Their first playoff trip in 19 seasons suggests that they are now ready to achieve the enormous potential that pundits have seen in the Browns for years. Continued progress might result in a significant jump in 2021. 2019 record: 11-5. Never made it to the Super Bowl.
The Browns are a franchise with huge expectations, but also one that has never been able to live up to them. In 2001, before their move to Baltimore, they had not made the playoffs since 1990. With a roster full of former first-round picks and other high-profile players, they were expected to contend right away. But after finishing 2-14 in their first season in Baltimore, they've never returned to the postseason. The most recent collapse came last year when they lost 10 games in a row before winning three straight games to close out the season. It's hard to imagine all of this losing will get anyone from Cleveland any love.
However, hope still remains in Cleveland due to the fact that most fans think of themselves as Ravens fans because they're in Baltimore. If the Browns start winning again, then these fans will switch over to them. This is important to note because it shows that success can bring new fans into the stadium even if the team is bad.
Furthermore, many Brown's fans come from Pittsburgh where the team used to play.
The only team to achieve it twice is the Baltimore Ravens, who start the 2020 NFL season with a 2-0 record in the big game. The Buccaneers are one of three teams in the Super Bowl with a 1-0 record. The New York Jets (headed by Joe Namath in Super Bowl 3) and the New Orleans Saints are the other teams (led by Drew Brees in Super Bowl 44).
The New Orleans Saints were defeated in the Divisional Round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020. The Saints have won how many Super Bowls? In 2009, the New Orleans Saints won the Super Bowl.
The first Super Bowl to be played there was the fourth edition of the game, which was won by the Kansas City Chiefs versus the Minnesota Vikings at Tulane Stadium. Super Bowl LVIII will allegedly take place on February 4, 2024, in the heart of the city's Mardi Gras season, like it did in 2013.
Two teams with an 11-5 record have missed the NFL playoffs during the 16-game regular season period, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame: The Denver Broncos (pictured) finished 11-5 in 1985, one game behind the Los Angeles Raiders in the AFC West. The 1995 San Francisco 49ers also had an 11-5 record, but they lost their final two games and didn't qualify for the postseason.
The only other team to miss the playoffs after an 11-5 record was the 1994 Chicago Bears, who fell short in a tiebreaker situation. That Bears team went 12-4 during the regular season, losing only at home to eventual champion Pittsburgh Steelers by a score of 31-30.
Four other teams have finished with 10 or more wins but not made it into the playoffs: The 1979 Miami Dolphins, the 1983 Washington Redskins, the 1987 New York Giants, and the 2000 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. All four of these teams were within one victory of playing in the postseason. Each of them lost one game during the season's last week before the division title was awarded based on winning percentage in the NFL prior to the creation of its current playoff system in 1998.
There have been 32 teams that have qualified for the playoffs after going 10-6 or better during the regular season.
The Browns are the only club that has never participated in or hosted a Super Bowl. The Browns have never made it to the Big Game despite having several seasons where they were very close to making it there. They lost all three of their appearances by one score each time out.
The last time the Browns played in the Super Bowl was 1969 when they went up against Jim Brown and the Cleveland Lions. That game was also the first ever championship for the AFL vs. the NFL. The Browns had a great chance to win that game but they fell short due to a missed field goal by Mike Krenzel with less than two minutes left in the fourth quarter. The loss brought an end to what many consider to be the beginning of the end for the old American Football League.
Currently, the Browns are one of six teams that have never moved into a new stadium. The others are the Bears, Dolphins, Jaguars, Raiders, and Titans. The Browns have played most of their home games at Cleveland Stadium since its opening in 1964. But before that, they played some home games at Columbia University's Ivy League school, Ivy League, which is now known as Princeton University.
In NFL history, no team has ever won three consecutive Super Bowls. The Steelers are the only team to win back-to-back Super Bowls on two distinct occasions, both during their four-game winning streak from 1975 to 1980. They defeated Minnesota in Super Bowl IX and then Arizona in Super Bowl X.
Furthermore, the Pittsburgh Steelers are the only team to win two Super Bowls back-to-back. They beat Minnesota in Super Bowl IX and then Arizona in Super Bowl X. The Patriots are the only other team to have won a Super Bowl before losing another one. In fact, it has never happened before or since that any team has won back-to-back Super Bowls.
Additionally, the New England Patriots are the only team to lose a game after leading with less than 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter. They were defeated by the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl V.