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* Subverted in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride," when Stan makes it back to the game in time to lead the South Park Cows to a touchdown so that they ''only'' lose by 70 points (and cover the spread).

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* Subverted in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride," when Stan makes it back to the game in time to lead the South Park Cows to a touchdown so that they ''only'' only lose by 70 ''70'' points (and cover the spread).



* November 17, 1968: In an absolutely chaotic AFL game between the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders, then a major rivalry, the Raiders pulled off a major comeback in the final minute of the game. They scored one touchdown to bring the score to 36–32 Oakland, and then another off a Jets fumble to seal their win 43-32. However, this game was also the infamous "''Literature/{{Heidi}}'' Game", where Creator/{{NBC}} [[MissingTheGoodStuff cut away from the end of the game on the east coast]] to show a made-for-TV adaptation of ''Heidi''. NBC executives had allowed ''Heidi'' to be delayed until the conclusion of the game, but they couldn't tell network control since their phone lines were being jammed up by viewers asking about whether they would be showing the film or not.

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* November 17, 1968: In an absolutely chaotic AFL game between the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders, then a major rivalry, the Raiders pulled off a major comeback in the final minute of the game. They scored one touchdown to bring the score to 36–32 Oakland, and then another off a Jets fumble to seal their win 43-32.43–32. However, this game was also the infamous "''Literature/{{Heidi}}'' Game", where Creator/{{NBC}} [[MissingTheGoodStuff cut away from the end of the game on the east coast]] to show a made-for-TV adaptation of ''Heidi''. NBC executives had allowed ''Heidi'' to be delayed until the conclusion of the game, but they couldn't tell network control since their phone lines were being jammed up by viewers asking about whether they would be showing the film or not.



* The 2006 Monday Night Football game where the Chicago Bears beat the Arizona Cardinals after being behind by 20 points when the second quarter started. And all of the Bears' touchdowns were earned entirely by the defense and the special teams because Rex Grossman had a horrible performance during the game. The Bears finalized their win when the Cardinals kicker Neil Rackers [who, we might add, before this was known for being a damn good kicker] missed a 40-yard field goal that would have given them the lead. The final score was 24–23 for the Chicago Bears, and it was #6 on NFL.coms [[http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-top-ten/09000d5d810a93ac/Top-Ten-Comebacks-Cardinals-blow-it top 10 comebacks of all time]]. It also resulted in Dennis Greens epic "They are who we thought they were" meltdown. It was such an epic collapse by a team with a reputation for disappointment that even if you were a fan of the winning team, you couldn't help feeling a bit bummed.

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* The 2006 Monday Night Football game where the Chicago Bears beat the Arizona Cardinals after being behind by 20 points when the second quarter started. And all of the Bears' touchdowns were earned entirely by the defense and the special teams because Rex Grossman had a horrible performance during the game. The Bears finalized their win when the Cardinals kicker Neil Rackers [who, we might add, before this was known for being a damn good kicker] missed a 40-yard field goal that would have given them the lead. The final score was 24–23 for the Chicago Bears, and it was #6 on NFL.coms [[http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-top-ten/09000d5d810a93ac/Top-Ten-Comebacks-Cardinals-blow-it top 10 comebacks of all time]]. It also resulted in Dennis Greens Green's epic "They are who we thought they were" meltdown. It was such an epic collapse by a team with a reputation for disappointment disappointment, that even if you were a fan of the winning team, you couldn't help feeling a bit bummed.



* During the 2006 NFL season, the Tennessee Titans were at their lowest point. Their record was 2–7, and by the end of the 3rd quarter against the NY Giants, they were down 21-0. All hope for a decent season (let alone a playoff appearance) seemed lost. But in the 4th quarter, the tide shift was so sudden, even the disenchanted fans were thrown back. By the last minute of regulation, The Titans scored three touchdowns total to tie the game. By the 0:30 mark, Adam "Pacman" Jones made an amazing interception to give the Titans possession again. Around the 0:07 mark, 61-yards away, the punter made a perfect kick across the field, and the ball ''barely'' crossed the field goal marker. Even Titans coach Jeff Fisher sounded surprised by the comeback during the post game interview. Even more amazingly, that game launched a second MiracleRally of its own, with the team winning FIVE more games, gaining them a positive win-loss record. Unfortunately, despite the results of various AFC centered games working in the Titans' favor for the wild card slot, the New England Patriots ended their playoffs chances early in game 16. Interestingly enough, the 2009 season hearkened back to that year. After a 0–6 deficit (with game six against the Patriots ending with a [[CurbStompBattle brutal 59–0 score]]), the Titans won the next five games straight, and ended their season at 8–8; ''just'' out of playoffs reach.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracle_at_the_New_Meadowlands The Miracle at the New Meadowlands.]] The Philadelphia Eagles, after trailing the New York Giants 31–10 with 8:17 remaining in the 4th quarter, orchestrate an incredible comeback to tie it at 31 with 1:16 left. The Eagles defense then forces a 3-and-out by the Giants, who drain the clock down to 0:14 before calling time out. On the ensuing punt the ball is snapped high to rookie punter Matt Dodge. This forces him to rush the punt and is unable to direct the ball away from returner [=DeSean=] Jackson, who takes the punt 65 yards for the game winning touchdown with no time remaining. Final score: Eagles 38 Giants 31. This is, without question, the greatest 4th quarter comeback victory in Eagles history. Jackson's touchdown is the first of its kind in the history of the NFL (game-winning punt return TD with :00 left in regulation).

