NFL teams heading into the playoffs hope that they get “hot” at the right time and that it carries all the way to the Super Bowl. While this theory seems legit, look at last year’s Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens became the first team in Super Bowl history to lose four games in December and still win the championship. This year’s Super Bowl teams, the Seahawks and Broncos, each lost games in December with Seattle losing a pair of their last month contests and Denver losing once in December.
In the 47-year history of the Super Bowl, 17 champions did not lose in the last month of the season. Of the other 30 champs, 18 lost only once in last month; losing twice or more in the last month of the season, however, has become more commonplace… six of the last seven Super Bowl champs lost two or more regular season games in the last month of the season. The last team to go undefeated in the last month of the regular season were the 2003 New England Patriots.