In the history of American Football there has only been six instances where the teams that have battled it out in the Super Bowl successfully brushed their opponents aside the following season to reach a rematch on the biggest stage.
That stat already renders the chances of the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks facing off in Super Bowl XLIX very slim.
Then there’s the further indictment that, of those previous six rematches, only one came in consecutive seasons – when the Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills followed up their 1993 battle with another in ’94.
So in Ladbrokes’ “Name the Finalists” market for this season’s Super Bowl, anyone thinking of taking the 14/1 on the Seahawks and Broncos locking horns again should make other plans quite quickly.
Having a flutter on either Peyton Manning’s Broncos or Russell Wilson’s Seahawks making it back this season is a move rendered unwise by history too.
Since 1970, 28 of the 43 Super Bowl runners-up failed to win a single playoff game the following year, while 12 missed out on the post-season festivities entirely.
Only seven Super Bowl losers have given themselves a chance at redemption in the next campaign, a number surely slim enough to dissuade any would-be Broncos backers.
As for the Seahawks, the last NFL champion to record a single playoff victory the following year was the New England Patriots all the way back in 2005.
So what should be backed?
The first betting opportunity in our market that doesn’t include the Broncos and Seahawks is a Super Bowl battle between the Patriots and the San Francisco 49ers, and it’s a hefty 22/1!
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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