The Super Bowl is the ultimate drama-fest. Every twist, every turn, simply means immeasurably more than in any other game across the sport.


A number of huge teams have suffered major collapses early in the game, giving themselves a mountain to climb. You can't win the game in the first quarter, but you can lose it.

However, in some of those occasions, the unthinkable has transpired. Teams have struck back from major deficits to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

Reigning champions Kansas City Chiefs previously went into the halftime break at Super Bowl LV in 2021 with a 15-point deficit to overturn.

They failed to strike back against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but had they been successful, they would have recorded the second-biggest comeback in Super Bowl history.

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Biggest Super Bowl comeback in history

Super Bowl LI (2017) was the scene of the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history.

The Atlanta Falcons were up 28-3 against Tom Brady's New England Patriots by the halftime show. They were handed a 99.5 per cent chance of victory by several stats sites.

What happened next will live in infamy, and will take a truly staggering effort to top.

Brady added a touchdown to the tally to make it 28-9 going into the final quarter – the Falcons were still firm favourites.

That's when Brady proved his GOAT credentials with four scoring drives in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 28-28.

The game went to overtime, the Patriots got the ball, the Patriots scored a touchdown and the rest is history.

Brady flipped a 28-3 deficit to win 34-28 after OT. Stunning.

Beyond LI, the largest comebacks have been relatively tame affairs.

Super Bowl LIV in 2019 saw the Chiefs come back from 10 points down to beat the San Francisco 49ers.

In Super Bowl XLIX, the New England Patriots came back from 10 points against the Seattle Seahawks.

New Orleans Saints came back from 10 points down to defeat the Indianapolis Colts.

The fifth and final double-digit comeback came as the Washington Redskins struck back from a 10-0 first-quarter deficit against Denver Broncos.

Biggest Super Bowl comebacks

  1. Patriots 34-28 Falcons (2017) – 25 points
  2. Chiefs 31-20 49ers (2020) – 10 points
  3. Patriots 28-24 Seahawks (2015) – 10 points
  4. Saints 31-17 Colts (2010) – 10 points
  5. Washington 42-10 Broncos (1988) – 10 points

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