In 1967, the NFL entered a new era by restructuring its postseason and introducing the tournament-style elimination format it’s been using to crown a Super Bowl champion for over 55 years.
Over that span, the NFL playoffs have produced some showdowns for the ages thanks to a number of absolutely wild contests between some of the most talented teams in the league.
2023 has been no exception, as the wild card round kicked off with a comeback for the ages thanks to the Jaguars, who overcame a 27-point deficit against the Chargers and punch their ticket to the next round following the improbable surge. The second quarter of that weekend’s game between the Bills and the Dolphins was similarly dramatic, as it featured the Bills blowing a 17-0 lead before halftime after Miami scored 17 unanswered points of its own.
There’s no telling what will unfold when the four teams that still have a chance to take home the Lombardi Trophy at Super Bowl LVII face off against each other in the upcoming slate of conference championship games. With that said, those contests serve as the perfect excuse to take a look back at some of the drama we’ve been treated to in the past—including the largest comeback (or, depending on how you look at it, collapse) to occur in an AFC Championship Game.
The Time The Colts Gave The Patriots A Taste Of Their Own Medicine In The AFC Championship
The Colts started with the ball on their own 20-yard line before staging a methodical drive that ended with running back Joseph Addai punching the ball into the end zone from three yards out before Adam Vinatieri capped off the comeback with the extra point that gave them the 38-34 lead that stood until the final seconds ticked off the clock.