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Today’s Sportstat: October 14, 2019

9 stats you may not know about NFL teams that start the season 5-0

There are two undefeated teams remaining in the NFL: The 6-0 New England Patriots who started the 2019 season with their sixth straight win this season over the New York Giants last Thursday; and the surprising San Francisco 49ers who upped their record to 5-0 with a big divisional win over one of last year’s Super Bowl teams, the Los Angeles Rams, on Sunday.

Not counting this year’s Patriots and 49ers, there have been 53 teams that have started an NFL season 5-0 since 1990. Here are nine stats you may not know about the 53 teams that started the season 5-0 since 1990.

  1. There were two teams that started 5-0 in 2018 (the Los Angeles Rams and the Kansas City Chiefs). Since 1990, the most teams that started a season 5-0 were six in 2015. No teams started the year 5-0 in 2014, 2010, 2002, 1996 and 1995.
  2. Nine teams that started the season 5-0 went on to win the Super Bowl: New York Giants(1990), Washington (1991), Denver (1997), Denver (1998), St. Louis Rams (1999), New England (2004), Indianapolis (2006), New Orleans (2009), Denver (2015). Eleven teams that started 5-0 since 1990 went on to lose in the Super Bowl that year. That means that of the 53 teams that started the season 5-0 since 1990, 20 (37.7%) went on to play in the Super Bowl that season.
  3. There have been five Super Bowls since 1990 that featured two teams that started the season 5-0: 1991 (Buffalo and Washington), 2004 (New England and Philadelphia), 2006 (Chicago and Indianapolis), 2009 (Indianapolis and New Orleans) and 2015 (Carolina and Denver). Could this year’s Super Bowl feature two teams that started the year, New England and San Francisco?
  4. Forty-seven of the 53 (88.7%) teams that started the season 5-0 since 1990 eventually made the playoffs that season.
  5. Forty-seven of the 53 (88.7%) teams that started the season 5-0 since 1990 won 10 or more games that season. One team finished 9-7, five teams finished the year 8-8.
  6. Twenty-one of the 53 teams (39.6%) that started the season 5-0 since 1990 won at least one playoff game that year.
  7. Twenty-four of the 53 teams (45.3%) that started the season 5-0 since 1990 won 13 or more games that season.
  8. Three teams (Denver, Indianapolis and Minnesota) started a season 5-0 five times since 1990, tied for most in the league. Three teams (Kansas City, New England and New Orleans) each started four seasons 5-0 since 1990.
  9. Two franchises (Indianapolis and the St. Louis Rams) each had three consecutive seasons where they started 5-0 since1990. The Colts did it in 2005, 2006 and 2007, while the Rams did in 1999, 2000 and 2001.

Bonus: In case you were wondering, here is the breakdown of how many teams made the playoffs from 1990-2018 after starting the season 0-5, 1-4, 2-3, 3-2, 4-1 and 5-0.

Started season 0-5… Teams-58, Made playoffs-0 (0%)

Started season 1-4… Teams-142, Made playoffs-10 (7%)

Started season 2-3… Teams-242, Made playoffs-53 (21.9%)

Started season 3-2… Teams-247, Made playoffs-123 (49.8%)

Started season 4-1… Teams-150, Made playoffs-114 (76%)

Started season 5-0… Teams 53, Made playoffs-47 (88.7%)

 

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99 Stats Until Kickoff (#80) Beware of the 25-year-old Super Bowl QB

Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens in training...

Joe Flacco  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.)

In the 47-year history of the Super Bowl, we have had 48 players (there were co-MVPs in 1978) who were selected as the MVP of the game. Joe Montana, quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers won three of those awards, most in the game’s history. Four other players won the award twice: Bart Starr, Terry Bradshaw, Tom Brady and Eli Manning, all QBs.

As we take a look at the list of Super Bowl MVPs, several interesting stats evolve:

First, quarterbacks seem to be the primary focus of the Super Bowl MVP award. Of the 48 MVPs, 26 have been QBs. The 2013 Super Bowl as no exception as Baltimore QB Joe Flacco was chosen as the game’s MVP.

Here’s a position look at the MVPs.

