Winning a Super Bowl is the pinnacle of an NFL player’s career. However, it’s an incredibly difficult achievement even for some of the greatest players to ever play. Stars like Dan Marino, Warren Moon, and Barry Sanders all fell short of the NFL’s ultimate prize. In recent years, success eluded the likes of long-serving talents Matt Ryan and Philip Rivers.
Many great teams fall short of Super Bowl glory because they choked at the worst possible time. Sometimes, they’re unlucky because they rack up injuries and can’t replace key players. Then there are games where they meet a team that refuses to accept their underdog status. Check out the list below via Athlon Sports.
30. Green Bay Packers (2021)
The Packers went through a strange year in 2021. First, they dealt with the drama of Aaron Rodgers wanting out. In the end, the quarterback agreed to stay for another season. This appeared to be a coup because the franchise had an exciting roster. They instantly became one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl and stormed through the NFC North with a 13-4 record.
Meanwhile, Rodgers had a phenomenal individual season despite his heel turn. His efforts won him the NFL MVP award for a second straight year. However, when they reached the playoffs it all went wrong. The 49ers stunned Green Bay 13-10 in the divisional round. It was a humiliating defeat because many people thought that this was their year, but they failed to win (via CNN).