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Not only is this year’s Super Bowl a rematch of Super Bowl 42, but another interesting thing about this rematch is that one of the teams playing in the game won four or more games more than their Super Bowl opponent during the regular season. When New England and the Giants met in Super Bowl 42, New England was coming off a perfect 16-0 season, while New York was 10-6 in the 2007 regular season, a difference of six wins. That six-win difference is the biggest between Super Bowl opponents in the history of the game.
This year’s game features the Pats who won 13 games and the Giants who won nine, a difference of four wins.
Will the result of the game be the same, with the team with fewer wins during the regular season coming out on top?
Here’s a look at the Super Bowl match-ups that featured opponents with the largest margin of wins during that regular season.
Season Teams Win diff.
2007 New England 16-0/New York Giants 10-6 6
1985 Chicago 15-1/New England 11-5 4
1967 Oakland 13-1/Green Bay 9-4-1 4
2011 New England 13-3/New York Giants 9-7 4
1972 Miami 14-0/Washington 11-3 3
1979 Pittsburgh 12-4/L.A Rams 9-7 3
1986 New York Giants 14-2/Denver 11-5 3
1989 San Francisco 14-2/Denver 11-5 3
2001 St. Louis Rams 14-2/New England 11-5 3
2003 New England 14-2/New England 11-5 3
2008 Pittsburgh 12-4/Arizona 9-7 3
Note: Of the 10 times previous to this year’s Super Bowl (where one of the Super Bowl teams won three or more games than their opponents during the regular season), seven of the teams with the better record during the regular season won the Super Bowl. The other three times when the team with fewer wins in the regular season won the Super Bowl: the 2007 Giants (10-6) over New England (16-0); 2001 Patriots (11-5) over the St. Louis Rams (14-2); and the 1967 Packers (9-4-1) over the Oakland Raiders (13-1).