Almost half the NFL is still looking for first Super Bowl title
For the first time since 2003, the Super Bowl will not feature NFL stars Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger or Joe Flacco. The Kansas City Chiefs, led by Patrick Mahomes will be making their third Super Bowl appearance in franchise history and their first since 1969. On the other hand, the San Francisco 49ers are making their seventh appearance in the big game.
The success of teams like the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers have left the trophy cases of many NFL teams empty. Of the NFL’s 32 teams, 12 have yet to win their first Super Bowl per ESPN’s Field Yates.
The teams in question are the Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Chargers, Atlanta Falcons, Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, Tennessee Titans and Minnesota Vikings.
Of those 12 teams, only four (Browns, Lions, Jaguars and Texans) have yet to make an appearance in the big game.
The Bills may be the most infamous team on this least as franchise four-straight Super Bowl appearances in the last 90s but lost all four.
Among the eight teams to appear in a Super Bowl without winning, the Falcons and Panthers are the only two to make the game in the last decade.
The Vikings in 2017 and Titans in 2019 were both one game away from reaching the Supe in their respective seasons before falling in the Conference Championship.
On the other hand, the Steelers and the Patriots share the lead for most Super Bowl wins by a franchise while New England has the most appearances with 11 — nine of which came in the 21st century.
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