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3rd May '16 7:38:59 AM JohnPrestwick
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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'. 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.
29th Apr '16 7:50:12 PM mlsmithca
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*** Also on Season 7, Debbie & Bianca came close, but ultimately failed, in leg 3. They got lost early in the leg, drove two hours in the wrong direction, and then had to drive two more to get back on course. Still, when they got to the four pounds of meat Roadblock, there were still four teams sitting there (three having already quit the challenge, while the fourth was contemplating it). Debbie scarfed down her four pounds of meat, yet they were ultimately eliminated by a matter of minutes.

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*** ** Also on Season 7, Debbie & Bianca came close, but ultimately failed, in leg 3. They got lost early in the leg, drove two hours in the wrong direction, and then had to drive two more to get back on course. Still, when they got to the four pounds of meat Roadblock, there were still four teams sitting there (three having already quit the challenge, while the fourth was contemplating it). Debbie scarfed down her four pounds of meat, yet they were ultimately eliminated by a matter of minutes.



** And [[http://footballoutsiders.com/ramblings/2010/guest-column-adjusted-comeback-efficiency this]] study lists the best comeback quarterback of the last decade as...walking punchline and AnnoyingYoungerSibling Eli Manning?
*** He's done this twice in the Super Bowl, both games against the Patriots. The first one ended a previously-undefeated season from the Patriots, the second capped a league record for 4th quarter touchdown passes in a single season, and both featured physics-defying plays to pull it off.

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** And [[http://footballoutsiders.com/ramblings/2010/guest-column-adjusted-comeback-efficiency this]] study lists the best comeback quarterback of the last decade as...walking punchline and AnnoyingYoungerSibling Eli Manning?
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Manning? He's done this twice in the Super Bowl, both games against the Patriots. The first one ended a previously-undefeated season from the Patriots, the second capped a league record for 4th quarter touchdown passes in a single season, and both featured physics-defying plays to pull it off.



*** 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 latest against-the-odds-victory, #ComeBackKings was trending on Twitter. They're also not shy of handing out thrashings, either, in 2007 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 latest against-the-odds-victory, #ComeBackKings against-the-odds-victory over Borussia Dortmund in 2016, [=#ComeBackKings=] was trending on Twitter. They're also not shy of handing out thrashings, either, thrashings; in 2007 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.



** Bettered: Manchester United vs Bayern Munich, Champions League Final, United 1-0 down in injury time, score 2 goals to win the competition.
** Tottenham Hotspur have been on the receiving end of these a few times in recent years. In 2001, they were 3-0 ahead at half time against Manchester United in a Premiership match and went on to lose 5-3. Two years later, and they led 3-0 at half time again, against Manchester City, with one of Man City's players having been sent off, and they lost 4-3. Two years ago, they were leading 3-1 away at Chelsea in an FA Cup match with 15 minutes left (although they hadn't led 3-0 this time), before Chelsea scored twice in twelve minutes to salvage a 3-3 draw. Chelsea won the replay and went on to win the competition.
** San Lorenzo vs River Plate, "Libertadores" Cup, 8th May 2008. San Lorenzo were 0-2 with two players sent off and only 20 minutes to go and managed to make a ''comeback'' and tie the game. Since they had won the first match, they qualified for the quarterfinals.
** A UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie between Chelsea and Liverpool was full of these. Chelsea had won the first leg 3-1 at Anfield, leaving Liverpool needing to win by three goals (or win by two goals scoring more than three). Liverpool had managed to turn over the two-goal aggregate deficit by racing into a 2-0 lead in the first half, needing to score just one more to progress. However, Chelsea came back to lead 3-2 with just fifteen minutes to go and seemingly book their place in the last four. Then Liverpool scored twice in two minutes to lead 4-3 and need just one more goal to go through on away goals. Chelsea then equalised with one minute left to secure a 4-4 draw and progress 7-5 on aggregate.
** In a Second Division match in December 1957, Charlton Athletic were playing hosts to Huddersfield Town (then managed by future Liverpool manager Bill Shankly), and after losing their captain Derek Ufton to injury (at a time when there were no substitutes) after 17 minutes, they were trailing 5-1 with only 27 minutes left, with spectators leaving in droves. Then, in the space of 18 minutes, Johnny Summers scored four goals for Charlton and set Buck Ryan up for a fifth to give Charlton a 6-5 lead; Stan Howard equalised for Huddersfield with four minutes left, but Summers set Ryan up for a second goal with a minute left to give Charlton an astonishing 7-6 win. Huddersfield became the only team in professional football to score six goals in a match and still lose.
** West Bromwich Albion were 3-0 at half time against West Ham United in the 2010/11 season. The game ended in a 3-3 draw.
** The 2011 League Cup Semi Final between Birmingham City and West Ham United. After the first half of the second leg had been played, Birmingham were 3-1 down on aggregate, 1-0 down on the night. They pulled it back to 3-3 in the second half, and then scored the winning goal in extra time to progress to the final.

