Chicago Cubs: Giving the 2016 NLDS comeback another look

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(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The 2016 NLDS and the ensuing comeback proved the Chicago Cubs were a team of destiny and set the stage for the most memorable postseason in history.

The word “historical” has been associated with the 2016 Chicago Cubs since the start of that season. Their long journey to the top required climbing some steep mountains and defying some big odds. Before the 3-1 World Series comeback, they had an unbelievable rally in Game 4 of the NLDS against the San Francisco Giants that sometimes feels like it does not get the recognition in the history books and documentaries it should.

Let’s go back to that Game 4 in San Francisco. It was October 11, 2016 when the Cubs led the Giants in the series two games-to-one. A Cubs win clinches the NLDS and a Giants win forces a decisive winner-take-all Game 5 at Wrigley Field. This Game 4 was set up thanks to a late Giants rally in Game 3 when the Cubs were five outs away from a sweep and Aroldis Chapman lost the lead in the eighth and the team eventually falling in extra innings.

The 6-5 Cubs win in Game 4 may have very well saved their season. A potential Game 5 at Wrigley would see the Giants throw Johnny Cueto and Madison Bumgarner. Even with Jon Lester slated for the North Siders, runs would likely come very difficult against those two. With the matchup and momentum shift, the Cubs needed this game.

Here is a look back at one of the greatest comebacks in Chicago Cubs history.