FOX Sports Senior NFL Writer Alex Marvez takes a look at 16 first-round playoff games that put the 'wild' into wild-card weekend since the league adopted a 12-team postseason format in 1990.
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1992 season: Buffalo 41, Houston 38 (OT)
The Bills staged the largest comeback in NFL history, erasing a 32-point second-half deficit and winning in overtime on Steve Christie’s 32-yard field goal. Bills quarterback Frank Reich led the charge in place of the injured Jim Kelly.
1993 season: Green Bay 28, Detroit 24
Brett Favre’s first playoff victory was a memorable one. In what is known in Packers lore as 'Favre to Sharpe,' Favre connected with wide receiver Sterling Sharpe on an improbable 40-yard touchdown pass with 55 seconds remaining for the win.
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1995 season: Philadelphia 58, Detroit 37
Lions left tackle Lomas Brown pulled a Joe Namath and guaranteed that Detroit would win. Instead, Philadelphia took a 38-7 halftime lead en route to the third-highest point total in NFL postseason history.
1997 season: Minnesota 23, New York Giants 22
The Vikings snapped a 0-5 playoff streak under head coach Dennis Green in stunning fashion. Minnesota scored 10 points in the final 90 seconds to cap the NFL’s biggest postseason road comeback in 25 years.
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1998 season: San Francisco 30, Green Bay 27
In a play that evoked memories of Joe Montana-to-Dwight Clark in the 1981 NFC Championship game, Steve Young and Terrell Owens connected on what is called 'The Catch II.' Owens made the game-winning 25-yard touchdown grab with three seconds remaining.
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1999 season: Tennessee 22, Buffalo 16
The 'Music City Miracle' occurred when what should have been a routine game-clinching kickoff by Buffalo turned into the game-winner for Tennessee. Kevin Dyson returned a cross-field lateral from tight end Frank Wycheck for a 75-yard touchdown with three seconds remaining.
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2002 season: San Francisco 39, New York Giants 38
The Giants squandered a 28-point lead and lost in controversial fashion when the Ron Winter-led crew didn’t properly officiate on the scramble that ensued following New York’s botched field-goal attempt in the waning seconds.
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2002 season: Atlanta 27, Green Bay 7
Call this the Lambeau Loss. Green Bay fell at home in the playoffs for the first time in franchise history – a span of 14 games over 70 seasons – at the hands of a blazing 22-year-old quarterback who was taking the NFL by storm: Michael Vick.
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2003 season: Green Bay 33, Seattle 27 (OT)
Brett Favre led the Packers into overtime, where after winning the coin flip, his counterpart, Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, famously told referee Bernie Kukar, 'We want the ball and we’re going to score.' Hasselbeck ate his words by tossing an interception returned 52 yards by Packers cornerback Al Harris for the game-winning score.
2005 season: Pittsburgh 31, Cincinnati 17
After a 14-season absence, Cincinnati returned to the playoffs only to have quarterback Carson Palmer suffer torn knee ligaments on a low first-quarter hit by, ironically enough, an ex-Bengal (Steelers defensive end Kimo von Oelhoffen). The Bengals couldn’t recover and still haven’t won a postseason game since 1990.
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2006 season: Seattle 21, Dallas 20
This ranks among the Cowboys’ most devastating playoff losses. Dallas quarterback Tony Romo botched the hold on what would have been a 19-yard Martin Gramatica field goal attempt with 1:19 left to help Seattle preserve the victory.
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2009 season: Arizona 51, Green Bay 45 (OT)
The highest-scoring playoff game in NFL history had an equally crazy ending. Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby returned a strip of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers by safety Mike Adams for the game-winning 17-yard touchdown.
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2010 season: Seattle 41, New Orleans 36
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch triggered what is known as the 'Beast Quake.' The crowd became so noisy during Lynch’s game-clinching 67-yard touchdown run that the earth shook and seismic activity was recorded outside Century Link Field.
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2011 season: Denver 29, Pittsburgh 23 (OT)
Although his NFL career fizzled, quarterback Tim Tebow cemented his place in league history with a penchant for big plays throughout the 2011 season. His last magical moment was an 80-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas that stunned the Steelers in overtime.
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2012 season: Seattle 24, Washington 14
The Redskins lost more than a playoff game. Robert Griffin III destroyed his knee in the fourth quarter after then-Washington head coach Mike Shanahan kept his gimpy franchise quarterback on the field. Griffin hasn’t been the same player since.
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2013 season: Indianapolis 45, Kansas City 44
It took Luck for the Colts to erase a 28-point second-half deficit — Andrew Luck. The second-year quarterback threw three touchdowns and scored a fourth by picking up an Indianapolis fumble and diving into the end zone in the NFL’s second-largest postseason comeback.