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Top 13 Teams to Have Never Won the Super Bowl

The ultimate goal of every National Football League franchise is to survive an entire season as the last team standing and winner of the Super Bowl. That squad lives on in pro football history, forever a champion in what is the most popular professional sport in all of North America. There is a long list of all-time great players who, at some point during their careers, hoisted the Vince Lombardi Trophy in the middle of the field after winning a Super Bowl. This includes the likes of Tom Brady, Joe Montana, Brett Favre, Lawrence Taylor, Terry Bradshaw and so many others.

Then, there are the franchises that have never been to the mountaintop. Some of those teams have come close, advancing to a Super Bowl without ever winning the Big Game. Two of these clubs have made four Super Bowl appearances each, losing every one of those games. One franchise was run out of the stadium by a superior side in its single trip to the Super Bowl. Another came painfully close to forcing what would have been the first overtime of the Super Bowl era. There has, to date, still never been a Super Bowl go past four quarters. Perhaps that will change with Super Bowl XLIX.

Even more painful are the Super Bowl droughts including franchises that haven't even come all that close to winning a championship in the modern pro football era. Two are younger clubs that have not had all that many opportunities to win a Super Bowl when you compare them to historic teams such as the Chicago Bears and New York Giants. Two others, however, were once proud franchises, teams that have NFL Championships on their resumes. It would be fitting if those two teams were to one day play in a Super Bowl, if only to guarantee one of those cities a pro football championship for the first time in decades.

13 13. Houston Texans

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12 12. Jacksonville Jaguars

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11 11. Carolina Panthers

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10 10. Arizona Cardinals

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9 9. San Diego Chargers

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8 8. Atlanta Falcons

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7 7. Tennessee Titans

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6 6. Philadelphia Eagles

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5 5. Cincinnati Bengals

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4 4. Minnesota Vikings

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3 3. Buffalo Bills

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2 2. Cleveland Browns

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1 1. Detroit Lions

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There is little question that the current Lions are far and away better than are the current Browns. Detroit, like Cleveland, hasn't appeared in the Super Bowl once, but the Lions last won a National Football League Championship all the way back in 1957. It is not all bad times for the Lions heading into the 2015 offseason. Detroit has a solid quarterback in Matthew Stafford, and Calvin Johnson may be the best wide receiver in the game today. Good fortune has once again frowned on the club, however, as division rivals the Green Bay Packers have Aaron Rodgers, the best QB in the business, along with other phenomenal weapons.

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Top 13 Teams to Have Never Won the Super Bowl