How rare, almost utterly unprecedented, was the Falcons’ collapse (or Patriots’ comeback, if you prefer) in the Super Bowl?
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, before Super Bowl 51 only six times in 2,655 games in NFL history had a team come back from a 25-point or more deficit to win a game.
That’s 99.8 percent of the time that the team with the lead won. That correlates with ESPN’s win probability model that gave the Falcons a 99.8 percent chance of winning with 6:04 remaining in the third quarter.
Because the Raiders were trapped in a decade that featured the Steelers winning four Super Bowls and Miami going undefeated, this incredible team’s dominance does not always get the recognition it deserves. The Raiders lost only once — and avenged that blowout defeat against the Patriots with a comeback in their first playoff game — and then took the conference title game and Super Bowl by a combined 35 points.
Tony Banks was supposed to be the Ravens’ starting Cheap Jerseys And Jordans quarterback, and he was given half a Cheap Infant Jerseys season before the coaching staff saw enough — three losses, and five games without a touchdown — to make the move to Trent Dilfer. Was he Hall-of-Fame quality? No, but the Raiders scored 20 or more points in all but two of his starts, which included four postseason games. The defense was great from the start, allowing only 165 points in the regular season.