Super Bowls are big on that word. Every team ought to have a Super Bowl legacy. Matter of fact, every team does.
Pittsburgh. The black and gold standard for championship rings. Six of them.
Dallas. How can you be America’s Team, when it’s been 16 years since the last Super Bowl?
New England. Five Super Bowl trips in 11 seasons. Behold the Belichick-Brady dynasty.
New York Giants. Victory next week ties them with Green Bay at four Super Bowl titles. Even better, that’s three more than the Jets.
San Francisco. Joe Montana, Steve Young, a perfect 5-0 Super Bowl record. Then, silence.
Indianapolis-Baltimore. Four Super Bowls, four different head coaches. And one Peyton Manning.
St. Louis. In a galaxy far away, a long time ago, the mighty Rams offense won one Super Bowl, and nearly another. This past season, they were last in the NFL in points scored.
Green Bay. No matter how many times it happens, it will always be poignant, when someone hands the Packers the Lombardi Trophy.
Oakland. The fall of the Raiders empire. Can it really be 28 years since their last championship?
Buffalo. The ultimate NFL Rorschach inkblot test. Do you see the extraordinary feat of playing in four straight Super Bowls, or the infamy of losing them all?
Philadelphia. Two Super Bowls, eight turnovers, two defeats.
Denver. If not for John Elway’s titles, we’d be talking about how the Broncos gave up 163 points in four Super Bowl thrashings.
Tennessee. Twelve years later, and Kevin Dyson is still down at the 1-yard line, trying to stretch in for the tying touchdown.
New York Jets. The Super Bowl came of age with Joe Namath’s guaranteed upset. They’ve waited 43 years to get back.
Chicago. Only one title, but no team ever looked more dominant; seven rushing yards allowed and seven sacks in the 46-10 dismantling of New England.
Cincinnati. The Bengals don’t show up very often, but are hard to get rid of when they do. Two losses by nine points.
Minnesota. The Vikings landed in four of the first 11 Super Bowls. And none of the next 35.
Houston. Not even close yet.
Cleveland. See Houston.
Detroit. Still waiting, after 46 years. The only other North American professional sports franchises who haven’t appeared in their championship round that long are the Sacramento Kings, Atlanta Hawks and — not that you’d forget —Chicago Cubs.
Jacksonville. The Jaguars used to at least get to AFC title games, but Tom Coughlin was the coach, and he’s off now doing other things.
Tampa Bay. Pulled off the biggest heist in Super Bowl history, returning three Oakland passes for touchdowns.
Washington. The Redskins’ Super Bowls pretty much ended when Joe Gibbs decided he’d like to try NASCAR.
New Orleans. No champion ever gave its city a better gift than the Super Bowl the Saints presented to post-Katrina New Orleans.
Miami. The aura of 1972 remains, and always will until someone else goes unbeaten.
Kansas City. Lost the first Super Bowl, won the fourth one, and then vanished like Atlantis.
Arizona. The rally from 20-7 down in the fourth quarter would have been the largest Super Bowl comeback ever, except the Steelers ruined it.
Atlanta. The Falcons completed their assigned mission as victims for Elway’s last game.
San Diego. The Chargers spent their only Super Bowl watching San Francisco receivers catch Steve Young touchdowns. Six times.
Carolina. Part of the sharpest U-turn in Super Bowl history. It took the Panthers and New England nearly 27 minutes to score, then they combined for 37 points in the fourth quarter before the Patriots won 32-29.
Seattle. The Seahawks had fewer turnovers than the Steelers in XL, gained more yards, and crossed into Pittsburgh territory on nine of their 12 possessions. They lost anyway, 21-10.
Baltimore. A tour de defensive force in the 2000 postseason. Three games, one offensive touchdown allowed, and a 34-7 pounding of New York; the Giants’ only Super Bowl loss. The Ravens have been so frustrated trying to get back.
It’s the most common Super Bowl legacy.
Article Source: Mike Lopresti @www.usatoday.com