Today’s Sports Stat: February 3, 2018


Will the third time be the charm for the Philadelphia Eagles? If history has anything to say about their chances in their third attempt to win a Super Bowl, the answer is “No.”

The Eagles are 0-2 in Super Bowl contests; they lost to Oakland in Super Bowl XV, 27-10 on January 25, 1981, and were beaten by the New England Patriots 24-21 in Super Bowl XXXIX on February 6, 2005. With their appearance in Super Bowl LII, the Eagles become the 16th NFL franchise to play in three or more Super Bowls.

Of the other 15 franchises that have played in three or more Super Bowls, seven won their third appearance in the big game and eight lost their third Super Bowl game.

What’s even more telling is that four teams went into their third Super Bowl game having lost the previous two: Buffalo, Denver, Minnesota and New England. Of these four teams, the Patriots are the only team in NFL history to lose their first two Super Bowl games and then win their third one. New England lost their first Super Bowl to the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XX (1986) and then lost Super Bowl XXXI to the Green Bay Packers 11 years later. They finally won their first Super Bowl in Super Bowl XXXVI against the St. Louis Rams (on February 2, 2002) on their third try. It was current New England coach Bill Belichick’s first Super Bowl as head coach of the Patriots.

Following is a look at how each of the 15 franchises that have played in three or more Super Bowls did in their third Super Bowl appearance.

Won first two Super Bowl appearances, won third one
Green Bay, Pittsburgh and San Francisco

Won first two Super Bowl appearances, lost third one
New York Giants

Won one and lost one in their first two Super Bowl appearances, won third one
Colts, Miami, Raiders

Won one and lost one in their first two Super Bowl appearances, lost third one
Dallas, Rams, Seattle, Washington

Lost first two Super Bowl appearances, won third one
New England

Lost first two Super Bowl appearances, lost third one
Buffalo, Denver, Minnesota

How will the Eagles do in their third Super Bowl contest? Will they join the Patriots in the above category by beating them in Super Bowl LII?

 

 

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