One game short of the Super Bowl

The San Francisco 49ers' Super Bowl XXIX troph...

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Sports Stats ‘on Tapp’ is a biweekly blog published every Wednesday and Sunday with a bonus “SIX STATS…” posting every Friday.

Falling one game short of making the Super Bowl is a tremendous loss for any NFL team. Since the 1966 season when the Super Bowl made its debut, the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders franchise has been the NFL team that has been disappointed the most when it comes to falling one game short of the big game. The Raiders have lost nine championship games, most during this timeframe.

Following are the NFL teams which have lost the most championship games since the 1966 season, thus missing out on an opportunity to play in the Super Bowl.

Team                                                 Championship Game losses since 1966 season

Oakland/L.A. Raiders                                                                9

Dallas Cowboys                                                                           7

Pittsburgh Steelers                                                                      7

San Francisco 49ers                                                                    7

St.Louis/L.A. Rams                                                                    6

Cleveland Browns                                                                        5

Minnesota Vikings                                                                      5

Philadelphia Eagles                                                                    4

Tennessee Titans/Houston Oilers                                           4

New York Jets                                                                              4

Chicago Bears                                                                              3

Indianapolis/Baltimore Colts                                                   3

San Diego Chargers                                                                    3

2 responses

  1. Consistently making it to the championship does mean the franchise has been very good over the long haul. The first four teams listed above: 19 Super Bowl wins (26 Super Bowl appearances). The road to the Super Bowl often is preceded by Championship game losses. Possibly another blog?
    Dave

    1. Dave: Thanks for the comments. Great observations. I think there is another stat in the future that looks at what happened the followiong year to the two teams that lost in the conference championship game. Thanks, Dave.

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