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** Bettered: * Manchester United vs Bayern Munich, Munich in the 1999 Champions League Final, United 1-0 down in injury time, score 2 goals to win the competition.
** * Tottenham Hotspur have been on the receiving end of these a few times in recent years. In 2001, they were 3-0 ahead at half time against Manchester United in a Premiership match and went on to lose 5-3. Two years later, and they led 3-0 at half time again, against Manchester City, with one of Man City's players having been sent off, and they lost 4-3. Two years ago, they were leading 3-1 away at Chelsea in an FA Cup match with 15 minutes left (although they hadn't led 3-0 this time), before Chelsea scored twice in twelve minutes to salvage a 3-3 draw. Chelsea won the replay and went on to win the competition.
** * San Lorenzo vs River Plate, "Libertadores" Cup, 8th May 2008. San Lorenzo were 0-2 with two players sent off and only 20 minutes to go and managed to make a ''comeback'' and tie the game. Since they had won the first match, they qualified for the quarterfinals.
** * A UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie between Chelsea and Liverpool was full of these. Chelsea had won the first leg 3-1 at Anfield, leaving Liverpool needing to win by three goals (or win by two goals scoring more than three). Liverpool had managed to turn over the two-goal aggregate deficit by racing into a 2-0 lead in the first half, needing to score just one more to progress. However, Chelsea came back to lead 3-2 with just fifteen minutes to go and seemingly book their place in the last four. Then Liverpool scored twice in two minutes to lead 4-3 and need just one more goal to go through on away goals. Chelsea then equalised with one minute left to secure a 4-4 draw and progress 7-5 on aggregate.
** * In a Second Division match in December 1957, Charlton Athletic were playing hosts to Huddersfield Town (then managed by future Liverpool manager Bill Shankly), and after losing their captain Derek Ufton to injury (at a time when there were no substitutes) after 17 minutes, they were trailing 5-1 with only 27 minutes left, with spectators leaving in droves. Then, in the space of 18 minutes, Johnny Summers scored four goals for Charlton and set Buck Ryan up for a fifth to give Charlton a 6-5 lead; Stan Howard equalised for Huddersfield with four minutes left, but Summers set Ryan up for a second goal with a minute left to give Charlton an astonishing 7-6 win. Huddersfield became the only team in professional football to score six goals in a match and still lose.
** * West Bromwich Albion were 3-0 at half time against West Ham United in the 2010/11 season. The game ended in a 3-3 draw.
** * The 2011 League Cup Semi Final between Birmingham City and West Ham United. After the first half of the second leg had been played, Birmingham were 3-1 down on aggregate, 1-0 down on the night. They pulled it back to 3-3 in the second half, and then scored the winning goal in extra time to progress to the final.



* December 21, 1983. European Championship qualifying match. Spain's only option to enter was to beat Malta by ''11'' or more goals. By half-time, they were winning 3-1. What happened after? Call it perseverance, determination, or as we like to call it, COJONES, but Spain managed to win 12-1 and reach the final (which they lost to France). [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-io74oOSZpA This is how national TV broadcasted the twelfth goal by Juan Señor.]]
** Possibly the only time a CurbStompBattle could be considered a MiracleRally.

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* December 21, 1983. European Championship qualifying match. Spain's only option to enter was to beat Malta by ''11'' or more goals. By half-time, they were winning 3-1. What happened after? Call it perseverance, determination, or as we like to call it, COJONES, but Spain managed to win 12-1 and reach the final (which they lost to France). [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-io74oOSZpA This is how national TV broadcasted the twelfth goal by Juan Señor.]]
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]] Possibly the only time a CurbStompBattle could be considered a MiracleRally.






