Will the San Francisco 49ers become the first Super Bowl loser since the 1993 Buffalo Bills to get back to the big game the following year, or will they fall short of back-to-back Super Bowl appearances?
In the 47-year history of the Super Bowl, there have been only seven times when the Super Bowl loser returned to the Super Bowl the following year. In fact, three of those seven times were from 1991-93 when the Bills made it to the Super Bowl in four consecutive seasons, losing each time in the championship game.
In addition to the seven repeaters in the Super Bowl, there were also four times when a Super Bowl loser made it to the conference championship game the following season. The last time this occurred was in 2012 when the 2011 New England Patriots lost to New York Giants in Super Bowl 46, then lost to the Baltimore Ravens last season in the AFC title game. In the other 22 cases, the Super Bowl loser made the playoffs the following season but were defeated in either the first or second round