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Super Bowl Champions with the Worst Records the Season Before

The St. Louis Rams Went From 4-12 Under Tony Banks To Super Bowl Champions Under Kurt Warner In One Season

The St. Louis Rams Went From 4-12 Under Tony Banks To Super Bowl Champions Under Kurt Warner In One Season

Getting psyched up for football? Oh hell yeah!

Here’s a good one for you – and maybe even one that provides a little hope for your team this upcoming season no matter what is expected of them…or, I’m sorry, maybe not, as you will see.

Today’s list ranks every Super Bowl winner by their record the season before – from worst to best. I’m sorting by W-L percentage, from lowest to highest, but have also provided each team’s prior season’s playoff result.

And look at the 1999 St. Louis Rams who found a miracle in Kurt Warner. The Rams went from 4-12  (.250) under QB Tony Banks in 1998 to winning it all under MVP Warner in his first full season in 1999. Warner played in one game in 1998 for the Rams after playing several seasons in the AFL (Arena Football League).

Not far off the pace – and a similar situation, at least in terms of a quarterback who came from nowhere – were the 2001 Champion New England Patriots, who were 5-11 (.313) the season before under Drew Bledsoe. Tom Brady squeezed himself into his first (and only) pro game that season, but came back in 2001 after Bledsoe was injured in Game 2. Brady started the next 14 games and the rest is history (legendary, really), as five Super Bowls and three rings can attest.

After backing up Steve DeBerg all of 1979 and taking over the San Francisco 49er offense halfway through a 6-10 (.375) season in 1980, Joe Montana led the Niners to their first of five Super Bowl titles in 1981.

Every single other team – 45 other winners – had W-L percentages of .500 (four) or more (the other 41) the season before.

So, if your team was under .500 last season – and that means you, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston Texans, Oakland Raiders, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Atlanta Falcons and St. Louis Rams, that you have a little more than a six percent chance of winning the Big Game this go-round. Hey, though, it’s happened, and that means it can happen again.

What about Super Bowl champs with the worst records THAT season – the year they won. Well, check it out. That might yield a little hope in the midst of 2014.