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* During the 2006 NFL season, the Tennessee Titans were at their lowest point. Their record was 2–7, and by the end of the 3rd quarter against the NY Giants, they were down 21-0.21–0. All hope for a decent season (let alone a playoff appearance) seemed lost. But in the 4th quarter, the tide shift was so sudden, even the disenchanted fans were thrown back. By the last minute of regulation, The Titans scored three touchdowns total to tie the game. By the 0:30 mark, Adam "Pacman" Jones made an amazing interception to give the Titans possession again. Around the 0:07 mark, 61-yards 61 yards away, the punter made a perfect kick across the field, and the ball ''barely'' crossed the field goal marker. Even Titans coach Jeff Fisher sounded surprised by the comeback during the post game interview. Even more amazingly, that game launched a second MiracleRally of its own, with the team winning FIVE more games, gaining them a positive win-loss record. Unfortunately, despite the results of various AFC centered games working in the Titans' favor for the wild card slot, the New England Patriots ended their playoffs chances early in game 16. Interestingly enough, the 2009 season hearkened back to that year. After a 0–6 deficit (with game six against the Patriots ending with a [[CurbStompBattle brutal 59–0 score]]), the Titans won the next five games straight, and ended their season at 8–8; ''just'' out of playoffs reach.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracle_at_the_New_Meadowlands The Miracle at the New Meadowlands.]] The Philadelphia Eagles, after trailing the New York Giants 31–10 with 8:17 remaining left in the 4th quarter, orchestrate an incredible comeback to tie it at 31 with 1:16 left. The Eagles defense then forces a 3-and-out by the Giants, who drain the clock down to 0:14 before calling time out. On the ensuing punt the ball is snapped high to rookie punter Matt Dodge. This forces him to rush the punt and is unable to direct the ball away from returner [=DeSean=] Jackson, who takes the punt 65 yards for the game winning touchdown with no time remaining. Final score: Eagles 38 Giants 31. This is, without question, the greatest 4th quarter comeback victory in Eagles history. Jackson's touchdown is the first of its kind in the history of the NFL (game-winning punt return TD with :00 no time left in regulation).



* In the 2013 AFC Wild Card Game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Indianapolis Colts, the Chiefs dominated the game early on, taking a 31–10 lead at halftime despite losing several players to injuries during the game, most notably running back Jamaal Charles. They extended the lead to 38–10 early on the third quarter with a touchdown after Colts QB Andrew Luck threw an interception on the first play of the quarter, and the Chiefs' lead looked insurmountable. But after that touchdown, Luck, who had been fairly inconsistent up to that point, turned his day around and the Colts got 3 touchdowns in the third quarter. Meanwhile, The Chiefs' offense, which had dominated in the first half, was unable to do much- in the third quarter, after that first touchdown, they only managed to get a field goal on another interception. Still, they led 41–31 at the end of the third quarter- then in the fourth, after another Colts touchdown and a Chiefs' field goal made it 44–38, and then with a bit more than 4 minutes left, Luck completed a 64-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver T.Y. Hilton. The game wasn't over yet, though, with Kansas City having plenty of time to score and only needing a field goal, but their drive was stopped near the Colts' 40-yard line, a bit outside of field goal range, and the Colts won, 45–44. The 28-point comeback made it the second-biggest comeback in NFL playoff history, behind only the Bills-Oilers game mentioned above. And unlike that game, the Chiefs–Colts game [[WhoNeedsOvertime ended in regulation.]]

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* In the 2013 AFC Wild Card Game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Indianapolis Colts, the Chiefs dominated the game early on, taking a 31–10 lead at halftime despite losing several players to injuries during the game, most notably running back Jamaal Charles. They extended the lead to 38–10 early on the third quarter with a touchdown after Colts QB Andrew Luck threw an interception on the first play of the quarter, and the Chiefs' lead looked insurmountable. But after that touchdown, Luck, who had been fairly inconsistent up to that point, turned his day around and the Colts got 3 touchdowns in the third quarter. Meanwhile, The Chiefs' offense, which had dominated in the first half, was unable to do much- in the third quarter, after that first touchdown, they only managed to get a field goal on another interception. Still, they led 41–31 at the end of the third quarter- then in the fourth, after another Colts touchdown and a Chiefs' field goal made it 44–38, and then with a bit more than 4 minutes left, Luck completed a 64-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver T.Y. Hilton. The game wasn't over yet, though, with Kansas City having plenty of time to score and only needing a field goal, but their drive was stopped near the Colts' 40-yard line, a bit outside of field goal range, and the Colts won, won 45–44. The 28-point comeback made it the second-biggest comeback in NFL playoff history, behind only the Bills-Oilers game mentioned above. And unlike that game, the Chiefs–Colts game [[WhoNeedsOvertime ended in regulation.]]



