Even before this season's conference championship games, Las Vegas already slotted the Seahawks as the favorite to win the Super Bowl -- in 2016. The Westgate sports book pegged the Seahawks at 5-1 to win Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7, 2016, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

After losing Sunday to the Patriots in Super Bowl 49, the Seahawks are still listed as the Vegas favorite for next year. At least three sports books -- Westgate, William Hill and Bovada -- have been reported as keeping Seattle atop the board at 5-1. The Patriots and Packers are next with some variation ranging from 6-1 to 8-1.


Although Vegas may like Seattle, history does not. The Super Bowl loser hasn't returned to the big game in the subsequent season since the Buffalo Bills capped their run of four consecutive runner-up appearances in 1994. Of the previous 48 Super Bowls, there have been just seven teams to ever make it back a year after losing it. And of those seven teams, only two won in their return to the Super Bowl -- the 1971 Cowboys and the 1972 Dolphins.

Here's a look at how the past 21 losing Super Bowl teams fared the next season:

How Super Bowl Losers Fare Next Season

2015 Seattle Seahawks
 

2015 Seattle Seahawks

Lost Super Bowl XLIX to Patriots 28-24 on Feb. 1, 2015.
2015 regular season: 10-6, second in NFC West.
2015 playoffs: Won at Minnesota 10-9 in wild-card game. Lost at Carolina 31-24 in divisional round.
Notable: Overcame 2-4 start to earn wild-card spot.

2014 Denver Broncos
 

2014 Denver Broncos

Lost Super Bowl XLVIII to Seahawks 43-8 on Feb. 2, 2014.
2014 regular season: 12-4, first in AFC West.
2014 playoffs: Lost at home to Colts 24-13 in divisional round.
Notable: Broncos were the AFC's only unbeaten team at home in the regular season and the only NFL team with its offense and defense ranked in the top five.

2013 San Francisco 49ers
 

2013 San Francisco 49ers

Lost Super Bowl XLVII to Ravens 34-31 on Feb. 3, 2013.
2013 regular season: 12-4, second in NFC West. 2013 playoffs: Beat Packers 23-20 in wild-card game. Beat Panthers 23-10 in divisional round. Lost at Seattle 23-17 in NFC championship game.
Notable: 49ers reached the Seahawks' 18-yard line in final minute of NFC championship game, but Seattle held on with an interception in the end zone.

2012 New England Patriots
 

2012 New England Patriots

Lost Super Bowl XLVI to Giants 21-17 on Feb. 5, 2012.
2012 regular season: 12-4, first in AFC East.
2012 playoffs: Defeated Houston Texans 41-28 in divisional round. Lost at home to Ravens 28-13 in the AFC championship game.
Notable: Tom Brady passes for 320 yards but throws two interceptions in Ravens' territory.

2011 Pittsburgh Steelers
 

2011 Pittsburgh Steelers

Lost Super Bowl XLV to Packers 31-25 on Feb. 6 2011.
2011 regular season: 12-4, second in AFC North.
2011 playoffs: Lost to Broncos 29-23 in the wild-card game.
Notable: The playoff loss at Denver is also the peak of Tebowmania. The Broncos win on the first play of overtime as Tim Tebow connects with Demaryius Thomas on an 80-yard touchdown pass.

2010 Indianapolis Colts
 

2010 Indianapolis Colts

Lost Super Bowl XLIV to Saints 31-17 on Feb. 7, 2010.
2010 regular season: 10-6, first in AFC South.
2010 playoffs: Lost at home to Jets 17-16 in the wild-card game.
Notable: The playoff loss to the Jets is Peyton Manning's final game as a Colt.

2009 Arizona Cardinals
 

2009 Arizona Cardinals

Lost Super Bowl XLIII to Steelers 27-23 on Feb. 1, 2009.
2009 regular season: 10-6, first in NFC West.
2009 playoffs: Defeated Green Bay Packers 51-45 in wild-card game. Lost at New Orleans 45-14 in divisional round.
Notable: The playoff loss to the Saints is the last game of Kurt Warner's career.

2008 New England Patriots
 

2008 New England Patriots

Lost Super Bowl XLII to the New York Giants 17-14 on Feb. 3, 2008.
2008 regular season: 11-5, second in AFC East.
2008 playoffs: Missed playoffs.
Notable: The Patriots lose QB Tom Brady for the season to an ACL tear sustained in the opening game when hit by Chiefs safety Bernard Pollard.

2007 Chicago Bears
 

2007 Chicago Bears

Lost Super Bowl XLI to the Indianapolis Colts 29-17 on Feb. 4, 2007.
2007 regular season: 7-9, fourth in NFC North.
2007 playoffs: Missed playoffs.
Notable: Devin Hester ties the NFL single-season record with four punt returns for touchdowns.

2006 Seattle Seahawks
 

2006 Seattle Seahawks

Lost Super Bowl XL to Steelers 21-10 on Feb. 5, 2006.
2006 regular season: 9-7, first in NFC West.
2006 playoffs: Beat Cowboys 21-20 in wild-card game. Lost at Chicago 27-24 in divisional round.
Notable: The playoff win against Dallas is perhaps best remembered for Tony Romo's botching the hold on a short field goal attempt late in the fourth quarter.

