Super Bowl 2022: Which NFL teams made the Super Bowl after losing seasons?


In just two years’ time, the Cincinnati Bengals have vaulted themselves from the worst team in the NFL to Super Bowl contenders. The Bengals overcame an 18-point deficit to knock off Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship. Evan McPherson continued his strong postseason when he converted a 31-yard field goal in overtime to secure a 27-24 victory. The Bengals are now set to play the Los Angeles Rams in their first Super Bowl appearance in 33 years. The Super Bowl is set for Sunday, February 13 at 6:00 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock, and it will take place on the Rams’ home turf at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles.

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It was only two years ago that the Bengals finished with the worst record in the NFL with just two wins and 14 losses.  After making the playoffs for five straight seasons between 2011-2015, the Bengals endured five seasons without a playoff berth. Throughout that time span, Cincinnati posted a record of 25-53.

Just three seasons ago, in Zac Taylor’s first year as head coach, the Bengals posted a league-worst 2-14 mark. That abysmal record secured the first pick for Cincinnati in the 2020 NFL Draft and the chance to select one of the top quarterback prospects in recent memory in Joe Burrow. The Bengals’ hopes for success the following season were dashed when Burrow suffered a season-ending knee injury in November and Cincinnati finished with just four wins. In the 2021 NFL Draft, the Bengals selected Burrow’s LSU teammate Ja’Marr Chase with the fifth overall pick. Together, Burrow and Chase led the Bengals to the AFC North title as Cincinnati finished the regular season with a 10-7 mark. 

The winning has continued into the postseason. After enduring a 31-year playoff win drought, the Bengals defeated the Las Vegas Raiders, 26-19, in the Wild Card round. Then, Cincinnati faced the AFC No. 1 seed Tennessee Titans and edged them, 19-16, thanks to a 52-yard field goal by McPherson as time expired. After knocking off the Chiefs and advancing to the Super Bowl, the Bengals have improved from being one the worst team in the NFL to one of the best.

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Which teams have advanced to the Super Bowl after having the NFL’s worst record two years prior?

  • 2021 Cincinnati Bengals – Finished the 2019 season with a 2-14 record, advanced to Super Bowl LVI vs. the Los Angeles Rams
  • 2003 Carolina Panthers – Finished the 2011 season with a 1-15 record, lost Super Bowl XXXVIII vs. the Patriots in the 2003 season
  • 1981 San Francisco 49ers – Finished the 1979 season with a 2-14 record, won Super Bowl XVI vs. the Bengals in the 1981 season

With a win over the Chiefs in the AFC Championship, the Bengals join two other teams in NFL history that have advanced to the Super Bowl just two years after posting the NFL’s worst record. In 1981, the 49ers won Super Bowl XVI against the Bengals just two years after posting the league’s worst record at 2-14. The 49ers finished the 1979 season with two wins and then won six games in the following season before exploding for a 13-win season in 1981 that sent them to the Super Bowl. That season marked the first playoff appearance for the 49ers since 1972 and it set the pace for the rest of the decade as San Francisco would make eight playoff appearances over the course of the next 10 years, including three Super Bowl victories.

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In 2003, the Panthers advanced to their first Super Bowl in franchise history after posting just one win two seasons prior. Carolina finished the 2001 season with just one win and then improved to 7-9 in 2002. Former head coach John Fox led the team to an 11-win season and first place finish in the NFC South in 2003. The Panthers lost Super Bowl XXXVIII to Tom Brady and the Patriots but the playoff appearance snapped a six-year span without a postseason appearance.

Of the three teams that have achieved this feat in NFL history, the Bengals’ turnaround is perhaps the most impressive. While the 49ers and Panthers recorded eight wins apiece in the two years prior to their appearance in the big game, the Bengals recorded just six victories in the past two seasons combined. With a win vs. the Rams, the Bengals would clinch their first Super Bowl victory and complete one of the greatest (and fastest) turnarounds by a team in NFL history.

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NFL quarterback rankings 2023: Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown ahead of upcoming NFL season


While the NFL is a league that is ever-changing, some things are set to stay the same in 2023 — like the revealing of Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown.

Last year’s list saw Josh Allen take his place atop the quarterback throne, with Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes and Los Angeles’ Justin Herbert not far behind at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. It was, however, Mahomes who would ultimately reign over all NFL quarterbacks at the end of the season, as the 27-year-old collected both the NFL MVP honors and his second Lombardi Trophy.

This NFL offseason, however, has brought some intriguing adjustments that are likely to shake up Simms’ rankings.