SUPER BOWL WINNER SEASON SUPER BOWL DATE W L T W-L PCT PLAYOFFS
1. St. Louis Rams 1999 XXXIV Jan. 30, 2000 4 12 0 .250 No Playoffs
2. New England Patriots 2001 XXXVI Feb. 3, 2002 5 11 0 .313 No Playoffs
3. San Francisco 49ers 1981 XVI Jan. 24, 1982 6 10 0 .375 No Playoffs
4. Washington Redskins 1982 XVII Jan. 30, 1983 8 8 0 .500 No Playoffs
4. Baltimore Ravens 2000 XXXV Jan. 28, 2001 8 8 0 .500 No Playoffs
4. New York Giants 2007 XLII Feb. 3, 2008 8 8 0 .500 Lost NFC Wild Card
4. New Orleans Saints 2009 XLIV Feb. 7, 2010 8 8 0 .500 No Playoffs
8. Oakland Raiders 1980 XV Jan. 25, 1981 9 7 0 .563 No Playoffs
8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2002 XXXVII Jan. 26, 2003 9 7 0 .563 Lost NFC Wild Card
8. New England Patriots 2003 XXXVIII Feb. 1, 2004 9 7 0 .563 No Playoffs
11. New York Jets 1968 III Jan. 12, 1969 8 5 1 .607 No Playoffs (AFL)
11. Baltimore Colts 1970 V Jan. 17, 1971 8 5 1 .607 No Playoffs
13. San Francisco 49ers 1984 XIX Jan. 20, 1985 10 6 0 .625 Lost NFC Championship
13. Chicago Bears 1985 XX Jan. 26, 1986 10 6 0 .625 Lost NFC Championship
13. New York Giants 1986 XXI Jan. 25, 1987 10 6 0 .625 Lost NFC Division Round
13. San Francisco 49ers 1989 XXIV Jan. 28, 1990 10 6 0 .625 Won Super Bowl
13. Washington Redskins 1991 XXVI Jan. 26, 1992 10 6 0 .625 Lost NFC Division Round
13. San Francisco 49ers 1994 XXIX Jan. 29, 1995 10 6 0 .625 Lost NFC Championship
13. Pittsburgh Steelers 2008 XLIII Feb. 1, 2009 10 6 0 .625 Lost AFC Wild Card
13. New York Giants 2011 XLVI Feb. 5, 2012 10 6 0 .625 No Playoffs
21. Pittsburgh Steelers 1978 XIII Jan. 21, 1979 9 5 0 .643 Lost AFC Division Round
22. Dallas Cowboys 1992 XXVII Jan. 31, 1993 11 5 0 .688 Lost NFC Division Round
22. Green Bay Packers 1996 XXXI Jan. 26, 1997 11 5 0 .688 Lost NFC Championship
22. Green Bay Packers 2010 XLV Feb. 6, 2011 11 5 0 .688 Lost NFC Wild Card
22. Seattle Seahawks 2013 XLVIII Feb. 2, 2014 11 5 0 .688 Lost NFC Division Round
26. Dallas Cowboys 1971 VI Jan. 16, 1972 10 4 0 .714 Lost Super Bowl
26. Pittsburgh Steelers 1974 IX Jan. 12, 1975 10 4 0 .714 Lost AFC Division Round
28. Washington Redskins 1987 XXII Jan. 31, 1988 12 4 0 .750 Lost NFC Championship
28. New York Giants 1990 XXV Jan. 27, 1991 12 4 0 .750 Lost NFC Division Round
28. Dallas Cowboys 1995 XXX Jan. 28, 1996 12 4 0 .750 Lost NFC Championship
28. Denver Broncos 1998 XXXIII Jan. 31, 1999 12 4 0 .750 Won Super Bowl
28. Baltimore Ravens 2012 XLVII Feb. 3, 2013 12 4 0 .750 Lost NFC Championship
28. Green Bay Packers 1966 I Jan. 15, 1967 10 3 1 .750 Won NFL Championship
28. Miami Dolphins 1972 VII Jan. 14, 1973 10 3 1 .750 Lost Super Bowl
28. Pittsburgh Steelers 1975 X Jan. 18, 1976 10 3 1 .750 Won Super Bowl
36. Oakland Raiders 1976 XI Jan. 9, 1977 11 3 0 .786 Lost AFC Championship
36. Dallas Cowboys 1977 XII Jan. 15, 1978 11 3 0 .786 Lost NFC Division Round
38. Dallas Cowboys 1993 XXVIII Jan. 30, 1994 13 3 0 .813 Won Super Bowl
38. Denver Broncos 1997 XXXII Jan. 25, 1998 13 3 0 .813 Lost AFC Division Round
40. Green Bay Packers 1967 II Jan. 14, 1968 12 2 0 .857 Won Super Bowl
40. Kansas City Chiefs 1969 IV Jan. 11, 1970 12 2 0 .857 Lost Division Tiebreaker (AFL)
42. San Francisco 49ers 1988 XXIII Jan. 22, 1989 13 2 0 .867 Lost NFC Division Round
43. Pittsburgh Steelers 1979 XIV Jan. 20, 1980 14 2 0 .875 Won Super Bowl
43. New England Patriots 2004 XXXIX Feb. 6, 2005 14 2 0 .875 Won Super Bowl
43. Indianapolis Colts 2006 XLI Feb. 4, 2007 14 2 0 .875 Lost AFC Division Round
46. Los Angeles Raiders 1983 XVIII Jan. 22, 1984 8 1 0 .889 Lost AFC Division Round
47. Pittsburgh Steelers 2005 XL Feb. 5, 2006 15 1 0 .938 Lost AFC Championship
48. Miami Dolphins 1973 VIII Jan. 13, 1974 14 0 0 1.000 Won Super Bowl

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The 20 Most Liked American Sports Teams on Facebook

The Los Angeles Lakers Are The Facebook Champions With 20 Million Likes

The Los Angeles Lakers Are The Facebook Champions With 20 Million Likes

The New England Patriots received their five-millionth Facebook like today, which got me wondering – what exactly does that mean? Is it good? Where does that number of likes fit in amongst other NFL teams – or MLB, NBA and NHL teams, for that matter?

Ninth overall…and third amongst football teams. The Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers have more.

But the world of Facebook likes is ruled at the top by basketball, you see. Four NBA teams – the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat and Boston Celtics – swipe the most likes of all. The Lakers have four times as many likes as the Patriots, in fact – over 20 million.

Why is that? Is it because the NBA’s fanbase is more social-media connected or savvy? Is it because NBA basketball has a greater global reach than any of the four North American sports? Everybody plays b-ball.

