Super Bowl 2020: Chiefs already set one Super Bowl record with win over Titans in AFC Championship Game
The Chiefs' 50 year drought between Super Bowl appearances is an NFL first
The Kansas City Chiefs have experienced playoff disappointment for the majority of the Super Bowl era, with the franchise's last Super Bowl title coming in 1969. Kansas City made its second consecutive conference championship game appearance, but just its third since the merger in 1970.
The Chiefs haven't won a Super Bowl since the 1969 season, when they defeated the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV. Kansas City's championship drought has reached 50 years, which is one of the longest in the NFL. After the Chiefs defeated the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship game, 35-24, earning a trip to Super Bowl LIV, they set a NFL record no franchise wants to be a part of (and one that will be tough to break).
Sunday's win made it 50 years between Super Bowl appearances for the Chiefs, which is the longest time between appearances in NFL history. It crushes the previous record of 36 set by the Indianapolis Colts in 2006 when they advanced to Super Bowl XLI (the Colts had last reached the Super Bowl in 1970, when the franchise was the Baltimore Colts). The Green Bay Packers had owned the second longest drought between Super Bowls, set when they reached Super Bowl XXXI in 1996 (their last Super Bowl appearance prior to that was Super Bowl II in 1967), a span of 29 years. The Philadelphia Eagles had a 24-year drought between Super Bowl appearances (1980 to 2004), which is now the fourth-longest drought in league history.
With the Chiefs set for Super Bowl LIV, here are the franchises with the current longest droughts since their last Super Bowl appearance:
|Franchise||Last Super Bowl appearance (drought)|
1968 season (51 years)
1976 season (43 years)
1984 season (35 years)
1988 season (31 years)
Kansas City's championship drought is also one of the longest in NFL history. The Arizona Cardinals franchise last won a championship in 1947, which is the league's longest current drought at 72 years. The Detroit Lions last championship occurred in 1957 (62 years) while the Tennessee Titans franchise last won in 1961 (58 years) and Los Angeles Chargers in 1963 (56 years). Both the Titans and Chargers' lone championships came in the AFL.
This is one record Kansas City doesn't mind setting after reaching Super Bowl LIV.
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