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Frank Reich loses claim to biggest comeback in NFL history after Colts collapse vs. Vikings

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Frank Reich is no longer the coach of the Colts, and yet his former team’s second-half collapse vs. the Vikings on Saturday still made him a loser, of sorts.

Minnesota somehow was able to overcome a 33-0 halftime deficit, outscoring Jeff Saturday’s Indianapolis team 36-33 in the second half — and 3-0 in overtime — to win 39-36 in Minneapolis.

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins now holds the distinction of leading the biggest comeback in NFL history — a distinction that once belonged to Reich. Reich is now the owner of the league’s second-largest comeback (but still the largest postseason comeback), having led the Bills from a 35-3 deficit vs. the Oilers in the 1993 playoffs.

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As noted by Reuben Frank of NBC Sports Philadelphia:

In a game known simply as “The Comeback” — or “The Choke,” depending on your affiliation — Reich led Buffalo to a 41-38 overtime victory over Houston in the wild-card round. The Bills turned that win into victories over top-seed Pittsburgh and 2-seed Miami before falling to the Cowboys 52-17 in Super Bowl 27.

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Reich completed 21 of 34 passes (61.8 percent) for 289 yards and four touchdowns to one interception in his comeback win; Cousins completed 35 of 54 passes (64.8 percent) for 460 yards and four touchdowns to two interceptions in his.

Despite not being directly connected to Saturday’s loss, Reich had to suffer a little watching his old team cost him one NFL record.

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Speaking of blown leads, Colts quarterback Matt Ryan now has the unfortunate distinction of blowing the largest lead in Super Bowl history (28-3 vs. the Patriots in Super Bowl 51) and the largest lead ever.

Just another facet of misery for Reich, Ryan and Colts fans everywhere.


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