The Atlanta Falcons go for the first Super Bowl win in franchise history this Sunday as they take on four-time winners, the New England Patriots. Atlanta is on a list of 13 NFL franchises without a Super Bowl win:
- Arizona Cardinals (0-1; 2008)
- Atlanta Falcons (0-1; 1998)
- Buffalo Bills (0-4; 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993)
- Carolina Panthers (0-2; 2003, 2015)
- Cincinnati Bengals (0-2; 1981, 1988)
- Cleveland Browns (no appearances)
- Detroit Lions (no appearances)
- Houston Texans (no appearances)
- Jacksonville Jaguars (no appearances)
- Minnesota Vikings (0-4; 1969, 1973, 1974, 1976)
- Philadelphia Eagles (0-2; 1980, 2004)
- San Diego Chargers (0-1; 1994)
- Tennessee Titans (0-1; 1999)
The Vikings and Bills share the record for most losses without a win in the big game with four apiece. The most recent team to get off the list was the Seattle Seahawks in 2014 when they defeated the Denver Broncos.
In the American Football League, the Titans (then known as the Houston Oilers) won two titles as did the Bills. The San Diego Chargers also won an AFL title prior to the Super Bowl Era.
Prior to the AFL-NFL title game, the Cardinals, then based in Chicago, won an NFL Championship in 1947. The Detroit Lions won four titles in the 1930s and 1950s while the Browns franchise in Cleveland won four NFL titles in the 50s and 60s. (The Browns franchise subsequently moved to Baltimore but all franchise records and the name remained with the city of Cleveland where an expansion team was founded in 1999.) The Eagles won consecutive championships in the 1940s and one in the 1960s. While the Vikings won the 1969 NFL Championship, they lost in the Super Bowl so have never won the final game of the playoffs.
The only teams without any championship titles remain the Vikings (founded 1961), Falcons (1965), Bengals (1967), the Panthers (1995), the Jaguars (1995), and the Texans (2002).