5 Best NFL Teams To Never Win A Super Bowl

By Brian Moore
December 21, 2012 9:44 am
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Playing in the Super Bowl is a big deal.  

It gives teams a chance to prove to the entire country that they are the best team in the National Football League.  Players get a chance to shine on every television screen in America.  Getting to the play in the Super Bowl is hard, though. 

Since the Super Bowl officially became the NFL’s championship game in 1967, 28 of the league’s 32 teams have at least one Super Bowl appearance.  The Steelers and Cowboys make it look easy with eight appearances each, but only eighteen teams have played in more than one Super Bowl.  Winning the Super Bowl is even harder.  Only 22 teams of the 28 that have played in Super Bowls have won at least one Vince Lombardi Trophy. Ten teams have had the honor of playing the NFL’s championship game, as well as the misfortune of losing every one of them. 

Here are the best five teams of the ten that have never won the Super Bowl.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles are a proud franchise, and rightfully so.  They are one of the oldest NFL franchises.  Eighteen of their players have been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, eight to the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame, and more than twenty are recognized in the Eagles Hall of Fame.   They have also boasted some of the best head coaches in the NFL, including Pro Football Hall of Famers Earle “Greasy” Neale, Wayne Millner, and Mike McCormack.  Since Andy Reid took over head coaching duties in 1999, the Eagles have made the playoffs nine times and won their division six times.

In all that time, however, the Eagles have never won a Superbowl.  They came close in 2004 when they represented the NFC in Superbowl XXXIX, but fell to the Patriots 24-21.  Donovan McNabb threw for 357 yards and three touchdowns using five different receivers, but he also threw three costly interceptions, the last of which halted the Eagles’ last drive with ten seconds left in the game.

Atlanta Falcons

Even though the Atlanta Falcons are younger than your dad and can’t boast more than one Pro Football Hall of Famer, they have made some considerable noise in the NFL over the years.   They became a formidable opponent when they drafted Michael Vick in 2001, but they didn’t become a force to be reckoned with until Mike Smith became their head coach in 2008.  Since then, they have made the playoffs all but one of the past four seasons.

That being said, they are 6-11 in the playoffs, and have advanced beyond the Divisional Round only twice in franchise history.  One of those times, however, was in 1998 when they defeated the Vikings in the NFC Conference Championship for the honor of representing the NFC in Superbowl XXXIII.  Coming off of their best season yet, the Falcons Superbowl appearance was a surprise to just about everyone, having finished the previous two seasons with records of 7-9 and 3-13.  The football gods seemed to be smiling on Atlanta for the first time ever.  Unfortunately, their offense only scored 13 points and committed five turnovers, practically handing the Lombardi trophy over to the Denver Broncos.

 

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19 months ago
The Falcons, the Eagles, the Vikings, the Bills and the Bengals are the best teams without winning the Super Bowl.
19 months ago

Agreed. The Vikings really should be on this list.
19 months ago
Brian-those Bills teams were actually overachievers in a sense. The '91 and '93 teams had a Defense that was ranked next to last (Official Ranking by NFL). I would like to add my '83 Dolphins to your list. Consider this: our D was NO. 1 in Least Points Allowed, our running backs ran for 2,150 yds., we had Marino and Duper added to a Team that David Woodley was able to lead to the '82 S.B. game. Did I mention we had a coach (Shula) who was pretty good too. Talk about a well-rounded team-that was it. You could actually add our '84, and '85 Teams also. You might remember what our '85 team did to the '85 Bears.
19 months ago

Sorry Brian-I took your term "TEAMS" to literally. I see you actually mean "FRANCHISES".
19 months ago
The Minnesota Vikings should be first on this list with only Buffalo coming close. You are obviously too young to remember but I believe most boomers (exlcuding Esiason) will agree.

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