* Super Bowl LI: Halfway through the third quarter, everything looked to be going 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 (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 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. Meanwhile, Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan made the bizarre decision to not stick to run plays during the Falcons' offensive possessions and burn the remaining game time, but instead try passing the ball, which resulted in several incompletions that stopped the clock and gave the Patriots ample time to stage a comeback. 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 toward the end of 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 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 that moved them back another 10 yards, putting them at about the 50-yard line and thoroughly out of 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, 34-28.
* In the 2018 NFL Playoffs matchup between the New Orleans Saints at the Minnesota Vikings, January 14th. After a wild Fourth Quarter that saw three lead changes, with the Saints going up 24-23 with a field goal with less than 2 minutes to play, and with the Vikings trying desperately to get into field goal range themselves for a last-second try, and with 10 seconds left on the clock with no timeouts, Case Keenum - a Quarterback other NFL teams kept cutting off their rosters, but having a career year with the Vikes - threw a sideline pass to Stefon Diggs. All the Saints secondary had to do was tackle Diggs in-bounds to run out the clock. But they went to knock Diggs' legs out from under him, giving him a chance to stay upright and in-bounds... and with ''nobody between him and the end zone''. He rushes in for the surefire touchdown, driving 66,000 Vikings fans crazy and instantly becoming the greatest moment in Minnesota football history.[[note]]Making it worse for the Saints, by rule even with the clock expired and the Vikings clearly winning the game, they had to make an extra point try to satisfy the bookies in Vegas. It took ten minutes to clear the field and for eleven weary Saints players to come back out for a meaningless play since the Vikings simply went with a Victory snap.[[/note]]

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* Super Bowl LI: Halfway through the third quarter, everything looked to be going perfectly for the Atlanta Falcons, who were up 28-3 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 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 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. Meanwhile, Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan made the bizarre decision to not stick to run plays during the Falcons' offensive possessions and burn the remaining game time, but instead try passing the ball, which resulted in several incompletions that stopped the clock and gave the Patriots ample time to stage a comeback. 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]].50–55%[[/note]]. While the Falcons had a few chances to put the game away, they were unable to do so, most especially toward the end of 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 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 that moved them back another 10 yards, putting them at about the 50-yard line and thoroughly out of 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, 34-28.
34–28.
* In the 2018 NFL Playoffs matchup between the New Orleans Saints at the Minnesota Vikings, January 14th. After a wild Fourth Quarter that saw three lead changes, with the Saints going up 24-23 with 24–23 on a 43-yard field goal by Wil Lutz with less than 2 minutes to play, and with the Vikings 25 seconds left. With Minnesota trying desperately to get into field goal range themselves for a last-second try, and with 10 seconds left on the clock with and no timeouts, Case Keenum - a Quarterback quarterback other NFL teams kept cutting off their rosters, but having a career year with the Vikes Vikings - threw a sideline pass to Stefon Diggs. All the Saints secondary had to do was tackle Diggs him in-bounds to run out the clock. But they went to knock Diggs' legs out from under him, giving letting him a chance to stay upright and ''and'' in-bounds... and with ''nobody ''nobody'' between him and the end zone''.zone. He rushes in for the surefire touchdown, driving 66,000 Vikings fans crazy and instantly becoming the greatest moment in Minnesota football history.[[note]]Making it worse for the Saints, by rule even with the clock expired and the Vikings clearly winning the game, they had to make an attempt the extra point try to satisfy the bookies in Vegas.point. It took ten minutes to clear the field and for eleven weary Saints players to come back out for a meaningless play since the Vikings simply went with a Victory snap.[[/note]]



** And these are just two of the more recent examples. Going back in time, in 1977 Liverpool were 1–0 down against French champions St. Etienne going into the second leg at Anfield and were consequently written off. Liverpool levelled the tie early, but St. Etienne regained the lead with a vital away goal. Liverpool had to score twice without reply to go through and promptly did, winning 3–1 (3–2 on aggregate), going on to win their first European Cup (later known as the Champions League). And on the way to the 2005 triumph, they needed to win by 2 clear goals against Greek champions Olympiakos to progress from the group stage. Going 1–0 down at half time, they needed 3 goals. With the score at 2–1, captain Steven Gerrard, after having a spectacular volley ruled out earlier, thundered in a goal ranked as one of the Champions League's best. Because of this, they're sometimes known as Europe's Comeback Kings; after the against-the-odds-victory over Borussia Dortmund in 2016, [=#ComeBackKings=] was trending on Twitter. They're also not shy of handing out thrashings; in 2007, they responded to a 1–0 first leg defeat by Turkish team Besiktas by breaking the Champions League's goal scoring record, obliterating them 8–0 and crushing Real Madrid 4–0 at Anfield in 2009. In short, Liverpool are ''not'' a team you want chasing a game in Europe, nor is Anfield a place where you want to make them do it.

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** And these are just two of the more recent examples. Going back in time, in 1977 Liverpool were 1–0 down against French champions St. Etienne going into the second leg at Anfield and were consequently written off. Liverpool levelled the tie early, but St. Etienne regained the lead with a vital away goal. Liverpool had to score twice without reply to go through and promptly did, winning 3–1 (3–2 on aggregate), going on to win their first European Cup (later known as the Champions League). And on the way to the 2005 triumph, they needed to win by 2 clear goals against Greek champions Olympiakos to progress from the group stage. Going 1–0 down at half time, they needed 3 goals. With the score at 2–1, captain Steven Gerrard, after having a spectacular volley ruled out earlier, thundered in a goal ranked as one of the Champions League's best. Because of this, they're sometimes known as Europe's Comeback Kings; after the against-the-odds-victory against-the-odds victory over Borussia Dortmund in 2016, [=#ComeBackKings=] was trending on Twitter. They're also not shy of handing out thrashings; in 2007, they responded to a 1–0 first leg defeat by Turkish team Besiktas by breaking the Champions League's goal scoring record, obliterating them 8–0 and crushing Real Madrid 4–0 at Anfield in 2009. In short, Liverpool are ''not'' a team you want chasing a game in Europe, nor is Anfield a place where you want to make them do it.



