99 Stats Until Kickoff (#81) A 5-0 start after winning the Super Bowl
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Will the World Champion Baltimore Ravens get off to a fast start in 2013, the year following their Super Bowl victory?
Let’s go back one year. The New York Giants won the Super Bowl after the 2011 season. In their first game of the 2012 season, the Giants lost to the Dallas Cowboys, 24-17, not exactly the start they were hoping for after their Super Bowl win.
Go back another year; with their 25-14 win over the Atlanta Falcons on October 9, 2011, the Green Bay Packers became the seventh Super Bowl champion in NFL history to start the following season 5-0. The Packers eventually ran their record to 13-0 that season, becoming only the second Super Bowl champion in history to start the following season 13-0 (the Broncos first did it in 1998 after winning the Super Bowl at the end of the ’97 season).
But let’s take it a step (or two) further. Here are the seven Super Bowl champions that started the following season with at least a 5-0 record:
Team, Super Bowl season, Wins to start the next season
Chicago Bears, 1985, 6-0
San Francisco 49ers, 1989, 10-0
Denver Broncos, 1997, 13-0
St. Louis Rams, 1999, 6-0
New England Patriots, 2003, 6-0
Indianapolis Colts, 2006, 9-0
Green Bay Packers, 2010, 13-0
* Nine of the previous 46 Super Bowl champs had a losing record after their first five games the following season. One team, the 1987 New York Giants, were 0-5 after winning the Super Bowl the previous season.
* The 1999 Denver Broncos lost their first four games following their Super Bowl victory. They won Game Five.
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