for a huge 12-yard loss, compounded by a holding penalty on the next play, putting them out of range and forcing a punt. New England tied the score, won the coin toss in overtime, and drove for a sudden-death touchdown to seal the comeback.

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* Super Bowl LI: Halfway through the third quarter, everything looked to be going perfect perfectly for the Atlanta Falcons, who were up 28-3 against the New England Patriots. However, the Falcons had only scored twice on standard possessions, with the other two coming off turnovers, one of which was a pick-six[[note]]an interception immediately run back for a touchdown[[/note]], and their defense had been on the field for an incredibly long time, and it began to show. show (they ended up playing ''93'' defensive snaps, 99 when you count the six which were replayed because of penalties, which is the equivalent of a game and a half's worth of snaps). They were forced to abandon the man-to-man coverage that had been working, working so well, and adopt the much less effective zone defense, which the Patriots immediately took advantage of, and began moving the ball almost at will, further exhausting the Falcons defense. They scored 31 unanswered points, including two touchdowns with a two-point conversion[[note]]The overall success rate of a two-point conversion attempt is only 50-55%[[/note]]. While the Falcons had a few chances to put the game away, they were unable to do so, most especially when they were in field goal range, and instead toward the end of running three times and kicking it, putting them up by two scores the fourth quarter, with only a little over three minutes left, when they were at the Patriots twenty yard line. Instead of running three times and kicking a field goal, putting them up by two scores, they attempted to pass, pass after a 1-yard loss on a first-down run, and quarterback Matt Ryan was sacked for a huge 12-yard loss, compounded by a holding penalty on the next play, play that moved them back another 10 yards, putting them at about the 50-yard line and thoroughly out of range and forcing a punt. field goal range, with no choice but to punt after their final pass attempt fell incomplete. New England tied the score, won the coin toss in overtime, and drove for a sudden-death touchdown to seal the comeback.
comeback, 34-28.
9th Mar '17 12:38:28 AM Yendor
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* In the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League, Paris Saint Germain thumped Barcelona 4-0 at home in the first leg of a last 16 tie. No team had ever recovered from a four-goal first-leg deficit in the Champions League. In the second leg, Barcelona scored three goals before PSG hit back to make it 3-1, with an away goal that meant Barcelona now needed to win by five to progress. The next Barcelona goal came in the 88th minute, with two more in injury time to make it 6-1, and a 6-5 win on aggregate.
4th Mar '17 2:09:10 AM Gimere
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* The NC State basketball team that won the 1983 NCAA men's championship was nicknamed "The Cardiac Pack" because they staged a miracle rally with a last second score almost ''every single game''. They won their nine tournament games by the following margins: 1, 7[[note:]]overtime[[/note]], 3, 2[[note:]]double-overtime[[/note]], 1, [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers 19]], 1, 7, and 2. That's an average margin of victory of less than five points.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oO445W4mtZI 8 points in 17 seconds.]] And this is before the three-point line.

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* The NC State basketball team that won the 1983 NCAA men's championship was nicknamed "The Cardiac Pack" because they staged a miracle rally with a last second score almost ''every single game''. They won their nine tournament games by the following margins: 1, 7[[note:]]overtime[[/note]], 7[[note]]overtime[[/note]], 3, 2[[note:]]double-overtime[[/note]], 2[[note]]double-overtime[[/note]], 1, [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers 19]], 1, 7, and 2. That's an average margin of victory of less than five points.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oO445W4mtZI 8 points in 17 seconds.]] And this is was before the three-point line.
15th Feb '17 6:04:13 AM hullflyer
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* Super Bowl LI: Halfway through the third quarter, everything looked to be going perfect for the Atlanta Falcons, who were up 28-3 against the New England Patriots. However, the Falcons had only scored twice on standard possessions, with the other two coming off turnovers, one of which was a pick-six[[note]]an interception immediately run back for a touchdown[[/note]], and their defense had been on the field for an incredibly long time, and it began to show. They were forced to abandon the man-to-man coverage that had been working, and adopt the much less effective zone defense, which the Patriots immediately took advantage of, and began moving the ball almost at will, further exhausting the Falcons defense. While the Falcons had a few chances to put the game away, they were unable to do so, most especially when they were in field goal range, and instead of running three times and kicking it, putting them up by two scores with only a little over three minutes left, they attempted to pass, and quarterback Matt Ryan was sacked for a huge 12-yard loss, compounded by a holding penalty on the next play, putting them out of range and forcing a punt. New England tied the score, won the coin toss in overtime, and drove for a sudden-death touchdown to seal the comeback.
7th Feb '17 9:52:27 AM erforce
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* ''Film/{{Rocky}}'': Rocky Balboa, several times across the series. (Though it's harder to determine whether someone is 'losing' or not in boxing then it is in other sports since there's no real scoring system - yes, the judges do keep score, but they don't determine anything unless no one wins straight out.)

