Do 2022 LA Rams have worst Super Bowl hangover ever?
By Jake Clark
NFC Super Bowl hangovers
While Super Bowl hangovers impact both NFC and AFC teams, the first teams on the list are NFC teams. Let’s look over who cracked the list:
2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
After a dominant defensive performance led the Bucs to a 48-21 win over MVP Rich Gannon and the Oakland Raiders, the Bucs fell to 7-9 and third in the division in 2003. In 2004, they were last in their division with 5 wins – even worse, their touted defense gave up only 196 points in 2002 compared to over 300 in 2004. They only made the playoffs twice in the next 17 years before the addition of free-agent quarterback Tom Brady saved the franchise from the bottom of the barrel.
2011 New York Giants
Four years after the monumental upset of the 16-0 Patriots, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning once again was King of the Underdogs by defeating New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady one more time. New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan – Giants head coach Tom Coughlin’s offensive coordinator for both Super Bowls – left for Tampa Bay after the 2011 season. The team won 9 games (just as many as in their Super Bowl season) but the offense was clearly affected. Manning threw a historically bad 27 picks in 2012 and missed the playoffs the next four seasons.
2018 Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles made the playoffs for the next two years after winning the Super Bowl in their 2017 season, but they only managed 9 wins both years after going 13-3. After a disastrous 4-11-1 2020 season, head coach Doug Pederson, 2017 Second Team All-Pro quarterback Carson Wentz, and his Super Bowl MVP backup Nick Foles were all gone. A new regime has formed behind young quarterback Jalen Hurts, making that 2017 season feels like a really, really long time ago.