Super Bowl 56 – or Super Bowl LVI, if you are inclined to Roman numerals – will be played on Feb. 13, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. The Cincinnati Bengals, champions of the American Football Conference, will face the National Football Conference champs, the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams won the big game in 2000, defeating the Tennessee Titans. The Bengals have never won a Super Bowl. Could this be their year?
To compile a list of the teams that have never won the Super Bowl, 24/7 Tempo reviewed the results of all 55 Super Bowls and team histories using data from Pro Football Reference.r
Cincinnati, which has been in the NFL since 1968, is one of 12 teams on the list. The Bengals have been to the big game twice, in 1982 and 1989, and lost to the San Francisco 49ers by less than a touchdown each time. The Bengals got to the ‘89 Super Bowl by beating the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Championship Game. The Bills are one of two teams, along with the Minnesota Vikings, that have been to the Super Bowl four times – in four straight years, from 1991 to 1994 in the Bills’ case – and lost on each occasion. (The New England Patriots, though, are the NFL team that has lost the most Super Bowls.)
While some of the teams on the list were founded within the last 30 years, others are of longer lineage. Eight of the 12 teams that haven’t won the Super Bowl were founded before the creation of the big game. Venerable franchises such as the Cleveland Browns, the Detroit Lions, and the often-relocated Arizona Cardinals, won league championships well before the first Super Bowl was played in 1967. Of this group, only the Cardinals have had a chance to win the Super Bowl, losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the final seconds of Super Bowl XLIII in 2009. (These are the greatest games in Super Bowl history.)
We’ll see if the Bengals can exorcise their demons on Feb. 13.
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