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10 Worst Teams to Ever Play in a Super Bowl

Athlon’s list of the worst teams to play for the Lombardi Trophy
10 Worst Teams to Ever Play in a Super Bowl

For the second straight year, the No. 1 seeds in both the AFC and NFC are set to face off for the Lombardi Trophy with the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks on tap for Super Bowl XLIX. As it relates to the topic of worst teams to play in the Super Bowl, it's pretty safe to say neither the Patriots nor Seahawks have much to worry about. However, while the 2014 Patriots may not enter the discussion, the 1985 team hailing from New England headlines Athlon Sports’ list of the worst teams to ever play on Super Sunday.

 

Ranking the Best 10 NFL Teams That Didn't Play in a Super Bowl

Athlon Sports ranks the best teams that never made it to the final game.
10 Best NFL Teams That Didn't Play in a Super Bowl

Athlon Sports has examined win-loss records, overall talent, statistics, playoff performances and more and come up with our list of the best NFL teams that never reached the Super Bowl:

 

* - eventual Super Bowl Champion

 

1. San Francisco 49ers, 1992 (14-2)
Lost: 30-20 to Dallas* in NFC Championship
Pro Bowlers: 7

Recruiting Analysis: Class of 2011 Re-Ranked

Athlon Sports re-ranks the Class of 2011 with some help from the experts
Recruiting Analysis: Class of 2011 Re-Ranked

Recruiting, like the NFL Draft, is the lifeblood of the sport. But recruiting, like the NFL Draft, is an inexact science. Five-star prospects have a significantly better shot at landing on All-America teams or getting drafted than two-star prospects. But busts and overlooked talents are a natural and inherent part of the process — just like the NFL Draft.

 

Is LSU Ready to End its NCAA Tournament Drought?

Despite inconsistency, Tigers en route to first appearance since 2009
Is LSU Ready to End its NCAA Tournament Drought?

NASHVILLE — No result would have been more typical of LSU basketball than losing at Vanderbilt on Saturday.

 

Earlier in the week, the Tigers defeated Florida with surprising ease, ending the Gators’ 20-game home winning streak with a 79-61 win.

 

This season, the Tigers have been capable of this sort of thing during the last two seasons of Johnny Jones’ tenure but sustaining momentum has not been the strong suit of this particular group of Tigers.

 

5 Reasons the New England Patriots Will Win Super Bowl XLIX

A motivated quarterback, a tight end named Gronk and redemption are reasons to pick the Patriots to snap their two-game losing streak on Super Sunday
5 Reasons the New England Patriots Will Win Super Bowl XLIX

One way or the other, history will be made when the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks meet in Super Bowl XLIX this Sunday. Either Bill Belichick and Tom Brady will win their fourth Super Bowl rings, tying for the most among their respective positions, or the Seahawks will become just the seventh franchise in history to repeat as Super Bowl champions.

 

5 Reasons the Seattle Seahawks Will Win Super Bowl XLIX

A balanced backfield, championship-caliber defense and date with destiny are reasons to like the Seahawks’ repeat chances on Sunday
5 Reasons the Seattle Seahawks Will Win Super Bowl XLIX

One way or the other, history will be made when the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks meet in Super Bowl XLIX this Sunday. Either Bill Belichick and Tom Brady will win their fourth Super Bowl rings, tying for the most among their respective positions, or the Seahawks will become just the eighth franchise in history to repeat as Super Bowl champions.

 

5 Players Replacing the Biggest Names in Big 12 for 2015

An early look at the players filling big shoes in 2015.
5 Players Replacing the Biggest Names in Big 12 for 2015

Attrition and finding replacements are a key part of any college football offseason. A coaching staff may find answers through the junior college ranks for a quick fix, or they may feel comfortable with a replacement that’s been on the roster waiting for his turn to step into the starting lineup.

5 Players Replacing the Biggest Names in SEC for 2015

An early look at the players filling big shoes in 2015.
5 Players Replacing the Biggest Names in SEC for 2015

Attrition and finding replacements are a key part of any college football offseason. A coaching staff may find answers through the junior college ranks for a quick fix, or they may feel comfortable with a replacement that’s been on the roster waiting for his turn to step into the starting lineup.

Recruiting Analysis: Where do the best football players come from?

Which states produce the most five-star talent in the nation these days?
Recruiting Analysis: Where do the best football players come from?

Don’t listen to the old guard.

 

Recruiting rankings matter. Landing an elite class isn’t a guarantee of future success, as coaching, development and plenty of luck are all needed to win a national title. But having the best players is the best way to start.

 

The College Basketball Weekly 10: Coach K gets 1,000, Tyler Ulis Carries Kentucky

Frank Kaminsky, D'Angelo Russell make case for postseason awards
The College Basketball Weekly 10: Coach K gets 1,000, Tyler Ulis Carries Kentucky

In case you missed it, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski made a bit of news in college basketball this weekend.

 

Coach K’s 1,000th win was the headline of the college basketball week, but what might have been missed was Duke’s role in another trend.

 

The Blue Devils were one of four ranked teams to overcome a 10-point deficit on the road. Virginia did it against Virginia Tech. So did Northern Iowa did it against Illinois State.

 

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