The Super Bowl is one of the most watched programs on TV and typically the best teams face off in this game to decide who will lift the Lombardi Trophy and be crowned the world champions of football. There have been a lot of great teams that have won the Super Bowl throughout the years. Franchises such as the New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers, and Dallas Cowboys have won multiple Super Bowls and these teams have all had their own dynasties. Other teams in the NFL are still searching for their first Super Bowl and occasionally the best team doesn’t even win the big game.
There have been a number of 14 and 15 win teams that have failed to win the Super Bowl throughout the history of the NFL. Sometimes a great team just gets unlucky playing an inferior team in the Super Bowl, but there are other times where they fail to even reach the biggest game of the season. This sometimes occurs to teams that are rusty coming off a first-round bye in the playoffs. On other occasions, the lesser team makes the superb team one dimensional and this can cause chaos on the sidelines, leading to the better team not winning.
Here are 15 Times The Best Team Didn't Win The Super Bowl.
15 2007 Season - New England Patriots
14 1998 Season - Minnesota Vikings
13 2013 Season - Denver Broncos
12 2015 Season - Carolina Panthers
11 2009 Season - Indianapolis Colts
10 2002 Season - Oakland Raiders
9 2000 Season - St. Louis Rams
8 1968 Season - Baltimore Colts
7 1983 Season - Washington Redskins
6 2004 Season - Philadelphia Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles had proven that they were a dominant team in the early 2000s by making it to four straight NFC championship games. The first three ended in heartbreaking losses, but the 2004 Philadelphia Eagles had a new weapon at wide receiver in Terrell Owens to exploit opposing defenses. The team finished the season with a 13-3 record. This great season gave the team the best record in the NFC and after cruising through the NFC playoffs, the New England Patriots were all that stood between the Eagles and that elusive Vince Lombardi Trophy. The offense and defense were equally dominant being led by legends such as Donovan McNabb and Brian Dawkins. Unfortunately, the Eagles were unable to beat the Patriots and with 46 seconds remaining, and down by three, McNabb threw an interception to end the game.
5 1984 Season - Miami Dolphins
4 1990 Season - Buffalo Bills
3 1969 Season - Minnesota Vikings
2 2006 Season - San Diego Chargers
1 2011 Season - New England Patriots
The New England Patriots under Tom Brady’s tutelage have been one of the best teams in the NFL throughout the 21st century, but there has been a nemesis of the Patriots in the Super Bowl. That team is the New York Giants. The Patriots during the 2011 NFL season won 13 games and were in pursuit of tying the Steelers, Cowboys, Packers, and 49ers for most Super Bowls won. Instead, the Patriots after having a great run in the playoffs would be heartbroken again by the Giants. Eli Manning completed a 38-yard pass to Mario Manningham on the Giants final drive and this set the tone for the Giants to take the lead, 21-17, with just under a minute remaining. The Patriots could not get into the end zone ending their season with a Super Bowl loss.
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