Every NFL team has one common goal each year. That goal is to reach the Super Bowl, which is a very tough task. With 16 teams in each conference, only one can make it. I’m going to go over which teams have made the most Super Bowl appearances with this article.
The Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots hold the record for most Super Bowl appearances. Each has been to the Super Bowl eight times in the game’s 50-year history. The Denver Broncos, who will be making their eighth appearance in Super Bowl 50, have joined that trio this year. Next in line is the San Francisco 49ers with six. The Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders and Washington Redskins have all been five times.
Pittsburgh holds the record for most Super Bowl victories with six, so when it gets there, it usually takes advantage. Its eight appearances include Super Bowl 9, 10, 13, 14, 30, 40, 43 and 45. The Steelers won their first four tries before falling to the Cowboys in Super Bowl XXX by a final of 27-17. They would win their next two over the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals before falling to the Green Bay Packers 31-25 in their most recent appearance in Super Bowl XLV.
The Dallas Cowboys struggled in their first few years after joining the NFL in 1960. They finally earned their first winning season in 1966 and proceeded to set a record of twenty consecutive winning seasons. They advanced to the championship in Super Bowls 5, 6, 10, 12, 13, 27, 28 and 30. They would lose their first trip to the big game in Super Bowl V with a 16-13 loss to the Baltimore Colts. They went on to win five of their next seven appearances, including three championships in four years from 1993-96.
There are several teams that have never had the feeling of what it’s like to play in the Super Bowl. They are the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans. Here a list that shows how many times each franchise has been to the big game.
|New England Patriots||8|
|San Francisco 49ers||6|
|Green Bay Packers||5|
|New York Giants||5|
|Los Angeles/St Louis Rams||3|
|Kansas City Chiefs||2|
|New Orleans Saints||1|
|San Diego Chargers||1|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1|
|New York Jets||1|