The Lions' star leads a 44-point comeback; the Giants' double-edged blade is exposed: the 3-2-1 record

Brisbane Lions came back from a 30-point deficit to beat Greater Western Sydney 16.14 (110) to 15.6 (96), retaining their percentage lead in second place on the AFL ladder.

The Lions, driven by a spectacular effort from ace Lachie Neale and four goals from Lincoln McCarthy

Eventually reigned in the Giants, who scored six of the first seven goals of the game.

In round 12, caretaker coach Mark McVeigh's team had a bye, while the Lions face Fremantle, another top-four candidate.

In the first few minutes, Brisbane struggled to generate any offence and could do little to stop the Giants from bursting up the middle time and time again.

North Melbourne great David King slammed into the Lions on the broadcast, believing coach Chris Fagan would be unhappy with the way his team started the game.

Alastair Lynch, a Brisbane legend, was perplexed as to why the Lions couldn't get out of first gear.

But it wasn’t quite the enjoyable first quarter for GWS star Cal Ward, who copped a brutal knee to the head and eventually left the game in the second.

In comparison to the first quarter, the second quarter was a snoozefest, with both teams scoring 33 points.

By the end of the quarter, the Lions had kicked 3.3 goals to the Giants' two, and they appeared to be in in control of the game

With Jarrod Berry's late-quarter goal cutting the deficit to two points.