While every NFL team’s goal when camp starts is to be the Super Bowl winners, only one out of 32 teams achieve this goal. Throughout the 55 times the Super Bowl has been played, some teams have multiple Lombardi Trophies, while some still have yet to taste victory.
How many Super Bowl wins by team?
The NFL has always wanted parity amongst the teams. Yet, some have tended to reach the Super Bowl more than others. Through solid drafting, developing talent, and savvy maneuvering in free agency, teams can extend their runs for several years. As a result, teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970s and New England Patriots of the 2000s were multiple-time Super Bowl winners.
Of the 32 NFL teams, 20 have hoisted the Lombardi Trophy and added their name as Super Bowl winners
New England Patriots (6) – XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX, LI, LIII
Pittsburgh Steelers (6) – IX, X, XIII, XIV, XL, XLIII
San Francisco 49ers (5) – XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV, XXIX
Dallas Cowboys (5) – VI, XII, XXVII, XXVIII, XXX
Green Bay Packers (4) – I, II, XXXI, XLV
New York Giants (4) – XXI, XXV, XLII, XLVI
Denver Broncos (3) – XXXII, XXXIII, 50
Washington Football Team (3) – XVII, XXII, XXVI
Los Angeles / Oakland Raiders (3) – XI, XV, XVIII
Baltimore / Indianapolis Colts (2) – V, XLI
Kansas City Chiefs (2) – IV, LIV
Baltimore Ravens (2) – XXXV, XLVII
Miami Dolphins (2) – VII, VIII
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2) – XXXVII, LV
New York Jets (1) – III
New Orleans Saints (1) – XLIV
Los Angeles / St. Louis Rams (1) – XXXIV
Chicago Bears (1) – XX
Seattle Seahawks (1) – XLVIII
Philadelphia Eagles (1) – LII
Super Bowl trends
Of these Super Bowl winners, you start to see some of the trends the game has seen. As previously mentioned, the Steelers and Patriots have had their dynasties. The Colts, Raiders, and Rams all moved to different locations. The Miami Dolphins appeared in three consecutive Super Bowls (VI, VII, and VIII) – winning the last two and coming within one win of three consecutive Super Bowl titles.
Seven franchises have won consecutive Super Bowls, one of which (Pittsburgh) has accomplished it twice. The Dallas Cowboys won back-to-back Super Bowls in the 1990s, but they then lost in the NFC Championship the following year. To this day, no team has pulled off the three-peat. If Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs can win Super Bowl LV over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, they will have the chance to make it three in a row next season.
Although several NFL teams have won multiple Super Bowls in history, there are still those that have not yet hoisted the Lombardi Trophy.
Who has never won a Super Bowl?
Unfortunately for some franchises, they have yet to join the list of Super Bowl winners. In fact, some have never even made it to the big game.
The 12 teams that have never won a Super Bowl are the Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons, Los Angeles Chargers, Tennessee Titans, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, and the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Buffalo Bills suffered four straight Super Bowl losses
The Bills are the team that sticks out on this list. While they have never been called Super Bowl winners, they certainly had their chances. From 1990 to 1994, the Bills represented the AFC in four straight Super Bowls. They are the only team to ever appear in four straight Super Bowls.
The rest is history, however. Scott Norwood went wide right in the Bills’ first appearance, and inevitably, Jim Kelly never got his elusive Super Bowl win.
Some NFL teams have never played in a Super Bowl
Of the teams to never have the luxury of being called Super Bowl winners, four have the dubious distinction of never making it. They are the Browns, Lions, Texans, and Jaguars. In truth, the Jaguars and Texans deserve a bit of a pass as they are still two of the youngest teams in the NFL.
Alongside Carolina, Jacksonville was added as an expansion team during the 1996 season. On the contrary, the Panthers have reached the Super Bowl twice during their tenure, despite not winning the big game yet.
The Houston area saw the return of football in 2002 after a short hiatus from the game. From 1960 to 1996, the Houston Oilers called the city home until their relocation to Nashville in 1997. Following the move, the team rebranded itself as the Tennessee Titans. In 2000, they lost by one yard to Kurt Warner and the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XLIV.
Who played in the first-ever Super Bowl?
The history of the Super Bowl goes all the way back to 1966. Ironically, it featured one of the teams in this year’s game, the Kansas City Chiefs. While neither team knew it at the time, the Packers and Chiefs were playing in the first Super Bowl. The Super Bowl’s name was something Kansas City Chiefs’ founder Lamar Hunt came up with after watching one of his children play with a “Super Ball,” a popular kids toy during that time.
In 1966, the AFL-NFL Championship game pitted the Vince Lombardi led Green Bay Packers against the still relatively new Kansas City Chiefs. Seen as the new upstart that couldn’t hang with the real league, the AFL grew in legitimacy when NFL Commissioner Pete Rozell agreed to play the AFL’s champion at the end of the season.
Kansas City held tough, making it 14-10 at the half. In the end, however, the Packers were able to pull away and win 35-10. As a result, the Packers became the first-ever winners of the Super Bowl.
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