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NFL teams that have never won a Super Bowl?


What NFL team has never won the Super Bowl? You might be surprised to learn there is much more than just one team that has yet to win the big game. How many teams have not won a Super Bowl? Twelve. 

After winning their third Super Bowl in team history in February of 2023, the Kansas City Chiefs are one of 20 franchises that have won the big game. With LVII being their third victory, the Chiefs are just one of 15 franchises to have won a Super Bowl more than once. 

But which NFL teams have never won a Super Bowl? We look at them here, with one team who has yet to make a Super Bowl appearance still alive in the 2024 NFL Playoffs.

NFL teams that have never won a Super Bowl

Tennessee Titans

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For many football fans, it will be hard to ever forget the time the Tennessee Titans made it to the Super Bowl, losing in the final seconds after being one yard shy of scoring the tying touchdown against the then-St. Louis Rams. What a game. 

After coming so close, it seemed the Titans may be able to simply make a few adjustments to get back to the Super Bowl, though that was easier said than done. Ever since 1999, they have yet to make another appearance. Even when they were the Houston Oilers, this franchise remains among those teams that never won a Super Bowl.

The Titans have enjoyed some recent success, reaching the playoffs four out of the past seven seasons. Last offseason, Ran Carthon took over as GM, which could either be a blessing in disguise or part of a bigger rebuilding effort. Now, with Mike Vrabel gone, too, there’s no telling which direction this team is headed in.

The Titans will have to hope Will Levis develops into an above-average QB if they want to take home a Lombardi Trophy in the near future. Depending on the other moves they make this offseason, a trip to the Super Bowl isn’t in sight for Tennessee any time soon.

Carolina Panthers

Carolina Panthers have never won a Super Bowl
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What NFL teams have never won a Super Bowl? Though they’ve only been around since 1995, the Carolina Panthers are in that group.

While the Panthers are 0-2 all-time in Super Bowl appearances, current team owner David Tepper isn’t afraid to do things differently.

The last time Carolina reached the Super Bowl was after drafting Cam Newton. Maybe another superstar QB will be needed to bring this franchise back to the promised land. Is Bryce Young the solution? We haven’t seen it yet.

After realizing Matt Rhule wasn’t the coach to get it done, along with Sam Darnold and Baker Mayfield, this roster needs Young to be their savior. We’re at least a couple of years away from the Panthers reaching the Super Bowl, but maybe yet another new coach can inspire a quick turnaround with Young taking command of the offense. But first, they need to get him some playmakers.

Arizona Cardinals

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A franchise that has moved from St. Louis and Phoenix, the only time the Cardinals made it to the Super Bowl was in 2008 with Kurt Warner and Larry Fitzgerald. While it was a close game against Pittsburgh, it wasn’t enough to get the Cards their first Super Bowl victory.

The hope is that Kyler Murray can be the one to lead them to the promised land. As part of the current dual-threat quarterback takeover, Murray may be one of the toughest football players to consistently game plan for. But he needs some help.

Depending on how well the Cardinals build around their former No. 1 pick, Arizona may bounce back in a big way, but they’re in a tough division.

Atlanta Falcons

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After appearing like they’d win their first Super Bowl after leading 28-3 in 2016, we all know what happened next. Tom Brady led one of the greatest comebacks of all time for his former Patriots squad, and the Atlanta Falcons are still searching for their first Lombardi Trophy as a franchise. 

Super Bowl LI was the start of Mike Smith’s demise with the Falcons. Arthur Smith got three seasons but never a franchise QB.

Trading Matt Ryan after failing to land Deshaun Watson signaled a rebuilding effort was underway. To no surprise, Marcus Mariota didn’t suddenly lead them to a Super Bowl, and Desmond Ridder isn’t the solution either. Bijan Robinson’s arrival adds yet another elite offensive weapon, but QB remains a big question mark. Without an above-average solution under center, the Falcons aren’t headed anywhere.

