Of franchises* that have been in existence for at least five seasons, there are only six that have never reached a Super Bowl. A quick summary of their trials and tribulations:
ARIZONA/ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
Comment: All the move to the desert has accomplished so far is to bring out the Cardinals' wilting qualities even more.
Closest they've come: Lost to Green Bay (30-13) in 1996 NFC championship game.
Comment: Panthers will get there faster than you can say Tshimanga Biakabutuka. OK, so it may take a while.
Closest they've come: Lost to Washington (41-10) in 1991 NFC championship game.
Comment: Where have you gone Barry Sanders? The Motor City turns its lonely eyes to you.
Closest they've come: In AFC championship games, lost to Tennessee (33-14) in 1999 and to New England (20-6) in 1996.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Closest they've come: Lost to Minnesota (34-16) in 2000 NFC divisional playoffs.
Comment: Hank Stram didn't make it to the Hall of Fame for his time here. Mike Ditka almost had his membership revoked.
Closest they've come: Lost to the L.A. Raiders (30-14) in the 1983 AFC championship game.
Comment: What will happen first? World champion Seattle Seahawks or President Steve Largent?
-- Jim Barrero