Van Brocklin was supposed to be the Eagles’ veteran mentor for Sonny Jurgensen. Instead, he became the starting quarterback and de facto offensive coordinator for a team of destiny. Van Brocklin led six fourth-quarter comebacks for the 1960 Eagles. He led back-to-back comebacks against the Giants in November to propel the Eagles into the NFL Championship Game.
The Eagles came back in the fourth quarter to beat the Packers, 17-13, for the NFL title. It would be thrilling to report that another 73-yard touchdown by the Dutchman made the difference. Actually, a long kickoff return by Ted Dean sparked the final Eagles drive, which ended with a Dean touchdown; Van Brocklin threw just one pass in the comeback effort, which was followed by some legendary defensive heroics by Chuck Bednarik,
That’s nitpicking. Van Brocklin led teams that came back to win against Paul Brown’s Browns and Vince Lombardi’s Packers. That’s like coming back to win the Super Bowl against the Cowboys in 1993, then the Patriots in 2004: