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Super Bowl 2017: White jerseys win again

The team wearing white has won 12 of the last 13 Super Bowls.

NFL: Super Bowl LI-New England Patriots vs Atlanta Falcons Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons to win Super Bowl LI, but the result was already in the cards when the Falcons opted to wear red jerseys. With the Patriots victory, teams in white jerseys now have wins in 12 of the last 13 Super Bowls.

It all started in 2005 when the white jersey-wearing Patriots topped the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX, 24-21. It launched over a decade of dominance by white jersey teams:

White jerseys dominate the Super Bowl

Super Bowl Winner Jersey Loser Jersey
Super Bowl Winner Jersey Loser Jersey
XXXIX Patriots white Eagles green
XL Steelers white Seahawks blue
XLI Colts white Bears blue
XLII Giants white Patriots blue
XLIII Steelers white Cardinals red
XLIV Saints white Colts blue
XLV Packers green Steelers white
XLVI Giants white Patriots blue
XLVII Ravens white 49ers red
XLVIII Seahawks white Broncos orange
XLIX Patriots white Seahawks blue
L Broncos white Panthers black
LI Patriots white Falcons red

If it wasn’t for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers’ win in Super Bowl XLV while wearing green it’d be a clean sweep for the teams that wore white.

The Falcons could have avoided this. It was the NFC’s turn to be home team in the Super Bowl, so Atlanta had the choice of jerseys, and they opted to wear red. In hindsight, there was a lot of bad mojo working against the Falcons.