Super Bowl MVP Awards, position, (average age of those MVPs)
26: Quarterbacks (30.0)
8: Defensive players (26.6)
7: Running backs (27.0)
6: Wide receivers (26.5)
1: Kick returners (26.0)

Secondly, we notice that when it comes to the age of the player named the game’s MVP, most are in their 20′s. In fact, of the 48 MVPs, 30 were in their 20′s, 18 were in their 30′s. Here’s a look at the number of MVPs within each age. The age with the most MVPs is 25 with seven.

Age, Super Bowl MVP Awards
Age 23: Two
Age 24: Five
Age 25: Seven
Age 26: Five
Age 27: Five
Age 28: Three
Age 29: Three
Age 30: Two
Age 31: Three
Age 32: Four
Age 33: Four
Age 34: Four
Age 38: One

* The oldest Super Bowl MVP was Denver’s John Elway in 1999. He was 38 years old.

* The youngest Super Bowl MVP was Raiders running back Marcus Allen who was 23. Pittsburgh receiver Lynn Swann was also 23 when he won his Super Bowl MVP in 1976, but Allen beat him by 15 days; Allen was 23 and 302 days, Swann was 23 and 317 days.

* Of the 18 players who were in their 30′s when they won the Super Bowl MVP, 14 of them were quarterbacks.

* Dallas’ Randy White, who shared MVP honors with teammate Harvey Martin in the 1978 game, is the only MVP to win his award on his birthday. He won his MVP on his 25th birthday.

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99 Stats Until Kickoff (#79) Boxscore trifecta not enough to give 49ers a Super Bowl victory

San Francisco 49ers' running back Frank Gore s...

Frank Gore (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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The San Francisco 49ers fell three points short in Super Bowl XLVII, but a look at the boxscore reveals that the team did achieve a rare feat in their 34-31 defeat at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens.

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick passed for 302 yards; running back Frank Gore had 110 yards rushing; and, receivers Michael Crabtree (109 yards) and Vernon Davis (104) each passed the 100-yard mark in receiving yards. This was the first time in Super Bowl history that a team that had a running back with 100-plus yards, a receiver with 100-plus yards, and a QB with 300-plus yards lost in the Super Bowl.

This 100-100-300 trifecta had happened only twice before in the 47-year history of the Super Bowl: The Washington Redskins did it in 1988 with running back Timmy Smith, receiver Ricky Sanders and QB Doug Williams. The Denver Broncos did it in 1999 with running back Terrell Davis, receiver Rod Smith and QB John Elway.

You will also notice that this was the second time in Super Bowl history that the team that lost had teammates both gain 100 or more yards receiving. The Cincinnati Bengals receiving duo of Cris Collingsworth and Dan Ross did it their 1982 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

Here’s a look at the runners with 100-plus yards, receivers with 100-plus yards, and QBs with 300-plus yards in a Super Bowl loss.

Runners with 100-plus yards in a Super Bowl loss
Thurman Thomas, Buffalo, 1991, 135 yards
Tom Matte, Baltimore, 1969, 116 yards
Thomas Jones, Chicago, 2007, 112 yards
Frank Gore, San Francisco, 2013, 110 yards

Receivers with 100-plus yards in a Super Bowl loss
Andre Reed, Buffalo, 1993, 152 yards
Muhsin Muhammad, Carolina, 2004, 140 yards
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona, 2009, 127 yards
Antonio Freeman, Green Bay, 1998, 126 yards
Terrell Owens, Philadelphia, 2005, 122 yards
Vance Johnson, Denver, 1987, 121 yards
John Henderson, Minnesota, 1970, 111 yards
Michael Crabtree, San Francisco, 2013, 109 yards
Cris Collingsworth, Cincinnati, 1982, 107 yards
Dan Ross, Cincinnati, 1982, 104 yards
Vernon Davis, San Francisco, 2013, 104 yards
Wes Welker, New England, 2008, 103 yards

Quarterbacks with 300-plus yards passing in Super Bowl loss
Kurt Warner, Arizona, 2009, 377 yards
Kurt Warner, St. Louis, 2002, 365 yards
Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia, 2005, 357 yards
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis, 2010, 333 yards
Jake Delhomme, Carolina, 2004, 323 yards
Dan Marino, Miami, 1985, 318 yards
John Elway, Denver, 1987, 304 yards
Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco, 2013, 302 yards
Ken Anderson, Cincinnati, 1982, 300 yards

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99 Stats Until Kickoff (#76) Colin Kaepernick goes from less than a half season as starting QB to the Super Bowl

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Despite only nine career regular starts at quarterback (seven regular season and two playoff), the legend of second-year San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick continued to grow as the 2012 season came to a close. With a start at QB in the Super Bowl after only seven regular-season starts, Kaepernick’s legend certainly could have skyrocketed with a Super Bowl win, but the Ravens had other ideas.

