clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

So...Which Comeback Was Better?


Just in case you weren't sure, what you saw today was exceedingly rare. The Colts became only the second team in NFL history to come back from a 17 point deficit or greater with 5 minutes left in the 4th quarter to go on to win the game. The other team to pull off the feat? The Indianapolis Colts, of course (Random fact: the second comeback came on the eve of the 5th anniversary of the first comeback).

Considering that we are experts in the field of epic comebacks, I come to you, Colts nation, with the question of which comeback you found more impressive. Before you vote, consider the following:

  • James Mungro, Marvin Harrison, and Ricky Williams (not the famous one Sticky Ricky) scored the 3 TDs vs. Tampa. Tom Santi, Gary Brackett, and Reggie Wayne scored the 3 TDs vs. Houston.
  • The '03 comeback was aided by a 90 yard kick return by Brad Pyatt to set up the first TD and an onside kick recovery by Idrees Bashir to help set up the second.
  • The '08 comeback was aided by 2 (2!) fumble recoveries, one which was returned for a TD.
  • Tampa finished 4th in defense in 2003, Houston is currently 30th.
  • Total time used and yards covered for the 3 TDs scored to tie the Tampa game: 155 yards in 3:46 (The Colts also had a 14 play, 76 yard drive that took 6:36 to set-up the winning field goal in OT).
  • Total time used and yards covered for the 3 TDs scored to win the Houston game: 178 yards in 5:14.
  • The Houston comeback was completed with 1:54 left in the game, the Tampa game was tied with 0:35 to go.