2005 Philadelphia Eagles
 

2005 Philadelphia Eagles

Lost Super Bowl XXXIX to Patriots 24-21 on Feb. 6, 2005.
2005 regular season: 6-10, fourth in NFC East.
2005 playoffs: Missed playoffs.
Notable: Midway through the 2005 season, the Eagles suspend Terrell Owens for detrimental conduct, and he never plays for the team again.

2004 Carolina Panthers
 

2004 Carolina Panthers

Lost Super Bowl XXXVIII to Patriots 32-29 on Feb. 1, 2004.
2004 regular season: 7-9, third in NFC South.
2004 playoffs: Missed playoffs.
Notable: The Panthers compile a five-game winning streak at one point, but a 1-7 start is too much to overcome.

2003 Oakland Raiders
 

2003 Oakland Raiders

Lost Super Bowl XXXVII to Buccaneers 48-21 on Jan. 26, 2003.
2003 regular season: 4-12, third in AFC West.
2003 playoffs: Missed playoffs.
Notable: The Raiders' 2003 home finale becomes a memorable NFL moment as Brett Favre throws for 399 yards and four touchdowns on the night his father dies.

2002 St. Louis Rams
 

2002 St. Louis Rams

Lost Super Bowl XXXVI to Patriots 20-17 on Feb. 3, 2002.
2002 regular season: 7-9, second in NFC West.
2002 playoffs: Missed playoffs.
Notable: A hand injury to Kurt Warner leads to friction between his wife, Brenda, a nurse, and coach Mike Martz.

2001 New York Giants
 

2001 New York Giants

Lost Super Bowl XXXV to Ravens 34-7 on Jan. 28, 2001.
2001 regular season: 7-9, third in NFC East.
2001 playoffs: Missed playoffs.
Notable: The Giants play the last NFL game before the 9/11 attacks, returning from a Monday night game in Denver just hours earlier.

2000 Tennessee Titans
 

2000 Tennessee Titans

Lost Super Bowl XXXIV to Rams 23-16 on Jan. 30, 2000.
2000 regular season: 13-3, first in AFC Central.
2000 playoffs: Lost at home to Ravens 24-10 in divisional round.
Notable: The Titans defense allows no touchdowns in the final three regular-season games, and in the playoff loss, it gives up just one as Ravens score TDs on special teams and interception return.

1999 Atlanta Falcons
 

1999 Atlanta Falcons

Lost Super Bowl XXXIII to the Broncos 34-19 on Jan. 31, 1999.
1999 regular season: 5-11, third in NFC West.
1999 playoffs: Missed playoffs.
Notable: Atlanta scores more than 20 points just once its first 10 games of the 1999 season.

1998 Green Bay Packers
 

1998 Green Bay Packers

Lost Super Bowl XXXII to the Broncos 31-24 on Jan. 25 1998.
1998 regular season: 11-5, second in NFC Central.
1998 playoffs: Lost at San Francisco 30-27 in the wild-card game.
Notable: Playoff loss to the 49ers comes on what San Francisco fans call "The Catch II" as Terrell Owens grabs a 25-yard touchdown pass from Steve Young in the end zone on the final play.

1997 New England Patriots
 

1997 New England Patriots

Lost Super Bowl XXXI to Packers 35-21 on Jan. 26, 1997.
1997 regular season: 10-6, first in AFC East.
1997 playoffs: Beat Dolphins 17-3 in the wild-card game. Lost at Pittsburgh 7-6 in divisional round.
Notable: This was Pete Carroll's first season as Patriots coach, replacing Bill Parcells, who had gone to the Jets.

1996 Pittsburgh Steelers
 

1996 Pittsburgh Steelers

Lost Super Bowl XXX to Cowboys 27-17 on Jan. 28, 1996.
1996 regular season: 10-6, first in AFC Central.
1996 playoffs: Beat Colts 42-14 in the wild-card game. Lost at New England 28-3 in divisional round.
Notable: This is Jerome Bettis' first season in Pittsburgh after being traded from the Rams, who consider the Bus to be expendable because they drafted Lawrence Phillips.

1995 San Diego Chargers
 

1995 San Diego Chargers

Lost Super Bowl XXIX to San Francisco 49ers 49-26 on Jan. 29, 1995.
1995 regular season: 9-7, second in AFC West.
1995 playoffs: Lost at home to Colts 35-20 in the wild-card game.
Notable: The playoff loss to the Colts features Indianapolis quarterback Jim Harbaugh throwing for two touchdowns and running for another.

1994 Buffalo Bills
 

1994 Buffalo Bills

Lost Super Bowl XXVIII to Dallas Cowboys 30-13 on Jan. 30 1994.
1994 regular season: 7-9, fourth in AFC East.
1994 playoffs: Missed playoffs.
Notable: The Bills return to the playoffs in 1995, but they have not qualified since 1999.

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