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Odds stacked against Green Bay repeating
Posted Feb. 09 at 04:48 AM
I am seeing plenty of articles speculating that we’re staring at the start of a Green Bay dynasty. They’ve got the quarterback, they’re young, and they’ve got all the guys coming off injured reserve.
But it’s not that easy. For one, keep in mind that nobody would be talking about the Packers right now if the Giants hadn’t punted to DeSean Jackson with no time left in Week 15 – Green Bay wouldn’t have even been in the playoffs.
More notably, there are plenty of talented teams out there, making it very tough to go back-to-back (or, in this case, “Pack-to-Pack”).
In the 1998 season, Denver came back and won the Super Bowl, beating Atlanta. But since that time, only one Super Bowl champion (New England in 2004) was able to repeat. Of the other Super Bowl champs, none were even able to get back to a conference championship.
SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS – THE NEXT YEAR (1999-)
1999 Denver, 6-10 (last in AFC West)
2000 St. Louis, 10-6 (lost at New Orleans in wild-game game)
2001 Baltimore, 10-6 (lost at Pittsburgh in divisional game)
2002 New England, 9-7 (did not make playoffs)
2003 Tampa Bay, 7-9 (did not make playoffs)
2004 New England, 14-2 (beat Philadelphia in Super Bowl)
2005 New England, 10-6 (lost at Denver in divisional game)
2006 Pittsburgh, 8-8 (did not make playoffs)
2007 Indianapolis, 13-3 (lost to San Diego in divisional game)
2008 NY Giants, 12-4 (lost to Philadelphia in divisional game)
2009 Pittsburgh, 9-7 (did not make playoffs)
2010 New Orleans, 11-5 (lost at Seattle in wild-card game)
2011 Green Bay, 10-6
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