Originally written on Rotowire  |  Last updated 11/19/14

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 03: Quarterback Matt Flynn #10 of the Green Bay Packers drops back to pass during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Packers defeated the Cardinals 33-7. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Want to win the Super Bowl? As recent history has indicated, you better have as lost recently as Week 15 or forget it. I have a theory that a late-season loss helps refocus/motivate a team. There is *some* data to back me up: - Last season’s Packers lost in Week 15 to New England 31-27 in a game Matt Flynn had to start due to an Aaron Rodgers concussion. The Packers went on to win six straight to win the Super Bowl. - 2009, the New Orleans Saints won the Super Bowl upsetting the Indianapolis Colts. Their last regular season loss? Carolina in Week 17 23-10. Oh and they lost in Week 16 20-17 in overtime to Tampa Bay. Again in Week 15, 24-17 to Dallas. So they lost three straight in the regular season games before wining the Super Bowl, for those lacking math skills. - 2008, the Pittsburgh Steelers won by beating the Arizona Cardinals and their own unpredictable run to the big game. The last time the Steelers lost in the regular season? Week 16 to Tennessee 31-14. - 2007, the Giant...
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