Despite a blowout loss to the Seahawks in the Super Bowl XLVIII, the Denver Broncos are getting a lot of love heading into this season.

According to, the Broncos are favorites at 6/1 odds to win Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1, 2015, in Arizona. The defending champion Seahawks follow closely at 13/2 odds.

History, however, disagrees with Vegas about the Broncos. Just seven teams have ever made it back to the Super Bowl after losing the big game the previous season. And of those seven teams, only two won in their return to the Super Bowl -- the 1971 Dallas Cowboys and the 1972 Miami Dolphins.

The losing team in the Super Bowl has not returned to the big game in the subsequent season in 20 years, since the Buffalo Bills capped their run of four consecutive appearances with Super Bowl XXVIII in January 1994.

Peyton Manning maintaining his elite, record-breaking play is key if Denver hopes to beat the odds and return to the Super Bowl for another chance to win a title.

Take a look at how the close -- or not close -- the past 20 losing Super Bowl teams came to returning to the championship game.

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