In June 2016, the Cleveland Cavaliers became the first team in NBA Finals history to overcome a 3–1 deficit to win the title. After seeing LeBron James cry like a baby, we got to wondering what other sports comebacks could reduce a grown man to tears. Here are 9 more, sure to make even the toughest guy blubber. Kleenex, anyone?
Indians vs. Mariners
The Indians tied the greatest single-game comeback in MLB history in 2001 when they reversed a 12-0 deficit to defeat the Seattle Mariners 15-14 in extra innings.
New Orleans Saints vs. NE Patriots
In Week 6 of the 2013 season, with the Patriots down by 27-23 at the final 2-minute warning, Tom Brady hit Kenbrell Thompkins for a 17-yard touchdown pass and the Patriots finished off the Saints with just 5 seconds left.
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Boston Bruins
The 2010 Flyers joined the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs, the 1975 New York Islanders, and the 2004 Boston Red Sox as the only sports teams to win a playoff series after trailing 3-0.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics
In Game 4 of the 2008 NBA Finals, the Lakers were up by 24 points at the end of the 3rd. Boston closed the gap with a late 21-3 run in the 4th, ultimately winning 97-91. The Celtics’ victory was the largest comeback in NBA Finals history since 1971 when Oscar Roberston’s Milwaukee Bucks swept the Baltimore Bullets.
Gary Player 1978 Masters Tournament
On the final day of the 1978 Masters Tournament, Gary Player started his comeback at two under par and buried six birdies in the final nine holes to take the lead. He ultimately won the Green Jacket by one stroke with an amazing score of 64.
A.C. Milan vs. Liverpool F.C.
In the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final, Liverpool came blazing back over Milan in the second half, scoring three goals in a six-minute span to send the game into overtime. When Andriy Shevchenko’s penalty shot was saved by Liverpool goalie Jerzy Dudek, Liverpool had won their fifth European Cup.
Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Arizona Wildcats
In the 2005 NCAA Basketball Tournament, Illinois came back to eventually beat Arizona in overtime. Deron Williams hit three 3 pointers, but Hassan Adams missed a shot just before the final buzzer, sealing Arizona’s fate.
Houston Oilers vs. Buffalo Bills
In the 1992 AFC Wild Card Game, the Oilers led the Bills 28-3 at the half. But, by the end of the 4th quarter, the game went into OT. That’s when Steve Christie, the Bills’ kicker, made a 36-yard field goal, setting up the greatest comeback in NFL history.
Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees
What can we say? In the 2004 American League Championship Series, the Red Sox would become the only team in MLB history to go down 3-0 and come back to win the series in the 7th game final. Truly one of the greatest fairy tale sports moments of all time…