NLCS Game 7: A look back

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This year marks the 14th time in 44 years that the National League Championship Series has come down to a winner-take-all, deciding game.

Tonight marks just the 14th National League Championship series Game 7 (or Game 5, for the first 16 years of its existence) since the playoffs expanded in 1969, and the first since 2006, when the Cardinals beat the Mets 3-1 on the road in Game 7.

Hopefully this year's NLCS doesn't end with Carlos Beltran watching strike three go by.

The last two times the National League Championship Series has gone seven games, the finale was won by the Cardinals. A look back at previous NLCS Games 7, which included the Cardinals and Giants facing off 25 years and eight days ago:

*from 1969-1984, the NLCS was five games

Home teams are 9-4 in deciding games of the NLCS, including 6-2 in Games 7.

2012 NLCS Game 7 (Kyle Lohse vs. Matt Cain) - Gameday

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