* 13 May 2012, the final day of the Premier League season. Manchester City vs. Queens Park Rangers. City has a chance to clinch their first title since 1968 with a win. QPR leads 2-1 going into five minutes of stoppage time. Edin Dzeko scores the equaliser in minute 92, but meanwhile, City's crosstown rivals United beat Sunderland to apparently snatch the trophy. Cue Sergio Aguero scoring the winner for City, ''on the very last kick of the season'', to win the championship, in what can only be described as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for the entire sport of football.
* In the last 16 of the 2012 Champions League, Chelsea were trailing Napoli 3–1 from the first leg, only to win 4-1 in extra time. Then, in the semifinals, they were 2–0 down against Barcelona and down to ten men, and they salvaged a 2–2 draw with a dramatic stoppage time equalizer. (Although a 2–1 loss would still have seen them through on away goals)
* Arsenal-Reading, October 30, 2012 in the Fourth Round of the League Cup. Reading puts in four goals in thirty-seven minutes to take a 4-0 lead. At the end of the first half, Walcott puts in a goal to send it to halftime at 4–1. In the 65th, Giroud puts one in, 4–2. Things look over, but in the 89th, Koscielny puts one in. 4–3 at 90. Four minutes of injury time are signaled. Two minutes of extra injury time are allowed, due to Reading taking their sweet time on a sub. This causes some controversy, but at 90+6, Walcott equalizes at literally the last minute, 4–4 and Full Time is blown. The game is sent to extra time. At 103, Chamakh puts in Arsenal's first lead of the day at 4-5. Pogrebnyak manages to equalize for Reading at 115. However, at 120, Walcott puts in his hat trick, putting it up 6–5 for Arsenal. Two minutes of injury time signaled. Then, at 120+2, Chamakh puts in another. Full time blown. Final score, 7–5 Arsenal.

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* 13 May 2012, the final day of the Premier League season. Manchester City vs. Queens Park Rangers. City has a chance to clinch their first title since 1968 with a win. QPR leads 2-1 2–1 going into five minutes of stoppage time. Edin Dzeko scores the equaliser in minute 92, but meanwhile, City's crosstown rivals United beat Sunderland to apparently snatch the trophy. Cue Sergio Aguero scoring the winner for City, ''on the very last kick of the season'', to win the championship, in what can only be described as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for the entire sport of football.
* In the last 16 of the 2012 Champions League, Chelsea were trailing Napoli 3–1 from the first leg, only to win 4-1 4–1 in extra time. Then, in the semifinals, they were 2–0 down against Barcelona and down to ten men, and they salvaged a 2–2 draw with a dramatic stoppage time equalizer. (Although a 2–1 loss would still have seen them through on away goals)
* Arsenal-Reading, October 30, 2012 in the Fourth Round of the League Cup. Reading puts in four goals in thirty-seven minutes to take a 4-0 4–0 lead. At the end of the first half, Walcott puts in a goal to send it to halftime at 4–1. In the 65th, Giroud puts one in, 4–2. Things look over, but in the 89th, Koscielny puts one in. 4–3 at 90. Four minutes of injury time are signaled. Two minutes of extra injury time are allowed, due to Reading taking their sweet time on a sub. This causes some controversy, but at 90+6, Walcott equalizes at literally the last minute, 4–4 and Full Time is blown. The game is sent to extra time. At 103, Chamakh puts in Arsenal's first lead of the day at 4-5. Pogrebnyak manages to equalize for Reading at 115. However, at 120, Walcott puts in his hat trick, putting it up 6–5 for Arsenal. Two minutes of injury time signaled. Then, at 120+2, Chamakh puts in another. Full time blown. Final score, 7–5 Arsenal.



** 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. Fittingly, the last team that lost against them during this streak was West Brom. Poyet later remarked that he had "found his miracle."
** 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 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.
* 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.
* In Italy's Serie A for the first time in its history in 2016-17, Crotone, from Calabria, were in the bottom 3 from the 2nd round of the season to the last - they earned only 2 points from their first 10 games, and at the 29th game, they had only 3 wins and 14 points. However, their last 9 games saw 6 wins and 2 draws, and a last-game win over Lazio was accompanied by Empoli losing their final game to already-relegated Palermo, allowing Crotone to overtake them at the last and leave the bottom 3 for the first time since the opening game. Their manager Davide Nicola cycled the length of Italy to celebrate, and in tribute to his teenage son, who was killed in an accident when cycling 3 years earlier.

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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 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. Fittingly, the last team that lost against them during this streak was West Brom. Poyet later remarked that he had "found his miracle."
** 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 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 1987–88 and 1988-89, 1988–89, and the first in the Premier League era to be bottom of the table one Christmas, and top of it the next.
* 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, 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, 6–1, and a 6-5 6–5 win on aggregate.
* In Italy's Serie A for the first time in its history in 2016-17, 2016–17, Crotone, from Calabria, were in the bottom 3 from the 2nd round of the season to the last - they earned only 2 points from their first 10 games, and at the 29th game, they had only 3 wins and 14 points. However, their last 9 games saw 6 wins and 2 draws, and a last-game win over Lazio was accompanied by Empoli losing their final game to already-relegated Palermo, allowing Crotone to overtake them at the last and leave the bottom 3 for the first time since the opening game. Their manager Davide Nicola cycled the length of Italy to celebrate, and in tribute to his teenage son, who was killed in an accident when cycling 3 years earlier.



