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Saturday, December 24, 2011
Long, long odds against Cards comeback

By Mike Sando

The Arizona Cardinals have shown a flair for fourth-quarter comebacks this season.

That does not make them likely to overcome the 20-0 halftime deficit they face in their Week 16 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Since 1940, the organization has never been shut out so badly in a first half and come back to win, according to Pro Football Reference. The 1963 St. Louis Cardinals posted a 24-23 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers after trailing 20-3 at halftime.

It's looking like the Cardinals will fall to 7-8 and out of the NFC playoff race after recovering from a 1-6 start to the season.

Fans clinging to hope should know this, courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau: "Five teams won after trailing by at least 12 points (in Week 14), the first day with five 12-point comebacks in NFL history. Six teams came back from at least 10 points down, making Week 14 the first day since Oct. 3, 1999 there were six double-digit comebacks on the same day. Three of those comebacks were from at least a 13-point deficit, bringing the total to 18 instances this season of a team coming back to win when trailing by at least 13 points at any point in the game."

Again, those numbers were heading into Week 15.