History against Cards making Super Bowl

TEMPE, Ariz. -- While the Arizona Cardinals have been able to make an imprint on their franchise’s record books midway through this season, coach Bruce Arians has consistently said that trophies aren’t handed out in November.

However, they are given out in February. But the question is, will they be the team receiving the Vince Lombardi Trophy on their home field at University of Phoenix Stadium in Super Bowl XLIX?

With their 7-1 start, the Cardinals have become a fashionable midseason pick to become the first team to host a Super Bowl. No team has played in a Super Bowl in their own stadium. The closest teams have come were the 1984 San Francisco 49ers, who played in Super Bowl XIX at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, Calif., and the 1979 Los Angeles Rams, who played in Super Bowl XIV at the Rose Bowl.

Here are a few other notes from ESPN Stats & Information that show how history is against the Cardinals becoming the first team to host the game:

  • The last 14 teams to host the Super Bowl all failed to make the playoffs. Last season counted for two teams because the Jets and Giants were both hosts.

  • The last host team that made the playoffs was the 2000 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who finished 10-6 and lost in the wild-card round on the road to the Philadelphia Eagles.

  • The last host team to win a playoff game was the 1998 Miami Dolphins, who won in the wild-card round but lost to the eventual Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos in the AFC divisional playoffs.

  • Since the creation of the AFC and NFC in 1970, the host team has not advanced to the conference championship game.

  • Since the creation of the AFC and NFC in 1970, no host team has ever been the conference No. 1 seed either.

It looks like the Cardinals have their work cut out for them to buck history.