HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. The Patriots defeated the Falcons 34-28.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Sport's all-time great comebacks
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Patriots rally from record 25-point deficit

Beat Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime

How does it rate in all-time comebacks?

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Trailing 28-3 with a little over a quarter to play in the Super Bowl final, the New England Patriots were down and seemingly out.

But in a frenzied knee-knocking climax, Tom Brady’s men produced an astonishing comeback, overcoming a 25-point deficit – the biggest in Super Bowl history – to defeat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in Houston.

Quarterback Brady described the match as a “hell of a football game” – and it has been hailed as one of sport’s greatest turnarounds.

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CNN Sport looks at other great comebacks that rival it:

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors, 2016 NBA finals

No team had ever come back from 3-1 down to win the best-of-seven NBA finals – until the Cavaliers defied history to end a 52-year drought.

Inspired by LeBron James, the Cavaliers won the deciding game 93-89 to deny Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors a second successive title.

LeBron James (left) and Kevin Love celebrate after winning the 2016 NBA title.

Europe vs. USA, 2012 Ryder Cup’s Miracle of Medinah

America led 10-6 overnight and needed just four and a half points on the final day to reclaim the Ryder Cup, but Europe produced not only one of the most remarkable comebacks in Ryder Cup history, but one of the most astonishing feats in sport.

The 14½-13½ victory matched the record fightback achieved by Ben Crenshaw’s US team in Boston in 1999, which overhauled a four-point deficit, and remains the best from a European side in the competition.

Tiger Woods (right) congratulates Europe's Rory McIlroy after the 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah.

Chicago Cubs vs. Cleveland Indians, 2016 World Series

The Chicago Cubs were 3-1 down in the best-of-seven series and blew a three-run lead in the final game, but fought back to secure a monumental 8-7 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

“Losers no more” read one sign in the stadium as Cubs fans celebrated and wept as their baseball team won its first World Series title since 1908.

The Chicago Cubs celebrate after winning 8-7 in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series.

Liverpool vs. AC Milan, 2005 Champions League final

Liverpool trudged off the pitch at half-time trailing 3-0 to the Italian giants and experienced the ignominy of listening to jubilant Milan players celebrating in the other dressing room. But led by inspirational captain Steven Gerrard, the Reds dragged themselves level at 3-3 and went on to win the penalty shootout.

The English team won European football’s top club title for the fifth time, and manager Rafael Benitez admitted his side had won “when all seemed lost.”

READ: The greatest Champions League finals

Liverpool players celebrate their 2005 success in Istanbul.

America’s Cup, 2013

Oracle Team USA trailed Emirates Team New Zealand 8-1 in the first-to-nine series at sailing’s elite competition.

“We were looking down the barrel of a gun,” the defending champion’s skipper Jimmy Spithill admitted.

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