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* ''Film/{{Rocky}}'': ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}'': Rocky Balboa, several times across the series. (Though it's harder to determine whether someone is 'losing' or not in boxing then it is in other sports since there's no real scoring system - yes, the judges do keep score, but they don't determine anything unless no one wins straight out.)
12th Jan '17 2:38:43 AM AhBengI
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** West Bromwich Albion in 2004/05 not only became the first team since Sheffield United in 1990/91 to stay up after being bottom on Christmas, they also remain the only team in the Premier League era to be bottom both on Christmas and on the final day, and still survive. While they were never more than 5 points adrift of safety (which they were during Christmas and as late as March 18), they were still the first to break the curse. Going into the final day, none of the relegation places were decided in the closest relegation dogfight since ''1927/28''. West Brom were the only team from the bottom four to win, leapfrogging the other three teams and surviving with the lowest ever points tally (34) in the 3 points for a win era.

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** West Bromwich Albion in 2004/05 not only became the first team since Sheffield United in 1990/91 to stay up after being bottom on Christmas, they also remain the only team in the Premier League era to be bottom both on Christmas and on going into the final day, and still survive. While they were never more than 5 points adrift of safety (which they were during Christmas and as late as March 18), they were still the first to break the curse. Going into the final day, none of the relegation places were decided in the closest relegation dogfight since ''1927/28''. West Brom were the only team from the bottom four to win, leapfrogging the other three teams and surviving with the lowest ever points tally (34) in the 3 points for a win era.



** In the 2014/15 season, Leicester City began the month of April 2015 with 19 points from 29 games, and 7 points away from safety. They won 7 and drew 1 of their remaining 9 games, roaring back to take 14th in the table and ensured survival for the next season; prior to this no team with fewer than 20 points after 29 games survived (West Brom had 21 and Sunderland had 25 during their escapes). A few news sources also couldn't help noticing that Leicester's remarkable turnaround began right after the reburial of UsefulNotes/RichardIII at Leicester Cathedral. Incredibly, the team kept the momentum going and went on to surprise virtually everyone by winning the 2015/16 league title ahead of traditional powers Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, and Manchester United. It was one of the most dramatic [[DarkHorseVictory Dark Horse Victories]] in English sporting history. This is demonstrated by a strange statistic: Leicester City are the first team since Norwich in 1987-88 and 1988-89, and the first in the Premier League era to be bottom of the table one Christmas, and top of it the next.

