History not on 49ers' side

History not on 49ers' side
January 2, 2013, 4:00 pm
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The negative stat that has been getting a lot of attention lately is that no team that hasn’t won three games in a row in the regular season has won the Super Bowl.  There’s also that trendy win-win-loss, win-win-loss, etc. stat to go with it.

We all know any stat could be just the next game away from being proven wrong.  Here’s another one to add to the negative bin and for 49ers fans to hope doesn’t come true:

No team that lost the NFC title game has gone on to win the Super Bowl the next year since the Packers did it in 1997. The ’97 Packers' victory continued a three year streak as the loser of the NFC title game in ’94 (49ers) & ’95 (Cowboys) also won the next year’s Super Bowl.

The stat gets a little worse in that only one team that lost the NFC title game has even made it to the Super Bowl the next year since the Packers won back in ’97.  That was the Eagles who lost to the Patriots in 2005.

Remember no team had come back from down 2-0 in an NLDS when playing the last three games on the road before the Giants did it. (Never mind that wasn’t really possible since five-game series usually don’t have the last three games on the road.)  Do mind the fact that it was a stat that didn’t stand up.  Hopefully this “NFL title game loser” jinx meets the same fate.