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With a litany of exciting sports happening right now, I have decided to rank my top 5 greatest comebacks in sports.
5.) Tracy McGrady vs. The San Antonio Spurs (2004)
With the Rockets down 76-68 with 35 seconds left, Tracy McGrady goes absolutely nuclear. He scores 13 points in those 35 second including an and-1 three pointer and a buzzer beater to win the game. This may not be one of the biggest comebacks in terms of the point differential, but McGrady proving to everyone that he has ice water instead of blood makes this comeback incredible.
4.) The Boston Red Sox vs. The New York Yankees (2004)
In the ALCS the Boston Red Sox were trailing the New York Yankees three games to none. Then in Game 4 the Yankees had the Red Sox on the ropes, but thanks to a blown save from Mariano Rivera and a David Ortiz walk off in the 12th, Boston was able to stop the sweep. After another extra-innings win, Boston was able to keep the series alive and eventually win it en route to their first World Series title in 86 years.
3.) The New England Patriots vs. The Atlanta Falcons (2017)
The Falcons led the Patriots 28-3 with just over two minutes left in the third quarter of Super Bowl 51. The Patriots went on to score 25 unanswered points in regulation and would eventually win on a touchdown in overtime. This was thanks to one of the greatest Super Bowl performances ever from Tom Brady, as well as one of the best catches of all time from Julian Edelman.
2.) The Cleveland Cavaliers vs. The Golden State Warriors (2016)
Following a record-setting 73-9 regular season record, the Golden State Warriors flew out to a 3-1 series lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving both went off for 41 points each in a game 5 win. They eventually forced a Game 7 where LeBron had one of the most clutch blocks of all time and Kyrie drained a go-ahead 3 that would clinch the Cavaliers first NBA title.
1.) Tiger Woods (2019)
While Tiger Woods’ 2019 Masters win was not a mere come from behind victory, it was the greatest comeback in sports history. After being the World Number 1 golfer for more time than anyone ever, Tiger fell hard. Tiger has had to come back from just about everything you could think of including four back surgeries in as many years and numerous other injuries. Between 2014 and 2017, Tiger only played in 19 tournaments and only made the cut in 11 of them. His 2019 Masters win is not just about one tournament, it is about the resiliency of Tiger Woods. He made golf what it is today and without him, the game is just not the same.
Honorable Mention: Plano East vs. John Tyler (1994)
Plano East went from the lowest of lows to the highest of highs then right back to the lowest of lows. Just watch the video.