Top 15 Teams To Not Win The Super Bowl

1986 Cleveland Browns (12-4)
Text: Jay Clemons
Photo: Jerry Wachter, Tony Tomsic/SI


1986 Cleveland Browns (12-4)

Cleveland ranked only fifth in scoring, 11th in scoring defense, sixth in point differential and fourth in turnover margin for that gleeful 1986 season -- average rankings for this countdown. But the Browns warrant the final slot based on one undeniable truth: In the Super Bowl era, no team has ever experienced a bigger punch-in-the-gut defeat than Cleveland in the AFC championship game ... surrendering a 98-yard touchdown drive in the final minute to John Elway's Broncos to force overtime. Soon after that, Browns fans had to endure Rich Karlis's game-winning field goal for Denver -- without any video confirmation of the ball sailing through the uprights.

Send comments to

Related Galleries

More Galleries

Most Recent: Most Popular: Related:
Facebook Twitter Mobile Podcast RSS Tablet Subscribe Get SI to Go using the following services
Hot Topics: NBA Playoffs NHL Playoffs Chris Johnson Jameis Winston NFL Draft Michael Sam Aldon Smith
TM & © 2014 Time Inc. A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you. Read our privacy guidelines, your California privacy rights, and ad choices.
SI CoverRead All ArticlesBuy Cover Reprint