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Are the 2012 Giants the Greatest Comeback Team in Postseason History?

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 22:  The San Francisco Giants celebrate after the Giants defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 in Game Seven of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on October 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistOctober 23, 2012

There is still work to be done if the 2012 San Francisco Giants want to be known as the greatest comeback team in the history of baseball.

I'm not saying that this isn't a remarkable team, because what they have accomplished through the first two rounds of the 2012 postseason is something that we just don't see everyday:

Elias says Giants are 2nd team to go the distance in 1st two postseason series in a season to reach World Series. 1st team was 1981 Dodgers

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 23, 2012

To be fair, the Dodgers accomplished that feat during a strike-shortened split-season, while the Giants played a full slate of games, which for me, makes their accomplishment more impressive.

But wait, there's more:

Giants: 7th team to come back from a 3-1 deficit in LCS (1st since 2007 Red Sox)

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 23, 2012

 

We've got four World Series championship teams on that list, but only one of them—the 1985 Kansas City Royals—pulled off what the Giants did on Monday night.

They came back from the brink of elimination twice in consecutive series'.

But here's the thing: Kansas City did it in the World Series, and coming back from the brink of elimination in the Fall Classic is a far bigger deal than it is at any other time. 

By no fault of their own, the Giants had to play in one more playoff round than the Royals did in order to get to this point.

However, the fact remains that things are just different in the World Series; the spotlight is brighter and the pressure is more intense than at any other time, both internally and externally.

It's simply a more impressive accomplishment.

The way I see it, the Royals have a slight edge on the Giants in the race to be anointed the "Greatest Comeback Team in Postseason History," but the race is far from over.

San Francisco has momentum, and they could surge past the Royals and never look back as they get set to take on the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.

Do it again.

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