Why the Patriots find themselves on the outside looking in

Jamie Heap
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It is the New England Patriots two losses two the New York Giants in five years have caused the, to be on the outside looking in when it comes to the top five National Football League teams with the most Super Bowl victories.

Another Super Bowl is upon us and once again the New England Patriots find themselves on the outside looking in, both from a contemporary and historical perspective. The past two seasons, the New England Patriots were eliminated from Super Bowl contention in the American Football Conference (AFC) Championship game by the Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos respectively. But, it is two losses two the New York Giants (who call Met Life Stadium in New Jersey, site of Super Bowl XLVIII (48) and Wrestle Mania XXIX/29), in five years that have caused the New England Patriots to be on the outside looking in when it comes to the top five National Football League teams with the most Super Bowl victories.

In 2007, the New England Patriots, who defeated the New York Giants 38-35 in the final game of the season, found themselves on the short end of a defensive masterpiece, losing 17 to 14 to the New York Giants at Super Bowl XLII (42).

Four years later at Super Bowl XLVI (46), Tom Brady and the New England Patriots were out to avenge the bitter pill that Eli Manning and New York Giants forced them to swallow at Super Bowl XLII (42). It was not to be as the New England Patriots were defeated by the New York Giants by a score of 21 to 17.

While the New England Patriots three Super Bowl victories are good enough for a three-way tie with the Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders and the Washington Red Skins for the sixth most Super Bowl victories in history, their four Super Bowl losses put them into a four way tie with the Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills and Minnesota Vikings for the most losses in the Super Bowl’s 48 year history.  Neither the Buffalo Bills nor the Minnesota Vikings have ever won a Super Bowl.

With the loss, along with losses in 1985, 1996, and 2007, the Patriots tied the Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills, and Minnesota Vikings with 4 Super Bowl losses.

A Seattle Seahawks win over the Denver Broncos Sunday on would break this tie. The Seattle Seahawks, like the Bills and Vikings, have never won a Super Bowl.

As for the other top four teams who boast the most wins, the Pittsburgh Steelers top the list with six while the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers find themselves tied for second with five Super Bowls wins apiece. As for the Green Bay Packers, they find themselves tied with the New York Giants with four wins.

My weekly Amherst News Sports Talk column is in hiatus for the foreseeable future. In the meantime, keep on watching, playing and talking about sports.

 

Organizations: New England Patriots, New York Giants, Denver Broncos Buffalo Bills Minnesota Vikings Baltimore Ravens National Football League Seattle Seahawks Oakland Raiders Washington Red Skins Pittsburgh Steelers Dallas Cowboys Green Bay Packers Amherst News Sports Talk

Geographic location: Met Life Stadium, New Jersey, Los Angeles

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