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How Have Defending Champions Performed In The Super Bowl?

Super Bowl XLIX is set with the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks facing off against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. The Seahawks pulled off an impressive comeback against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game to book their third trip to the big game and their second consecutive.

With the Seattle Seahawks attempting to win their second straight Super Bowl this begs the question of how past defending Super Bowl Champions have fared when they've made it back the following year. 

We did the digging and found out how defending Super Bowl Champions have done in Super Bowl games. Interesting, the last team win back-to-back Super Bowls was the 2004 New England Patriots who beat the Philadelpia Eagles 24-21 in Super Bowl XXXIX. Here is a list of each NFL team that had a chance to win back-to-back Super Bowls and how they fared:

First Super Bowl Win Team Defending Super Bowl Winner Score Loser Defending Champ Win?
I Green Bay Packers II Green Bay Packers  33–14 Oakland Raiders Yes
VII Miami Dolphins  VIII Miami Dolphins  24–7  Minnesota Vikings Yes
IX Pittsburgh Steelers X Pittsburgh Steelers  21–17 Dallas Cowboys Yes
XII Dallas Cowboys XIII Pittsburgh Steelers  35–31 Dallas Cowboys No
XIII Pittsburgh Steelers  XIV Pittsburgh Steelers  31–19 Los Angeles Rams Yes
XVII Washington Redskins XVIII Los Angeles Raiders  38–9  Washington Redskins No
XXIII San Francisco 49ers XXIV San Francisco 49ers  55–10 Denver Broncos  Yes
XXVII Dallas Cowboys XXVIII Dallas Cowboys 30–13 Buffalo Bills  Yes
XXXI Green Bay Packers XXXII Denver Broncos 31–24 Green Bay Packers No
XXXII Denver Broncos XXXIII Denver Broncos  34–19 Atlanta Falcons Yes
XXXVIII New England Patriots  XXXIX New England Patriots  24–21 Philadelphia Eagles Yes

In total, there have been 11 teams that have had the chance to win back-to-back Super Bowls. We found that the defending Super Bowl team won 8 of the 11 going 8-3 in these games, which suggests that there is something to getting back to the Super Bowl and having a sizeable advantage over opponents. Will the Seattle Seahawks make it 9 teams?


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