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MLB World Series: Teams that Have Come Back From Down 2-0

The 1996 New York Yankees Were The Last Team To Come Back From 2-0 To Win The World Series

The 1996 New York Yankees Were The Last Team To Come Back From 2-0 To Win The World Series

Out of 109 completed World Series, about half – 53 – started out with one team going up two games to none over the other.

Of those, only 11 times has the team down 2-0 come back to win the championship. And of those, four – that is only four times (!) – has the team with home field advantage come back to win it all.

Let’s check the percentages on all this. Down 2-0? Then, actually not too bad considering the circumstances – you’ve got a 21 percent chance of winning the World Series.

However, if you lose those first two games at home, things dwindle to a 5.7 percent chance (three of 53). I’m not including 1921, because back then teams alternated playing at home with the home field advantage team getting Game 7.

The upshot is, if the Kansas City Royals (who gained home field advantage thanks to the American League winning the All-Star Game) lose again tonight, things won’t be looking good at all for a title. Then again, they didn’t look good in 1985, either. The Royals happened to be one of those home teams.

SEASON WINNER LOSER SERIES
1. 1921 New York Giants* New York Yankees 5-3
2. 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers New York Yankees 4-3
3. 1956 New York Yankees Brooklyn Dodgers 4-3
4. 1958 New York Yankees Milwaukee Braves 4-3
5. 1965 Los Angeles Dodgers Minnesota Twins 4-3
6. 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates Baltimore Orioles 4-3
7. 1978 New York Yankees Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2
8. 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers New York Yankees 4-2
9. 1985 Kansas City Royals* St. Louis Cardinals 4-3
10. 1986 New York Mets* Boston Red Sox 4-3
11. 1996 New York Yankees* Atlanta Braves 4-2

* home field advantage

Photo: Susan Walsh, AP via nytimes.com

Baseball Teams with Undefeated (Perfect) Postseasons

The 1976 Cincinnati Reds: Only Team With An Undefeated Postseason In The Playoffs Era

The 1976 Cincinnati Reds: Only Team With An Undefeated Postseason In The Playoffs Era

The Kansas City Royals are 7-0 this postseason and a win away from the World Series. If they win out, the Royals will join how many teams with undefeated postseasons?

There are two answers: a very, very short one and a slightly longer, technical one.

Since the first playoff rounds were introduced in 1969 (NLCS and ALCS), only one team ever has gone perfectly through the postseason: the 1976 Cincinnati Reds swept the Philadelphia Phillies in the NLCS and then swept the New York Yankees in the World Series.

Before that, any sweep in the World Series would have to be considered an undefeated postseason. That happened 12 times before 1969. So the longer answer? Thirteen teams in total have had perfect records in the postseason.

Want to see all the World Series sweeps? Click here.

SEASON WINNER
REC. SERIES
LOSER
1. 1907 Chicago Cubs 4-0 World Series Detroit Tigers
2. 1914 Boston Braves 4-0 World Series Philadelphia Athletics
3. 1922 New York Giants 4-0 World Series New York Yankees
4. 1927 New York Yankees 4-0 World Series Pittsburgh Pirates
5. 1928 New York Yankees 4-0 World Series St. Louis Cardinals
6. 1932 New York Yankees 4-0 World Series Chicago Cubs
7. 1938 New York Yankees 4-0 World Series Chicago Cubs
8. 1939 New York Yankees 4-0 World Series Cincinnati Reds
9. 1950 New York Yankees 4-0 World Series Philadelphia Phillies
10. 1954 New York Giants 4-0 World Series Cleveland Indians
11. 1963 Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0 World Series New York Yankees
12. 1966 Baltimore Orioles 4-0 World Series Los Angeles Dodgers
13. 1976 Cincinnati Reds 7-0
4-0 World Series New York Yankees
3-0 NLCS Philadelphia Phillies

Photo: madeira.hccanet.org

NFL: The 20 Biggest Shutouts Since the Merger (1970-Present, Regular Season)

The Los Angeles Rams Spanked The Atlanta Falcons 59-0 In December Of 1976, Apparently In Front Of Few Fans

The Los Angeles Rams Spanked The Atlanta Falcons 59-0 In December Of 1976, Apparently In Front Of Few Fans

Man, there have been a lot of lopsided victories in the NFL this season, prompting some serious interest in posts on football shutouts and blowouts:

The Top 20 Biggest Shutouts in NFL History

Top 20 Teams with the Most Points Scored in a Game

The 20 Biggest Blowouts Since 2000 (Regular Season)

The 20 Biggest Blowouts Since the Merger (Regular Season)

The Biggest Blowouts in AFC Championship and NFC Championship History

The 20 Biggest Blowouts in Super Bowl History

In 2014, it all started with that Week 3 Thursday night game between the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Falcons jumped out to a 56-0 lead before the Bucs “closed the gap” to make it 56-14.

Just last week, the San Diego Chargers beat the New York Jets, 31-0.

Today, Joe Flacco put five touchdowns in the books and the Baltimore Ravens jumped to a 38-0 lead against the (again) Bucs – all in the first half alone. And tonight, the Philadelphia Eagles blanked the New York Giants, 27-0.

And there’s been plenty more beatdowns than that.

So, in the spirit of the season, here’s one more beatdown list for y’all.

Thanks to pro-football-reference.com, where I punched this query into the play index, and where you can see every single shutout since the merger (regular season)

WINNER LOSER DATE
1. New England Patriots 59 Tennessee Titans 0 Oct. 18, 2009
1. Los Angeles Rams 59 Atlanta Falcons 0 Dec. 4, 1976
3. Seattle Seahawks 58 Arizona Cardinals 0 Dec. 9, 2012
4. Miami Dolphins 52 New England Patriots 0 Nov. 12, 1972
5. Cleveland Browns 51 Pittsburgh Steelers 0 Sep. 10, 1989
6. Kansas City Chiefs 49 Arizona Cardinals 0 Dec. 1, 2002
7. Jacksonville Jaguars 48 Cleveland Browns 0 Dec. 3, 2000
7. San Francisco 49ers 48 Los Angeles Rams 0 Dec. 27, 1987
9. Houston Oilers 47 Chicago Bears 0 Nov. 6, 1977
10. Pittsburgh Steelers 45 Kansas City Chiefs 0 Nov. 7, 1976
10. Oakland Raiders 45 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0 Dec. 19, 1999
10. Seattle Seahawks 45 Kansas City Chiefs 0 Nov. 4, 1984
10. Washington Redskins 45 Detroit Lions 0 Sep. 1, 1991
14. Chicago Bears 44 Dallas Cowboys 0 Nov. 17, 1985
14. St. Louis Cardinals 44 Houston Oilers 0 Nov. 1, 1970
14. Detroit Lions 44 Jacksonville Jaguars 0 Dec. 17, 1995
14. Miami Dolphins 44 Baltimore Colts 0 Nov. 11, 1973
18. Baltimore Colts 43 Buffalo Bills 0 Oct. 10, 1971
18. Miami Dolphins 43 New York Jets 0 Oct. 19, 1975
18. Pittsburgh Steelers 43 Cleveland Browns 0 Sep. 12, 1999

Photo: USAToday Sports via spokeo.com

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