* The 2007 Colorado Rockies won 13 of their last 14 regular-season games just to force a tie with San Diego for the wild card lead, made even more unbelievable by the fact that the Padres were one strike away from clinching a playoff spot with one game to spare before Trevor Hoffman, then the all-time saves leader,[[note]]since surpassed by Mariano Rivera[[/note]] gave up a game-tying triple to ''Tony Gwynn Jr.'' (for those who don't know, Tony Gwynn Sr. ''was'' "Mr. Padre.") Then the Padres took an 8–6 lead in the top of the 13th inning of the one-game playoff. The Rockies won (on an extremely controversial run from Rockies left fielder Matt Holliday; review appeared to show that he never touched home plate and even Holliday had his doubts that he did – Padres fans are still pissed about this and it had fueled the fire of their rivalry). Then they swept their first two playoff opponents for an overall 21-1 run from September 16th to October 15th. Repeat: ''from the middle of September to the middle of October, the Rockies had 21 wins'' '''and only 1 loss.''' Then subverted in the World Series, where the Rockies were blown away by the Boston Red Sox in 4 games by an aggregate score of 29–10.

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* The 2007 Colorado Rockies won 13 of their last 14 regular-season games just to force a tie with San Diego for the wild card lead, made even more unbelievable by the fact that the Padres were one strike away from clinching a playoff spot with one game to spare before Trevor Hoffman, then the all-time saves leader,[[note]]since surpassed by Mariano Rivera[[/note]] gave up a game-tying triple to ''Tony Gwynn Jr.'' (for those who don't know, Tony Gwynn Sr. ''was'' "Mr. Padre.") Then the Padres took an 8–6 lead in the top of the 13th inning of the one-game playoff. The Rockies won (on an extremely controversial run from Rockies left fielder Matt Holliday; review appeared to show that he never touched home plate and even Holliday had his doubts that he did – Padres fans are still pissed about this and it had fueled the fire of their rivalry). Then they swept their first two playoff opponents for an overall 21-1 21–1 run from September 16th to October 15th. Repeat: ''from the middle of September to the middle of October, the Rockies had 21 wins'' '''and only 1 loss.''' Then subverted in the World Series, where the Rockies were blown away by the Boston Red Sox in 4 games by an aggregate score of 29–10.



* 2008 ALCS Game 5. Up three games to one, the Tampa Bay Rays scored two runs in the top of the seventh to extend their lead to 7–0. Book them for the World Series, right? [[YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle Not so fast]]! With two outs and a runner on second, the Boston Red Sox got back-to-back singles, followed by a home run. 7-4. Next inning, another home run cuts it to 7-6 with none out, but the next two get out. Double, then single after a 13 pitch at bat. 7–7 game after eight innings. After a double play allowed the Red Sox to escape the top of the ninth without allowing a run, they again proceeded to end up with two out and none on, before a single and an error put a runner on second. After an intentional walk to set up the force, they single in the run to win 8-7 after trailing 7-0 with only seven outs left. They then won Game 6 before finally losing in seven games.

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* 2008 ALCS Game 5. Up three games to one, the Tampa Bay Rays scored two runs in the top of the seventh to extend their lead to 7–0. Book them for the World Series, right? [[YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle Not so fast]]! With two outs and a runner on second, the Boston Red Sox got back-to-back singles, followed by a home run. 7-4. 7–4. Next inning, another home run cuts it to 7-6 7–6 with none out, but the next two get out. Double, then single after a 13 pitch at bat. 7–7 game after eight innings. After a double play allowed the Red Sox to escape the top of the ninth without allowing a run, they again proceeded to end up with two out and none on, before a single and an error put a runner on second. After an intentional walk to set up the force, they single in the run to win 8-7 8–7 after trailing 7-0 7–0 with only seven outs left. They then won Game 6 before finally losing in seven games.



** On August 25th, 2011, the Cardinals were 10½ 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]]. The Braves... squandered a 3–1 lead with the Phillies plugging single-run innings in the 7th, 9th, and 13th. Cards advance [[WhoNeedsOvertime without needing extra innings or a tiebreaker]]!

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** On August 25th, 2011, the Cardinals were 10½ games back in the NL Wild Card race. In just a month's time, they managed to go 22-8 22–8 and, thanks to a 9-17 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]]. The Braves... squandered a 3–1 lead with the Phillies plugging single-run innings in the 7th, 9th, and 13th. Cards advance [[WhoNeedsOvertime without needing extra innings or a tiebreaker]]!



** 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 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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** 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 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 7–0 deficit against the New York Yankees to win 8–7 (scoring all their runs in the 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.



*** 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.

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*** The Sox, meanwhile, were 89-0 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.



** The rally continued into the bottom of the eighth inning. After Angels reliever Brendan Donnelly held San Francisco scoreless in the top of the eighth, Baker decided to use one of his most effective relievers, Tim Worrell. On his third pitch of the inning, Worrell surrendered a solo home run to leadoff batter Darin Erstad to make it a one-run game. Worrell then proceeded to give up a single to Tim Salmon, and then one to Garret Anderson. After Barry Bonds made an error on the latter hit, Anderson took second while Chone Figgins (who pinch-ran for Salmon) went to third. With nobody out, two runners in scoring position, and their lead now down to 5–4, Baker removed Worrell and brought in his closer, Robb Nen, to pitch to Troy Glaus, hoping that Nen could somehow find a way to preserve the Giants’ slim lead. But, on a 2–1 pitch, Glaus hit a fly ball over Bonds’ head for a double, which drove in the tying and go ahead runs.

