Have you picked a winner for this year’s Super Bowl?
Here’s my contribution to the madness. I’ve looked at 15 regular season stats from the past 46 Super Bowl champions. In some cases, there is a strong case for a particular team winning based on how they performed in the regular season. In other cases, the regular season stats don’t reveal much.
Following are 15 regular season stats that may help determine who will win Sunday’s game between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens.
1. Wins. Thirty-nine of the 46 Super Bowl champs won 11 or more games in the regular season. Only three times in Super Bowl history did a team with less than 10 regular season victories win the Super Bowl: The first two were in 1967, when the Packers were 9-4-1, and 1982 when the 8-1 Washington Redskins won the title in that strike-shortened season. In case you don’t remember, the last year’s champs, the New York Giants, became the third team in this stat when they defeated the New England Patriots. The Giants only had nine regular-season wins in 2011; they became the first team with less than 10 wins from a 16-game NFL season to ever win a Super Bowl. San Francisco won 11 games this year; Baltimore won 10.