Why Super Bowl XLVIII Was a One and Done for Peyton Manning and the Broncos

February 15, 2014   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Just making it into a single Super Bowl in this modern day, built for parity, NFL is very difficult.
Making it into back-to-back Super Bowls is extremely difficult.
And winning back-to-back Super Bowls is the NFL’s equivalent of catching a unicorn.
During the past 33 years, only four teams have managed to win back-to-back Super Bowls, and during the past decade, only one team—the New England Patriots—has managed to make it into the big game two years in a row.
The teams that are successful one year are typically slapped with some of the most difficult schedules the following year. As it is, the Denver Broncos will have the second most difficult schedule in the league during the 2014-2015 season, facing off against 16 opponents with a combined winning percentage of .570.
Stringent salary caps also make it difficult for teams to hold on to a core group of superstars.
And, of course, there is also an element of luck that goes into winning an...

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