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** The rally continued into the bottom of the eighth inning. After Angels reliever Brendan Donnelly held San Francisco scoreless in the top of the eighth, Baker decided to use one of his most effective relievers, Tim Worrell. On his third pitch of the inning, Worrell surrendered a solo home run to leadoff batter Darin Erstad to make it a one-run game. Worrell then proceeded to give up a single to Tim Salmon, and then one to Garret Anderson. After Barry Bonds made an error on the latter hit, Anderson took second while Chone Figgins (who pinch-ran for Salmon) went to third. With nobody out, two runners in scoring position, and their lead now down to 5–4, Baker removed Worrell and brought in his closer, Robb Nen, to pitch to Troy Glaus, hoping that Nen could somehow find a way to preserve the Giants’ slim lead. But, on a 2–1 pitch, Glaus hit a fly ball over Bonds’ Bonds' head for a double, which drove in the tying and go ahead runs.



* The 2012 San Francisco Giants pulled this off ''twice'' in the playoffs, echoing back to the 2004 Boston Red Sox, although they didn't quite match them. First, in the National League Division Series, the Giants fell behind two games to none against the Cincinnati Reds, with the final three games on the road; no team had fallen behind 0-2 and come back to win in such a scenario. Well, cue the Giants doing it. In the National League Championship Series, the Giants started well, with a 1-1 tie going to St. Louis. However, St. Louis took a 3-1 lead at home. But the Giants rose to the occasion again, winning another three games in a row to clinch a berth to the World Series, where they swept the Detroit Tigers to win the World Series for the second time in three years.

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* The 2012 San Francisco Giants pulled this off ''twice'' in the playoffs, echoing back to the 2004 Boston Red Sox, although they didn't quite match them. First, in the National League Division Series, the Giants fell behind two games to none against the Cincinnati Reds, with the final three games on the road; no team had fallen behind 0-2 and come back to win in such a scenario. Well, cue the Giants doing it. In the National League Championship Series, the Giants started well, with a 1-1 1–1 tie going to St. Louis. However, St. Louis took a 3-1 3–1 lead at home. But the Giants rose to the occasion again, winning another three games in a row to clinch a berth to the World Series, where they swept the Detroit Tigers to win the World Series for the second time in three years.



** In the American League Division Series against the Houston Astros, they fell behind in the series 2-1 going into game 4 in Houston. Following a series of RBI's (including 2 home runs) from Carlos Correa, as well as a solo shot from Colby Rasmus, the Royals faced a 6–2 deficit. The Royals then opened the top of the eighth with five straight base hits off of relievers Will Harris and Tony Sipp, with Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer having RBIs to make it 6–4. The game was tied following an error by Correa, and an Alex Gordon groundout scored the go ahead run. Hosmer added a two-run home run in the top of the ninth for insurance, and the Royals held on to force Game 5, (which they ultimately won).

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** In the American League Division Series against the Houston Astros, they fell behind in the series 2-1 2–1 going into game 4 in Houston. Following a series of RBI's (including 2 home runs) from Carlos Correa, as well as a solo shot from Colby Rasmus, the Royals faced a 6–2 deficit. The Royals then opened the top of the eighth with five straight base hits off of relievers Will Harris and Tony Sipp, with Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer having RBIs to make it 6–4. The game was tied following an error by Correa, and an Alex Gordon groundout scored the go ahead run. Hosmer added a two-run home run in the top of the ninth for insurance, and the Royals held on to force Game 5, (which they ultimately won).



* In the 2016 World Series the Cleveland Indians managed to create a 3 games to 1 lead against the Chicago Cubs. But the Cubs fought back forcing the Series into Game 7, with the Cubs winning 8-7 ending their 108 year drought.

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* In the 2016 World Series Series, the Cleveland Indians managed to create a 3 games to 1 3–1 series lead against the Chicago Cubs. But the Cubs fought back forcing the Series into Game 7, with the Cubs winning 8-7 8–7 ending their 108 ''108'' year drought.



* In Game 4 of the 2008 Finals between the Celtics and 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 quarter. 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 Boston won 97–91 to 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 none had done it in the NBA Finals up to that point in time.
* How could anyone forget Tracy [=McGrady=]'s miracle 13 points in 35 seconds? With his team down 76–68, 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 make it 76–71 with 35 seconds left. The next trip up, down 78–71, he faked a 3 and got Tim Duncan (a great, intelligent defender) to foul him and HIT THE SHOT as well as the resulting free throw, putting the Rockets down 78–75. The next trip up, in true climactic fashion, the Rockets were just barely able to get the ball inbounds to [=McGrady=] (with no timeouts left). He drained ANOTHER three to make it 80–78. 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 hit the game-winning three 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.

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* In Game 4 of the 2008 Finals between the Celtics and 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 (45–21) and leading by 20 points in the third quarter. 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 Boston won 97–91 to 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 none had done it in the NBA Finals up to that point in time.
* How could anyone forget Tracy [=McGrady=]'s miracle 13 points in 35 seconds? With his team down 76–68, 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 make it 76–71 with 35 seconds left. The next trip up, down 78–71, he faked a 3 and got Tim Duncan (a great, intelligent defender) to foul him and HIT THE SHOT as well as the resulting free throw, putting the Rockets down 78–75. The next trip up, in true climactic fashion, the Rockets were just barely able to get the ball inbounds to [=McGrady=] (with no timeouts left). He drained ANOTHER three to make it 80–78. 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 hit the game-winning three 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 3-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.at the buzzer.



* Israeli basketball state cup, 2007-2008: European and local juggernaut, Maccabi Tel Aviv (then five-time Euroleague champion, 9-time finalist, 49-times Israeli champion, 39-times Israeli cup holder, with general dominance over the entire league), coming off a ten-win streak (both local league and Euroleague), faced off against Hapoel Jerusalem - who, at the time, was 3rd place in the Israeli league. Like most people had expected, by the end of the 3rd quarter, Maccabi was leading comfortably - about 20 points in her favor. But then, as the 4th quarter began, Hapoel started to score, again and again, stealing every other ball, doing amazing feats (such as a 5'11" point guard stealing the ball from over a 6'9" center) putting up an incredible defense and slicing through the points gap. By the end of the fourth quarter, Hapoel had done a 38–16 run and won the cup, 93–89.

