The two-time defending AFC South champions Houston Texans found themselves trailing San Diego 28-7 at halftime of their 2013 opener, but reeled the Chargers back in. Linebacker Brian Cushing returned an interception for a touchdown to help key the comeback. Kicker Randy Bullock drilled a 41-yard kick as time expired to finish the 31-28 win.
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Arizona Cardinals | Nov. 8, 1987
The Cardinals, in their final season in St. Louis, trailed Tampa Bay 28-3 heading into the fourth quarter. But Neil Lomax caught fire and threw three touchdowns in the final period -- including two to J.T. Smith. -- to give his team a 31-28 victory.
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The Falcons made two 21-point comebacks in 1983. Against the Jets, Atlanta trailed by three touchdowns in the third quarter before Billy Johnson found the end zone twice and the Falcons scored 27 straight points to close the game. A month later, against the Packers, Atlanta trailed 21-0 in the second quarter. But Kenny Johnson returned two interceptions for touchdowns -- the first tied the game, the second won it in overtime.
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Baltimore trailed Arizona 24-3 with four minutes left in the second quarter. But after halftime, the offense came together. "We woke up, plain and simple," said wide receiver Anquan Boldin, who caught seven passes for 145 yards. Ray Rice ran for three second-half touchdowns in the Ravens' 30-27 win.
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The Bills trailed the Oilers 35-3 just after halftime in the Wild Card game now known as "The Comeback." It looked like Buffalo's quest for a third straight Super Bowl appearance would end in the first round. But Frank Reich threw four second-half touchdowns, including three to Andre Reed, and the Bills won 41-38 in overtime. Buffalo's victory remains the largest comeback in NFL history.
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The Panthers were coming off a Super Bowl appearance but had started the season 1-7. They fell behind the 49ers by 17, but Jake Delhomme led the comeback by throwing for 303 yards and three touchdowns. The win helped jumpstart the Panthers to a 6-2 finish. It also matched the team's comeback in the 2003 season opener, when three Delhomme touchdowns led it past Jacksonville.
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Cardinals coach Dennis Green's rant -- "They are who we thought they were." -- is the most famous part of Chicago's comeback from 20 points down in the third quarter. But the most impressive part of the win might be that the team didn't score an offensive touchdown. Quarterback Rex Grossman committed six turnovers and Chicago's three touchdowns came on two fumble returns and a punt return. The Bears also overcame a 20-point deficit against Tampa Bay in 1987.
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The Vikings learned during the game that they had been eliminated from playoff contention. The Bengals took advantage of Minnesota's letdown to overcome a 24-3 halftime deficit. Cincinnati scored 24 unanswered points in the second half. The comeback tied a franchise record set against Seattle in 1981.
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SI.com presents the biggest comeback by franchise in the Super Bowl era, beginning with the Cleveland Browns
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Washington scored 22 straight points in the third quarter to take a 35-14 lead over Dallas in the season opener. But the Cowboys rallied behind their aging superstars. Emmitt Smith ran for a score and then Michael Irvin caught two fourth-quarter touchdowns from Troy Aikman. Dallas won 41-35 in overtime. The Cowboys had previously overcome a 21-point deficit against New Orleans in 1984.
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The Broncos had a 2-3 record to start Peyton Manning's first season with the team. The Chargers jumped out to a 24-0 lead at halftime, and Denver's playoff hopes looked like they were about to take another hit. But Manning tossed three second-half touchdowns and Denver's defense scored twice en route to a 35-24 win. It was the first of 11 straight wins by the Broncos to end the regular season. Denver also had overcome a 24-point deficit in 1979 against the Seahawks.
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A week earlier, the Lions had overcome a 20-point deficit for an overtime win. This time, Detroit dug an even deeper hole. Dallas led 27-3 early in the third quarter, but Detroit's Bobby Carpenter and Chris Houston each returned interceptions for touchdowns. Then, Calvin Johnson dominated the final period with two touchdown catches.
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Green Bay Packers
The Rams started the strike-shortened 1982 season with 23 first-half points. The Packers answered with 35 straight points in the second half. Eddie Lee Ivery (pictured) and Paul Coffman scored two touchdowns each, and Green Bay went on to a 5-3-1 record in the nine-game season.
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Peyton Manning led the Colts back from a 35-14 deficit with four minutes to play on Monday Night Football. "What a game," he said afterwards, "what a win." Ricky Williams ran for a one-yard touchdown with 35 seconds left to tie the game, and Mike Vanderjagt kicked the game-winning field goal in overtime. The Colts overcame 21-point deficits twice in 1995.
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The Jaguars have only 12 double-digit comeback victories, and the biggest came in their second season. The Ravens led 25-10 in the fourth quarter, but Mark Brunnell threw two touchdowns and ran for a two-point conversion to send the game to overtime. Mike Hollis kicked a field goal to give Jacksonville a 28-25 win.
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Kansas City Chiefs
The Colts were winless and without Peyton Manning, but they built a 24-7 lead against the Chiefs. Indianapolis's first win would have to wait, though. Steve Breaston scored twice in Kansas City's 28-24 victory. Matt Cassel threw a pair of touchdown passes as the Chiefs tied the franchise record for biggest comeback.
