Which teams have never played in the Super Bowl?


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Four teams that have never played in a National Football League Super Bowl. Those teams are the Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Detroit Lions.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans are both relatively new teams, having joined the NFL in 1995 and 2002 respectively. There are eight teams who haven’t played in a Super Bowl since before 1995, signaling a longer Super Bowl drought than Jacksonville and Houston. Those teams include the New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals. In addition, the Washington Redskins, Buffalo Bills and San Diego Chargers haven't played in any Super Bowl since 1995.

The Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots played in the most Super Bowls, with eight appearances each. The Pittsburgh Steelers won a league leading six total Super Bowls.

The first two Super Bowls, prior to the 1970 merger between the American Football League and National Football League, were known as the AFL-NFL World Championship Games at the time. After the merger, the names Super Bowl I and Super Bowl II were retroactively applied to those games.

Prior to the establishment of the AFL-NFL World Championship Game and Super Bowl, the National Football League held its own championship game. The Detroit Lions played in five NFL World Championship Games and the Cleveland Browns played in played in 10 NFL World Championship Games.

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