The Super Bowl is this Sunday between the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots. As is the case every year, no stone will go unturned when examining this football match-up and predicting which team is likely to come out on top. The Super Bowl is not only the biggest sporting event of the year, it is also the largest media and television event – drawing more than 100 million viewers and journalists from all over the globe. And as we get ready for what could be a classic showdown between two very good teams, we thought we’d look at ten Super Bowl records that are so impressive they are likely never to be broken. (Given the success of the New England Patriots over the past 15 years, it should come as no surprise that many of these records are held by the Patriots and/or their quarterback, Tom Brady).
10. Most Consecutive Super Bowl Appearances: The Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills went to four Super Bowls, four years in a row between 1991 and 1994. That string of four consecutive Super Bowl appearances has not been accomplished before or since. Unfortunately for the Bills, the team also lost all four – giving the team another notorious record that seems unlikely to fall anytime soon. Despite the heartache of Bills fans, the important thing to remember here is that the chances of one team going to more than four Super Bowls in a row is highly unlikely – especially in the modern era of league parity. Salary caps and scheduling make far too difficult for any one team to have the talent and manpower needed to reach multiple Super Bowls these days — even a back-to-back appearance in considered special. Also, the level of competition in the league is just too great now for a single team to dominate a conference, as the Buffalo Bills did in the early 1990s. Even the New England Patriots, who have been the most dominant team in the NFL since 2001, have only managed to reach consecutive Super Bowls once – 2003 and 2004.