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2012 Ravens some of the "worst" Super Bowl winners ever

By some accounts, the 2012 Ravens were very unlikely champions.

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Ravens' Super Bowl run in the 2012 postseason was nothing short of magical, with the final rides of both Ed Reed and Ray Lewis, and a performance of a lifetime from Joe Flacco, but it was certainly unexpected. Facing staunch competition in the AFC with both the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots in the playoffs, the 10-6 Ravens weren't viewed by many to go very far. Yet at the end of it all, the Ravens were the last team standing as Super Bowl champs, toppling both the Broncos and Patriots on the way.

So considering the postseason run of epic proportions, it's a little surprising to see that the Ravens' are one of the "worst" Super Bowl winners. But by looking at Pro Football Reference's Expected Record metric, you'll see that the 2012 Ravens are an anomaly as far as championship teams go. The metric assigns an expected record based on the team's point differential. Essentially, teams that score a lot more points than they give up will have a high expected record.

Looking at past Super Bowl winners, the 2012 Ravens have the third-lowest expected record among the champions. With a 9.4-6.6 ratio, only the '07 and '11 Giants have lower ratios. On the other side of the coin, the 2000 Ravens have 10th best expected record.

The Ravens' low ranking really isn't that surprising when you consider the state of the team. An aging defense that was really just middle-of-the-road, and an offense that was productive, but didn't exactly set the world on fire.

If anything, this "ranking" isn't really a diss, just a testament to the magical thing that was the Ravens' most recent Super Bowl run.