Washington D.C. is home to some top-notch professional sports teams who have delighted fans with their numerous successes and unwavering determination under any circumstance. Sometimes — well who are we kidding, a decent amount of the time — this is not the case with DC Sports.
So we wanted to take a minute to celebrate the good moments. In this article we take a look at instances when Washington’s team’s were the one’s making the huge comeback’s instead of the other way around. Here are some of the best comebacks of all-time in DC Sports, ranked in no particular order, except for the Mark Brunell to Santana Moss connections, because they win first place forever.
#1 Washington Redskins – NFL
Carolina Panthers 36 – Washington Redskins 38 (October 3, 1999)
The Redskins have gone up against the Panthers on ten different occasions and this 1999 matchup was one of the most unpredictable games that the two teams have played so far. Taking place at FedExField, the Panthers took a 36-35 lead late in the fourth quarter of the game. With just seconds left on the clock, it seemed a foregone conclusion that the Panthers would take the win until Redskins kicker Brett Conway shattered their dreams of glory by hitting a game-winning field goal at 31 yards.
#2 Washington Nationals – MLB
Washington Nationals 14 – San Francisco Giants 6 (August 24, 2014)
The Nationals proved their mettle in this epic match against the Giants by cutting down to size their opponents’ advantage and handily beat them just when all seemed to be lost. At the beginning of the game Giants claimed the lead with five runs against the Nats one, but by the time the sixth inning rolled by, the Nats ended up with a string of eight hits, and the largest number they’ve scored in a single inning.
#3 Washington Nationals – MLB
Washington Nationals 7 – Colorado Rockies 4 (June 30, 2014)
The Nationals did it again! This time they staged a massive comeback against the Colorado Rockies finishing the game with a 7-4 victory, but it was a bittersweet win as it was had the expense of having one of their team members down with an injury. By the fifth inning, the Nats found themselves under by three runs but the tide turned very suddenly when Ryan Zimmerman stepped onto the plate and hit a magnificent RBI that brought the Nats back in the game and gave them the confidence to turn what could have been a disastrous result into a victory.
#4 Washington Capitals – NHL
Washington Capitals 3 – Philadelphia Flyers 2 (October 2, 2014)
The Capitals were off to a slow start against the Flyers who secured a two-point advantage over the Washington team. The Caps struggled on the ice and the Flyers clearly made the most out of their rivals hesitant performance. But it was just a question of warming up, as the Caps finally found their groove and skated to a win by getting the puck at the back of the net three times in rapid succession.
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#5 Washington Redskins – NFL
Washington Redskins 33 – Atlanta Falcons 31 September 14, 2003)
The Redskins were at it again when they gave their fans a game they will never forget back in 2003. The team was 17 points down during their matchup against the Atlanta Falcons after a terrible thrashing on the field at the hands of their rivals during the first half. During the second half, the Redskins rallied from that deficit and stunned the Falcons by removing the difference and outscoring the Falcons 33-31 to clinch the win.
#6 Washington Mystics – WNBA
Washington Mystics 79 – Los Angeles Sparks 75 (July 17, 2014)
The Mystics had an unexpected moment of triumph in their game against the Sparks which started in the worst way possible for the Washington team as they ended the first half of the game with a 24-point deficit. Somehow, the Mystics found the courage to rally from their disadvantaged position and make the greatest second-half comeback in the history of women’s basketball.
#7 Washington Spirit – NWSL
Washington Spirit 3 – WNY Flash 2 (July 12, 2014)
The Washington Spirit’s game against WNY Flash was off to a shaky start as they conceded a goal just 10 minutes after kickoff and, later, a second goal before the end of the first half. Till that point, an uninspiring Spirit managed to net just one goal to close the difference, but their performance on the pitch suggested that wouldn’t be enough. To everybody’s surprise, the Spirit kicked off the second half with a renewed vigor that saw them score two goals and put them up to an unexpected 3-2 win.
#8 Washington Redskins – NFL
Washington Redskins 14 – Dallas Cowboys 13 (September 19, 2005)
And last but certainly not least…
Who can forget the Monday Night Miracle in Dallas? Through 3 and 5/8 quarters, the Redskins went scoreless and trailed the Cowboys 13-0. With their backs against the wall on 4th & 15 with 3:46 to go, Mark Brunell unleashed a bomb to Santana Moss for a touchdown to make it 13-7. Just 71 seconds later, Brunell hit Moss again on what seemingly looked like the same route for a huge touchdown bomb, and shut the Cowboys fans up for good. Brunell to Moss will forever live on in DC sports history lore. Relive the moment below: