Only One "Comeback"
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Well, since this particular game is now referred to simply as "The Comeback", I'm thinking it's gonna get a few votes. In a 1993 wild-card playoff game, a Buffalo Bills team without Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly faced the Houston Oilers. Replacing Kelly was backup Frank Reich, who had authored what was then the greatest comeback in college football history when he led a Maryland team back from a 31-0 deficit to a 42-40 win against Miami. In the playoff, the Oilers went up 28-3 at the half AND lost Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas to injury. A Houston interception return for touchdown early in the third quarter put the Oilers up by the seemingly insurmountable score of 35-3.
Fans in Buffalo were leaving Rich Stadium en masse. Big mistake. The Bills scored four touchdowns in the third quarter -- all touchdown passes by Reich, and three caught by Should-be Hall of Famer Andre Reed, going up 38-35. The Oilers tied the game to end regulation, and the Bills won in overtime with a field goal. The next day, Houston fired their defensive coordinator and secondary coach, while the Bills went on to appear in (and lose) their third straight Super Bowl. But for one amazing day, Frank Reich and his Bills authored the most amazing comeback we're ever likely to see in the NFL.
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