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2011: Year of the Comeback

Week 11: Tim Tebow 9 of 20, 104

Week 11: Tim Tebow
9 of 20, 104 yards, 0 touchdowns
Jets defense:
1 sack, 0 interceptions, 1 forced fumble
Result: Broncos 17, Jets 13
Credit: Getty Images

If you think there have been more fourth-quarter comebacks than usual this season, you’re right. And it’s not just Tim Tebow, who has five straight fourth quarter comeback wins heading into today's game against the Patriots.

  • There have been 60 fourth-quarter comebacks so far this season, only 10 short of the NFL record set in 1989.
  • There have been 16 times this season in which a team has overcome a deficit of 14 or more points to win, one short of the most in a single season (17 in 1979, 1983, 1987 and 1996).
  • Last Sunday, five teams – the Falcons, Jaguars, Texans, Cardinals and Giants – came back to win after trailing by 12 or more points, the most for a single day in NFL history.
  • The Lions are the first team in NFL history to win three games in a season after trailing by at least 17 points. (item) 16 teams in the playoffs? (graph)
  • As for Tebow, he’s contributing plenty to the comeback trend. In fact, his six game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime are the most of any quarterback in his first 11 starts since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. 

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