While some signal-callers such as Jalen Hurts and Lamar Jackson found their prolonged home with massive contract signings, others will be venturing to a new franchise in search of a fresh start. Aaron Rodgers‘ trade to the New York Jets is unquestionably the most staggering shift, but other quarterbacks on the move such as Derek Carr and Jimmy Garoppolo cannot be forgotten.

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And with three of the first four picks in the 2023 NFL Draft being spent on a quarterback, emerging talent will likely turn the tides for some franchises this upcoming season.

See below for Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown ahead of the upcoming season. Be sure to subscribe to Chris Simms Unbuttoned for more on the 2023 NFL season as well as an unfiltered look at the NFL featuring player access, unabashed opinion, X&O film breakdown and stories from a life in and around football.

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Chris Simms’ 2023 Top 40 QB Countdown:

40. Desmond Ridder (ATL)

39. Sam Howell (WAS)

38. Bryce Young (CAR)

37. CJ Stroud (HOU)

36. Anthony Richardson (IND)

35. Mike White (MIA)

34. Gardner Minshew (IND)

33. Taylor Heinicke (ATL)

32. Jarrett Stidham (DEN)

31. Jordan Love (GB)

30. Davis Mills (HOU)

29. Tyler Huntley (BAL)

28. Andy Dalton (CAR)

27. Sam Darnold (SF)

26. Brock Purdy (SF)

25. Kenny Pickett (PIT)

24. Baker Mayfield (TB)

23. Justin Fields (CHI)

22. Jimmy Garoppolo (LV)

21. Tua Tagovailoa (MIA)

20. Mac Jones (NE)

19. Kyler Murray (AZ)

18. Derek Carr (NO)

17. Jared Goff (DET)

16. Ryan Tannehill (TEN)

15. Geno Smith (SEA)

14. Russell Wilson (DEN)

13. Dak Prescott (DAL)

12. Kirk Cousins (MIN)

11. Daniel Jones (NYG)

10. Matthew Stafford (LAR)

9. Deshaun Watson (CLE)

8. Aaron Rodgers (NYJ)

7. Jalen Hurts (PHI)

6. Trevor Lawrence (JAX)

5. Lamar Jackson (BAL)

4. Justin Herbert (LAC)

3. Josh Allen (BUF)

2. Joe Burrow (CLE)

1. Patrick Mahomes (KC)

2023 NFL Schedule Release: Start time, how to watch, live stream, channel


With another exciting NFL Draft in the books, teams can now turn their gaze toward the road to Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas. The path to Super Bowl glory, however, is about to become abundantly more clear with the 2023 NFL season schedule release.

This year’s NFL season schedule release is nearly here, with the entirety of the 2023 NFL schedule being unveiled on Thursday, May 11 at 8 p.m. ET on both Peacock and NFL Network. See below for everything you need to know for one of the offseason’s most anticipated events.

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When will the 2023 NFL season schedule be released?

While all 272 matchups have been known since the conclusion of the 2022 regular season, the order and dates for these games have remained a mystery. The secret is nearly out, however, with every NFL game on the brink of revelation.

The full 2023 NFL schedule will be released on Thursday, May 11 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

How can I watch the 2023 NFL season schedule release?

The 2023 NFL season schedule release will take place Thursday, May 11 on Peacock, NFL Network, and the NFL app at 8 p.m. ET.

While the entirety of the schedule will be unveiled at that time, select games have already been and will continue to be released prior to the official event. Ahead of the 2023 NFL season schedule release, the following games will be announced:

Who will play in the 2023 NFL Kickoff game?

The first game of the 2023-24 NFL season will see the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs take the field in Arrowhead Stadium.

The opponent that will meet Patrick Mahomes and company in Kansas City, however, remains to be revealed.

Which NFL teams have international games in 2023?

While the majority of the matchups set to take place next season have yet to be announced, the league has already revealed which teams will head overseas for international showdowns.

Below is the full list of international NFL games for the 2023-24 season, with three in London, U.K., and two in Frankfurt, Germany.

Falcons vs. Jaguars: Week 4, Oct. 1 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Wembley Stadium in London, U.K.

Jaguars vs. Bills: Week 5, Oct. 8 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, U.K.

Ravens vs. Titans: Week 6, Oct. 15 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, U.K.

Dolphins vs. Chiefs: Week 9, Nov. 5 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Frankfurt Stadium in Frankfurt, Germany

Colts vs. Patriots: Week 10, Nov. 12 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Frankfurt Stadium in Frankfurt, Germany

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When is the Super Bowl and where will it be taking place?

Stars will be shining bright in Las Vegas, Nevada, for Super Bowl LVIII, set to take place on Feb. 11, 2024, at the home of the Raiders in Allegiant Stadium.

This will be the first Super Bowl to ever take place in Las Vegas, which hosted the 2023 Pro Bowl and 2022 NFL Draft.

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