Super Bowl Winners and Losers
Football fans get ready! As the NFL gears up for Super Bowl LIV, fans can take 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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Most Super Bowl Wins
While many a football aficionado knows the Pittsburgh Steelers were the reigning champs of the Super Bowl, in recent years the New England Patriots have emerged as worthy opponents. Both the Steelers and the Patriots deserve recognition for being the only two teams in NFL history with six Super Bowl wins. The Steelers have appeared in the Super Bowl eight times giving them a 75% winning percentage. The Patriots, on the other hand, have appeared eleven times, so they have a 54.5% winning rate. However, there are still many more teams with Super Bowl wins to keep in mind throughout this season.
|Team||City||State||Appearances||Wins||Winning %||Season(s) appeared||Season(s) won|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||Pittsburgh||PA||8||6||0.75||1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1995, 2005, 2008, 2010||1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 2005, 2008|
|New England Patriots||Boston||MA||11||6||0.545||1985, 1996, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018||2001, 2003, 2004, 2014, 2016, 2018|
|San Francisco 49ers||San Francisco||CA||6||5||0.833||1981, 1984, 1988, 1989, 1994, 2012||1981, 1984, 1988, 1989, 1994|
|Dallas Cowboys||Dallas||TX||8||5||0.625||1970, 1971, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1992, 1993, 1995||1971, 1977, 1992, 1993, 1995|
|Green Bay Packers||Green Bay||WI||5||4||0.8||1966, 1967, 1996, 1997, 2010||1966, 1967, 1996, 2010|
|New York Giants||East Rutherford||NJ||5||4||0.8||1986, 1990, 2000, 2007, 2011||1986, 1990, 2007, 2011|
|Oakland Raiders||Oakland||CA||5||3||0.6||1967, 1976, 1980, 1983, 2002||1976, 1980, 1983|
|Washington Redskins||Washington||D.C.||5||3||0.6||1972, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1991||1982, 1987, 1991|
|Denver Broncos||Denver||CO||8||3||0.375||1977, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1997, 1998, 2013, 2015||1997, 1998, 2015|
|Baltimore Ravens||Baltimore||MD||2||2||1||2000, 2012||2000, 2012|
Aside from the Steelers and Patriots competing for the most Super Bowl wins in the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers are tied with five Super Bowl wins. The Cowboys have actually played the 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!
The Patriots have also gone head to head more than once with the New York Giants. These two teams have played each other twice in the Super Bowl and surprisingly enough, the Giants beat the Patriots in both Super Bowl XLII and XLVI.
The Washington Redskins and their three Super Bowl wins haven’t appeared again since they won the Super Bowl way back in 1991. That’s a pretty long Super Bowl drought for a three-time champion team.
There are also ten other NFL teams that have won at least one Super Bowl.
Highest Winning Percentage
The more times a team has appeared in the Super Bowl, the harder it is to maintain that perfect winning percentage. Only four teams in the entire league can say they have a perfect winning percentage.
|New Orleans Saints||1||1|
|New York Jets||1||1|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||1|
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 New York Jets (way back in 1968), and the Baltimore Ravens (both in 2000 and then again twelve years later in 2012). 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.
AFC vs. NFC
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 27 wins, the NFC has just a small leg up above the AFC which has 26 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-year 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 1997-2008.
Currently, the NFC and the AFC are pretty even, with five teams from the AFC and five from the NFC winning Super Bowls on and off since 2010.
NFL Teams Without a Super Bowl
Although the focus of this post is on winning, we thought it would be neat to provide a list of the twelve NFL teams that have not won a Super Bowl title. This leaves more teams (20/32) 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)
- 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)
Just a few years ago, the Philadelphia Eagles would have been included in this list. But the Eagles won the Super Bowl for the first time ever in 2017.
Highest Scoring Super Bowls
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 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 the upcoming Super Bowl surpasses any of these records? If the New England Patriots win this year, they will beat the Steelers for the most wins. Watch the game on the first Sunday of February to find out.
And if you’re more of a baseball fan, check out Mapping World Series Winners and Losers.