Which NFL Wild Card qualifying teams have won the Super Bowl?
Wild Card teams are considered underdogs heading into the NFL playoffs, but history shows that some of them have managed to go on to win the Super Bowl.
It doesn’t happen very often, but it can be done.
Wild card teams have gone on to win the Lombardi Trophy, although there are not many who have pulled off the feat.
The last franchise that won the Super Bowl via the wild card route was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020. They advanced to the playoffs with an 11-5 record, and earned the No. 5 seed.
Tom Brady led the Bucs to wins against Washington, New Orleans, and Green Bay to reach the Super Bowl, where they proceeded to crush the Kansas City Chiefs in front of a hometown crowd at Raymond James Stadium.
Which NFL wild card teams have won the Super Bowl?
Brady’s bunch is one of only a select few that have been champions after coming in through the wild card system, which was first introduced in 1970.
The first team to notch this accomplishment were the Oakland Raiders in 1980, when they defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 27-10 at Louisiana Dome in New Orleans.
The next time a wild card team became champion was almost two decades later in 1997, when the Denver Broncos prevailed over the Green Bay Packers 31-24 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.
Only three years after that, the Baltimore Ravens trounced the New York Giants with a score of 34-7 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Florida. The blowout score is tied at number seven in NFL history for biggest margin in the Super Bowl.
Here is a complete list of wild card teams that became Super Bowl champions.
|1980||Oakland Raiders||No. 4||Philadelphia Eagles||27-10|
|1997||Denver Broncos||No. 4||Green Bay Packers||31-24|
|2000||Baltimore Ravens||No. 4||New York Giants||34-7|
|2005||Pittsburgh Steelers||No. 6||Seattle Seahawks||21-10|
|2007||New York Giants||No. 5||New England Patriots||17-14|
|2010||Green Bay Packers||No. 6||Pittsburgh Steelers||31-25|
|2020||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||No. 5||Kansas City Chiefs||31-9|