The NFL's runner-up hasn't exactly done great the following year. There have only been a small handful of teams to make it back to the Super Bowl after losing it the previous year.
Of those teams only two have won it the second time around. Dallas won Super Bowl VI after losing Super Bowl V and Miami won Super Bowl VII after losing Super Bowl VI.
This past decade was particularly tough on Super Bowl losers. Less than half of them even returned to the playoffs the following year.
Here are five teams that are primed to overtake the Indianapolis Colts for Supremacy in the AFC.