Jan 13, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant (3) celebrates kicking the game winning field goal against the Seattle Seahawks during the fourth quarter of the NFC divisional playoff game at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons won 30-28. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Seahawks Denied Feat First Accomplished by the Detroit Lions

When it comes to playoff comebacks, the first thing to come to mind is always the Buffalo Bills’ Wild Card victory over the Houston Oilers in 1992. The Bills erased a 32 point second half deficit to ultimately beat the Oilers 41-38 in overtime. That still stands as the largest comeback victory in NFL playoff history.

The Seattle Seahawks looked to be in good position to join the ranks of the greatest comebacks in NFL playoff history when they took a late lead after trailing by as much as 20 points earlier in the game. The Falcons had just 31 seconds to work with but it was all they would need to kick a field goal to render the Seattle comeback moot.

While the story of the 1992 Bills is well known, the Seahawks would have actually been the fourth team to come back from 20 or more points to win a playoff game. The 49ers did it in 2002 but the feat was first accomplished by the Detroit Lions in 1957.

The ’57 Lions found themselves on the road and trailing the San Francisco 49ers by a score of 27-7 in the third quarter. A pair of Tom Tracy touchdown runs and another from Gene Gedman and the Lions turned that deficit into a 28-27 fourth quarter lead. Jim Martin added a field goal to give the Lions the 31-27 win.

A week later the Lions would go on to blow out the Cleveland Browns 59-14 to win their fourth NFL Championship.

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