Members of the New England Patriots and New York Giants can consider themselves fortunate, since they will get an opportunity to shine on pro football's biggest stage. Some of the NFL's all-time greatest players -- despite long and decorated careers -- never got the chance to play on Super Sunday.
were two cities and 60 years removed between championship game appearances, and Dierdorf --
a 1996 Hall inductee
-- went 0-3 in three playoff appearances with the St. Louis
Carter was a member of one of the best teams to not reach the Super Bowl: The 1998
, who finished the regular season 15-1. Nowadays, the receiver is falling short of reaching a place in Canton.
In the season Dickerson's Los Angeles
got the closest to reaching the Super Bowl, they met up with one of the most dominating Super Bowl champions of all-time: The 1985
Largent helped turn the expansion
into a contender in a short period of time, but the
Hall of Fame receiver
only got as far in the playoffs as the 1983 AFC Championship Game.
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