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* Israeli basketball state cup, 2007-2008: 2007–08: European and local juggernaut, Maccabi Tel Aviv (then five-time Euroleague champion, 9-time finalist, 49-times Israeli champion, 39-times Israeli cup holder, with general dominance over the entire league), coming off a ten-win streak (both local league and Euroleague), faced off against Hapoel Jerusalem - who, at the time, was 3rd place in the Israeli league. Like most people had expected, by the end of the 3rd quarter, Maccabi was leading comfortably - about 20 points in her favor. But then, as the 4th quarter began, Hapoel started to score, again and again, stealing every other ball, doing amazing feats (such as a 5'11" point guard stealing the ball from over a 6'9" center) putting up an incredible defense and slicing through the points gap. By the end of the fourth quarter, Hapoel had done a 38–16 run and won the cup, 93–89.



* 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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* 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 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.



* The famed '[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracle_on_Ice Miracle on Ice]]', the medal round of the 1980 Winter Olympics Men's Ice Hockey, where an underdog American team of amateurs and college players took on the reigning Soviet champions (some of whom were active-duty military), coming back from a 3–2 deficit with two goals in the final period, winning 4–3. Why yes, we DO believe in miracles! They went on to do this again in the final match for gold, beating Finland 4–2 after being down 2–1 at the start of the third period.

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* The famed '[[http://en."[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracle_on_Ice Miracle on Ice]]', Ice]]", the medal round of the 1980 Winter Olympics Men's Ice Hockey, where an underdog American team of amateurs and college players took on the reigning Soviet champions (some of whom were active-duty military), coming back from a 3–2 deficit with two goals in the final period, winning 4–3. Why yes, we DO believe in miracles! They went on to do this again in the final match for gold, beating Finland 4–2 after being down 2–1 at the start of the third period.



* Both Teen ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' tournaments in the 06-07 season had the two-day final with one person down 25K+ dollars, then coming back to win on day two of the final. The first teen tournament showed David Waler beating the runaway victor of day one Ben Schenkel, and the second tournament had Meryl Federman come from third place to beat the day one victor Greg Peterson.

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* Both Teen ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' tournaments in the 06-07 2006–07 season had the two-day final with one person down 25K+ dollars, then coming back to win on day two of the final. The first teen tournament showed David Waler beating the runaway victor of day one Ben Schenkel, and the second tournament had Meryl Federman come from third place to beat the day one victor Greg Peterson.
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* In the 2018 NFL Playoffs matchup between the New Orleans Saints at the Minnesota Vikings, January 14th. After a wild Fourth Quarter that saw three lead changes, with the Saints going up 24-23 with a field goal with less than 2 minutes to play, and with the Vikings trying desperately to get into field goal range themselves for a last-second try, and with 10 seconds left on the clock with no timeouts, Case Keenum - a Quarterback other NFL teams kept cutting off their rosters, but having a career year with the Vikes - threw a sideline pass to Stefon Diggs. All the Saints secondary had to do was tackle Diggs in-bounds to run out the clock. But they went to knock Diggs' legs out from under him, giving him a chance to stay upright and in-bounds... and with ''nobody between him and the end zone''. He rushes in for the surefire touchdown, driving 66,000 Vikings fans crazy and instantly becoming the greatest moment in Minnesota football history.[[note]]Making it worse for the Saints, by rule even with the clock expired and the Vikings clearly winning the game, they had to make an extra point try to satisfy the bookies in Vegas. It took ten minutes to clear the field and for eleven weary Saints players to come back out for a meaningless play since the Vikings simply went with a Victory snap.[[/note]]
15th Jan '18 10:39:46 AM Lirodon
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* November 17, 1968: In an absolutely chaotic AFL game between the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders, then a major rivalry, the Raiders pulled off a major comeback in the final minute of the game, scoring one touchdown bringing the score to 36–32 Oakland, and then another off a Jets fumble to bring the score to 43-32. Of course, this game will also be remembered for Creator/{{NBC}} cutting off said rally on the east coast so they could air ''Literature/{{Heidi}}''.

