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Seattle Seahawks vs. every Super Bowl champ

Seahawks rank as 19th-best Super Bowl winner

WhatIfSports.com
February 4, 2014

Super Bowl XLVIII was billed as a matchup between the NFL's best squads, the record-setting offense of the Denver Broncos squaring off against the Seattle Seahawks' Legion of Boom. What many thought would be an entertaining championship tilt instead became a route for the Seahawks.

The carnage began just 12 seconds into the game, when an errant exchange between Peyton Manning and center Manny Ramirez resulted in a safety. The Seahawks then piled it on throughout the first half, including a Manning interception returned for a touchdown by eventual MVP Malcolm Smith, to lead 22-0 at the break.

The second half began with a Percy Harvin 87-yard kickoff return to increase the score to 29-0 in the Seahawks' favor. Any remote hope of a Denver comeback was squashed with nearly 30 minutes of football yet to play. The Seahawks ultimately prevailed 43-8, tied for the third-largest margin of victory in Super Bowl history and the largest by an underdog.

Since the Broncos proved no match for Seattle, we utilized our NFL simulation engine to find a team capable of hanging with the Seahawks. How would the Legion of Boom fare against the best defenses in NFL history? We simulated the Seahawks in head-to-head matchups with the 1975 Pittsburgh Steelers, the 1985 Chicago Bears and the 2000 Baltimore Ravens. Each matchup was "played" 1,001 times. Check out how the Seahawks performed:

2013 Seattle Seahawks vs. All-Time Great Defenses
OpponentSeahawks Win %Avg. ScoreSimulate Game
1975 Pittsburgh Steelers57.722.8 - 20.3SimMatchup >
1985 Chicago Bears48.720.2 - 20.9SimMatchup >
2000 Baltimore Ravens66.321.6 - 16.9SimMatchup >

Only the Bears, which allowed 12.4 points per game during the 1985 season, were able to dethrone the Seahawks. The 2000 Ravens proved no match, while the Steel Curtain was competitive, but ultimately unable to hang with the Seahawks.

Next, we again deployed our NFL simulation engine to play a round-robin tournament in which the 2013 Seahawks and each of the 47 prior Super Bowl champions "played" 101 games against every opponent. We ranked each team by their win percentage in the tournament.

The Seahawks won 51.2 percent of their games, ranking 19th out of 48 teams. Surprisingly, their 23 points allowed ranked only 21st. The 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers averaged the fewest points-against in the simulation.

All-Time Super Bowl Power Rankings
 TeamWin%Avg. PPGAvg. PPAVs. Seahawks
11999 St. Louis Rams81.132.921.3SimMatchup >
21989 San Francisco 49ers69.128.722.4SimMatchup >
31991 Washington Redskins67.827.621.7SimMatchup >
41984 San Francisco 49ers64.428.523.7SimMatchup >
52009 New Orleans Saints63.731.026.5SimMatchup >
61996 Green Bay Packers62.525.521.3SimMatchup >
71985 Chicago Bears62.024.120.2SimMatchup >
81993 Dallas Cowboys61.028.024.4SimMatchup >
92002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers60.422.619.2SimMatchup >
101994 San Francisco 49ers58.225.823.2SimMatchup >
111972 Miami Dolphins57.926.223.3SimMatchup >
121979 Pittsburgh Steelers57.825.222.3SimMatchup >
131971 Dallas Cowboys57.224.121.5SimMatchup >
142005 Pittsburgh Steelers56.923.921.8SimMatchup >
151998 Denver Broncos56.326.724.5SimMatchup >
161992 Dallas Cowboys55.324.522.7SimMatchup >
171969 Kansas City Chiefs52.423.022.0SimMatchup >
181975 Pittsburgh Steelers51.723.222.8SimMatchup >
192013 Seattle Seahawks51.223.023.0Super Bowl Champs!
201995 Dallas Cowboys50.825.625.0SimMatchup >
211973 Miami Dolphins50.422.622.1SimMatchup >
222004 New England Patriots49.924.524.7SimMatchup >
231988 San Francisco 49ers49.923.823.9SimMatchup >
241977 Dallas Cowboys49.821.321.2SimMatchup >
252010 Green Bay Packers49.823.924.1SimMatchup >
262011 New York Giants49.726.927.0SimMatchup >
271976 Oakland Raiders49.525.825.7SimMatchup >
282003 New England Patriots49.121.321.6SimMatchup >
291987 Washington Redskins48.823.925.5SimMatchup >
302012 Baltimore Ravens47.924.725.7SimMatchup >
312006 Indianapolis Colts47.928.930.1SimMatchup >
322008 Pittsburgh Steelers47.820.120.8SimMatchup >
331968 New York Jets47.022.523.5SimMatchup >
341997 Denver Broncos46.725.226.3SimMatchup >
351978 Pittsburgh Steelers43.220.222.3SimMatchup >
361966 Green Bay Packers43.220.622.2SimMatchup >
372000 Baltimore Ravens42.919.822.2SimMatchup >
381983 Los Angeles Raiders42.522.024.7SimMatchup >
391974 Pittsburgh Steelers41.919.322.0SimMatchup >
401990 New York Giants41.420.123.2SimMatchup >
411986 New York Giants40.720.723.9SimMatchup >
421982 Washington Redskins39.920.323.8SimMatchup >
432007 New York Giants36.220.925.7SimMatchup >
441981 San Francisco 49ers35.420.024.8SimMatchup >
451967 Green Bay Packers33.019.725.1SimMatchup >
461980 Oakland Raiders28.117.825.0SimMatchup >
472001 New England Patriots24.618.127.5SimMatchup >
481970 Baltimore Colts24.617.426.0SimMatchup >

With Super Bowl XLVIII being your last taste of football for the next seven months, WhatIfSports.com is here with your daily fix. Create your ultimate Super Bowl roster using our Dream Team feature. 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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