All-Time Super Bowl Runner-Up Power Rankings From image

2014 Seahawks vs. every Super Bowl runner-up

2014 Seahawks are 22nd-best Super Bowl runner-up, according to simulation
February 3, 2015

The Seattle Seahawks needed to travel 80 yards in just over two minutes to overcome the Patriots' 28-24 lead. Alas, the team made it only 79 yards before a Russell Wilson pick sealed the victory for New England. Just like that, the 2014 Seahawks joined 48 teams before them to fall one win short of a Super Bowl title.

Super Bowl XLIX is not Seattle's first time experiencing a Super Bowl defeat. The 2005 season ended with a 21-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XL. We used our NFL simulation engine to find out which Seahawks runner-up was better. We simulated 1,001 games between the Matt Hasselbeck and Shaun Alexander-led 2005 squad and this year's team. The 2005 Seahawks came out on top 65.7 percent of the time:

Battle of Runner-Ups: 2005 Seahawks vs. 2014 Seahawks
MatchupWin%Avg. ScoreWIS Interactive
2005 Seattle Seahawks65.726.3 
vs. 2014 Seattle Seahawks34.321.4Simulate Game

We then added the 2014 Seahawks to the pool of past Super Bowl runner-ups. We simulated a round-robin tournament in which all 49 teams played each other 101 times.

As if to rub a little salt in a fresh wound, New England again topped Seattle. The 2007 Patriots, which were 18-0 before a Super Bowl defeat to the Giants, won 78.5 percent of their games in the simulation, just edging out the 2013 Denver Broncos for the No. 1 spot. The 2005 Seahawks finished sixth, while the 2014 Seahawks were 22nd.

Finishing last in the tournament was the 1982 Miami Dolphins, which went 7-2 during a strike-shortened regular season. Check the full results below:

All-Time Super Bowl Runner-Up Power Rankings
 TeamWin%Avg. PPGAvg. PPAVs. Seahawks
12007 New England Patriots78.532.322.2SimMatchup >
22013 Denver Broncos78.134.224.9SimMatchup >
32001 St. Louis Rams74.232.723.9SimMatchup >
42010 Pittsburgh Steelers69.426.520.2SimMatchup >
52004 Philadelphia Eagles65.628.423.4SimMatchup >
62005 Seattle Seahawks65.126.922.0SimMatchup >
72002 Oakland Raiders61.827.624.0SimMatchup >
81997 Green Bay Packers61.326.923.2SimMatchup >
92011 New England Patriots58.630.527.7SimMatchup >
101983 Washington Redskins58.526.523.7SimMatchup >
112012 San Francisco 49ers57.124.021.8SimMatchup >
122009 Indianapolis Colts56.628.226.3SimMatchup >
131984 Miami Dolphins56.228.526.6SimMatchup >
141968 Baltimore Colts55.924.121.9SimMatchup >
151991 Buffalo Bills55.428.226.3SimMatchup >
161978 Dallas Cowboys55.222.921.1SimMatchup >
171988 Cincinnati Bengals54.727.325.7SimMatchup >
181992 Buffalo Bills54.525.624.2SimMatchup >
191980 Philadelphia Eagles54.023.321.6SimMatchup >
201967 Oakland Raiders53.322.020.8SimMatchup >
211966 Kansas City Chiefs52.326.024.8SimMatchup >
222014 Seattle Seahawks51.523.523.3SB 49 Runner-Ups
231981 Cincinnati Bengals50.924.624.4SimMatchup >
241998 Atlanta Falcons49.224.825.2SimMatchup >
251971 Miami Dolphins48.425.425.7SimMatchup >
261995 Pittsburgh Steelers48.223.924.8SimMatchup >
271970 Dallas Cowboys47.524.725.3SimMatchup >
281990 Buffalo Bills47.024.124.9SimMatchup >
291985 New England Patriots46.622.023.2SimMatchup >
302008 Arizona Cardinals45.726.728.4SimMatchup >
311996 New England Patriots45.423.224.8SimMatchup >
322000 New York Giants45.121.623.3SimMatchup >
332006 Chicago Bears44.121.623.6SimMatchup >
341976 Minnesota Vikings43.621.823.7SimMatchup >
351994 San Diego Chargers42.924.426.8SimMatchup >
362003 Carolina Panthers42.922.825.5SimMatchup >
371973 Minnesota Vikings42.822.524.6SimMatchup >
381986 Denver Broncos41.322.525.6SimMatchup >
391969 Minnesota Vikings41.118.220.9SimMatchup >
401975 Dallas Cowboys40.120.723.9SimMatchup >
411987 Denver Broncos39.123.927.5SimMatchup >
421999 Tennessee Titans38.821.425.5SimMatchup >
431979 Los Angeles Rams37.920.524.4SimMatchup >
441977 Denver Broncos35.919.123.6SimMatchup >
451974 Minnesota Vikings34.520.625.6SimMatchup >
461989 Denver Broncos34.019.224.9SimMatchup >
471993 Buffalo Bills33.520.726.5SimMatchup >
481972 Washington Redskins29.018.925.5SimMatchup >
491982 Miami Dolphins26.717.125.3SimMatchup >

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