Rajan Nanavati
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Rajan Nanavati

  • Super Bowl XLVIII (2014): the Denver Broncos were coming off a season in which they scored an NFL-record 606 points during the season, with quarterback Peyton Manning smashing a whole bunch of passing records that year, en route to winning the NFL MVP award. The Broncos get to the Super Bowl, and were totally embarassed by the Seattle Seahawks, losing 43–8.
  • Super Bowl XLVI (2012): the New England Patriots finished the regular season ranked #3 overall in offensive DVOA, including 2nd overall in passing offense DVOA, and 3rd overall in rushing defense DVOA. Tom Brady was coming off a year in which he threw a career-high 5,235 yards and 39 passing touchdowns (the 2nd highest total of his career). But the Patriots fell short (again) to the New York Giants, losing 21–17.
  • Super Bowl XLII (2008): the New England Patriots spent the entire year obliterating everyone that stood in their path, getting to the Super Bowl with a pristine 18–0 record. They set a single-season scoring record, putting up 589 points that year. Tom Brady broke Dan Marino’s single-season touchdown pass record, throwing 50 touchdown passes. The Patriots offense featured the unstoppable future-Hall-of-Famer Randy Moss, and a smörgåsbord of other receiving options at Brady’s disposal. But, playing against a team that nobody believed stood a chance in this game, the Patriots were held to only 14 points in the game — after averaging just under 37 points per game all year long — and lost to the New York Giants by a score of 17–14.

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