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The Dolphins' final regular season tune up started poorly. Early in the second quarter, New England led 24-0. But the Dolphins, winners of back-to-back Super Bowls, rebounded with a 24-0 run of their own. Melvin Baker caught two touchdowns on the way to a 34-27 Miami win. The Dolphins' title defense would end the next week in the first round of the playoffs.
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Minnesota Vikings | Dec. 4, 1977
Rookie quarterback Tommy Kramer relieved Bob Lee late in Minnesota's game with San Francisco and threw three fourth-quarter touchdown passes. The Vikings overcame five turnovers in turning a 24-0 deficit into a 28-27 victory.
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New England Patriots
The Patriots fell behind 23-0 to the Seahawks after Seattle returned a punt and an interception for touchdowns. But New England forced three turnovers and scored 38 straight points to close the game.
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New Orleans Saints
The Saints won this season's Super Bowl behind its high-powered offense, but its defense helped key its come-from-behind win. After Miami built a 24-3 lead, Darren Sharper and Tracy Porter each returned interceptions for touchdowns in a 46-34 win. The Saints had also overcome 21-point deficits in 1987 and 1969.
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New York Giants
In a game of runs, Washington scored 27 straight points to take a 33-14 lead. But Ron Johnson ran for two touchdowns and Fran Tarkenton hit Tucker Frederickson for a 57-yard score as New York won 35-33. It was the franchise's biggest comeback in the Super Bowl Era.
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New York Jets | Oct. 23, 2000
New York trailed by 23 points heading into the fourth quarter, but quarterback Vinny Testaverde caught fire. He threw for 235 yards and four touchdowns in the last period. The tying touchdown pass went to offensive lineman Jumbo Elliot (the only catch of his career). A decade after the "Monday Night Miracle," Testaverde said, "I get goose bumps just thinking about (the game)."
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Oakland Raiders | Sept. 28, 1988
The Broncos started the Monday Night Football game with 24 straight points, but the Los Angeles Raiders pulled out an overtime win. Jay Schroeder hit Steve Smith for two long touchdowns in the third quarter to start the Raiders' comeback. The Raiders had also overcome a 24-point deficit against San Diego in 1982.
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Philadelphia Eagles | Nov. 10, 1991
Jim McMahon hit Keith Jackson and Fred Barnett for back-to-back touchdowns to help Philadelphia close a 23-0 gap against the Browns. Roger Ruzek made four short field goals as Philadelphia won 32-30. The victory pulled the Eagles' record to .500 for the season.
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Kordell Stewart had a breakthrough game a week earlier when he ran for 117 yards and showed off an improved throwing motion. His strong play continued against the Ravens when he ran for two touchdowns and threw for three others as the Steelers overcame a 21-0 deficit.
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San Diego Chargers
The biggest comeback victory in Chargers' history was a noteworthy game for LaDainian Tomlinson. The running back was one of the top players in the NFL and would win that season's MVP award. Against the Bengals, he rushed for four touchdowns as San Diego recovered from a poor start. "Being involved in that game, it was like it was a cartoon or something," Tomlinson said afterwards. The 1981 Chargers also won a game after falling behind by 21.
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San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers were struggling in Bill Walsh's second season in charge and entered with a 5-8 record. The Saints, behind three Archie Manning touchdown passes, took a 35-7 lead into halftime. But Joe Montana, a part-time starter in his second year in the league, threw two touchdowns and ran for another to complete the biggest regular-season comeback in NFL history.
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Running back Chris Warren made his third straight Pro Bowl in 1995, and he was the key to Seattle's come-from-behind win. He scored twice -- including the go-ahead score -- as the Seahawks turned a 20-0 deficit to a 31-27 win. The Seahawks almost matched this comeback against Atlanta in last year's postseason, but Russell Wilson's heroics came up short in a 30-28 loss.
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St. Louis Rams
Jim Everett threw three touchdowns in the second half as the Rams, then based in Los Angeles, beat the Buccaneers 31-27. The Rams defense held Tampa Bay scoreless in the second half. Sean Gilbert had two sacks and Gerald Robinson added another.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers sent the game to overtime after Jeff Garcia threw a touchdown and completed a two-point conversion. But Tampa Bay may not have won without a fortuitous penalty. Bucs kicker Matt Bryant missed a field goal, but a false start on lineman Jeremy Trueblood gave Tampa Bay another chance. Garcia completed a pass, and Bryant drilled the shorter second attempt.
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Earl Campbell ran 38 times for 154 yards and a touchdown as the Houston Oilers overcame Cincinnati's 24-0 advantage. The Oilers went on to reach the AFC Championship Game that season.
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Tim Biakabutuka ran for three touchdowns in the first quarter, but then Brad Johnson started throwing touchdown passes. He tossed two to Michael Westbrook in the second quarter. He threw two more to Albert Connell to give Washington an 11-point lead. Then, the Panthers rebounded to take a 36-35 lead. But a Brett Conway field goal finally won it for Washington. The franchise also overcame a 21-point deficit in 1990. GALLERY: Best single-season win streak by team
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