In light of the Boston Bruins’ historic comeback last night, I am going to count down the five greatest comebacks in Boston sports history that I have actually watched live on TV. So just to clarify, these are not the greatest comebacks in Boston sports history, just the games that I actually watched and saw the comebacks unfold live.
5. Patriots vs. Bills – September 14, 2009
In the 2009 season opener, the Patriots clashed with division rival Buffalo in Tom Brady’s first game since his season ending surgery in 2008. The Patriots trailed 24-13 late in the fourth quarter, but rallied after a touchdown pass from Brady, a fumble by McKelvin, and a second touchdown by Brady all in the last two minutes gave the Patriots a stunning 25-24 comeback victory.
4. Red Sox vs. Orioles – May 13, 2007
In a game commonly referred to as the “Mother’s Day Miracle”, Josh Beckett and the Red Sox took on Jeremy Guthrie and the Orioles. Guthrie dominated all day before being pulled with one out in the ninth inning and his team up 5-0. Then things fell apart for Baltimore, as the Red Sox scored six runs in the ninth inning for a miraculous walk off victory.
3. Red Sox vs. Rays – October 16, 2008
The defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox were back in the American League Championship Series (ALCS) in 2008, this time facing the Tampa Bay Rays. After winning Game 1, the Red Sox lost three straight and were facing elimination at home in Game 5. After being down by seven runs with seven outs left, the Sox scored four in the 7th, three in the 8th, and a walk off single by J.D. Drew in the ninth to complete the comeback and force a Game 6 in Tampa Bay.
2. Celtics vs. Lakers – June 12, 2008
In Game 4 of the 2008 NBA Finals, the Boston Celtics trailed the Los Angeles Lakers by 21 after the first quarter, as many as 24 points in the second quarter, and by 18 points at halftime. Spurred by a monster third quarter, the Celtics came all the way back in the second half to win the game 97-91 and take a 3-1 lead in the series.
1. Bruins vs. Maple Leafs – May 13, 2013
The Boston Bruins were on the verge of a collapse. They had blown a 3-1 series lead against the Maple Leafs and were on the brink of elimination in Game 7, trailing 4-1 halfway through the third period. A goal by Nathan Horton cut it to two but the Bruins still trailed by two goals with less than two minutes to play. After goals by Lucic and Bergeron in a 30 second span, the Bruins had tied the game with less than a minute left in regulation. They carried all that momentum into overtime as Bergeron scored the game winner to give the Bruins the game, the series, and the greatest postseason comeback in NHL history.
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