From May 30 and every day until September 5… the start of the 2013 NFL season… Sports Stats ‘on Tapp’ will publish “99 Stats Until Kickoff” a daily dose of NFL stats that will get you ready for the 2013 NFL season.)
The Baltimore Ravens enter the 2013 season with a big fat target on their back signifying the champions from last season. What do the Ravens and their fans have to look forward to after another Super Bowl? Here’s a look at how the previous 46 Super Bowl champions did the season following their title.
1. Only seven Super Bowl champs increased their win total the following year after their Super Bowl win. (The New York Giants won the title from the 2011 season. They won nine games that year; they also won nine games in 2012.) Six teams had the same number of wins as their Super Bowl winning season. That means that 72 percent of the Super Bowl champions had fewer wins in the regular season the year after their Super Bowl win. Last Time: The last time a Super Bowl champ did not increase (or tie) their win total after a Super Bowl title was in 2011 when the Super Bowl champion New York Giants saw their win total stay the same from nine wins in 2011 to nine wins in 2012.
2. Thirty of the 46 Super Bowl champs (65.2 percent) won 10 or more games the next season. Last Time: The last time a Super Bowl champion did not win 10 or more games in the season after their title was last year when the New York Giants went 9-7 in the 2012 regular season after their title the previous year.
3. Thirty-two of the 46 champs (69.6 percent) made the playoffs the following season after their Super Bowl victory. Last Time: The last time a Super Bowl champion did not make the playoffs the following season was last year when the Giants failed to reach the post-season after the 2012 campaign.
4. Of those 32 teams that made the playoffs the season after their Super Bowl win, 21 (65.6 percent) won at least one playoff game. Last Time: The last Super Bowl champion to make the playoffs the following year but not win a playoff game that postseason were the 2011 Green Bay Packers.
5. Twenty-five of the previous 46 Super Bowl champs won their division the following year. Ten (including the 2012 Giants) finished second in their division; seven finished third; two finished fourth; two finished fifth. Last Time: The last Super Bowl champion that did not win their division the following season was last year’s New York Giants. They finished second in their division last season.
6. The previous 46 Super Bowl champs are 31-14-1 in their first game of the next season after winning the Super Bowl. Last Time: The last time a defending Super Bowl champion lost their first regular-season game of the following season was last season when the Giants lost to the Dallas Cowboys 24-17 in their opening game. Prior to that, the last Super Bowl champ to lose the first game the following season was in 1999. The Denver Broncos won the ’98 title and then lost their first game of the 1999 season 38-21 to Miami. The Broncos actually went on to lose their first four games that season.
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