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Saturday, December 31, 2011
Smith, Skelton, Kolb and comeback QBs

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

There can be no fourth-quarter comeback victories in football without a team first falling behind.

That partly explains why Drew Brees (three), Tom Brady (one) and Aaron Rodgers (zero) have combined for fewer of them than either Alex Smith (five) or John Skelton (four). Still, tis better to come back and win than to lose quietly.

The chart, built from information available at Pro Football Reference, ranks quarterbacks by fourth-quarter comeback victories this season. Smith and the New York Giants' Eli Manning lead the NFL with four apiece on the road, including one sustained by Smith's 41-yard pass to Michael Crabtree at Seattle in Week 16.

Smith, Skelton, Kevin Kolb (two), Sam Bradford (one) and Charlie Whitehurst (one) own fourth-quarter comeback victories for NFC West teams in 2011. The Cardinals lead the NFL with six.

Seattle's Tarvaris Jackson heads into Week 17 without one this season. He had three with Minnesota, matching Brett Favre and Gus Frerotte for most by a Vikings quarterback since 2006.