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Top 10 NFL Teams that did not make it to the Super Bowl

Every year, we all make our Super Bowl predictions. There's usually one or two teams that win 13, 14, or 15 games during the regular season and look all but locked in to punch their tickets to the Super Bowl, only to fall short in the playoffs. So here they are, The Top 10 NFL Teams that did not make the Super Bowl.

#10) 1966 Dallas Cowboys Regular Season Record 10-3-1 (206 point differential 14 games)

Head Coach - Tom Landry
Quarterback - Don Meredith
Pro Football Hall of Fame Members - Bob Lilly DT/ DE, Bob Hayes WR, Mel Renfro DB/ PR

The 1966 Dallas Cowboys averaged 32 points per game/ 17 points against. They led the NFL in scoring and finished fourth in points against. There three losses came by 9 points, 1 point and 3 points. They finished first in the NFL East Division but fell one game short of Super Bowl I (Originally called the AFL-NFL Championship Game) as the lost to the Green Bay Packers 34-27 in the NFL Championship Game.

#9) Tie between the 1967 Baltimore Colts Regular Season Record 11 - 1 - 2 (198 point differential)...

Head Coach - Don Sula
Quarterback - Johnny Unitas
Number of Pro Bowlers - 6
Pro Football Hall of Fame Members - Johnny Unitas QB, Lenny Moore HB/ FL, John Mackey TE, Raymond Barry

...and 1967 Los Angeles Rams Regular Season Record 11 - 1 - 2 (202 point differential)

Head Coach - George Allen
Quarterback - Roman Gabriel
Number of Pro Bowlers - 10
Pro Football Hall of Fame Members - Deacon Jones DE, Merlin Olsen DT, Tom Mack OG

I know this is suppose to be a Top 10 list, but the 1967 Baltimore Colts and Los Angeles Rams were so close statisticly, it would be impossible to tell their story without including both teams. Both teams finished the regular season 11-1-2. The Colts offense scored 198 points to the Rams 196. The Colts defense allowed 196 points to the Rams 202 points. On October 15th, they played against each other and guess what... the gamed ended in a tie, 24-24.

Colts quarterback, Johnny Unitas, threw for over 3,400 yards, 20 touchdowns and was named 1967 NFL MVP and won the Bert Bell Award, however, the Rams do get the edge since they ended up beating the Colts 34-10 in their second meeting of the season on December 17th to take home the Coastal Division Title and knocking the Colts out of the playoff hunt. The Rams were defeated in the Divisional Round of the playoffs, by the Green Bay Packers, who went on to win Super Bowl II that year.

#8) 1968 Dallas Cowboys Regular Season Record 12 - 2 (245 point differential)

Head Coach - Tom Landry
Quarterback - Don Meredith
Number of Pro Bowlers - 9
Pro Football Hall of Fame Members - Bob Hayes WR, Rayfield Wright T/ TE, Mel Renfro DB/ PR, Bob Lilly DT/ DE

In 14 games, they scored an incredible 431 points, which was good enough to lead the league that year. Their defense allowed only 186 points, which was second overall. Despite these numbers, the Cowboys were defeated by the Cleveland Browns in the first round of the playoffs, 31-20.

#7) 1973 Los Angeles Rams Regular Season Record 12 - 2 (210 point differential)

Head Coach - Chuck Knoxx
Quarterback - John Hadl
Number of Pro Bowlers - 6
Pro Football Hall of Fame Members - Jack Youngblood DE, Tom Mack OG

The NFL's #1 offense led the league in scoring at 27.7 points per game, while only allowing opponents 12.7 points per game. Their two losses were from a combined three points. Their season came to an end during the first round of the playoffs at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys.

#6) 1987 San Francisco 49ers Regular Season Record 13 - 2 (206 point differential)

Head Coach - Bill Walsh
Quarterback - Joe Montana
Number of Pro Bowlers - 5
Pro Football Hall of Fame Members - Joe Montana QB, Jerry Rice WR, Ronnie Lott FS, Steve Young QB

Led by Joe Montana's 31 touchdown passes and 102.1 quarterback rating, this 49ers team led the league with 459 points scored (30.2 per game) and were fourth in points allowed at 253 points (16.9 per game). They ended up being defeated by the Minnesota Vikings in the first round of the playoffs.

