The Super Bowl hangover is usually reserved for the victor. However, this past season it was the runner-ups in the San Francisco 49ers. The 2020 49ers team was a disappointment and featured one of the most extended lists of injuries in the National Football League.
The run-it-back season came up just a game shy for the Kansas City Chiefs. After a 14-2 regular season, a first-round bye in the playoffs, and a second straight Super Bowl appearance, the Chiefs ran into a brick wall known as Tom Brady.
The Houston Texans finished the 2019 season with a 10-6 season and were just one game shy of making it to the Super Bowl. However, one year later, the Texans finished the 2020 season with a dismal 4-12 record and a most uncertain future for the franchise.
In their first year in Las Vegas, the Raiders had a season of ups and downs. They started the season with a 6-3 record over their first nine games, with wins over the New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs, and Cleveland Browns. However, they went 2-5 over their final seven games and ended the year with an 8-8 record, and missed the playoffs.
Once again, among the NFL’s elite during the 2020 season, the Green Bay Packers won 13 games for a second season in a row. Backed behind one of the best offensive lines in the league and a much-improved defense down the stretch, the team closed out the regular season with six straight victories.
The New Orleans Saints’ season ended as it has for the previous three seasons – in disappointment. This looked like one of their best, and final, shots to get back to the Super Bowl. Alas, it isn’t happening, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be heading to Lambeau Field instead.
The Jaguars had their worst statistical season ever, with only one win and fifteen losses. Interestingly, it’s the franchise’s first time since its inception in 1995, that it will have the first overall pick in the NFL Draft. Before the season started, the Jaguars were written off by most analysts and were the team most likely to “Tank for Trevor”, a trope that exemplified the possibility of a 0-16 season.