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Sunday, January 18, 2009
Cardinals fighting to avoid historic letdown


Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Cardinals are trying to avoid becoming the seventh team in NFL playoff history to lose after leading by at least 18 points.

They led 24-6 at halftime. They now trail, 25-24, with 10:45 left in the fourth quarter. The 2006 Colts, 1972 Cowboys and 1985 Dolphins also overcame 18-points deficits to win in the playoffs.

The 1957 Lions overcame a 20-point deficit to beat the 49ers. The 2002 49ers overcame a 24-point deficit to beat the Giants. Those comebacks trail only the 1992 Bills' legendary comeback from a 32-point deficit against the Oilers.

Largest Deficit Overcome To Win (Postseason)
Year/Game Final Score Deficit
1992 AFC wild card Bills 41, Oilers 38 (OT) 32
2002 NFC wild card 49ers 39, Giants 38 24
1957 NFL conference playoffs Lions 31, 49ers 27 20
2006 AFC Championship Game Colts 38, Patriots 34 18
1972 NFC divisional playoffs Cowboys 30, 49ers 28 18
1985 AFC divisional playoffs Dolphins 24, Browns 21 18
Note: Eagles trailed 24-6 (18 points) at halftime
Source: ESPN Stats & Information