Minnesota Vikings

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The Minnesota Vikings are one of two NFL franchises to get to the Super Bowl four different times without winning any of them. As their fans know all too well, their postseason history is dreadful

Despite having some historically great teams over the years with the Purple People Eaters, and in 1998, with what some used to say was one of the greatest scoring attacks of all time, the Vikings have never won a Super Bowl.

Some diehards will tell you the Vikings have gotten screwed a few times. Maybe you buy into the theories that the Giants stole signals leading to a 41-0 shutout in the 2000 NFC Championship game despite Minnesota having the fifth-best offense in the NFL. Curiously, there hasn’t been a shutout or a bigger margin of victory in a conference championship or Super Bowl since.

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Or maybe when the Saints had bounties out to injure Brett Favre in the 2009 NFC Championship Game, which led to several rule changes and suspensions. While the Vikings aren’t the only team to deal with some less-than-favorable situations, it’s contributed to their many playoff mishaps through the years.

Minnesota’s misfortunes have kept them away from the big dance since 1976, which is the longest Super Bowl drought of any team to make an appearance without winning.

A new approach led by Kevin O’Connell and a rejuvenated roster led to better results in 2022. They had a potent offense despite a leaky defense flush with talent, giving them just enough of a chance. But the defense was far too inconsistent to give Vikings fans much hope. Brian Flores helped reshape the defense, but then losing Kirk Cousins for the season sank the ship. If Cousins returns in free agency, their offense remains one of the best in the league.

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Los Angeles Chargers

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Since being drafted in 2020, Justin Herbert has proven to be a star in L.A., but they still need to figure out how to get deeper in the playoffs. In the NFL, having a top-notch quarterback is one of the best ways to reach the Super Bowl, so it seems it’s only a matter of time. 

For a Chargers franchise that has changed locations to Los Angeles, the only time they made it to the Super Bowl was back in 1994 when they were still in San Diego, led by a strong defense. Before that season, the Chargers were seen as a longshot to qualify for postseason play. Ultimately, they were blown out by the 49ers.

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The Chargers have put together a strong core, but Brandon Staley never found consistent success. But Jim Harbaugh should be able to get this team back to the playoffs right away. With Herbert and Harbaugh, the Chargers’ future is as bright as ever.

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Cincinnati Bengals

NFL teams that have never won Super Bowl: Cincinnati Bengals
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Established in 1968, some may wonder, have the Cincinnati Bengals won a Super Bowl? After reaching the big game in 1981 and 1988, the Bengals lost to the San Francisco 49ers both times.

Now, with Joe Burrow, the Bengals finally have the franchise quarterback needed to bring them back. When healthy, he leads an offense that’s among the very best in the NFL, thanks to Ja’Marr Chase being nearly impossible to slow down.

Burrow helped end this franchise’s 31-year drought without a playoff victory in just his second season, leading the Bengals to its first AFC Championship game in decades. While the Bengals made it back to the Super Bowl for the first time in 34 years, they couldn’t quite topple the Los Angeles Rams in an exciting battle to the end.

Now that this roster realizes its potential, teams found them tough to slow down in 2022, where Burrow led them right back to the doorstep of the Super Bowl, only to lose to Patrick Mahomes for the first time in his career. With the Bengals’ best pieces still not reaching their ceiling, it could mean another Super Bowl run in the near future. But they’ll have to bounce back after an injury-riddled season in 2023.

Buffalo Bills

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Have the Buffalo Bills ever won a Super Bowl? No, but they are one of the teams who have had several chances. In fact, the Bills are 0-4 all-time in Super Bowl appearances

While it’s incredible for them to have even made it that far on four separate occasions, history really only remembers the winners.

The silver lining for members of the Bills Mafia is that Josh Allen has the team positioned to be a contender for a long time. We thought Patrick Mahomes was the dragon Buffalo needed to find a way to slay, but now Joe Burrow’s Bengals have tossed their hat into the ring, eliminating the Bills from the postseason in 2023.

Sadly, the Bills still haven’t slain either dragon in the postseason.

