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Seattle Seahawks and Teams with Back-to-Back Super Bowl Appearances

Russell Wilson Has Taken The Seattle Seahawks To Back-To-Back Super Bowl Appearances

Russell Wilson Has Taken The Seattle Seahawks To Back-To-Back Super Bowl Appearances

A popular post here at Sports List of the Day covers the Super Bowl’s back-to-back winners and losers.

But there’s more to back-to-back Super Bowls – just getting there two times in a row is feat enough.

What happens when a team loses one Super Bowl, then returns the next? Are they vindicated?

What about revenge? Anybody beat the team that vanquished them the season before?

The Seattle Seahawks are the 11th franchise to return to the Super Bowl the next season. And hey, Tom Brady‘s New England Patriots were the 10th (2003 and 2004).

All totaled it’s happened 16 times, with the Dallas Cowboys doing it on three separate occasions – twice in the 1970’s and once more in the 1990’s.

Minus the eight back-to-back winners and the three back-to-back losers – and the 2014 Seahawks – we’re left with just four other consecutive occurrences: Two lose-wins and two win-losses.

What about revenge? The only back-to-back Super Bowls with the same two teams were in 1992 and 1993, and the Cowboys took both over the Buffalo Bills. So, nope.

UPDATED LIST: Through Super Bowl XLIX. The Seahawks results updated. So now there have been eight back-to-back winners, three back-to-back losers, three win-losses and two lose-wins.

  SEASON SUPER BOWL BACK-TO-BACK APPEARANCES W/L OPPONENT SCORE
1. 1966 I Green Bay Packers W Kansas City Chiefs 35-10
  1967 II Green Bay Packers W Oakland Raiders 33-14
             
2. 1970 V Dallas Cowboys L Baltimore Colts 16-13
  1971 VI Dallas Cowboys W Miami Dolphins 24-3
             
3. 1971 VI Miami Dolphins L Dallas Cowboys 24-3
  1972 VII Miami Dolphins W Washington Redskins 14-7
  1973 VIII Miami Dolphins W Minnesota Vikings 24-7
             
4. 1973 VIII Minnesota Vikings L Miami Dolphins 24-7
  1974 IX Minnesota Vikings L Pittsburgh Steelers 16-6
             
5. 1974 IX Pittsburgh Steelers W Minnesota Vikings 16-6
  1975 X Pittsburgh Steelers W Dallas Cowboys 21-7
             
6. 1977 XII Dallas Cowboys W Denver Broncos 27-10
  1978 XIII Dallas Cowboys L Pittsburgh Steelers 35-31
             
7. 1978 XIII Pittsburgh Steelers W Dallas Cowboys 35-31
  1979 XIV Pittsburgh Steelers W Los Angeles Rams 31-19
             
8. 1982 XVII Washington Redskins W Miami Dolphins 27-17
  1983 XVIII Washington Redskins L Los Angeles Raiders 38-9
             
9. 1986 XXI Denver Broncos L New York Giants 39-20
  1987 XXII Denver Broncos L Washington Redskins 42-10
             
10. 1988 XXIII San Francisco 49ers W Cincinnati Bengals 20-16
  1989 XXIV San Francisco 49ers W Denver Broncos 55-10
             
11. 1990 XXV Buffalo Bills L New York Giants 20-19
  1991 XXVI Buffalo Bills L Washington Redskins 37-24
  1992 XXVII Buffalo Bills L Dallas Cowboys 52-17
  1993 XXVIII Buffalo Bills L Dallas Cowboys 30-13
             
12. 1992 XXVII Dallas Cowboys W Buffalo Bills 52-17
  1993 XXVIII Dallas Cowboys W Buffalo Bills 30-13
             
13. 1996 XXXI Green Bay Packers W New England Patriots 35-21
  1997 XXXII Green Bay Packers L Denver Broncos 31-24
             
14. 1997 XXXII Denver Broncos W Green Bay Packers 31-24
  1998 XXXIII Denver Broncos W Atlanta Falcons 34-19
             
15. 2003 XXXVIII New England Patriots W Carolina Panthers 32-29
  2004 XXXIX New England Patriots W Philadelphia Eagles 24-21
             
16. 2013 XLVIII Seattle Seahawks W Denver Broncos 43-8
  2014 XLIX Seattle Seahawks L New England Patriots 28-24

Photo: Dean Rutz via seattletimes.com

Most Points Scored in an AFC or NFC Conference Championship Game

Which Team Will Score 30 Points...And Win...This Conference Championship Sunday?

Which Team Will Score 30 Points…And Win…This Conference Championship Sunday?

Score 30 points or more in a Conference Championship Game and you’re pretty much on the way to the Super Bowl – almost 100 percent of the time (it’s 94 percent actually).

Thirty-two teams have done it, and 30 of those advanced. They’re all listed below.

Score at least 40, and you’re definitely in. That’s six for six.

Score 50 (!) or more, and you’re the 1990 Buffalo Bills – the only team to run up the score that high on Conference Championship Sunday.

UPDATED LIST: Through the 2014 season. The New England Patriots, in deflategate, took the wind out of the Indianapolis Colts too, 45-7, for the second-most points ever scored in an AFC Conference Championship (tied with Dan Marino and the 1984 Miami Dolphins).

