Best Sports Comebacks

Everyone loves to see the underdog beat all the odds and win the game. Hear about some of the greatest comeback stories in sports history.

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Heavyweight champ Michael Moorer, right, from Detroit, sizes up former champ George Foreman during the first round of their 12 round IBF/WBA heavyweight title bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 5, 1994. (AP Photo/Jeff Scheid)
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Philadelphia Flyers had a stunning 4-3 win against the Boston Bruins in the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs, according to They had been down 3-0 in the series, then down 3-0 in Game 7. However the team was able to turn everything around. Click to see more amazing sports comebacks.
In 2008, the Boston Celtics won their first championship in 22 years in the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers. They overcame a 24-point deficit to win the game.
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In 1993, the Buffalo Bills were trailing 32 points behind the Houston Oilers and many fans had lost all hope, according to Pro Football Hall of Fame. However backup quarterback Frank Reich led his team to a stunning 38-41 win.
George Foreman became the oldest Heavyweight champion in the sport's history in 1994 after winning a fight against boxer Michael Moorer, according to The L.A. Times. Although Foreman struggled in the match's first nine rounds, Foreman hit Moorer in the chin during round ten and dropped Moorer to the floor.
With just seconds left in the game, Indiana Pacers guard Reggie Miller put the ball over New York Knicks guard Greg Anthony for three points at New York's Madison Square Garden, May 7, 1995. Miller went on to score a staggering 8 points in 11 seconds, leading the Pacers to a 107-105 victory in the semi-final of the Eastern Conference.
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In 1995, Ernie Irvan had an incredible comeback at Phoenix International Speedway according to the Daily Press. After a wreck that nearly killed him in 1994, Irvan raced again in Phoenix to take the lead for 110 laps. His car had engine failure on lap 197 of the 312-lap race, but fans were still impressed.
Considered the biggest comeback in NHL history, the Toronto Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup Final against Detroit in 1942 after losing the first three games of the series. The Maple Leaf comeback began with a 4-3 victory in Detroit, and continued with a pair of convincing wins: 9-3 and 3-0.
Running back Larry Schreiber #35 of the San Francisco 49ers scores his third touchdown of the game on a 1-yard run as linebacker Lee Roy Jordan #55 of the Dallas Cowboys brings him down in the endzone in the 1972 NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on December 23, 1972 in San Francisco, California. The Cowboys defeated the 49ers 30-28.
In 1972, Lasse Viren, of Finland, had a world-record, gold-medal winning run in the 10,000-meter event at the Summer Olympics in Munich. Viren fell during the race's 12th lap, but popped back to his feet and eventually won a sprint to the finish.
Bobby Thomson of the New York Giants hits one of the most famous home runs in baseball history against the Brooklyn Dodgers at the Polo Grounds in New York City, Oct. 3,1951. This homer, in the last part of the 9th inning, not only won the game, but also the pennant for the Giants in the third and final pennant playoff game.
EMPTY_CAPTION"The Golden Bear" of golf, Jack Nicklaus, was five shots back of the leader with just nine holes to go in the 1986 Masters Tournament. Nicklaus finished the back nine with a 30 to win his record sixth Masters title.
New York Mets' Mookie Wilson's grounder down the first base line went through Bill Buckner's legs at first base, giving the Mets the go-ahead run and the deciding Game 7 win in the 1986 World Series.
The Chicago Bulls faced a tough battle in game 6 of the 1992 NBA Finals. While up 3-2 in the series, they trailed by 15 points in the fourth quarter of game 6 against the Portland Trailblazers and thought they were headed to a game 7. But with star Michael Jordan on the bench, Scottie Pippen helped the Bulls cut the lead to three points. When Jordan reentered the game, he would seal the deal for the Bulls' second championship.
Veteran quarterback Vinny Testaverde of the New York Jets headed into the fourth quarter down 30-7 against the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football in 2000. But the Jets would go on a 23-0 run to tie the game at 30, and would ultimately force the game into overtime. The Jets won the game with an overtime field goal and the game was dubbed the "Monday Night Miracle."
The dominant 2001 Seattle Mariners were up 14-2 after seven innings of baseball, and things weren't looking good for the Cleveland Indians. The game would eventually head into the 11th-inning after the Indians scrapped to tie the game in the ninth inning. Kenny Lofton would later slide home for a 15-14 win, capping off a more than four-hour game.
Jennifer Capriati came back to beat Martina Hingis in the 2002 Australian Open. Capriati won the match 4-6, 7-6, 6-2, coming back to win the last two sets.
Unlikely hero Aaron Boone crushed the hopes of Boston Red Sox fans everywhere when he smashed a Game 7-winning walk-off home run in the 11th-inning off knuckleballer Tim Wakefield in the 2003 American League Championship series.
Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts were down three touchdowns with just four minutes to go against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday Night Football in 2003. But Manning came up big in the stretch leading the Colts to a 38-35 victory on a game-winning field goal.
The San Franciso 49ers were down 24 points with just a quarter left to play against the New York Giants in a wild card game against the New York Giants in 2003. But quarterback Jeff Garcia and receiver Terrell Owens led the way until Garcia hit wide receiver Tai Streets for a 13-year touchdown pass. A botched pass towards the end of the game for the Giants preserved the win for the 49ers.
Tracy McGrady let the Houston Rockets to an unlikely win against the powerhouse San Antonio Spurs in 2004. With just a minute left and down by 10 points, McGrady caught fire and scored 13 points in 33 seconds to lead the Rockets to a win.
The Kansas Jayhawks were down nine points with a little over two minutes left against the Memphis Tigers in the 2008 NCAA Final Four. Luckily for the Jayhawks, the Tigers were missing their free throws, helping Kansas force the game into overtime, where they would take control and win 75-68.
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