Not-so-super follow-ups

11 defending Super Bowl champions have failed to make the playoffs and with a 2-5 record, the Steelers seem like they could join that group.

Year

Defending Super Bowl champion

Record through first 7 games

Final record

1987

* New York Giants (XXI)

1-6

6-9

1981

Oakland Raiders (XV)

2-5

7-9

1982

* San Francisco 49ers (XVI)

2-5

3-6

1999

Denver Broncos (XXXIII)

2-5

6-10

2006

Steelers (XL)

2-5

?

2002

New England Patriots (XXXVI)

3-4

9-7

1968

Green Bay Packers (II)

3-3-1

6-7-1

1970

Kansas City Chiefs (IV)

3-3-1

7-5-2

1980

Steelers (XIV)

4-3

9-7

1988

Washington Redskins (XXII)

4-3

7-9

1991

New York Giants (XXV)

4-3

8-8

2003

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (XXXVII)

4-3

7-9

* -- denotes strike season