Now, onto the topic of Super Bowl Appearances by teams: Out of forty games, these three teams have shown up the most:
- Dallas Cowboys: 8 appearances
- Denver Broncos: 6 appearances
- Pittsburgh Steelers: 6 appearances (including SB XL)
Add in the following teams, each with 5 appearances:
- San Francisco 49ers
- New England Patriots
- Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
- Washington Redskins
- Miami Dolphins
Add in Green Bay, Buffalo and Minnesota, and you have fifty-seven appearances by eleven teams. That's seventy-one percent of the appearances taken up by just over one-third of the teams. And even with the bad luck of Minnesota and Buffalo (both the best of an inferior conference during their time in ascendence), there's a 30-26 record for teams with four or more bowl appearances.
As for teams with 3 or less appearances, only the New York Giants have a winning record AND more than one showing in the Super Bowl. The rest are either .500 or below, or have had one Super Bowl showing.
So while the saying is that "Any Given Sunday" anyone can beat anyone, experience tends to shine in the Super Bowl. And right now, it's best to say Don't Believe The Hype"
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