The Chiefs still proved too tough to overcome, but really, Tyler Bass sending a kick wide right didn’t help either. Still, the Bills have as good of a chance as any team to win their first-ever Super Bowl going forward, but they’ll once again have to overcome another tough loss.

Which teams have never made it to the Super Bowl?

While there are some franchises that have never won a ring, there are even some NFL teams that have never been to the Super Bowl. Here are the teams who have yet to make a Super Bowl appearance.

Cleveland Browns

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Have the Cleveland Browns won a Super Bowl? Not yet.

The Browns came close in 2020, losing to the eventual Super Bowl champs. Many thought they would finally get over the hump in 2021, especially if Baker Mayfield took a step forward. Instead, Cleveland didn’t even make the playoffs, and Mayfield has been booted from the roster. Needless to say, this team wasn’t ready to end its Super Bowl drought yet.

The Browns are also one of the teams that have never been to the Super Bowl, but that could change depending on how Deshaun Watson gets acclimated after his suspension.

With Nick Chubb, the Browns have one of the best rushing attacks in the NFL. Myles Garrett is a wrecking ball that cannot be contained, and the Browns have several other young pieces on both sides of the ball.

They just need a consistent year, and it didn’t happen right away in 2022 or 2023, but with Watson, they have a chance to be special for several seasons. Only if he can return to the MVP-caliber form we saw from him in Houston before his off-field issues plagued his career.

Jacksonville Jaguars

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What teams have never been to the Super Bowl? Unfortunately, the Jacksonville Jaguars are still among that group of four. Despite being around since 1995, the Jags only have three division titles and have been to the playoffs just seven times in total. But the Jaguars have never made it to the Super Bowl.

But if Trevor Lawrence continues to ascend into one of the better QBs in the NFL, the Jags may not be far away from being a perennial contender. The long Super Bowl drought in Duval could come to an end sooner than some fans expect. 

They’ve certainly added talent in the past few years, and it’s translated to a division crown in the AFC South and a Wild Card win. But it still wasn’t their year to win a Super Bowl. Expect the Jaguars to bounce back in 2024, and who knows, that Super Bowl drought may finally end next February.

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Houston Texans

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The Dallas Cowboys have won five Super Bowls. So how many Super Bowls have the Houston Texans won from the same state? 

Well, it’s not that simple. The Cowboys have been around since 1960, whereas the Texans are the league’s newest franchise after being established in 2002. Thus, the Texans have never won a Super Bowl.

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Incredibly, the Texans won six AFC South Championships from 2011-19. But aside from C.J. Stroud’s rookie season, those were the only years the Texans ever made the playoffs. 

After a complete overhaul, the Texans could be coming closer to emerging from their tumultuous times as a franchise without any Super Bowl appearances. Stroud has already proven to be a franchise quarterback capable of leading his team to the playoffs, and a Super Bowl may not be out of reach in the near future.

Detroit Lions

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What four NFL teams have never been to the Super Bowl? The Detroit Lions are the oldest NFL team to have never appeared in a Super Bowl and the only franchise from the NFC to have never played for the trophy. Prior to defeating the Los Angeles Rams in 2023, the last Lions playoff victory came in 1992.

After going from Matthew Stafford to Jared Goff, the Lions finished just 3-13-1 in coach Dan Campbell’s first season. He topped that mark in 2022 with flying colors, coming within a game of clinching a playoff spot.

The Lions have done well to build in the trenches in each of their past two draft classes, picking up Penei Sewell and Aidan Hutchinson. Now that Jameson Williams and Sam LaPorta are getting a chance to make an impact, the Lions could have their receiving corps locked in too.

Another strong draft class in 2023 has helped overhaul a defense that’s routinely ranked in the bottom three of points allowed each season since 2020. Correcting their problems on the defensive side of the ball while boasting a top-ten offense finally helped the Lions win their division for the first time since it was renamed the NFC North in 2002.

For the first time in seemingly forever, winning a Lombardi Trophy is actually in sight for the Lions. Reaching the NFC Championship for the first time since 1991, the Lions’ Super Bowl window is wide open.

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