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Greatest comeback ever?

So, when did you give up?

When it was 21-10 at halftime and Andrew Luck was playing quarterback the way, say, Andrew Dice Clay would have?

When Luck threw yet another clueless pick on the first play of the second half, and a couple of eyeblinks or three later, the Chiefs were up 38-10?

Be honest: A lot of you turned the game off then. And, of course, missed one of the most astounding and improbable comebacks in NFL history.

By the time it was finished, Luck had A) passed for 443 yards and four touchdowns, B) overcome three interceptions and four total turnovers, C) alertly scooped up a fumble and dove into the end zone with it, and D) overcome a 17-point deficit with two-plus minutes left in the third quarter, and a 10-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter.

"I think somebody said that it was the second-largest comeback or whatever in the history of whatever," Colts coach Chuck Pagano said, pricelessly, when it was done.

He was right about that, if a bit vague. The only comeback more improbable was the Bills rallying from a 32-point deficit to beat the Oilers in 1993 behind a backup quarterback, Frank Reich.

But the Bills needed overtime to pull that one off. And they were aided and abetted by four Houston turnovers; Kansas City had just one. And the Oilers further helped things along with two botched kicks, a shanked punt and a bobbled snap.

Conclusion: This comeback was, marginally, more startling. If not precisely out of character for Luck, who's become the master of the comeback in just two seasons.

Now, then. You may pick your jaw up off the floor.

Ben Smith's blog.

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