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Packers part of elite 7-0 group

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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The Packers are only the fourth defending Super Bowl champion to start the following season 7-0. The other reigning champs to pull off that feat: *1990 49ers, who finished 14-2 and lost at home in the NFC title game. *1998 Broncos, who finished 14-2 and won a second consecutive Super Bowl. *2007 Colts, who finished 13-3 and lost its first playoff game in the divisional round. The Packers are attempting to become just the second team in the past decade to win back-to-back Super Bowl titles. The other team to pull it off was the 2004 New England Patriots, who followed up their title in 2003 by posting a 14-2 record the next year and marching to another crown. Here are some other facts about how the reigning Super Bowl champions in the past 10 years did the following season: *4 of 10 won their division. *4 of 10 failed to qualify for the playoffs. *2 of 10 failed to post a winning record. *4 of 10 lost in a divisional (second round) playoff game. Here is how the past 10 Super Bowl champions have done the following season: 2000 Ravens, 10-6 in 2001, 2nd in division, lost in divisional round of playoffs. 2001 Patriots, 9-7 in 2002, 2nd in division, no playoff berth. 2002 Buccaneers, 7-9 in 2003, 3rd in division, no playoff berth. 2003 Patriots, 14-2 in 2004, 1st in division, won second consecutive Super Bowl. 2004 Patriots, 10-6 in 2005, 1st in division, lost in divisional round of playoffs. 2005 Steelers, 8-8 in 2006, 3rd in division, no playoff berth. 2006 Colts, 13-3 in 2007, 1st in division, lost in divisional round of playoffs. 2007 Giants, 12-4 in 2008, 1st in division, lost in divisional round of playoffs. 2008 Steelers, 9-7 in 2009, 3rd in division, no playoff berth. 2009 Saints, 11-5 in 2010, 2nd in division, lost in wild-card playoff game. 2010 Packers, ?.

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