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** In the 2014/15 season, Leicester City began the month of April 2015 with 19 points from 29 games, and 7 points away from safety. They won 7 and drew 1 of their remaining 9 games, roaring back to take 14th in the table and ensured ensure survival for the next season; prior to this no team with fewer than 20 points after 29 games survived (West Brom had 21 and Sunderland had 25 during their escapes). A few news sources also couldn't help noticing that Leicester's remarkable turnaround began right after the reburial of UsefulNotes/RichardIII at Leicester Cathedral. Incredibly, the team kept the momentum going and went on to surprise virtually everyone by winning the 2015/16 league title ahead of traditional powers Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, and Manchester United. It was one of the most dramatic [[DarkHorseVictory Dark Horse Victories]] in English sporting history. This is demonstrated by a strange statistic: Leicester City are the first team since Norwich in 1987-88 and 1988-89, and the first in the Premier League era to be bottom of the table one Christmas, and top of it the next.
12th Jan '17 1:52:03 AM AhBengI
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** West Bromwich Albion in 2004/05 not only became the first team since Sheffield United in 1990/91 to stay up after being bottom on Christmas, they also remain the only team in the Premier League era to be bottom both on Christmas and on the final day, and still survive. Going into the final day, none of the relegation places were decided in the closest relegation dogfight since ''1927/28''. West Brom were the only team from the bottom four to win their match, leapfrogging the other three teams and surviving with the lowest ever points tally (34) in the 3 points for a win era.

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** West Bromwich Albion in 2004/05 not only became the first team since Sheffield United in 1990/91 to stay up after being bottom on Christmas, they also remain the only team in the Premier League era to be bottom both on Christmas and on the final day, and still survive. While they were never more than 5 points adrift of safety (which they were during Christmas and as late as March 18), they were still the first to break the curse. Going into the final day, none of the relegation places were decided in the closest relegation dogfight since ''1927/28''. West Brom were the only team from the bottom four to win their match, win, leapfrogging the other three teams and surviving with the lowest ever points tally (34) in the 3 points for a win era.



** In the 2014/15 season, Leicester City began the month of April 2015 with 19 points from 29 games, and 7 points away from safety. They won 7 and drew 1 of their remaining 9 games, roaring back to take 14th in the table and ensured survival for the next season; prior to this no team with fewer than 20 points after 29 games survived (West Brom had 20 and Sunderland had 25 during their escapes). A few news sources also couldn't help noticing that Leicester's remarkable turnaround began right after the reburial of UsefulNotes/RichardIII at Leicester Cathedral. Incredibly, the team kept the momentum going and went on to surprise virtually everyone by winning the 2015/16 league title ahead of traditional powers Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, and Manchester United. It was one of the most dramatic [[DarkHorseVictory Dark Horse Victories]] in English sporting history. This is demonstrated by a strange statistic: Leicester City are the first team since Norwich in 1987-88 and 1988-89, and the first in the Premier League era to be bottom of the table one Christmas, and top of it the next.

