The Super Bowl is something that is highly anticipated by millions of Americans, who all want to see an amazing game take place in front of their eyes. Based on the fact that the two best teams in the National Football League tend to wind up making it to the big game, the game is typically very competitive.
However, there are some years when a team completely dominates. If you tuned into the Super Bowl this year and watched the New England Patriots get slammed by the Atlanta Falcons in the first half, you likely thought that the Falcons were going to coast to a championship. However, the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history was about to take place, as the New England Patriots fought back and eventually took the game in overtime.
After being down by twenty five points in the third quarter, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots started chipping away at the lead. After taking the team down the field for three separate touchdowns and a field goal, the Patriots tied the game. What many people thought was impossible, after looking at the screen and realizing that the Patriots would need a miracle to make a comeback, the Patriots found themselves having a coin toss for possession in overtime. As luck would have it, the Patriots also won the coin toss and wound up getting the ball first in overtime.
The rules have changed over the last several years, making it all the more important to get the ball first in overtime. This is based on the fact that if the receiving team scores a touchdown, the game is officially over. However, if the team that gets the ball first only scores a field goal, the opposing team gets the ball back for a final drive. After getting the ball, Tom Brady wound up driving straight down the field in a short period of time. The game ended with a touchdown, effectively making this Super Bowl the biggest comeback that has ever taken place.
When you consider the next biggest margins that have been overcome in a Super Bowl, they pale in comparison. The Patriots actually hold the second biggest comeback as well, which took place just two years ago. The Patriots were down ten points to the Seattle Seahawks, who many considered to be the favorite team to win the game. After scoring two touchdowns to take a four point lead over the Seahawks, Seattle got the ball back and took the ball all the way down the field. One of the things that was most shocking about this game was the fact that Seattle had four plays on the goal line to punch the ball in, yet were stopped, despite having a dynamic running back. The New England Patriots held on again, after a thrilling comeback victory.
The New Orleans Saints had an exciting comeback as well, as they wound up beating the Indianapolis Colts in 2010, after being down by ten points in the game. Perhaps the biggest turnaround in a Super Bowl happened after the Denver Broncos took a ten point lead over the Washington Redskins. The year was 1987 and after finding themselves down by ten early in the game, the Redskins opened up the game and completely shut down the Broncos. The Redskins went on to score six touchdowns and truly embarrassed the Denver Broncos.
Most of the time when two powerhouse teams make it to the big game, it ends up being a closely contested battle. However, Tom Brady and the Patriots truly took things to a new level this year, as they came back from incredible odds. Chances are, the game will go down as one of the most impressive comebacks in history.