Football fans get ready! As the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots gear up for Super Bowl LII, here’s a look back at Super Bowl history. Which teams have made out with multiple wins and which teams haven’t yet had the opportunity to show their stuff on the Super Bowl field? Use the map below to see the Super Bowl data, or read on to see what insights we’ve pulled from the record books.
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While many a football aficionado may know that the Pittsburgh Steelers are the reigning champs of the Super Bowl, there are more teams on the most Super Bowl Wins list to remember during this Super Bowl season. However, the Pittsburgh Steelers do deserve some recognition for being the only team in the NFL with six Super Bowl wins. Having appeared eight times in the Super Bowl, six of eight or a 75% winning percentage isn’t half bad. The Steelers’ most recent win was in 2008 but the team most recently appeared in the 2010 Super Bowl.
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The Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, and San Francisco 49ers are all tied on our list with five Super Bowl wins. The Cowboys have actually played our top winning team, the Steelers, in three different Super Bowls. The Steelers won Super Bowls X and XIII and the Cowboys beat the Steelers in Super Bowl XXX. Talk about a long-standing rivalry!
Our third place team, the Patriots, have also gone head to head more than once with our sixth-place team, the New York Giants. These two teams have played each other twice in the Super Bowl and surprisingly enough, our sixth-place team beat the Patriots in both Super Bowl XLII and XLVI.
The Washington Redskins, with their three Super Bowl wins, haven’t appeared since they won the Super Bowl in 1991, a pretty long Super Bowl drought for a three-time champion team.
There are 10 other NFL teams that have one at least one Super Bowl.
The more times a team has appeared in the Super Bowl, the harder it can be to maintain that perfect winning percentage. Only four teams in the entire NFL can brag that they have a perfect winning percentage of 100%.
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These four teams have won just as often as they have appeared in the Super Bowl: the New Orleans Saints (in 2009,) the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (in 2002,) the Baltimore Ravens, having won both times they appeared in the Super Bowl in 2000 and then again twelve years later in 2012, and finally the New York Jets way back in 1968.
The Jets have had a substantial Super Bowl drought, not having won nor appeared in a Super Bowl since their win in Super Bowl III.
The National Football League (NFL) is comprised of the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC), and these two conferences have a rivalry all their own. With 16 teams in each conference and a grand total of 32 teams in the NFL, there is some steep competition in order to end up one of the two teams that get the chance to play in the Super Bowl each year.
The NFC has more Super Bowl wins than the AFC. With 24 wins, the NFC has just a small leg up above the AFC which has 23 Super Bowl wins. Most of the NFC’s 24 wins come from the 1980s and 1990s. The NFC won 16 out of 20 Super Bowls during the two decades. They even went on a 13-game winning streak from Super Bowl XIX to Super Bowl XXXI.
However, the AFC made a great comeback with two consecutive wins in 1997 and 1998. The AFC would go on to win 9 out of the 12 Super Bowls leading from 1997-2009.
Currently, the NFC and the AFC are pretty even, with four teams from the AFC and four from the NFC winning Super Bowls on and off since 2010.
Although the focus of this post is on winning, we thought it would be neat to provide a list of the 13 NFL teams who have not won a Super Bowl title. This leaves more teams (19/32) with a Super Bowl win than those who have never seen that coveted ring.
- Buffalo Bills (appeared in 1990, 1991, 1992, and 1993)
- Minnesota Vikings (1969, 1973, 1974, and 1976)
- Atlanta Falcons (1998, 2016)
- Cincinnati Bengals (1981, 1988)
- Carolina Panthers (2003, 2015)
- Philadelphia Eagles (1980, 2004)
- Arizona Cardinals (2008)
- Los Angeles Chargers (1994)
- Tennessee Titans (1999)
- Cleveland Browns (never appeared)
- Detroit Lions (never appeared)
- Jacksonville Jaguars (never appeared)
- Houston Texans (never appeared)
As for the highest scoring Super Bowls, the 1989 game saw the highest score for one team. In this Super Bowl XXIV, the San Francisco 49ers played a sweeping game against the Denver Broncos that resulted in a 55-10 win for the 49ers, and the Super Bowl record for most points scored by one team.
A close second came three years later with Super Bowl XXVII. In this game, the Dallas Cowboys beat the Buffalo Bills 52-17 in the second highest points scored by a single team Super Bowl game in history.
The highest cumulative single game score goes to Super Bowl XXIX two years later with a San Francisco 49ers vs. San Diego Chargers game that ended in a 49-26 win for the 49ers. The cumulative points for both teams add up to 75.
Curious to see if Super Bowl LII surpasses any of these records? If the New England Patriots win this year, they will share the top spot for most wins (six!) with the Steelers. Watch the game on February 4th, 2018 to find out.
And if you’re more of a baseball fan, check out Mapping World Series Winners and Losers.