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** In the 2014/15 season, Leicester City began the month of April 2015 with 19 points from 29 games, and 7 points away from safety. They won 7 and drew 1 of their remaining 9 games, roaring back to take 14th in the table and ensured survival for the next season; prior to this no team with fewer than 20 points after 29 games survived (West Brom had 20 21 and Sunderland had 25 during their escapes). A few news sources also couldn't help noticing that Leicester's remarkable turnaround began right after the reburial of UsefulNotes/RichardIII at Leicester Cathedral. Incredibly, the team kept the momentum going and went on to surprise virtually everyone by winning the 2015/16 league title ahead of traditional powers Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, and Manchester United. It was one of the most dramatic [[DarkHorseVictory Dark Horse Victories]] in English sporting history. This is demonstrated by a strange statistic: Leicester City are the first team since Norwich in 1987-88 and 1988-89, and the first in the Premier League era to be bottom of the table one Christmas, and top of it the next.
12th Jan '17 1:36:04 AM AhBengI
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* Teams escaping relegation in the EnglishPremierLeague:
** Sunderland in 2013/14 were bottom, 7 points from safety with 6 games to go. Gus Poyet commented that he needed a [[InvokedTrope miracle]] in order to survive. Well, there then followed a 2-2 draw with Man City, and then wins against Man Utd and Chelsea (at Stamford Bridge!). End result, 13 points scored in those 6 games! As a result, Sunderland stayed up, becoming only the second club to survive the 'Curse of Christmas', where a Premier League club that was bottom on Christmas would be relegated at the end of the season. Fittingly, the last team that lost against them during this streak was West Bromwich Albion, the first club to survive the curse. Poyet later remarked that he had "found his miracle."
** West Brom themselves not only became the first team since Sheffield United in 1990-91 to stay up after being bottom on Christmas, they also remain the only club in the Premier League era to be bottom both on Christmas and on the final day and still survive. Going into the final day of the 2004-05 season, none of the relegation places were decided in the closest relegation dogfight since ''1927-28''. West Brom were the only club from the bottom four to win their match, leapfrogging the other three teams and surviving with the lowest ever points tally (34) in the 3 points for a win era.
** In the 2014/15 season, Leicester City began the month of April 2015 with 19 points from 29 games, and 7 points away from safety. They won 7 and drew 1 of their remaining 9 games, roaring back to take 14th in the table and ensured survival for the next season; prior to this no team survived with fewer than 20 points after 29 games (West Brom had 20 and Sunderland had 25 during their escapes). A few news sources also couldn't help noticing that Leicester's remarkable turnaround began right after the reburial of UsefulNotes/RichardIII at Leicester Cathedral. Incredibly, the team kept the momentum going and went on to surprise virtually everyone by winning the 2015/16 league title ahead of traditional powers Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, and Manchester United. It was one of the most dramatic [[DarkHorseVictory Dark Horse Victories]] in English sporting history. This is demonstrated by a strange statistic: Leicester City are the first team since Norwich in 1987-88 and 1988-89, and the first in the Premier League era to be bottom of the table one Christmas, and top of it the next.

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* Teams escaping relegation in the EnglishPremierLeague:
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** West Bromwich Albion in 2004/05 not only became the first team since Sheffield United in 1990/91 to stay up after being bottom on Christmas, they also remain the only team in the Premier League era to be bottom both on Christmas and on the final day, and still survive. Going into the final day, none of the relegation places were decided in the closest relegation dogfight since ''1927/28''. West Brom were the only team from the bottom four to win their match, leapfrogging the other three teams and surviving with the lowest ever points tally (34) in the 3 points for a win era.
** Sunderland in 2013/14 were bottom, 7 points from safety with 6 games to go. Gus Poyet commented that he needed a [[InvokedTrope miracle]] in order to survive. Well, there then followed a 2-2 draw with Man City, and then wins against Man Utd and Chelsea (at Stamford Bridge!). End result, 13 points scored in those 6 games! As a result, Sunderland stayed up, becoming only the second club to survive the 'Curse of Christmas', where a Premier League club that was bottom on Christmas would be relegated at the end of the season. curse. Fittingly, the last team that lost against them during this streak was West Bromwich Albion, the first club to survive the curse.Brom. Poyet later remarked that he had "found his miracle."
** West Brom themselves not only became the first team since Sheffield United in 1990-91 to stay up after being bottom on Christmas, they also remain the only club in the Premier League era to be bottom both on Christmas and on the final day and still survive. Going into the final day of the 2004-05 season, none of the relegation places were decided in the closest relegation dogfight since ''1927-28''. West Brom were the only club from the bottom four to win their match, leapfrogging the other three teams and surviving with the lowest ever points tally (34) in the 3 points for a win era.
** In the 2014/15 season, Leicester City began the month of April 2015 with 19 points from 29 games, and 7 points away from safety. They won 7 and drew 1 of their remaining 9 games, roaring back to take 14th in the table and ensured survival for the next season; prior to this no team survived with fewer than 20 points after 29 games survived (West Brom had 20 and Sunderland had 25 during their escapes). A few news sources also couldn't help noticing that Leicester's remarkable turnaround began right after the reburial of UsefulNotes/RichardIII at Leicester Cathedral. Incredibly, the team kept the momentum going and went on to surprise virtually everyone by winning the 2015/16 league title ahead of traditional powers Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, and Manchester United. It was one of the most dramatic [[DarkHorseVictory Dark Horse Victories]] in English sporting history. This is demonstrated by a strange statistic: Leicester City are the first team since Norwich in 1987-88 and 1988-89, and the first in the Premier League era to be bottom of the table one Christmas, and top of it the next.
12th Jan '17 1:18:00 AM AhBengI
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** Sunderland in 2013/14 were bottom, 7 points from safety with 6 games to go. Gus Poyet commented that he needed a [[InvokedTrope miracle]] in order to survive. Well, there then followed a 2-2 draw with Man City, and then wins against Man Utd and Chelsea (at Stamford Bridge!). End result, 13 points scored in those 6 games! As a result, Sunderland stayed up, becoming only the second club to survive the 'Curse of Christmas'. Fittingly, the last team that lost against them during this streak was West Bromwich Albion, the only other team to survive having been bottom at Christmas. Poyet later remarked that he had "found his miracle."
** In the 2014/15 season, Leicester City began the month of April 2015 7 points away from safety with 8 games to be played. They won 7 and drew 1 of them, roaring back to take 14th in the table and ensured survival for the next season. A few news sources also couldn't help noticing that Leicester's remarkable turnaround began right after the reburial of UsefulNotes/RichardIII at Leicester Cathedral. Incredibly, the team kept the momentum going and went on to surprise virtually everyone by winning the 2015/16 league title ahead of traditional powers Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, and Manchester United. It was one of the most dramatic [[DarkHorseVictory Dark Horse Victories]] in English sporting history. This is demonstrated by a strange statistic: Leicester City are the only team to be bottom of the table one Christmas, and top of it the next.

