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FFL Statbook: Super Bowl Edition

Originally Published: February 2, 2005
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN Games Fantasy Edge
Each week, we'll take a look at each of the postseason matchups, in order to give fantasy owners an edge in their playoff pools. This week, we examine Super Bowl XXXIX.

It's all about the defense: Some might say that anyone can win in the Super Bowl, but history shows that the better defensive team should still be considered the favorite. Using my defensive rating system, the higher-rated team has won 24 of the past 32 Super Bowls (75.0 percent). The Patriots hold a slim 7.35-to-6.95 margin in this year's contest.

AFC vs. NFC, in 2004: The AFC dominated the NFC in interconference play this season, winning 44 of 64 games (68.8 percent). Playoff teams were especially dominant in these games; the AFC's six playoff representatives won 21 of 24 games against NFC foes (87.5), while the NFC's six entrants won 11 of 24 games against AFC teams (45.8 percent). New England won all four of its interconference games, while Philadelphia went 2-2.

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