2008: Celtics rally against Lakers for 24-point comeback win: In Game 4 of their 2009 playoff series against the LA Lakers, the Celtics rallied from a 24-point deficit to beat the Lakers 97-91 and took a 3-1 lead of the series.
Paul Pierce was the top scorer, recording 20 points, while Kevin Garnet had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Ray Allen had 19 points. The comeback included a 21-3 run over the final five minutes.
1999: USA 14 1/2, Europe 13 1/2: In the 33d Ryder Cup Matches held at The Country Club in Brookline, the Europeans, leading 10-6 heading into the final round, needed only four points on the final day to retain the Cup. But the Americans rallied Sunday, winning the first seven matches of the day. Jim Furyk upset Sergio Garcia to give the Americans their eighth point of the day. It was the largest come-from-behind victory in Ryder Cup history.
2007: Patriots defeat Chargers to advance to AFC Championship: Tied 21-21 with three and a half minutes left in the fourth quarter, former Charger Reche Caldwell had a 49-yard reception that set up rookie kicker Stephen Gostkowski’s 31-yard field goal to put the Patriots up 24-21. Chargers kicker Nate Kaeding then missed a potential score-tying field goal that sealed the win for the Patriots and pushed the Chargers, who led 14-3 at one point, out of the playoffs.
2002: Celtics come back from 21-point deficit to beat Nets: In Game 3 of their 2002 playoff series against the New Jersey Nets, the Celtics were down 21 points. Then Paul Pierce scored 19 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and helped lead the Celtics to a 94-90 win over the Nets. “At the start of the fourth quarter, we just wanted to fight and make a statement for the next game that we’re going to be a team to be reckoned with. I think we did more than make a statement,” Pierce said.
2007: Red Sox “Mother’s Day Miracle”: In the bottom of the ninth on Mother’s Day 2007, the Red Sox were down 5-0 to the Baltimore Orioles. With one out already recorded for the Sox, Coco Crisp stepped up to bat and reached when Orioles catcher Ramon Hernandez failed to catch his pop-up.
David Ortiz then hit a double to deep center and scored Crisp for the Red Sox’ first run of the day. Wily Mo Pena singled to left, bringing Ortiz to third before Orioles closer Chris Ray walked both J.D. Drew and Kevin Youkilis consecutively, allowing Ortiz to walk in a run, making the score 5-2.
Jason Varitek batted next, smacking the second pitch to right field, scoring Pena and Drew and moving Youkilis to third. With the score 5-4 and first base open, Ray intentionally walked Eric Hinske to set up a possible double play, but Alex Cora hit into the Sox’ second out as Youkilis was out at home on a fielder’s choice.
Julio Lugo grounded what could’ve been a game-ender to former Sox player Kevin Millar, but Ray was unable to catch Millar’s toss, allowing Jason Varitek and Eric Hinske to score, giving the Red sox a 6-5 win.
1994: Patriots battle back from 20-3 deficit to Vikings: On Nov. 13, 1994, the Patriots were down 20-3 against the Vikings at halftime. Quarterback Drew Bledsoe led his team to a 26-20 win, scoring 17 unanswered points in the third to tie the game and then 6 in overtime to win. Bledsoe set single game records in both pass completions (45), and attempts (70).
2008: Red Sox come back from being down 7-0 in ALCS: The seventh inning of Game 5 of the 2008 ALCS series found the Red Sox down 7-0 to Tampa Bay until Dustin Pedroia hit a two-strike, two-out single and drove in Jed Lowrie with Boston’s first run of the game. The Sox continued to stay alive as David Ortiz went on to hit a three-run home run, Jonathan Papelbon threw a 1-2-3 eighth inning, J.D. Drew connected on a two-run homer, and Coco Crisp stroked a two-out single that scored Mark Kotsay with the tying run, making the score 7-7 going into the ninth inning.
Drew followed with his second straight clutch hit, stroking a single to right field that scored Kevin Youkilis, who was on second, with the winning run. It was the biggest postseason comeback in 79 years.