* 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 run from September 16th to October 15th. Repeat: '''from ''from the middle of September to the middle of October, the Rockies had 21 wins ''and wins'' '''and only 1 loss.'''''
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''' 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.



** 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.
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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.



** No, that honor has to go to the 1978 New York Yankees, who were at one point 14.5 games behind Boston and in fourth place in the division. They then went to take a lead in the division, but Boston didn't just go away. Holding a one-game lead with eight games remaining, the Yankees proceeded to win their next seven games. The Red Sox won all eight, forcing a tie on the final day of the season. The one-game playoff that followed was representative of the season as a whole, with the Red Sox taking an early lead, the Yankees bouncing back late, and the Red Sox making a rally of their own but falling just short.

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** No, that honor has to go to the * The 1978 New York Yankees, who Yankees were at one point 14.5 games behind Boston and in fourth place in the division. They then went to take a lead in the division, but Boston didn't just go away. Holding a one-game lead with eight games remaining, the Yankees proceeded to win their next seven games. The Red Sox won all eight, forcing a tie on the final day of the season. The one-game playoff that followed was representative of the season as a whole, with the Red Sox taking an early lead, the Yankees bouncing back late, and the Red Sox making a rally of their own but falling just short.



*** Altogether, the Cardinals had a .006% chance of winning the World Series. [[RealityIsUnrealistic And yet they won.]]

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*** ** Altogether, the Cardinals had a .006% chance of winning the World Series. [[RealityIsUnrealistic And yet they won.]]






** This whole ordeal is now 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.

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** This whole ordeal is now 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.



* 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.
** In the same year, although more in the regular season, the other Bay Area team, the Oakland A's pulled one off. They were down by more than five games with a little more than a month left to play in the AL West, behind the defending division and league champs, the Texas Rangers. Partly due to the Rangers failing, and the A's rising to the occasion, they managed to tie the Rangers in the division race on the second-to-last day (after being down 4 games with 6 to play a week earlier), making the game in Oakland against the Rangers the next day the Division Title game, which they won. However, in their playoff run, they were defeated by the Detroit Tigers in the ALDS.

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* The 2012 San Francisco Giants pulled this off ''twice''. ''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.
** * In the same year, although more in the 2012 regular season, the other Bay Area team, the Oakland A's pulled one off. They were down by more than five games with a little more than a month left to play in the AL West, behind the defending division and league champs, the Texas Rangers. Partly due to the Rangers failing, and the A's rising to the occasion, they managed to tie the Rangers in the division race on the second-to-last day (after being down 4 games with 6 to play a week earlier), making the game in Oakland against the Rangers the next day the Division Title game, which they won. However, in their playoff run, they were defeated by the Detroit Tigers in the ALDS.



* 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[[labelnote:*]]overtime[[/labelnote]], 3, 2[[labelnote:**]]double-overtime[[/labelnote]], 1, [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers 19]], 1, 7, and 2. That's an average margin of victory of less than five points.

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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''.
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game''. They won their nine tournament games by the following margins: 1, 7[[labelnote:*]]overtime[[/labelnote]], 3, 2[[labelnote:**]]double-overtime[[/labelnote]], 1, [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers 19]], 1, 7, and 2. That's an average margin of victory of less than five points.



* 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.

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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. 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.
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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.



* That's nothing. Try February 15, 1994, Kentucky at LSU. Kentucky was down 68–37 with 15:34 left. Remember, this was ''in Baton Rouge.'' Then, the Wildcats start hitting from three-point land and outscore the Tigers 62–27 for the rest of the game to win 99–95.

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* That's nothing. Try February 15, 1994, Kentucky at LSU. Kentucky was down 68–37 with 15:34 left. Remember, this was ''in Baton Rouge.'' Then, the Wildcats start hitting from three-point land and outscore the Tigers 62–27 for the rest of the game to win 99–95.






