Ranking Super Bowl contenders

Examining strengths and weaknesses of playoff teams across 14 categories

Updated: January 14, 2014, 7:33 PM ET
By John Parolin | ESPN Stats & Info

Jim HarbaughAP Photo/Gerry BroomeJim Harbaugh's San Francisco 49ers have very few weaknesses.

Clichés have to start somewhere.

Don't turn the ball over. Get seven instead of three in the red zone. Establish the run. Get the defense off the field on third down. All of those maxims, though worn and tired, aren't wrong.

Limiting (and forcing) turnovers is an effective way to win in the postseason. Only one team since 2001 (2007 Giants) has won a Super Bowl with a negative turnover margin.

Maximizing points in the red zone does matter. The past nine Super Bowl-winning teams were in the top half of the league in offensive red zone efficiency.

If these clichés add up to producing the magic formula to win a Super Bowl, which of the four remaining teams checks the most boxes on the ingredient list? Is there one that stands out among the rest?

We ranked the four remaining NFL teams in 14 total statistical categories and examined why each will or won't win the Super Bowl. The exercise revealed one team that stands above the rest.

John Parolin

ESPN Stats & Info