Either the Patriots or Giants are leaving Indianapolis Monday morning without the Lombardi Trophy.
And the team that comes up on the short end of Super Bowl XLVI will forever be remembered as a team that failed to win it all.
Throughout the history of the Super Bowl era there have been some awesome single-season teams that also came up short in the only goal that matters: a championship.
Some lost on Super Sunday, some failed in the conference championship and some even failed to get out of the first round of the playoffs.
Inside are the 50 greatest single seasons that failed to win a title...well, with a few caveats.
To keep this list from becoming boring and absurdly repetitive, there are these three qualifications:
1) Teams that won a Super Bowl the previous season OR the following season are exempt: No 1998 Green Bay Packers or 1971 Miami Dolphins
2) No consecutive teams: If the 1987 Broncos make it, the 1986 Broncos don’t.
3) Dynastic or pseudo-dynastic teams like the 1990s Bills, 1970s Vikings or 2000s Eagles only get one entry.