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** Sunderland in 2013/14 were bottom, 7 points from safety with 6 games to go. Gus Poyet commented that he needed a [[InvokedTrope miracle]] in order to survive. Well, there then followed a 2-2 draw with Man City, and then wins against Man Utd and Chelsea (at Stamford Bridge!). End result, 13 points scored in those 6 games! As a result, Sunderland stayed up, becoming only the second club to survive the 'Curse of Christmas'. Christmas', where a Premier League club that was bottom on Christmas would be relegated at the end of the season. Fittingly, the last team that lost against them during this streak was West Bromwich Albion, the only other team first club to survive having been bottom at Christmas.the curse. Poyet later remarked that he had "found his miracle."
** West Brom themselves not only became the first team since Sheffield United in 1990-91 to stay up after being bottom on Christmas, they also remain the only club in the Premier League era to be bottom both on Christmas and on the final day and still survive. Going into the final day of the 2004-05 season, none of the relegation places were decided in the closest relegation dogfight since ''1927-28''. West Brom were the only club from the bottom four to win their match, leapfrogging the other three teams and surviving with the lowest ever points tally (34) in the 3 points for a win era.
** In the 2014/15 season, Leicester City began the month of April 2015 with 19 points from 29 games, and 7 points away from safety with 8 games to be played. safety. They won 7 and drew 1 of them, their remaining 9 games, roaring back to take 14th in the table and ensured survival for the next season.season; prior to this no team survived with fewer than 20 points after 29 games (West Brom had 20 and Sunderland had 25 during their escapes). A few news sources also couldn't help noticing that Leicester's remarkable turnaround began right after the reburial of UsefulNotes/RichardIII at Leicester Cathedral. Incredibly, the team kept the momentum going and went on to surprise virtually everyone by winning the 2015/16 league title ahead of traditional powers Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, and Manchester United. It was one of the most dramatic [[DarkHorseVictory Dark Horse Victories]] in English sporting history. This is demonstrated by a strange statistic: Leicester City are the only first team since Norwich in 1987-88 and 1988-89, and the first in the Premier League era to be bottom of the table one Christmas, and top of it the next.


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** In women's tennis, Serena Williams is well-known for this. The most impressive example probably being the match against Victoria Azarenka in the 2010 Australian Open quarter-final, where she went on to win having trailed 4-6, 0-4 at one point.
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