Now that the New Orleans Saints have made their first Super Bowl, the list of teams that have never made it has shrunk to just four: the Browns, Jaguars, Lions, and Texans.
While the Jaguars and Texans are relatively new teams, the Browns and Lions have been part of the NFL since before the term "Super Bowl" was even coined.
If New Orleans can make it after years of being a punchline, then any team can.
Just four years ago, the Saints were homeless and among the worst teams in the NFL. Now, they are preparing to battle the Colts in Super Bowl XLIV.
Take heart Cleveland, Jacksonville, Detroit, and Houston. Things may not be as bleak as they seem.
History: The Detroit Lions won three NFL championships in the 1950s but have won just a single playoff game since then.
Positives: Detroit has pieces to build around on offense with talent at quarterback, wide receiver, and tight end.
Negatives: This was quite possibly the worst defensive team in the league. Plus, you know you are far from the Super Bowl when a two-win season is an improvement.
History: The Browns won eight pro football championships from 1946-1964. Four of those league titles were from the old All-American Football Conference and the other four are NFL titles.
Cleveland made three appearances in the AFC Championship game from 1986-1989, losing each time to John Elway's Denver Broncos.
Positives: Owner Randy Lerner turned over control of his organization to Mike Holmgren. Holmgren in turn hired Eagles' GM Tom Heckert to the same position.
Negatives: The Browns will never reach the Super Bowl until they solve their quarterback issues.
History: The Jaguars were an expansion team in 1995 and made the AFC Championship game in just their second season. In 15 seasons, they've made the playoffs six times.
Positives: Maurice Jones-Drew is one of the best running backs in the league. Of the four teams on this list, the Jaguars have the most recent postseason success, having won a playoff game in 2007.
Negatives: Jacksonville has got to get an infusion of young talent at wide receiver. Mike Sims-Walker had seven receiving touchdowns, and no one else had more than two.
History: They've only been in existence for eight seasons and have never made the playoffs. Houston had its first-ever winning season this past year.
Positives: Matt Schaub leads a high-powered passing game, and Andre Johnson has the ability to have a Larry Fitzgerald-type effect on the playoffs.
The Texans have a lot of young talent on defense. The Saints and Colts have proven that you don't need a dominant defense as long as you have some playmakers to change a game.
Negatives: Houston needs to learn how to beat its division opponents. They won just one game against the AFC South in 2009 and just two in each of the prior two seasons.