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Checkdowns: Biggest turnarounds

Posted by Chase Stuart on January 15, 2011

The Patriots beat the Jets 45-3 on a Monday Night massacre in Foxboro just six weeks ago. Sixty-one times in league history has a team lost by 30+ points and then later beat that same opponent in a rematch that season. It's only happened 12 times, though, where the first defeat came by 40 or more points. The full list of 61, below:


year           Team Opp Game 1 Diff Game 2
2009 KAN DEN 44-13 (Dec. 6) 31 44-24 (Jan. 3)
2009 TAM NOR 38-7 (Nov. 22) 31 20-17 (Dec. 27)
2008 CHI GNB 37-3 (Nov. 16) 34 20-17 (Dec. 22)
2007 BAL PIT 38-7 (Nov. 5) 31 27-21 (Dec. 30)
2005 WAS NYG 36-0 (Oct. 30) 36 35-20 (Dec. 24)
2003 NWE BUF 31-0 (Sep. 7) 31 31-0 (Dec. 27)
2002 NYJ NWE 44-7 (Sep. 15) 37 30-17 (Dec. 22)
2000 SDG KAN 42-10 (Sep. 17) 32 17-16 (Nov. 26)
2000 CHI TAM 41-0 (Sep. 10) 41 13-10 (Nov. 19)
1999 CLE PIT 43-0 (Sep. 12) 43 16-15 (Nov. 14)
1998 IND NYJ 44-6 (Sep. 20) 38 24-23 (Nov. 15)
1995 NYJ MIA 52-14 (Sep. 3) 38 17-16 (Oct. 22)
1995 ATL SFO 41-10 (Sep. 10) 31 28-27 (Dec. 24)
1993 RAM NOR 37-6 (Oct. 3) 31 23-20 (Dec. 12)
1992 IND BUF 38-0 (Sep. 20) 38 16-13 (Nov. 29)
1990 CIN HOU 48-17 (Oct. 14) 31 40-20 (Dec. 23)
1989 PIT CLE 51-0 (Sep. 10) 51 17-7 (Oct. 15)
1989 MIN CHI 38-7 (Sep. 17) 31 27-16 (Dec. 3)
1987 BUF IND 47-6 (Oct. 4) 41 27-3 (Dec. 13)
1985 BUF IND 49-17 (Oct. 6) 32 21-9 (Oct. 20)
1984 KAN SEA 45-0 (Nov. 4) 45 34-7 (Dec. 9)
1984 DET GNB 41-9 (Oct. 28) 32 31-28 (Nov. 22)
1982 NOR ATL 35-0 (Dec. 12) 35 35-6 (Jan. 2)
1981 NYJ BUF 31-0 (Sep. 6) 31 33-14 (Oct. 18)
1980 MIA NWE 34-0 (Oct. 12) 34 16-13 (Dec. 8)
1979 NYJ NWE 56-3 (Sep. 9) 53 27-26 (Dec. 9)
1979 HOU PIT 38-7 (Sep. 9) 31 20-17 (Dec. 10)
1977 MIN RAM 35-3 (Oct. 24) 32 14-7 (Dec. 26)
1976 OAK NWE 48-17 (Oct. 3) 31 24-21 (Dec. 18)
1975 OAK KAN 42-10 (Oct. 12) 32 28-20 (Dec. 21)
1973 BAL MIA 44-0 (Nov. 11) 44 16-3 (Dec. 9)
1973 NOR SFO 40-0 (Oct. 21) 40 16-10 (Dec. 9)
1973 ATL RAM 31-0 (Sep. 23) 31 15-13 (Nov. 4)
1971 NWE MIA 41-3 (Oct. 17) 38 34-13 (Dec. 5)
1970 BOS BUF 45-10 (Nov. 1) 35 14-10 (Nov. 29)
1970 MIA BAL 35-0 (Nov. 1) 35 34-17 (Nov. 22)
1967 MIA BOS 41-10 (Oct. 15) 31 41-32 (Dec. 17)
1966 PHI DAL 56-7 (Oct. 9) 49 24-23 (Nov. 6)
1966 HOU NYJ 52-13 (Sep. 18) 39 24-0 (Oct. 16)
1966 DEN HOU 45-7 (Sep. 3) 38 40-38 (Oct. 2)
1966 DET BAL 45-14 (Oct. 16) 31 20-14 (Nov. 20)
1966 PIT CLE 41-10 (Oct. 8) 31 16-6 (Nov. 6)
1966 SFO RAM 34-3 (Sep. 30) 31 21-13 (Nov. 6)
1966 OAK HOU 31-0 (Sep. 10) 31 38-23 (Nov. 6)
1965 CLE STL 49-13 (Sep. 26) 36 27-24 (Dec. 19)
1964 DET BAL 34-0 (Oct. 25) 34 31-14 (Dec. 6)
1963 NYG PIT 31-0 (Sep. 22) 31 33-17 (Dec. 15)
1961 BAL GNB 45-7 (Oct. 8) 38 45-21 (Nov. 5)
1961 RAM SFO 35-0 (Oct. 8) 35 17-7 (Nov. 12)
1961 SFO CHI 31-0 (Oct. 22) 31 41-31 (Nov. 19)
1960 LAC BOS 35-0 (Oct. 8) 35 45-16 (Oct. 28)
1959 GNB RAM 45-6 (Oct. 18) 39 38-20 (Dec. 6)
1957 PIT NYG 35-0 (Oct. 20) 35 21-10 (Dec. 7)
1956 RAM BAL 56-21 (Nov. 25) 35 31-7 (Dec. 9)
1956 CHI DET 42-10 (Dec. 2) 32 38-21 (Dec. 16)
1954 BAL RAM 48-0 (Sep. 26) 48 22-21 (Dec. 4)
1952 PHI CLE 49-7 (Oct. 19) 42 28-20 (Nov. 23)
1950 CRD PHI 45-7 (Sep. 24) 38 14-10 (Nov. 19)
1948 BOS PHI 45-0 (Nov. 14) 45 37-14 (Dec. 5)
1947 BOS PHI 32-0 (Nov. 16) 32 21-14 (Nov. 23)
1945 DET GNB 57-21 (Oct. 7) 36 14-3 (Dec. 2)

If you like irony, the single biggest turnaround in league history came in 1979. The Jets got obliterated by the Patriots 56-3 in week two, behind a monster five-touchdown game by Steve Grogan. In the second to last game of the season, New York squeaked by New England 27-26, in a game that might have been decided differently under today's two-point conversion rules.

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