If Super Bowl Uniform Color Trends Mean Anything, Falcons Are In Trouble

Matthew Jordan

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 10:16 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017 10:16 PM UTC

The home team for the Feb. 5 Super Bowl LI in Houston is NFC champion Atlanta. That allowed the Falcons the first choice of the color the uniforms they would wear against the Patriots. History seems to hint the Falcons chose unwisely.

Atlanta was an average 5-3 at home during the regular season in the final year of the Georgia Dome but 2-0 there in the playoffs, routing Seattle and Green Bay. The Falcons wear red in home games and that's what they will do in Super Bowl LI in Houston as 3-point "home" underdogs on NFL odds to win their first-ever NFL title.

Thus the AFC champion Patriots will wear white. The team wearing white has won an improbable 11 of the past 12 Super Bowls. All-time, teams wearing white in the Super Bowl have gone 32-18. The last team to wear a dark-colored uniform and win the Super Bowl was the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV six years ago against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Of course the Packers and Steelers were routed in this season's conference championship games by the Falcons and Patriots, respectively.

New England has gone 2-1 in Super Bowls wearing white uniforms. It beat the Seattle Seahawks two years ago and the Philadelphia Eagles in 2005. The Pats lost in white against the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXI. New England was unbeaten on the road this year. In seven of those games, they wore their white jerseys. The Pats wore their darks in Buffalo, which is a rare team to wear white at home.

The Patriots are 2-2 when wearing blue jerseys (wins in Super Bowls XXXVI and XXXVIII, losses in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI) and 0-1 when wearing red jerseys (Super Bowl XX). In Atlanta's only other Super Bowl appearance, it was wearing black in a 34-19 loss to the Denver Broncos in 1999.

Last year, the Broncos were the home team against Carolina and decided to ditch usual orange home jerseys for white. Denver was previously 0-4 while wearing orange in the Super Bowl. Of course the Broncos upset the Panthers.

*-Records of NFL/NFC teams wearing white jerseys: 17-9 in 26 games on NFL picks.

*-Records of AFL/AFC teams wearing white jerseys: 15-9 in 24 games.

*-Designated road teams are 29-21.

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