* 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.
* The aforementioned feat of overturning a 3-0 deficit in a seven-game series has been achieved five times in North American sport, and the remaining four have all been in the playoffs for UsefulNotes/TheStanleyCup, ice hockey's top prize:

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* 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!
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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.
* The aforementioned feat of overturning a 3-0 deficit in a seven-game series has been achieved five times in North American sport, and the remaining four have all been in the playoffs for UsefulNotes/TheStanleyCup, ice hockey's top prize:



* UsefulNotes/{{Wimbledon}} 2011 Quarter Final pitched Frenchman [[UsefulNotes/{{Tennis}} Jo-Wilfried Tsonga]] against 6-time winner and arguably the greatest player of all time, Roger Federer. Federer had beaten Tsonga before and built up a convincing 2-set lead. The commentators were already talking as though Federer had won. Then Tsonga took the third set. And the fourth. And then he finished it off, 3-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. This was the first time that Federer had EVER lost a match after going two sets up. It was the shock of the tournament.

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* Tennis examples:
** The
UsefulNotes/{{Wimbledon}} 2011 Quarter Final pitched Frenchman [[UsefulNotes/{{Tennis}} Jo-Wilfried Tsonga]] against 6-time winner and arguably the greatest player of all time, Roger Federer. Federer had beaten Tsonga before and built up a convincing 2-set lead. The commentators were already talking as though Federer had won. Then Tsonga took the third set. And the fourth. And then he finished it off, 3-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. This was the first time that Federer had EVER lost a match after going two sets up. It was the shock of the tournament.



* You want to see a real-life equivalent of the Racing Game examples in TheComputerIsACheatingBastard? [[http://www.blinkx.com/watch-video/4x100-olympic-relay-full/ap-siprHc0hBONuIB0HxWw Watch the 2008 Olympic Men's 4x100 Freestyle Relay.]] This was thought to be the toughest obstacle to Michael Phelps's quest for eight gold medals, as the French were favored over the US. While the US had Phelps lead off the race, France saved their best swimmer, world record-holder[[note]]Official individual world records can only be set in the first leg of a relay or in a non-relay. Bernard held the 100m record as of the start of the race, though it was broken in the first leg of this relay by Australia's Eamon Sullivan. Bernard took back the record in the semifinals of the 100m free a few days later only to immediately have Sullivan best him again--with a time of 47.05 seconds[[/note]] Alain Bernard, for the anchor. The French also had a solid lead as Bernard entered the pool. Jason Lezak then put up a performance for the ages, finishing his split in just ''46.06 seconds'', more than a full second better than the 100m world record at the time, to get the USA the win by a mere .08 seconds.
** France would have their revenge in the 2012 Olympics, with USA's Ryan Lochte being handed a lead much like Bernard's and France pulling off the win.

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* You want to see a real-life equivalent of the Racing Game examples in TheComputerIsACheatingBastard? [[http://www.blinkx.com/watch-video/4x100-olympic-relay-full/ap-siprHc0hBONuIB0HxWw Watch the 2008 Olympic Men's 4x100 Freestyle Relay.]] This was thought to be the toughest obstacle to Michael Phelps's quest for eight gold medals, as the French were favored over the US. While the US had Phelps lead off the race, France saved their best swimmer, world record-holder[[note]]Official individual world records can only be set in the first leg of a relay or in a non-relay. Bernard held the 100m record as of the start of the race, though it was broken in the first leg of this relay by Australia's Eamon Sullivan. Bernard took back the record in the semifinals of the 100m free a few days later only to immediately have Sullivan best him again--with a time of 47.05 seconds[[/note]] Alain Bernard, for the anchor. The French also had a solid lead as Bernard entered the pool. Jason Lezak then put up a performance for the ages, finishing his split in just ''46.06 seconds'', more than a full second better than the 100m world record at the time, to get the USA the win by a mere .08 seconds.
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seconds. France would have their revenge in the 2012 Olympics, with USA's Ryan Lochte being handed a lead much like Bernard's and France pulling off the win.



* UsefulNotes/AustralianRulesFootball: Most famously, the 1970 Grand Final, where Carlton came back from 44 points down at half-time to beat Collingwood by 10 points. The game is something of a legend in Australian Rules cirles, mainly thanks to [[OneSceneWonder Ted Hopkins']] performance in the second half.
** Also, Essendon's comeback against North Melbourne in 2001, where the Bombers came back from 69 points down to win by 12; the single biggest comeback in VFL/AFL history.

