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Super Bowl Hangover: Myth or Reality

The Ravens have played like a different team since winning the Super Bowl nine months ago. They lack fire, chemistry, discipline and leadership. Yes, the dreaded Super Bowl Hangover seems to be rearing its ugly head in Baltimore.

But does the Super Bowl Hangover really exist? Have other Super Bowl winning teams had terrible seasons the following year?

Looking at the win/loss records the following year of Super Bowl winners (see chart below), the Super Bowl Hangover seems like more of a myth than reality to me.

Most Super Bowl winning teams have had strong seasons the following year, including the Ravens in 2001. Twelve teams even made it back to the big game the next year!

Returning to a Super Bowl the next season in a 32-team league is a very difficult task. But the Ravens are on the verge of making history to become only the seventh team in 48 years to have a losing record after winning a Super Bowl.

Let’s hope they figure it all out and make a winning run starting Sunday against the Bengals.

Super Bowl Year

Winning Team

Winner’s Following Season

1967 Packers 9-4-1, won Super Bowl
1968 Packers 6-7-1, Packers first losing season in 10 years
1969 Jets 10-4, lost Super Bowl
1970 Chiefs 7-5-2
1971 Colts 10-4, lost in Conference Championship game
1972 Cowboys 10-4, lost in Conference Championship game
1973 Dolphins 12-2, won Super Bowl
1974 Dolphins 11-3
1975 Steelers 12-2, won Super Bowl
1976 Steelers 10-4, lost in Conference Championship game
1977 Raiders 11-3, lost in Conference Championship game
1978 Cowboys 12-4, lost in Super Bowl
1979 Steelers 12-4, won Super Bowl
1980 Steelers 9-7
1981 Raiders 7-9
1982 49ers 3-6, strike shortened season
1983 Redskins 14-2, lost in Super Bowl
1984 Raiders 11-5
1985 49ers 10-6
1986 Bears 14-2
1987 Giants 6-9
1988 Redskins 7-9
1989 49ers 14-2, won Super Bowl
1990 49ers 14-2, lost in Conference Championship game
1991 Giants 8-8
1992 Redskins 9-7
1993 Cowboys 12-4, won Super Bowl
1994 Cowboys 12-4, lost in Conference Championship game
1995 49ers 11-5
1996 Cowboys 10-6
1997 Packers 13-3, lost in Super Bowl
1998 Broncos 14-2, won Super Bowl
1999 Broncos 6-10
2000 Rams 10-6
2001 Ravens 10-6, lost to Steelers 27-10 in Division playoff game
2002 Patriots 9-7
2003 Buccaneers 7-9
2004 Patriots 14-2, won Super Bowl
2005 Patriots 10-6
2006 Steelers 8-8
2007 Colts 13-3
2008 Giants 12-4
2009 Steelers 9-7
2010 Saints 11-5
2011 Packers 15-1
2012 Giants 9-7
2013 Ravens 3-5 as of November 9, 2013


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  • Larry Beck

    I’m not gonna call it a Super Bowl hangover with this team. They struggled the end of last year before the magical run. Although disappointed I am happy with where we are. Like most people who bleed purple I thought we could make another run. We are a team in transition, not rebuilding but transition. We got younger and we are still putting pieces together. We lost Lewis-retirement, Reed-FA now benched in Houston, Krueger-FA playing but not worth the money he got, Ellerbee-FA playing well but again not worth the big salary, Pollard-Cut obvisiously some chemistry issue, and Boldin-Traded to SF. He had a monster 1st game but has gotten 350 yards in 7 games since then. With him gone it has given us a chance to see the future in Marlon Brown and Tandon Doss. I believe in Ozzie and Harbaugh. Let’s let this play out and see what happens. Maybe next year another Super Bowl run will be there for us.

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