NFL football, though, is just huge and it’s spread out. The game is at its peak of popularity – and still peaking, yet. Eight NBA teams make the top 20 most Facebook-liked American sports teams, but 10 NFL teams make it, including seven in the bottom half.

Baseball? The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox squeeze in there at fifth and tenth, respectively.

Hockey? Not one. The Chicago Blackhawks make the NHL’s first appearance in 30th with 2.13M likes.

Click on the team’s link below to visit its official Facebook page. Numbers are rounded and as of the date of this post.

TEAM FACEBOOK LIKES LEAGUE/SPORT
1. Los Angeles Lakers 20.09M NBA Basketball
2. Chicago Bulls 14.51M NBA Basketball
3. Miami Heat 13.46M NBA Basketball
4. Boston Celtics 8.29M NBA Basketball
5. New York Yankees 7.60M MLB Baseball
6. Dallas Cowboys 6.71M NFL Football
7. Pittsburgh Steelers 5.61M NFL Football
8. New York Knicks 5.12M NBA Basketball
9. New England Patriots 5.00M NFL Football
10. Boston Red Sox 4.67M MLB Baseball
11. Oklahoma City Thunder 4.39M NBA Basketball
12. Green Bay Packers 4.22M NFL Football
13. San Antonio Spurs 3.82M NBA Basketball
14. New Orleans Saints 3.71M NFL Football
15. Chicago Bears 3.60M NFL Football
16. Dallas Mavericks 3.50M NBA Basketball
17. New York Giants 3.35M NFL Football
18. San Francisco 49ers 3.23M NFL Football
19. Denver Broncos 2.92M NFL Football
20. Philadelphia Eagles 2.61M NFL Football

Photo: facebook.com

Denver Broncos and the Top 20 NFL Teams with the Most Points Scored in a Season

The 2013 Denver Broncos May Become The Highest Scoring Offense In NFL History Sunday

The 2013 Denver Broncos May Become The Highest Scoring Offense In NFL History Sunday

Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos are on course to become the most explosive offense in NFL history. They’re just 18 points away from the highest scoring offense ever with just a game to go. They’d supplant the 16-0 Tom Brady-led 2007 New England Patriots.

Brady’s Patriot squads, though, have overall been the most explosive teams in history. They appear four times amongst the 20 teams who have scored the most points in a season.

Kurt Warner‘s St. Louis Rams packed quite a punch, too (three appearances) as did Drew BreesNew Orleans Saints at one time (two times, really).

Most of these offenses made their marks recently – more than half since 2000, and all but two since 1991 – but there are a couple anachronisms in there. How about the Dan Marino-helmed 1984 Miami Dolphins and the even better Joe Theismann-led 1983 Washington Redskins.

UPDATED LIST: Through the 2013 season. The 2013 Denver Broncos are now the highest-scoring team of all time, passing the 2007 New England Patriots. Also note: these are just NFL teams. AFL and AAFC are not included. If the AFL and AAFC were included: the 1961 Houston Oilers (AFL) scored 513 points and the 1948 San Francisco 49ers (AAFC) scored 495 points. Thanks to my source, pro-football-reference.com‘s play index.

  TEAM SEASON POINTS W L T
1. Denver Broncos 2013 606 13 3 0
2. New England Patriots 2007 589 16 0 0
3. Green Bay Packers 2011 560 15 1 0
4. New England Patriots 2012 557 12 4 0
5. Minnesota Vikings 1998 556 15 1 0
6. New Orleans Saints 2011 547 13 3 0
7. Washington Redskins 1983 541 14 2 0
8. St. Louis Rams 2000 540 10 6 0
9. St. Louis Rams 1999 526 13 3 0
10. Indianapolis Colts 2004 522 12 4 0
11. New England Patriots 2010 518 14 2 0
12. Miami Dolphins 1984 513 14 2 0
12. New England Patriots 2011 513 13 3 0
14. New Orleans Saints 2009 510 13 3 0
15. San Francisco 49ers 1994 505 13 3 0
16. St. Louis Rams 2001 503 14 2 0
17. Denver Broncos 1998 501 14 2 0
18. San Diego Chargers 2006 492 14 2 0
19. Denver Broncos 2000 485 11 5 0
19. Washington Redskins 1991 485 14 2 0

Photo: Mark Leffingwell / Reuters via nydailynews.com

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