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* UsefulNotes/AustralianRulesFootball: UsefulNotes/AustralianRulesFootball:
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Most famously, the 1970 Grand Final, where Carlton came back from 44 points down at half-time to beat Collingwood by 10 points. The game is something of a legend in Australian Rules cirles, mainly thanks to [[OneSceneWonder Ted Hopkins']] performance in the second half.
** Also, Essendon's comeback against North Melbourne in 2001, where the Bombers came back from 69 points down to win by 12; the single biggest comeback in VFL/AFL history.
21st Apr '16 9:30:39 AM DarkPhoenix94
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* UEFA Champions League final, the Miracle of Istanbul, 2005. (Liverpool were trailing 0-3 at the break before levelling it in the second half with three goals in ''six minutes'' and going on to win on penalties.)
** A similar event occurred nine years later, between Liverpool and Crystal Palace. Crystal Palace, down 0-3, scored three goals to equalise, leading to the game being referred to as "The Miracle of [[TakeThat Crystanbul]]".

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* The 2005 UEFA Champions League final, the final between Liverpool and AC Milan, a.k.a. 'The Miracle of Istanbul, 2005. (Liverpool Istanbul' takes the cake. AC Milan were considered one of the best teams in the world, having multiple FIFA 100 players, a future World Player of the Year and Ballon d'Or winner in Brazilian attacking midfielder Kaka and former Champions League winners in their line up (in the case of Clarence Seedorf, a player who'd won it three times with three different clubs), and had won the competition in 2003. Liverpool, despite their rich European history, had no FIFA 100 players, no former Champions League winners etc, and had dragged themselves to the final through sheer [[{{Determinator}} determination]], a healthy dollop of luck and some extraordinary performances by their Captain and one world class player, Steven Gerrard, who was at the time on the point of a move to Chelsea. They weren't even going to qualify for the next season's competition. Liverpool went a goal down in less than 40 seconds and were trailing 0-3 at the break before levelling it in the break. Liverpool responded with a second half with performance that shocked the world, scoring three goals in ''six minutes'' minutes'', holding out under Milan's onslaught for a whole ''hour'' of normal and extra time, something that included a double save from Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko by Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek that was later voted the greatest Champions League moment of all time, before going on to win 3-2 on penalties.)
penalties. Gerrard stayed at Liverpool for another ten years, becoming a club legend, Jerzy Dudek and Xabi Alonso, another member of that side, became fan favourites at Liverpool and then at Real Madrid, while Milan got their revenge in the 2007 final, winning 2-1. Even now, 11 years on, players on both sides still have no idea how it happened.
** A Liverpool have a penchant for this, especially in European matches, with the always noisy Anfield becoming a positive cauldron capable of rattling even the best players. They're known for bringing their A-Game in Europe, even [[UnderdogsNeverLose (especially)]] when technically speaking they are completely outclassed, thriving on ridiculous odds. This is a club that tends to regard a three goal deficit against a technically superior team as a challenge, as the 'Miracle of Istanbul' and the 2016 Europa League Quarter Final Second Leg against Borussia Dortmund demonstrate. In the latter case, as with Milan, Liverpool were outside the Champions League spots and had few players of real top class, while Dortmund had comfortably qualified for the Champions League and were challenging Bayern Munich for the German title and had top players throughout their team, including one of the best front threes in Europe. The only reason Dortmund were in the Europa Leauge at all was because they'd had a bad start to the previous season which slowed them down. Liverpool had contained an out of sorts Dortmund in Germany and were level at 1-1 on aggregate, with a slight advantage thanks to the away goals rule. Then, they conceded two goals in the first 8 minutes to put them 3-1 down on aggregate, meaning that thanks to the away goals rule, they needed to win outright to go through. They pulled one back in the second half to make it 3-2 (2-1 on the night), then promptly another goal down 4-2 (3-1 on the night). With less than 30 minutes to go, they needed three goals. They promptly got those goals, winning 4-3 on the night and 5-4 on aggregate.
*** 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 latest against-the-odds-victory, #ComeBackKings was trending on Twitter. They're also not shy of handing out thrashings, either, in 2007 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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similar event occurred nine years later, between a title chasing Liverpool and Crystal Palace. Crystal Palace, down 0-3, (Palace were 0-3 down, scored three goals to equalise, leading to equalise in the last ten minutes), game being was referred to as "The Miracle of [[TakeThat Crystanbul]]".


