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The President's Day Precedent, Part 3

Here's how the best NFL teams have fared recently in the postseason.

The President's Day Precedent, Part 3

(BoopNote: Earlier Monday afternoon, we looked how the top NHL and MLB teams have fared in the postseason recently. Here we look at the same thing for the NFL. We'll touch on the NBA (8 p.m.) later Monday evening and wrap it all up in one neat package (9 p.m.) before bedtime.)

 

The Giants' Super Bowl victory marked the eighth consecutive season that the team with the NFL's best regular season record failed to win the Super Bowl.

Going back further, only two of the last 15 Super Bowl champions had the regular season's best W-L. 

Here is how the best NFL team has fared since 2000:

Season    Team W-L Pct. Eliminated In Champion
2011 Packers 15-1      .938 Divisional Round Giants
2010 Patriots 14-2   .875 Divisional Round Packers
2009 Colts 14-2   .875 Super Bowl Saints
2008 Titans 13-3   .813 Divisional Round Steelers
2007 Patriots 16-0 1.000 Super Bowl Giants
2006 Chargers 14-2   .875 Divisional Round Colts
2005 Colts 14-2   .875 Divisional Round Steelers
2004 Steelers 15-1   .938 Conference Title Patriots
2003 Patriots 14-2   .875 Patriots
2002

Buccaneers   
Eagles
Packers
12-4
12-4
12-4
  .750
  .750
  .750

Conference Title
Wild Card Round  
Buccaneers  

2001 Rams 14-2   .875 Super Bowl Patriots
2000 Titans 13-3   .813   Divisional Round Ravens
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