Super Bowl Super Study Says Patriots, Broncos Built Like Champs

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Jan 06, 2013



9. Blowout Losses (by More Than Two Possessions)

Obviously, blowing out non-quality opponents and earning your stripes by defeating a few playoff-caliber teams both help to build championship team. However, championship teams normally also avoid the pathetic performances. Rarely do elite teams get blown out in competition, as they should be among the best teams in the game. It would make sense champions will normally find ways to stay competitive in their losses.

The chart below examines each Super Bowl team’s blowout loss. Remember, the AFL implemented the two-point conversion throughout the league’s history, while NFL adopted the rule in 1994. In those seasons, the teams must lose by 17 points or more. In the other seasons, the teams must lose by 15 points or more.

Winners

Losers

SB

Team

Count

 

SB

Team

Count

I66 Packers

0

 I66 Chiefs

1

II67 Packers

0

 II67 Raiders

0

III68 Jets

0

 III68 Colts

0

IV69 Chiefs

0

 IV69 Vikings

0

V70 Colts

2

 V70 Cowboys

2

VI71 Cowboys

0

 VI71 Dolphins

1

VII72 Dolphins

0

 VII72 Redskins

0

VIII73 Dolphins

0

 VIII73 Vikings

1

IX74 Steelers

1

 IX74 Vikings

0

X75 Steelers

0

 X75 Cowboys

0

XI76 Raiders

1

 XI76 Vikings

0

XII77 Cowboys

1

 XII77 Broncos

0

XIII78 Steelers

0

 XIII78 Cowboys

0

XIV79 Steelers

2

 XIV79 Rams

4

XV80 Raiders

1

 XV80 Eagles

0

XVI81 49ers

1

 XVI81 Bengals

1

XVII82 Redskins

0

 XVII82 Dolphins

0

XVIII83 Raiders

0

 XVIII83 Redskins

0

XIX84 49ers

0

 XIX84 Dolphins

0

XX85 Bears

0

 XX85 Patriots

1

XXI86 Giants

0

 XXI86 Broncos

2

XXII87 Redskins

0

 XXII87 Broncos

1

XXIII88 49ers

2

 XXIII88 Bengals

1

XXIV89 49ers

0

 XXIV89 Broncos

0

XXV90 Giants

1

 XXV90 Bills

2

XXVI91 Redskins

0

 XXVI91 Bills

1

XXVII92 Cowboys

1

 XXVII92 Bills

3

XXVIII93 Cowboys

1

 XXVIII93 Bills

2

XXIX94 49ers

1

 XXIX94 Chargers

1

XXX95 Cowboys

1

 XXX95 Steelers

2

XXXI96 Packers

0

 XXXI96 Patriots

1

XXXII97 Broncos

1

 XXXII97 Packers

0

XXXIII98 Broncos

0

 XXXIII98 Falcons

1

XXXIV99 Rams

0

 XXXIV99 Titans

2

XXXV00 Ravens

0

 XXXV00 Giants

0

XXXVI01 Patriots

1

 XXXVI01 Rams

0

XXXVII02 Bucs

0

 XXXVII02 Raiders

0

XXXVIII03 Patriots

1

 XXXVIII03 Panthers

1

XXXIX04 Patriots

0

 XXXIX04 Eagles

2

XL05 Steelers

1

 XL05 Seahawks

0

XLI06 Colts

1

 XLI06 Bears

2

XLII07 Giants

2

 XLII07 Patriots

0

XLIII08 Steelers

1

 XLIII08 Cardinals

4

XLIV09 Saints

0

 XLIV09 Colts

1

XLV10 Packers

0

 XLV10 Steelers

0

XLVI11 Giants

1

 XLVI11 Patriots

0

Perhaps this part of the study gave the best distinction between the three 9-7 teams that made the Super Bowl. Although the Giants were the only one of the three to be outscored in the regular season, they only suffered one blowout loss. The other two (1979 Rams and 2008 Cardinals) suffered four blowout losses each. Clearly, the 2011 Giants played more consistent football, and their extended playoff run held more gravity than the others.

As for this postseason, five teams will be on red alert. The 2012 Texans and 2012 Colts each suffered three blowout losses. Heck, it could have been worse. Each team won at home by 12 points in the regular season split. In a very small consolation, all three losses for the Texans came to playoff teams. The Colts don’t have such an excuse, as those losses included the lowly Jets and the offensively-challenged Bears. Blame Andrew Luck in large part, as the Colts finished with a -4 turnover margin in each game.

Meanwhile, a trio of teams suffered a blowout loss twice each. The 2012 49ers, 2012 Ravens and 2012 Vikings each lost two games by at least 17 points. Only the Vikings took one on the chin against the loss, with the Doug Martin coming out party in Week 8 resulting in a blowout loss for Minnesota. As least this trio of teams has an outside chance, according to league precedent. However, all three teams face their offensive limitations.

 

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