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* November 17, 1968: In an absolutely chaotic AFL game between the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders, then a major rivalry, the Raiders pulled off a major comeback in the final minute of the game, scoring game. They scored one touchdown bringing to bring the score to 36–32 Oakland, and then another off a Jets fumble to bring the score to seal their win 43-32. Of course, However, this game will was also be remembered for the infamous "''Literature/{{Heidi}}'' Game", where Creator/{{NBC}} cutting off said rally [[MissingTheGoodStuff cut away from the end of the game on the east coast so coast]] to show a made-for-TV adaptation of ''Heidi''. NBC executives had allowed ''Heidi'' to be delayed until the conclusion of the game, but they could air ''Literature/{{Heidi}}''.couldn't tell network control since their phone lines were being jammed up by viewers asking about whether they would be showing the film or not.
14th Jan '18 9:54:57 AM Lirodon
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* November 17, 1968: In an absolutely chaotic AFL game between the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders, then a major rivalry, the Raiders pulled off a major comeback in the final minute of the game, scoring one touchdown bringing the score to 36–32 Oakland, and then another off a Jets fumble to bring the score to 43-32. Of course, this game will also be remembered for Creator/{{NBC}} cutting off said rally on the east coast so they could air ''Literature/{{Heidi}}''.
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* In the national championship game of the 2009 NCAA Frozen Four, Boston University was playing against Miami (the one from Ohio, not Florida...).[[note]]The Ohio school gets its name from its location in the watershed of the Great Miami River, also locally called the Miami Valley.[[/note]] BU had won every game so far that season and was doing flawlessly until that game, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-mBI7jEfVU when they were down 1-3 in the last period]]. They scored two goals in the last minute of the game to tie it, and won the game in overtime.
30th Sep '17 7:33:50 PM Rytex
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* Division II Lone Star Conference Football Championship. West Texas A&M is up 48–38 with 2:55 left in the game. Midwestern State scores a touchdown in 49 seconds to make the score 48–45. They kick it onside, but West Texas recovers it. However, MSU has a time out to burn, so WTAMU tries to push, but they are forced to punt. The punt snap is over the head of the punter, and MSU return it for a touchdown with 55 seconds left, and it's now 52–48. A field goal will do nothing; WTAMU '''must''' score a touchdown. WTAMU takes it to the 28 yard line. The first pass is deflected, the second play, the quarterback is sacked, the third pass is intercepted with 8 seconds left, and a knee is taken to seal the victory.

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* Division II Lone Star Conference Football Championship.Championship 2012 Edition. West Texas A&M is up 48–38 with 2:55 left in the game. Midwestern State scores a touchdown in 49 seconds to make the score 48–45. They kick it onside, but West Texas recovers it. However, MSU has a time out to burn, so WTAMU tries to push, but they are forced to punt. The punt snap is over the head of the punter, and MSU return it for a touchdown with 55 seconds left, and it's now 52–48. A field goal will do nothing; WTAMU '''must''' score a touchdown. WTAMU takes it to the 28 yard line. The first pass is deflected, the second play, the quarterback is sacked, the third pass is intercepted with 8 seconds left, and a knee is taken to seal the victory.
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* Teams escaping relegation in the EnglishPremierLeague sometimes pull one off. In particular, pulling this off having been bottom on Christmas is termed 'The Great Escape', having survived the 'Curse of Christmas' where where a Premier League club that was bottom on Christmas would be relegated at the end of the season:

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* Teams escaping relegation in the EnglishPremierLeague UsefulNotes/EnglishPremierLeague sometimes pull one off. In particular, pulling this off having been bottom on Christmas is termed 'The Great Escape', having survived the 'Curse of Christmas' where where a Premier League club that was bottom on Christmas would be relegated at the end of the season:
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** The emergence of Afghanistan as a cricketing nation surely qualifies. In 2008, they were in Division 5 of the World Cricket League, and fought their way up the ranks to compete in the qualifier for the 2011 World Cup. They didn't make it then, but they did gane ODI status in 2013, and qualified for the next World Cup in 2015.

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** The emergence of Afghanistan as a cricketing nation surely qualifies. In 2008, they were in Division 5 of the World Cricket League, and fought their way up the ranks to compete in the qualifier for the 2011 World Cup. They didn't make it then, but they did gane gain ODI status in 2013, and qualified for the next World Cup in 2015.2015. In 2017, they were granted Test Match status, qualifying for the highest level of the game in less than a decade.
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* In Italy's Serie A for the first time in its history in 2016-17, Crotone, from Calabria, were in the bottom 3 from the 2nd round of the season to the last - they earned only 2 points from their first 10 games, and at the 29th game, they had only 3 wins and 14 points. However, their last 9 games saw 6 wins and 2 draws, and a last-game win over Lazio was accompanied by Empoli losing their final game to already-relegated Palermo. Their manager Davide Nicola cycled the length of Italy to celebrate, and in tribute to his teenage son, who was killed in an accident when cycling 3 years earlier.

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* In Italy's Serie A for the first time in its history in 2016-17, Crotone, from Calabria, were in the bottom 3 from the 2nd round of the season to the last - they earned only 2 points from their first 10 games, and at the 29th game, they had only 3 wins and 14 points. However, their last 9 games saw 6 wins and 2 draws, and a last-game win over Lazio was accompanied by Empoli losing their final game to already-relegated Palermo.Palermo, allowing Crotone to overtake them at the last and leave the bottom 3 for the first time since the opening game. Their manager Davide Nicola cycled the length of Italy to celebrate, and in tribute to his teenage son, who was killed in an accident when cycling 3 years earlier.
2nd Jul '17 4:37:17 AM deadbotuliza
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* In Italy's Serie A for the first time in its history in 2016-17, Crotone, from Calabria, were in the bottom 3 from the 2nd round of the season to the last - they earned only 2 points from their first 10 games, and at the 29th game, they had only 3 wins and 14 points. However, their last 9 games saw 6 wins and 2 draws, and a last-game win over Lazio was accompanied by Empoli losing their final game to already-relegated Palermo. Their manager Davide Nicola cycled the length of Italy to celebrate, and in tribute to his teenage son, who was killed in a motorcycling accident.

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* In Italy's Serie A for the first time in its history in 2016-17, Crotone, from Calabria, were in the bottom 3 from the 2nd round of the season to the last - they earned only 2 points from their first 10 games, and at the 29th game, they had only 3 wins and 14 points. However, their last 9 games saw 6 wins and 2 draws, and a last-game win over Lazio was accompanied by Empoli losing their final game to already-relegated Palermo. Their manager Davide Nicola cycled the length of Italy to celebrate, and in tribute to his teenage son, who was killed in a motorcycling accident.
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