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Postby blueonion » Wed Oct 08, 2003 3:20 pm

This is my mack-daddie trivia question and to be honest, it really is tough!

What team was the first team ever to win the Super Bowl from a wildcard position?

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Postby brownslover » Wed Oct 08, 2003 4:01 pm

Raiders
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Postby buzzgad » Wed Oct 08, 2003 4:59 pm

Oakland 1981
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This is a tough question...

Postby blueonion » Thu Oct 09, 2003 7:56 am

1980\1981 Oakland Raiders, who beat the Vermiel's Eagles is usually the most popular answer but it is incorrect.

So here is my first clue...

"The 1980\1981 Oakland Raiders were the first 'NFL' team to win a Super Bowl from the wild card position."
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Postby brownslover » Thu Oct 09, 2003 10:55 am

Was it the JETS?
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Good guess...

Postby blueonion » Thu Oct 09, 2003 11:10 am

Very close but no.

The New York Jets, who won Super Bowl III, they won their respective division in the AFL.

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Postby brownslover » Thu Oct 09, 2003 11:26 am

Please tell me it's the Chiefs...<br><br><span class=gensmall>Accepted as answer by Arlo on 30 Oct 2003 09:02 pm EST.</span>
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Yes, the Chiefs

Postby blueonion » Thu Oct 09, 2003 12:38 pm

The AFL and the NFL decided to pit their champions against each other in the 'Super Bowl'. For the first two Super Bowls, the NFL had two rounds of playoffs to decide their champion while the AFL (only having 2 divisions with 4 teams in each division) only played 1 game (their championship game) prior to the 'Super Bowl'. Consequently between the end of the regular season and the 'Super Bowl', there was one weekend where the NFL had games and the AFL had no games.

To compensate for this, after Super Bowl II the AFL decided to expand their playoffs to two rounds by offering two wild card positions. This watered down the AFL playoffs because half of their teams made the playoffs; 8 total teams, 2 divisional champs and 2 wild cards.

For Super Bowl IV, the Chiefs made the playoffs as a middle of the road team, I believe they were 7-7, 7-6-1 or something like that. They beat the Jets, then they beat the Raiders and faced the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV. This is why they were such a huge underdog. Not only did 'experts' still consider the AFL an inferior league, they were going to send a 'middle-of-road' team from their inferior league. Yes, as a Viking fan I know what happen.

After the merger of the two leagues I believe the wild card went obsolete only to resurface later (not 100%).

So according to the NFL record books and such, the first NFL wild card team to win a Super Bowl was the 1980-1981 Oakland Raiders. Because the Kansas City Chiefs did it in a seperate league, the NFL does not recognize the accomplishment.

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Re: Yes, the Chiefs

Postby 69chiefs » Thu Oct 16, 2003 10:34 am

Yes we never get a whole lot of credit for being in the A.F.L. In fact the beauty of that super bowl victory is that we beat the Vikings. A team who told Lamar Hunt they would join the A.F.L.. But then defected to the N.F.L. (no Fun league) And if you look at Otis Taylor stats he should be in the hall, but he did the majority of catches while in the A.F.L. I'm out!
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Postby Arlo » Thu Oct 30, 2003 9:03 pm

Great question! ;-D
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