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Every Wild Card Team To Win The Super Bowl 

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Updated January 6, 2020 100 votes 35 voters 5 items

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The Super Bowl is the ultimate goal for every NFL team, and since 1975, the Wild Card era has made that dream even more achievable for every squad across the league. Even so, the list of wildcard teams that have won the Super Bowl remains short, and every team on it has accomplished something truly remarkable.

The Steelers became the first wild card team to win a Super Bowl when Ben Roethlisberger and Hines Ward led Pittsburgh to victory in Super Bowl XL. The next NFL wild card team to break through was the 2007 New York Giants, who defeated the 18-0 New England Patriots in one of the most shocking Super Bowl outcomes ever. The last wild card Super Bowl winners were the Baltimore Ravens in 2012, when they held on to beat the San Francisco 49ers in a classic showdown.

So vote up the best NFL wild card teams that won the Super Bowl, and help decide which Cinderella team had the most amazing playoff run. Then check back to see if more teams get added to the list as the years go on.

2007 New York Giants is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Every Wild Card Team To Win The Super Bowl
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2007 New York Giants

Super Bowl XLII champions

Playoff path

Defeated Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-14 in Wild Card Round
Defeated Dallas Cowboys 21-17 in Divisional Round
Defeated Green Bay Packers 23-20 in NFC Championship
Defeated 17-14 New England Patriots in Super Bowl

Top players
Eli Manning, QB
Brandon Jacobs, RB
Plaxico Burress, WR
Osi Umenyiora, DE

A great champion?
2011 New York Giants is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Every Wild Card Team To Win The Super Bowl
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2011 New York Giants

Super Bowl XLVI champions

Playoff path

Defeated Atlanta Falcons 24-2 in Wild Card Round
Defeated Green Bay Packers 37-20 in Divisional Round
Defeated San Francisco 49ers 20-17 in NFC Championship
Defeated New England Patriots 21-17 in Super Bowl

Top players
Eli Manning, QB
Victor Cruz, WR
Hakeem Nicks, WR
Jason Pierre-Paul, DE

A great champion?
2005 Pittsburgh Steelers... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Every Wild Card Team To Win The Super Bowl
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2005 Pittsburgh Steelers

Super Bowl XL champions

Playoff path
Defeated Cincinnati Bengals 31-17 in Wild Card Round
Defeated Indianapolis Colts 21-18 in Divisional Round
Defeated Denver Broncos 34-17 in AFC Championship
Defeated Seattle Seahawks 21-10 in Super Bowl

Top players
Ben Roethlisberger, QB
Willie Parker, RB
Hines Ward, WR
Troy Polamalu, SS

A great champion?
2012 Baltimore Ravens is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Every Wild Card Team To Win The Super Bowl
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2012 Baltimore Ravens

Super Bowl XLVII champions

Playoff path

Defeated Indianapolis Colts 24-9 in Wild Card Round
Defeated Denver Broncos 38-35 in Divisional Round
Defeated New England Patriots 28-13 in AFC Championship
Defeated San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in Super Bowl

Top players
Joe Flacco, QB
Ray Rice, RB
Anquan Boldin, WR
Ed Reed, FS

A great champion?