Since releasing my report a few weeks ago on the shared traits of past Super Bowl teams, I’ve received some great feedback from readers and colleagues. After taking in those ideas and doing my own research on how the playoffs have changed throughout the years, I’ve decided to update the chart one last time.
The two big changes this week:
— Trimming the qualifying field down to the eight teams remaining in the NFL playoffs.
— And perhaps more importantly, limiting the look-back period for the qualifying stats of past Super Bowl teams to just eight seasons, thus giving a better reflection of how the teams this year compare to more recent teams that have been successful.