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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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Top 20 Quarterbacks with the Most Completions in a Super Bowl Game

QUARTERBACK COMPLETIONS SUPER BOWL TEAM OPPONENT
1. Tom Brady  32 XXXVIII (38) New England Patriots Carolina Panthers
1. Drew Brees  32 XLIV (44) New Orleans Saints Indianapolis Colts
3. Jim Kelly 31 XXVIII (28) Buffalo Bills Dallas Cowboys
3. Peyton Manning  31 XLIV (44) Indianapolis Colts New Orleans Sains
3. Kurt Warner  31 XLIII (43) Arizona Cardinals Pittsburgh Steelers
6. Eli Manning  30 XLVI (46) New York Giants New England Patriots
6. Donovan McNabb  30 XXXIX (39) Philadelphia Eagles New England Patriots
8. Tom Brady  29 XLII (42) New England Patriots New York Giants
8. Dan Marino 29 XIX (19) Miami Dolphins San Francisco 49ers
10. Jim Kelly 28 XXVI (26) Buffalo Bills Washington Redskins
10. Neil O’Donnell  28 XXX (30) Pittsburgh Steelers Dallas Cowboys
10. Kurt Warner  28 XXXVI (36) St. Louis Rams New England Patriots
13. Tom Brady  27 XLVI (46) New England Patriots New York Giants
14. Matt Hasselbeck  26 XL (40) Seattle Seahawks Pittsburgh Steelers
15. Ken Anderson  25 XVI (16) Cincinnati Bengals San Francisco 49ers
15. Drew Bledsoe  25 XXXI (31) New England Patriots Green Bay Packers
15. Brett Favre  25 XXXII (32) Green Bay Packers Denver Broncos
15. Peyton Manning  25 XLI (41) Indianapolis Colts Chicago Bears
15. Ben Roethlisberger  25 XLV (45) Pittsburgh Steelers Green Bay Packers
20. Rich Gannon  24 XXXVII (37) Oakland Raiders Tampa Bay Buccaneers
20. Stan Humphries  24 XXIX (29) San Diego Chargers San Francisco 49ers
20. Joe Montana 24 XIX (19) San Francisco 49ers Miami Dolphins
20. Aaron Rodgers  24 XLV (45) Green Bay Packers Pittsburgh Steelers
20. Kurt Warner  24 XXXIV (34) St. Louis Rams Tennessee Titans
20. Steve Young 24 XXIX (29) San Francisco 49ers San Diego Chargers

Top 20 Quarterbacks with the Most Passing Yards in Super Bowl History

QUARTERBACK YARDS TEAM SUPER BOWLS
1. Tom Brady  1,277 New England Patriots 5
2. Kurt Warner  1,156 St. Louis Rams / Arizona Cardinals 3
3. Joe Montana 1,142 San Francisco 49ers 4
4. John Elway 1,128 Denver Broncos 5
5. Terry Bradshaw 932 Pittsburgh Steelers 4
6. Jim Kelly 829 Buffalo Bills 4
7. Roger Staubach 734 Dallas Cowboys 4
8. Troy Aikman 689 Dallas Cowboys 3
9. Ben Roethlisberger  642 Pittsburgh Steelers 3
10. Peyton Manning  580 Indianapolis Colts 2
11. Eli Manning  551 New York Giants 2
12. Brett Favre  502 Green Bay Packers 2
13. Fran Tarkenton 489 Minnesota Vikings 3
14. Bart Starr 452 Green Bay Packers 2
15. Jim Plunkett  433 Los Angeles Raiders 2
16. Joe Theismann  386 Washington Redskins 2
17. Donovan McNabb  357 Philadelphia Eagles 1
18. Len Dawson 353 Kansas City Chiefs 2
19. Steve Young 345 San Francisco 49ers 2
20. Doug Williams  340 Washington Redskins 1
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