MNF moments, No. 7: Colts' comeback

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No. 7: Colts 38, Buccaneers 35, OT | Oct. 6, 2003

After Ronde Barber returned a Peyton Manning interception 29 yards for a touchdown with 5:09 left in the fourth quarter, the Indianapolis Colts were seemingly finished. The defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers had taken a 35-14 lead, and their stout defense had limited the Colts' explosive offense all night.

But on the ensuing kickoff, Brad Pyatt would break off a 90-yard return to give the Colts some life.

James Mungro scored on a fourth-and-1 run from the Buccaneers' 3-yard line to cut the deficit to 14 with 3:37 remaining. Indianapolis then recovered an onside kick, and Manning would eventually convert another fourth down into a Colts' score, this time a 28-yard pass to Marvin Harrison with 2:29 remaining.

The Colts failed to recover another onside kick, but the defense held. With 35 seconds left, the Colts tied the game at 35 all on a Ricky Williams (not that one, this one) 1-yard rush.

The 21-point rally with less than four minutes would be the largest comeback in NFL history, and the victory would be completed in overtime with a 29-yard Mike Vanderjagt field goal.