The Browns’ thrilling 25-point comeback win at Tennessee yesterday was indeed historic in several respects.
It was the greatest deficit ever surmounted by a visiting team that came back to win. That’s all teams, all time.
It was also the Browns’ biggest comeback win ever. However, in 1947 they fell behind 28-0 to the New York Yankees of the AAFC and rallied for a tie in Yankee Stadium. So technically, yesterday was not the Browns’ largest comeback.
That shouldn’t dampen spirits a bit though. Because this was quite an unusual game, even as big comebacks go.
How incredibly rare must it be for a team to come back from so far to win when they
- commit three turnovers in the final 17 minutes, with two nullified by penalty
- fail on fourth-down conversions in consecutive second half possessions
- run the ball 20 times in the second half of a game they were losing by 18
- start the fourth quarter down 15 points and rush ten times for 37 yards, including just two yards on each of their final five carries
- allow the opponent to convert eight of 14 third downs, opposing QBs a rating of 123.6, and opposing runners 149 yards at five yards a pop?
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