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Both of last year’s Super Bowl teams are out of the playoffs

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For the first time in 13 years, both of the teams that played in the Super Bowl after last season are out of the playoffs this season.

The defending champion Broncos, thanks to last night’s loss to the Chiefs, are out of the playoffs. And the Panthers, last year’s NFC champions, are out of contention as well.

The last time both of the previous year’s Super Bowl teams failed to make the playoffs was in 2003, when the defending champion Buccaneers went 7-9 and the Super Bowl-losing Raiders fell to 4-12.

It also happened in 2002 (Patriots and Rams), 1999 (Broncos and Falcons) and 1988 (Washington and Broncos).

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26 Responses to “Both of last year’s Super Bowl teams are out of the playoffs”
  1. dcpatfan says: Dec 26, 2016 6:01 AM

    Fleeting teams and coaches abound in the NFL…..

    I know of a TEAM that is The Pinnacle Of Excellence for almost 2 decades.

    Amazing isn’t it??

  2. marcuswelby70 says: Dec 26, 2016 7:01 AM

    …and the team in New England that the haters love to hate, just keeps right on ticking!

  3. 6ball says: Dec 26, 2016 7:05 AM

    In all likelihood, Denver ends up at 8-8 while the Panthers finish with a 6-10 mark. These trainwreck seasons only underscore the difficulty of dealing with free agency, the salary cap, injuries and personalities while trying to remain competitive year in and year out.

    I’m hard pressed to believe that the Patriots run of averaging over 12 wins per season since 2001 will be duplicated any time soon.

  4. yooperman says: Dec 26, 2016 7:43 AM

    Hey you to mention that the NFC and AFC Sept Super Bowl winners didn’t make it either. Sorry Viking fans and Rex.

  5. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Dec 26, 2016 8:06 AM

    Keep Pouting

    Number 18, please come back (Nationwide jingle #22,948

  6. jag1959 says: Dec 26, 2016 8:49 AM

    No shock it only happened once before the cap and free agency but it is surprising it hasn’t happened more often since. Not only do egos get bigger but when teams win their rosters and coaching staffs get raided while the guys that stay want to get paid.

  7. fifel1144 says: Dec 26, 2016 8:54 AM

    I wonder what Talib has to say about his offense giving up 33 points to the Chiefs?

  8. nhpats says: Dec 26, 2016 9:19 AM

    At least the Broncos made a season of it…..but where was all this “pounding” Panthers’ fans crowed about all offseason? All they did was prove they were a fluke to even make it to last year’s SB

  9. firerogergoodellnow says: Dec 26, 2016 9:38 AM

    and 1988 (REDSKINS and Broncos).

  10. nhpats says: Dec 26, 2016 9:48 AM

    Ok, but Rex still gets to claim the Bills won the offseason….right?

  11. nhpats says: Dec 26, 2016 9:50 AM

    If only the Vikings had Teddy Bridgewater and his 2000 yards of passing offense along with his 14TDs in 16 games….

  12. collectordude says: Dec 26, 2016 9:50 AM

    Not surprising.
    Broncos have no QB & the Panthers have Newton(a liability for sure).

  13. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 26, 2016 9:58 AM

    Somewhere tears are running down “Supermans” face while he flexes his biceps looking in the mirror

    Siemians is terrible. Don’t see the Donks getting back to the playoffs next year if they don’t do something at the QB position better than that.

  14. bencoates57 says: Dec 26, 2016 9:58 AM

    Who would have thought the last 4 games on the Bronco sked would be so brutal. But I’m mist years, the Broncos win that Tennessee game and then hold serve at home against the Patriots. The would also beat the Raiders at home. Probably not this year — but then Carr is out

  15. youknowwhatsgoodforshoulderpain says: Dec 26, 2016 10:00 AM

    “One-hit Wonders”

  16. Emmanuel Goldstein says: Dec 26, 2016 10:30 AM

    So the Broncos traditionally miss the playoffs after being in the Superb Owl. Good to know.

  17. grogansheroes says: Dec 26, 2016 10:40 AM

    Maybe the Broncos could get Pedton Manning back next year. I hear Ray Lewis is shipping some “deer antler” spray to the Broncs.

  18. stevejjones says: Dec 26, 2016 10:46 AM

    Not having TT as Manning’s understudy has bitten the Broncos again. Throwing away a high draft pick, play off winning QB just another of a long line of Elway blunders. In AA there’s a behavioral mode called sober drunk. A lot of that up in mile high.

  19. tyelee says: Dec 26, 2016 10:48 AM

    the difference with the Broncos is going from the best cerebral QB the league has ever had to a novice qb….

    and the proverb foretold about the panthers… pride comes before a FALL!

  20. xavier179 says: Dec 26, 2016 11:02 AM

    Well Elway, I thought you were the big quarterback genius.
    Siemian stinks and Lynch, well the jury is still out on this high draft pick.
    Admit it Elway your selection of quarterbacks is slightly better than that of regular fans.

  21. yourunclerico says: Dec 26, 2016 11:54 AM

    nhpats says:
    Dec 26, 2016 9:19 AM
    At least the Broncos made a season of it…..but where was all this “pounding” Panthers’ fans crowed about all offseason? All they did was prove they were a fluke to even make it to last year’s SB
    Made a season out of it? you have lost your last 5/7!

  22. scoocha says: Dec 26, 2016 12:51 PM

    I think the Chiefs should worry more about Broncos tanking to Raiders because of the Poe pass.

  23. scoocha says: Dec 26, 2016 12:52 PM

    dcpatfan – Pats fan since January 2002. Gives up his fandom during the non Super Bowl years as well. LOL.

  24. scoocha says: Dec 26, 2016 12:52 PM

    1988 Redskins too

  25. surfinbird1 says: Dec 26, 2016 1:36 PM

    Meanwhile the Colts are trying to figure out what to put on their new banner.

  26. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Dec 26, 2016 5:53 PM

    Fire Elway. The guy was a great QB but is an overrated GM.

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