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Indianapolis Colts Advanced Stat of the Week: Fourth-Quarter Comebacks

Published by Nate Dunlevy on June 19, 2012
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Indianapolis Colts

Nothing stirs the passion of NFL fans like an expert drive by a quarterback to win a game.

The fourth-quarter comeback may not sound like an advanced stat, but given how difficult it has been for the statistical community to agree on what constitutes a comeback, it's a topic that merits further examination.

Thanks to the work of Scott Kacsmar, football now has a definition of how fourth-quarter comebacks should be awarded. The result is that completely bogus records like John Elway's utterly mythical 47 comebacks have been exposed and debunked as the fraudulent fabrications of team media guides.

The basic rules for a comeback are:

  1. The team has to win the game in which it trailed in the fourth quarter.
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