Best NFL Teams That Never Won a Super Bowl


Best NFL Teams That Never Won a Super Bowl


Best NFL Teams That Never Won a Super Bowl

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One thing that many sports fans love to do is make lists of things that they can rank, discuss, and debate. Most of the time, they are used to represent accomplishments or things in a positive manner, like ten best players of all time, or best teams of all time. But there are other instances where they can be used to highlight bad moments in sports. In this instance TWSN analysts Jacob Aframian and Daryan Martin decided to pick five teams each, ten in total, that they believe are the best single season NFL teams that just didn’t win the Super Bowl:

Jacob: 2007 New England Patriots

This is an obvious one, this team went 16-0 in the regular season, and was 18-0 going into the Super Bowl. They had a dominant offense that scored a whopping 36.8 points a game, and a defense that only gave up 17.1 points a game. Quarterback Tom Brady threw for a record 50 touchdown passes that season, 23 of them to wide receiver Randy Moss who also broke a record. They were pretty much unstoppable throughout the regular season. In the Super Bowl they seemed to be given a favorable matchup playing the 10-6 New York Giants who were a good team but were not considered the best team in the NFC. However, the Giants beat two 13-3 teams on the road in the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers. The Giants also nearly beat the Patriots in week 17 but lost 38-35. In Super Bowl XLII, the Patriots offense was smothered by the Giants defensive line who sacked Brady five times. The Patriots were up 14-10 with with 2:39 left in the game, but a dropped Asante Samuel interception, and a miraculous escape from Eli Manning chucking one to David Tyree who made the improbable helmet catch, along with an eventual Plaxico Burress touchdown, put the nail in the coffin for the Patriots. The Giants won the Super Bowl 17-14. 

Daryan: 1984 Miami Dolphins

-One word to describe the Dolphins passing attack this season is “explosive”. Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino threw the football all over the field and had the wide receivers that could go get the football in Mark Clayton and Mark Duper. 1984 was Marino’s best season statistically as he finished the season with 5,084 passing yards and 48 touchdowns (both NFL records at the time). Miami finished 14-2 and cruised to the Super Bowl after defeating the Seahawks and Steelers handily. In the Super Bowl, the Dolphins faced the San Francisco 49ers and Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana. The 49ers were loaded with talent as they had nine All-Pro selections and finished their season 15-1. The Super Bowl was not close and the 49ers were too much for Dolphins. The final score was 38-16 and Montana was named Super Bowl MVP. 

Jacob: 1990 Buffalo Bills

-In the early 1990s the Buffalo Bills lost FOUR Super Bowls in a row, think about that. But of the four, the one that BY FAR was the best of those teams, and the most brutal Super Bowl defeat was the 1990 Bills. That season the Bills had the best offense in the league scoring 26.8 points a game, with stars like quarterback Jim Kelly, running back Thurman Thomas, and wide receivers Andre Reed and James Lofton. They also had the 6th best defense in the league giving up only 16.4 points a game. They finished the regular season 13-3, and destroyed the Los Angeles Raiders 51-3 AFC Championship game. In Super Bowl XXV, the Bills would take on the New York Giants, a team that was completely different in how they won, which was defense and ball control. The Giants were able to use that formula against the Bills and it worked quite well, the Giants had the ball for 40:33, while the Bills only had the ball for 19:27. Towards the end of the game the Giants were up 20-19, but with eight seconds left the Bills had a chance to win the game with a 47 year field goal from Scott Norwood. While this wasn’t a chip shot, it was still a makeable field goal, but Norwood missed it, and the infamous words of “wide right” would go on to haunt Bills fans forever. 

Daryan: 2004 Philadelphia Eagles

-Quarterback Donovan McNabb made improvements in his play from the 2003 to the 2004 NFL season mainly due to the acquisition of All-Pro Terrell Owens. McNabb had a career high 31 touchdown passes and second best 3,875 passing yards in his 13 year career. During free agency the Eagles added former NFL Rookie of the Year award winner Jevon Kearse. Eagles fans knew this was the year they were going to get over the hump as they lost in the NFC title game the previous three seasons. The Eagles finished 13-3 during the 2004 season and won the NFC East division. Also, 10 members of the team were named to the Pro-Bowl and four out of the 10 earned All-Pro honors. The Eagles had three turnovers in the first quarter of the Super Bowl, which made winning difficult. Philadelphia overcame the turnovers and made it a competitive game but came up short as they lost 24-21.

Jacob: 1968 Baltimore Colts

There are many people that consider this one of the greatest teams of all time, even though they failed to win the Super Bowl. According to NFL Films’ top 10 list they are one of the best teams of all time. Even though their future Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas hurt his elbow and spent most of the season on the bench, Earl Morrall picked up right where he left off and played at an MVP level the entire season. This team led the league in scoring with 28.6 points per game, and they had a lethal offense with players like tight end John Mackey, running back Tom Matte, and wide receivers Willie Richardson and Jimmy Orr. They were even more dominant on defense giving up only 10.3 points a game, with a whopping 29 interceptions, and had dominant players in the secondary like Bobby Boyd, Rick Volk, and Lenny Lyles. In the Super Bowl they went up against the New York Jets, who were the underdogs. But in Super Bowl III, the Colts offense turned the ball over four times in the first 31 minutes of the game, Morrall who was the MVP of the league, was awful going six for 17 throwing for 71 yards and three interceptions. Head Coach Don Shula pulled him and put Unitas in the game towards the end of the third quarter, but the Colts were already down 16-0, and they wouldn’t have enough left to come back and lost 16-7. 


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