by Brian Tinsman

WASHINGTON — When the Carolina Panthers fell behind the Denver Broncos by 10 points in the first quarter of Super Bowl 50, their odds of mounting a comeback fell into rare, yet familiar territory.

In the 49 previous championship games, only three teams have ever recovered from a 10-point deficit to emerge victorious, including Doug Williams and the 1987 Washington Redskins.

Also taking on Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXII, the Redskins fell behind 10-0, then reeled off 42 consecutive points, including an NFL record 35 points in the second quarter.

The other two examples occurred in more recent memory, with the New England Patriots completing the feat last year against the Seattle Seahawks in Arizona. After trading scores, the Seahawks took a 10-point lead in the third quarter, before the Patriots scored a pair of touchdowns for the 28-24 lead.

After trading scores, the Seahawks took a 10-point lead in the third quarter, before the Patriots scored a pair of touchdowns for the 28-24 lead.

After trading scores, the Seahawks took a 10-point lead in the third quarter, before the Patriots scored a pair of touchdowns for the 28-24 lead.

The other example was Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints coming back against Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV.

The Colts jumped out to a 10-point lead in the first quarter but were out-scored 31-7 in the final 45 minutes of the game.

The Saints’s and Redskins’ Twitter accounts had fun with the information, tweeted by ESPN Stats and Info in the first quarter of Super Bowl 50:

It remains to be seen if Carolina will be able to complete the comeback in the second half of Sunday night’s game.

 

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