Super Bowl Super Study Says Patriots, Broncos Built Like Champs

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Jan 06, 2013



8. Record against Playoff Teams

Given the ever-growing nature of the NFL postseason over the years, this part of the study won’t be as reliable as most. Remember, the league didn’t expand to a 16-game season until 1978, and the playoff format didn’t expand to 12 teams until 1990. Therefore, any figures before that time won’t tell a definitive picture.

Still, we try to hold the theory that the playoff teams with winning experience against their counterparts are more likely to make that playoff run. And to stick with the theme, every Super Bowl team enters the study.

Winners

Losers

SB

Team

W-L

 

SB

Team

W-L

I66 Packers

0-0

 I66 Chiefs

1-1

II67 Packers

1-1

 II67 Raiders

1-0

III68 Jets

1-1

 III68 Colts

1-1

IV69 Chiefs

2-2

 IV69 Vikings

2-0

V70 Colts

1-1

 V70 Cowboys

0-1

VI71 Cowboys

1-1

 VI71 Dolphins

1-1

VII72 Dolphins

0-0

 VII72 Redskins

2-1

VIII73 Dolphins

2-1

 VIII73 Vikings

2-1

IX74 Steelers

0-1

 IX74 Vikings

1-1

X75 Steelers

2-1

 X75 Cowboys

2-1

XI76 Raiders

1-1

 XI76 Vikings

1-0-1

XII77 Cowboys

2-1

 XII77 Broncos

3-2

XIII78 Steelers

3-2

 XIII78 Cowboys

3-3

XIV79 Steelers

3-3

 XIV79 Rams

1-4

XV80 Raiders

1-3

 XV80 Eagles

3-3

XVI81 49ers

3-0

 XVI81 Bengals

2-2

XVII82 Redskins

2-1

 XVII82 Dolphins

2-1

XVIII83 Raiders

4-3

 XVIII83 Redskins

5-1

XIX84 49ers

4-1

 XIX84 Dolphins

2-1

XX85 Bears

4-1

 XX85 Patriots

2-5

XXI86 Giants

4-0

 XXI86 Broncos

3-3

XXII87 Redskins

1-0

 XXII87 Broncos

2-3

XXIII88 49ers

3-2

 XXIII88 Bengals

4-2

XXIV89 49ers

3-1

 XXIV89 Broncos

2-3

XXV90 Giants

4-3

 XXV90 Bills

4-3

XXVI91 Redskins

5-1

 XXVI91 Bills

3-2

XXVII92 Cowboys

3-2

 XXVII92 Bills

4-2

XXVIII93 Cowboys

5-1

 XXVIII93 Bills

3-3

XXIX94 49ers

3-2

 XXIX94 Chargers

3-2

XXX95 Cowboys

5-2

 XXX95 Steelers

2-2

XXXI96 Packers

4-2

 XXXI96 Patriots

4-3

XXXII97 Broncos

2-3

 XXXII97 Packers

7-1

XXXIII98 Broncos

3-1

 XXXIII98 Falcons

3-2

XXXIV99 Rams

0-2

 XXXIV99 Titans

3-1

XXXV00 Ravens

1-2

 XXXV00 Giants

2-1

XXXVI01 Patriots

2-2

 XXXVI01 Rams

6-1

XXXVII02 Bucs

4-2

 XXXVII02 Raiders

3-1

XXXVIII03 Patriots

5-0

 XXXVIII03 Panthers

1-3

XXXIX04 Patriots

5-1

 XXXIX04 Eagles

2-2

XL05 Steelers

2-4

 XL05 Seahawks

2-2

XLI06 Colts

4-1

 XLI06 Bears

3-1

XLII07 Giants

1-5

 XLII07 Patriots

6-0

XLIII08 Steelers

3-4

 XLIII08 Cardinals

1-4

XLIV09 Saints

3-1

 XLIV09 Colts

3-1

XLV10 Packers

3-3

 XLV10 Steelers

2-4

XLVI11 Giants

1-3

 XLVI11 Patriots

1-2

This part of the study holds no water in this postseason, as every playoff team defeated at least two playoff counterparts. Of note, the 2012 Seahawks defeated a league-best four playoff teams.

 

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