AFC

SEASON TEAM POINTS OPPONENT OPPONENT POINTS
1. 1990 Buffalo Bills 51 Los Angeles Raiders 3
2. 1984 Miami Dolphins
45 Pittsburgh Steelers 28
2. 2014 New England Patriots
45 Indianapolis Colts
7
4. 2002 Oakland Raiders 41 Tennessee Titans 24
4. 2004 New England Patriots 41 Pittsburgh Steelers 27
6. 1987 Denver Broncos 38 Cleveland Browns 33
6. 2006 Indianapolis Colts 38 New England Patriots 34
8. 1989 Denver Broncos 37 Cleveland Browns 21
9. 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers 34 Houston Oilers 5
9. 1980 Oakland Raiders 34 San Diego Chargers 27
9. 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers 34 Denver Broncos 17
9. 2006 New England Patriots* 34 Indianapolis Colts 38
13. 1999 Tennessee Titans 33 Jacksonville Jaguars 14
13. 1987 Cleveland Browns* 33 Denver Broncos 38
15. 1985 New England Patriots 31 Miami Dolphins 14
16. 1983 Los Angeles Raiders 30 Seattle Seahawks 14
16. 1993 Buffalo Bills 30 Kansas City Chiefs 13
16. 2009 Indianapolis Colts 30 New York Jets 17

*

NFC

SEASON TEAM POINTS OPPONENT OPPONENT POINTS
1. 1991 Washington Redskins 41 Detroit Lions 10
1. 2000 New York Giants 41 Minnesota Vikings 0
3. 2006 Chicago Bears 39 New Orleans Saints 14
4. 1993 Dallas Cowboys 38 San Francisco 49ers 21
4. 1994 San Francisco 49ers 38 Dallas Cowboys 28
4. 1995 Dallas Cowboys 38 Green Bay Packers 27
7. 1975 Dallas Cowboys 37 Los Angeles Rams 7
8. 2005 Seattle Seahawks 34 Carolina Panthers 14
9. 2008 Arizona Cardinals 32 Philadelphia Eagles 25
10. 1982 Washington Redskins 31 Dallas Cowboys 17
10. 2009 New Orleans Saints 31 Minnesota Vikings 28
12. 1989 San Francisco 49ers 30 Los Angeles Rams 3
12. 1992 Dallas Cowboys 30 San Francisco 49ers 20
12. 1996 Green Bay Packers 30 Carolina Panthers 13
12. 1998 Atlanta Falcons 30 Minnesota Vikings 27

Want more? How about the biggest blowouts in Conference Championship Game history. Some of today’s games make that list, too.

* Loss

Photo: 2015newyear.org

The Biggest Blowouts in AFC Championship and NFC Championship History

The Buffalo Bills Own The Biggest Blowout In Conference Championship History

The Buffalo Bills Own The Biggest Blowout In Conference Championship History

Back in 1990, the Buffalo Bills were THE team to contend with. They began their four-time consecutive Super Bowl run that season with a 13-3 record (best in the AFC), a 44-34 beatdown of the Miami Dolphins in the Division Round and a get-the-NFC’s-attention 51-3 annihilation of the Los Angeles Raiders in the AFC Championship Game.

That’s the biggest blowout of any conference title contest in NFL history. Alas, the Bills lost the Super Bowl that season (and the next three seasons, too).

The New York Giants hold the record on the NFC side. They suffocated the Minnesota Vikings 41-zip in 2000. The Giants, too, wound up losing the Super Bowl that season.

How about that? It’s not an anomaly. In fact, a blowout in the Conference Championship more often than not predicts a Super Bowl loss. For the AFC, nine of the 13 smackdowns were followed by a let down in the big game.

For the NFC, half the dominators (five of 10) won the Super Bowl, but three of those teams were Joe Montana‘s San Francisco 49ers.

TOP 10 AFC CHAMPIONSHIP BLOWOUTS

  SPREAD SEASON WINNER PTS LOSER PTS
1. 48 1990 Buffalo Bills 51 Los Angeles Raiders 3
2. 29 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers* 34 Houston Oilers 5
3. 21 1971 Miami Dolphins 21 Baltimore Colts 0
4. 20 1981 Cincinnati Bengals 27 San Diego Chargers 7
5. 19 1992 Buffalo Bills 29 Miami Dolphins 10
5. 19 1999 Tennessee Titans 33 Jacksonville Jaguars 14
7. 17 1973 Miami Dolphins* 27 Oakland Raiders 10
7. 17 1976 Oakland Raiders* 24 Pittsburgh Steelers 7
7. 17 1984 Miami Dolphins 45 Pittsburgh Steelers 28
7. 17 1985 New England Patriots 31 Miami Dolphins 14
7. 17 1993 Buffalo Bills 30 Kansas City Chiefs 13
7. 17 2002 Oakland Raiders 41 Tennessee Titans 24
7. 17 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers* 34 Denver Broncos 17

TOP 10 NFC CHAMPIONSHIP BLOWOUTS

  SPREAD SEASON WINNER PTS LOSER PTS
1. 41 2000 New York Giants 41 Minnesota Vikings 0
2. 31 1991 Washington Redskins* 41 Detroit Lions 10
3. 30 1975 Dallas Cowboys 37 Los Angeles Rams 7
4. 28 1978 Dallas Cowboys 28 Los Angeles Rams 0
5. 27 1989 San Francisco 49ers* 30 Los Angeles Rams 3
6. 25 1988 San Francisco 49ers* 28 Chicago Bears 3
6. 25 2006 Chicago Bears 39 New Orleans Saints 14
8. 24 1985 Chicago Bears* 24 Los Angeles Rams 0
9. 23 1972 Washington Redskins 26 Dallas Cowboys 3
9. 23 1984 San Francisco 49ers* 23 Chicago Bears 0

* = Super Bowl winner

Photo: billsgab.com

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