Season after Super Bowl usually difficult

After blowout loss, Ravens' focus shifts to Bengals

Season after Super Bowl usually difficult
December 26, 2013, 12:30 pm
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(Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

The season after winning a Super Bowl is challenging, as the Ravens are discovering. Seven seasons have passed since a defending Super Bowl champ has won a playoff game. The 2006 Patriots were the last defending champions to get a postseason win, beating the Jaguars on wild card weekend, before losing to the Broncos the following week in the divisional playoffs.

Here is how the last seven Super Bowl champions have fared the following season:

2012 – Giants (9-7) missed the playoffs.

2011 – Packers (15-1) lost their playoff opener to the Giants.

2010 – Saints (11-5) lost their playoff opener to the Seahawks.

2009 – Steelers (9-7) missed the playoffs.

2008 – Giants (12-4) lost their playoff opener to the Eagles.

2007 – Colts (13-3) lost their playoff opener to the Chargers.

2006 – Steelers (8-8) missed the playoffs.

John Harbaugh has never missed the playoffs in five seasons as Ravens head coach, and his teams have won at least one playoff game in each of those years. The Ravens still have a chance to keep that streak alive. However, recent history says the odds are against them.

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