Super Bowl Champions with the Worst Records the Season Before
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 – then 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.
|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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