#5) 2006 San Diego Chargers Regular Season Record 14 - 2 (189 point differential)

Head Coach - Marty Schottenheimer
Quarterback - Philip Rivers
Number of Pro Bowlers - 8
Pro Football Hall of Fame Members - None (so far)

Running back, LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for over 1,800 yards and ran for 28 touchdowns. He caught another 56 passes for 508 yards and three more touchdowns. His performance was perhaps the most dominating season from any running back in league history as he won the NFL rushing title, league MVP, AP Offensive Player of the Year and a ton of other awards. The Chargers scored an incredible 492 points and their only two losses were by three points each. They were eliminated by the new England Patriots 24-21 in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.

#4) 2010 New England Patriots Regular Season Record 14 - 2 (205 point differential)

Head Coach - Bill Belichick
Quarterback - Tom Brady
Number of Pro Bowlers - 6
Pro Football Hall of Fame Members - None (so far)

New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady, thew for 3,900 yards, 36 touchdowns and only four interceptions and led the way for the Patriots who led the league in scoring with 518 points (32.4 points per game). Brady was named the NFL MVP and AP Offensive Player of the Year. Their defense finished eighth in the league, allowing 313 points (19.6 points per game). They ended up being knocked out of the playoffs in the Divisional Round by AFC East Division Rival, the New York Jets.

#3) 2011 New Orleans Saints Regular Season Record 13 - 3 (208 point differential)

Head Coach - Sean Payton
Quarterback - Drew Brees
Number of Pro Bowlers - 4
Pro Football Hall of Fame Members - None (so far)

Their 547 points scored is the fourth highest in NFL History (right behind the #1 and #2 teams on this list). Quarterback, Drew Brees, established a new record for Passing Yards in a Single Season with 5,476 yards to go along with his 46 passing touchdowns, however, their defense allowed over 21 points per game and their turnover ratio was at -0.2 per game. They lost their first game to the #2 team on this list, but then somehow managed to lose against two of the worst teams NFL of 2011, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and St. Louis Rams. They made the playoffs as a Wild Card team, but were eliminated in the Divisional Round by the San Francisco 49ers.

#2) 2011 Green Bay Packers Regular Season Record 15 - 1 (201 point differential)

Head Coach - Mike McCarthy
Quarterback - Aaron Rodgers
Number of Pro Bowlers - 6
Pro Football Hall of Fame Members - None (so far)

Quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, threw for over 4,600 passing yards, 45 touchdowns and only six interceptions as the 2011 Green Bay Packers scored 560 points, which is right behind the 2007 New England Patriots (589 points) for the second most points scored in the history of the NFL. With an offense that scores 35 points per game, having a defense becomes an afterthought. The Pack allowed over 22 points per game, go enough for 19th overall, but they kept their turnover ratio at 1.5 per game (2nd overall). Much like the #3 team on this list (2011 Saints), the only loss in the regular season came at the hands of a team with a losing record, the Kansas City Chiefs. They won the NFC North Division by five games, however, they were unable get past the eventual NFC Champions, New York Giants in the Divisional Round.

#1) 1998 Minnesota Vikings Regular Season Record 15 - 1 (260 point differential)

Head Coach - Dennis Green
Quarterback - Randall Cunningham
Number of Pro Bowlers - 7
Pro Football Hall of Fame Members - John Randle DT-DE

In 1998, the Minnesota Vikings set an NFL record for points in a season with 556 points. That point total has since been passed, but they are still third on the All-Time List. They were led by a resurgent All-Pro quarterback, Randall Cunningham, who was actually completely out of the NFL in 1996, but was signed as a backup to Brad Johnson in 1997. Went Johnson went down in second game of the 1998 season, Cunningham stepped in and set the NFL on fire once again as the 1998 season was the greatest season of his career. He threw for 3,700 yards passing and 34 touchdown passes. Only a 27-24 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers kept them from going 16-0. They came agonizingly close to making it to the Super Bowl, as the Atlanta Falcons erased a 10 point deficit in the 4th quarter of the 1998 NFC Championship Game, forcing sudden death overtime and then winning the game 30-27. It was the first sudden death overtime NFC Championship game in NFL history.

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Statistics from Pro-Football-Reference.com.


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