Even nearly a week after Super Bowl LI, the New England Patriots’ comeback from being 25 points down still seems downright absurd.
Now, we have some numbers to make it sound even crazier. From Pro Football Talk:
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, prior to Super Bowl LI teams leading by 25 or more points at any time in any NFL game were 2,545-4-2 in the regular season and 102-2 in the postseason. Add it up and only six times in 2,655 games, or 0.2 percent of the time, has a team come back from a 25-point deficit to win a game.
In other words, only about once out of every 450 games in which a team takes a 25-point lead does that team end up losing.
That’s positively wild, isn’t it? The Patriots did something only six other teams have done in a whopping 2,656 NFL games in coming back from being down by 25-plus.
Sorry to throw salt on the wound, Atlanta Falcons die-hards.
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