Friday, June 2, 2023

The Biggest Sports Comebacks In Recent Years

There are plenty of comebacks in sports every year but there are some that stand out because they happen in the biggest games. In recent years there have been many comebacks and that hasn’t stopped in 2017, with at least two comebacks in big games such as the Super Bowl and Champions League. Here are biggest comebacks in sports in recent years:

Barcelona vs. PSG

One of the most recent comebacks in sports happened in the UEFA Champions League game between Barcelona and PSG. The first game ended with a score that many football fans didn’t expect, with PSG winning 4-0. There was still one game to play at Camp Nou but many thought it was now over as a goal from PSG would end all the chances of a comeback. Barcelona scored early and seemed to be coming back when PSG scored one goal that seemed to be enough. The goal meant Barcelona had to score three and the team did just that. The winning goal came from Sergi Roberto, who sent Barcelona through the next round with a 6-5 on aggregate. PSG midfielder Marco Verratti revealed after the game that after Cavani’s goal, Barcelona players did not believe they could come back. Barcelona scored three goals in the last seven minutes to win the game.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors

In 2015, the Warriors defeated the Cavaliers in six games to win the NBA Championship. The following season, the Warriors set a new regular season record with a 73-9 record. The Warriors appeared to be the favorites for another NBA Championship and while they made a comeback before reaching the NBA Finals, things went differently in the last three games. The Golden State Warriors were up 3-1 in the series against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Many fans thought it was over but the Cavaliers came back and won the series. It was the first time that a team had come back from a 3-1 deficit to win the NBA Finals. The Cavaliers were actually one of three teams out of 33 to have tied the series after a 3-1 deficit. The Cavaliers and Warriors entered the NBA season as the favorites to win the NBA Championship and we could end up seeing them play in the NBA Finals for the third straight time later this year.

Chicago Cubs vs. Cleveland Indians

The Chicago Cubs had gone 108 years without a World Series championship before last season while their opponents, the Cleveland Indians, had gone 68 years without winning one. This made last year’s World Series a must watch as a drought would end for any of the two teams. The Cleveland Indians took a 3-1 lead in the series and it appeared that Chicago Cubs fans would have to wait one more year for a chance to win a World Series championship. But the Chicago Cubs ended up stopping the drought in epic fashion, coming back from a 3-1 deficit. The Cubs were the sixth team in history to come back from a 3-1 deficit to win the World Series.

Atlanta Falcons vs. New England Patriots

In February, football fans watched as the New England Patriots made one of the biggest comebacks in Super Bowl history to beat the Atlanta Falcons. The game appeared to be over early as an interception gave the Falcons a 21-0 lead. The Atlanta Falcons were in complete control for the first two quarters as they had scored 14 points off turnovers. The 21-3 lead at halftime was not the biggest but the Patriots had not played well and it seemed like the Falcons would win easily after they took a 28-3 lead. Those would be the last points for the Atlanta Falcons as the New England Patriots scored 31 unanswered points. This Super Bowl was also the first to go into overtime, making the game one of the most dramatic and shocking in NFL history.

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Golden State Warriors

The Oklahoma City Thunder were so close to reaching the NBA Finals last year after taking a 3-1 lead against the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 Western Conference Finals. The Thunder led the series 3-1 and it appeared that we would not see a rematch of the previous NBA Finals. But the Golden State Warriors came back from a 3-1 deficit, becoming the 10th team in NBA history complete a comeback in the playoffs.



Sean Farlow
University graduate with a bachelor's degree in business administration. Big fan of sports teams from South FL.


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