But just taking the field as the 49ers QB was enough to put Kaepernick in special company. Consider this: Kaepernick became the fifth starting QB in Super Bowl history with less than half of his team’s regular-season starts at that position. Kaepernick started seven of the 49ers 16 games, replacing an injured Alex Smith in the 10th game of the year. He led the 49ers to a win over Chicago and never relinquished the starting position. San Francisco went 5-2 in the games he started at QB.

Kaepernick’s seven starts in the regular season is not, however, the fewest by a Super Bowl quarterback in that season. A pair of NFC QB’s had only two regular starts in the year that they started the Super Bowl. Washington’s Doug Williams started only two regular season games (Washington lost both games) for the Redskins in the 1987 season replacing Jay Schroeder, but he started at QB for the Redskins when they went on to win the Super Bowl that year. Williams was the MVP of that game.

New York Giant Jeff Hostetler in 1990 started only a pair of regular season contests for the “G-Men” replacing an injured Phil Simms. The Giants won the Super Bowl that year.

Here’s a look at the five QBs who started less than half their teams regular-season games in a year when they started at QB in the Super Bowl.

Season, QB, team, regular-season starts at QB
1972: Bob Griese, Miami (five regular-season starts)
1979: Vince Ferragamo, L.A. Rams (five regular-season starts)
1987: Doug Williams, Washington (two regular-season starts)
1990: Jeff Hostetler, N.Y. Giants (two regular-season starts)
2012: Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco (seven regular-season starts)

Note: Two more Super Bowl starting quarterbacks started only seven games in the regular season before their Super Bowl start: Len Dawson and Terry Bradshaw. For both Dawson and Bradshaw, those seven starts represented exactly half of the 14 games their teams played that season.

One more note: Of the 94 starting QBs in the 47-year history of the Super Bowl, 47 (exactly half) started all of his team’s regular-season games that season.

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99 Stats Until Kickoff (#75) New York Giants not the only Super Bowl champs to have a rough Week 1 the following year

The New York Giants attempt an extra point in ...

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With their 24-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys last September 5, the New York Giants became the first defending Super Bowl champs to lose the first game of the next season after their title since 1999. The Denver Broncos won the Super Bowl after the 1998 regular season and then lost their first game at the start of the ’99 campaign.

The Giants, however, weren’t the only previous Super Bowl champ to lose on the first week of the 2012 season. In fact, for the first time in NFL history, the last four Super Bowl champs all lost their opening game of the 2012 season. In addition to the defending Super Bowl champion Giants, the Packers, 2010 season champs, lost to the San Francisco 49ers on Week 1 of the 2012 season; the Saints, 2009 season champs, lost to the Redskins; and Pittsburgh, 2008 season champs, were defeated by the Denver Broncos.

Following are the Super Bowl champs who lost the most games to start the following season after their title.

Team, Season title year, Losses to start following season
New York Giants, 1986: Lost 5 straight to start 1987 season
Denver Broncos, 1998: Lost 4 straight to start 1999 season
San Francisco 49ers, 1981: Lost 2 straight to start 1982 season
Dallas Cowboys, 1992: Lost 2 straight to start 1993 season

In 2011 the Giants became the eighth team in NFL history to win the Super Bowl after starting the season with a loss (ironically, the Giants lost the first game of the season in three of the four years they won the Super Bowl). The Giants started the 2011 season with a 28-14 loss to the Washington Redskins. This past season’s Super Bowl teams, Baltimore and San Francisco, both won their first game of the 2012 regular season.

Here’s a quick look at the Super Bowl champs that lost their first game of the year in that title season.

2011: New York Giants (lost their first game that season)

2007: New York Giants (lost their first two games of the season)

2003: New England (lost first game of the season)

2002: Tampa Bay (lost first game of the season)

2001: New England (lost first two games of the season)

1993: Dallas Cowboys (lost first two games of the season)

1986: New York Giants (lost first game of the season)

1981: San Francisco 49ers (lost first game of the season)

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