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* The FA Cup final, 2006, Liverpool vs West Ham. West Ham went 2-0 up thanks to Dean Ashton and a Jamie Carragher own goal. Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse made it 2-1 at half time, and captain Steven Gerrard equalised shortly after the restart. Then, West Ham left back Paul Konchesky scored a freak goal with a cross-shot (he probably meant it as a cross, but it ended up as a shot). The match went into injury time and both teams could barely move. Cue Steven Gerrard, who had looked injured just before that, getting the ball 35 yards out and promptly drilling it into the bottom corner to make it 3-3. As with the Champions League final the previous year, they won on penalties.
26th Mar '16 9:42:34 AM nombretomado
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* In {{Cricket}}, Michael Bevan of Australia made his reputation by doing this repeatedly. The most famous instances were:

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* In {{Cricket}}, UsefulNotes/{{Cricket}}, Michael Bevan of Australia made his reputation by doing this repeatedly. The most famous instances were:
24th Mar '16 8:03:14 AM daird
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\n\n* In the second round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament, Northern Iowa seemed to have Texas A&M dead to rights, leading by twelve with under 45 seconds to play. Many teams in the Aggies' situation would accept that their season was over and call off the dogs, but Texas A&M didn't and, with the help of four Northern Iowa turnovers, managed to tie the game and win in overtime. The craziest thing? Northern Iowa actually made a basket of their own during this blitz, meaning that A&M actually had to score fourteen points to complete the comeback! March Madness indeed.

12th Feb '16 2:57:40 PM Ohio9
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** And, of course, in the January 3, 1993 NFL playoff game, sparked the Buffalo Bills' rally over the Houston Oilers, winning 41-38 (in overtime) after being behind 35-3 early in the third quarter.

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** And, of course, in the January 3, 1993 NFL playoff game, sparked the Buffalo Bills' rally over the Houston Oilers, winning 41-38 (in overtime) after being behind 35-3 early in the third quarter. At the time they started their comeback, the Bills starting quarterback (Jim Kelly), running back (Thurman Thomas), and middle linebacker (Cornelius Bennett) were all out of the game with injuries.
5th Feb '16 10:04:33 PM nombretomado
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* AustralianRulesFootball: Most famously, the 1970 Grand Final, where Carlton came back from 44 points down at half-time to beat Collingwood by 10 points. The game is something of a legend in Australian Rules cirles, mainly thanks to [[OneSceneWonder Ted Hopkins']] performance in the second half.

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* AustralianRulesFootball: UsefulNotes/AustralianRulesFootball: Most famously, the 1970 Grand Final, where Carlton came back from 44 points down at half-time to beat Collingwood by 10 points. The game is something of a legend in Australian Rules cirles, mainly thanks to [[OneSceneWonder Ted Hopkins']] performance in the second half.
21st Jan '16 6:36:33 PM nombretomado
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* In the 2009 [[HorseRacing Kentucky Derby]], Mine That Bird went from a distant last at the back stretch to winning by over six lengths.

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* In the 2009 [[HorseRacing [[UsefulNotes/HorseRacing Kentucky Derby]], Mine That Bird went from a distant last at the back stretch to winning by over six lengths.
26th Dec '15 11:25:06 AM bt8257
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->''"Do you believe in miracles?'' Yes!"

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->''"Do you believe in miracles?'' Yes!"'''Yes!'''"
5th Dec '15 8:54:23 PM redstar91
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* 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.
** Believing that the Giants [[AssumedWin would hold]] [[TemptingFate onto their lead]], Baker replaced Ortiz with his setup man, Felix Rodriguez, to have him pitch to Scott Spiezio. Spiezio fouled off one pitch right after another before he hit a [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome three-run home run that barely cleared the wall in right field.]]
** 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.
** Finally, the comeback was completed when Angels closer Troy Percival retired the first three batters in the top of the ninth to preserve the victory with the final score of 6-5. The Angels then went on to win game 7 the following night, and with it, the World Series.
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