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2014 Patriots vs. every Super Bowl champ

2014 Patriots finish 21st in Super Bowl power rankings

WhatIfSports.com
February 3, 2015

The legacies of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick continue to grow. Brady overcame a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit and a suffocating Seattle defense to deliver New England's fourth Super Bowl title.

Seattle's final drive stole much of the headlines, with a circus catch by Jermaine Kearse and a baffling play-call from the one-yard line, but the lasting memory may be a capstone performance from Brady. The Super Bowl MVP threw for 328 yards and four touchdowns, surpassing Joe Montana for the most touchdown passes in Super Bowl history.

But how does this rendition of the Patriots compare to their past Super Bowl champions? Using our NFL simulation engine, we placed the 2014 Patriots in a round-robin tournament with the 2001, 2003 and 2004 teams. Each team "played" 101 head-to-head matchups against every other squad in the tournament. Check out how they ranked by win percentage:

Ranking the New England Patriots' Championship Teams
 TeamWin%Avg. PPGAvg. PPAVs. Patriots
12004 New England Patriots62.326.022.1SimMatchup >
22014 New England Patriots58.325.522.4Super Bowl Champs!
32003 New England Patriots56.023.620.5SimMatchup >
42001 New England Patriots23.418.428.5SimMatchup >

According to our simulation engine, the 2014 Patriots rank as the second-best champion in team history. The 2004 squad, which featured 1,600-yard rusher Corey Dillon, was the highest-scoring team in the simulation and took top honors.

Next, we used our NFL simulation engine to play a round-robin tournament in which the 2014 Patriots took the field against every Super Bowl champion in NFL history. Each team in the tournament again played 101 games against every opponent.

As in years past, Kurt Warner and the 1999 St. Louis Rams are the team to beat. The Rams dominated the competition, winning 81 percent of their games. The 2014 Patriots finished a respectable 21st, scoring slightly more points (24.7) than they surrendered (24.6). The Patriots franchise also had the distinction of the lowest-ranked team in the tournament, with the 2001 squad, Brady's second year as a pro and first as a starter, winning just 24 percent of simulations. Check the full results below:

All-Time Super Bowl Power Rankings
 TeamWin%Avg. PPGAvg. PPAVs. Patriots
11999 St. Louis Rams81.032.721.5SimMatchup >
21989 San Francisco 49ers68.628.622.5SimMatchup >
31991 Washington Redskins66.727.521.9SimMatchup >
41984 San Francisco 49ers64.828.823.9SimMatchup >
52009 New Orleans Saints63.430.926.6SimMatchup >
62002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers61.822.919.3SimMatchup >
71985 Chicago Bears61.824.220.2SimMatchup >
82013 Seattle Seahawks61.223.820.1SimMatchup >
91993 Dallas Cowboys60.828.024.5SimMatchup >
101996 Green Bay Packers60.825.221.7SimMatchup >
111994 San Francisco 49ers58.725.823.1SimMatchup >
121979 Pittsburgh Steelers57.725.422.5SimMatchup >
131972 Miami Dolphins57.626.123.2SimMatchup >
141971 Dallas Cowboys56.924.021.5SimMatchup >
152005 Pittsburgh Steelers56.723.921.7SimMatchup >
161998 Denver Broncos56.026.624.6SimMatchup >
171992 Dallas Cowboys54.324.322.8SimMatchup >
181975 Pittsburgh Steelers51.823.222.5SimMatchup >
191969 Kansas City Chiefs51.622.922.1SimMatchup >
201973 Miami Dolphins51.522.621.9SimMatchup >
212014 New England Patriots50.824.724.6Super Bowl Champs!
221995 Dallas Cowboys50.625.625.3SimMatchup >
231976 Oakland Raiders49.925.625.5SimMatchup >
241988 San Francisco 49ers49.924.024.0SimMatchup >
252011 New York Giants49.927.027.2SimMatchup >
262010 Green Bay Packers49.523.824.1SimMatchup >
271977 Dallas Cowboys49.521.121.1SimMatchup >
282004 New England Patriots49.024.524.9SimMatchup >
292003 New England Patriots48.721.221.5SimMatchup >
302008 Pittsburgh Steelers48.519.820.6SimMatchup >
311987 Washington Redskins47.924.725.5SimMatchup >
322012 Baltimore Ravens47.224.525.6SimMatchup >
332006 Indianapolis Colts46.628.830.2SimMatchup >
341997 Denver Broncos46.525.126.2SimMatchup >
351968 New York Jets46.422.323.5SimMatchup >
362000 Baltimore Ravens44.320.122.1SimMatchup >
371966 Green Bay Packers42.720.722.5SimMatchup >
381978 Pittsburgh Steelers42.019.922.3SimMatchup >
391983 Los Angeles Raiders41.921.724.6SimMatchup >
401990 New York Giants41.320.323.3SimMatchup >
411974 Pittsburgh Steelers41.019.121.8SimMatchup >
421986 New York Giants40.020.624.1SimMatchup >
431982 Washington Redskins40.020.323.8SimMatchup >
442007 New York Giants35.221.126.1SimMatchup >
451981 San Francisco 49ers35.020.125.1SimMatchup >
461967 Green Bay Packers34.119.925.2SimMatchup >
471980 Oakland Raiders28.317.925.2SimMatchup >
481970 Baltimore Colts25.317.725.8SimMatchup >
492001 New England Patriots24.018.227.8SimMatchup >

Super Bowl XLIX doesn't have to be your last taste of football until September. Let WhatIfSports.com provide your daily fix. Create your ultimate roster using our Dream Teams feature. Then take that roster and simulate it against ANY TEAM IN NFL HISTORY using our NFL SimMatchup tool.


Jake Westrich is the Digital Content Coordinator for WhatIfSports.com. He can be reached at jwestrich@whatifsports.com.

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