No. 6 Seeds to Make AFC and NFC Championship Games & Win Super Bowl in NFL Playoff History

By David Hayes
Derrick Henry takes a handoff from Ryan Tannehill in Tennessee's win over the Baltimore Ravens.
Derrick Henry takes a handoff from Ryan Tannehill in Tennessee's win over the Baltimore Ravens. / Will Newton/Getty Images
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After pulling off back-to-back upsets on the road with wins over the No. 3 seed New England Patriots and No. 1 Baltimore Ravens, respectively, the Tennessee Titans became the sixth No. 6 seed to make a Conference Championship game in NFL history.

When did the NFL Playoffs expand to 12 teams?

The NFL Playoffs expanded from 10 postseason teams to 12 in the 1990-91 postseason, which culminated with the New York Giants defeating the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXV.

6 Seeds to Make Conference Championship Round

1. Pittsburgh Steelers (2005-06)

- Won the 2005 AFC Championship Game against the No. 2 Denver Broncos, 34-17.
- Won Super Bowl XL against the Seattle Seahawks, 21-10.

2. Baltimore Ravens (2008-09)

- Lost the 2008 AFC Championship Game to the No. 2 seed Pittsburgh Steelers, 23-14.

3. Philadelphia Eagles (2008-09)

- Lost the 2008 NFC Championship Game to the No. 4 seed Arizona Cardinals, 32-25.

4. New York Jets (2010-11)

- Lost the 2010 AFC Championship Game to the No. 2 seed Pittsburgh Steelers, 24-19.

5. Green Bay Packers (2010-11)

- Won the 2010 NFC Championship Game against the No. 2 Chicago Bears, 21-14.
- Won Super Bowl XLV against the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-25.

6. Tennessee Titans (2019-20)

- Currently trail the No. 2 Kansas City Chiefs, 21-17, at the half of the 2019 AFC Championship Game.

6 Seeds to Win Super Bowl

Among the six No. 6 seeds to make a Conference Championship round of the NFL Playoffs, only two teams have gone on to win their respective Conference Championship game: the 2005-06 Pittsburgh Steelers and 2010-11 Green Bay Packers. Oddly enough, both of those teams also went on to win the Super Bowl.


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