Who will be the next AFC North team to win a Super Bowl?
The Steelers’ playoff loss to the Broncos means no team from the AFC North will win the Lombardi Trophy this season. The Ravens remain the last team from the division to win a title, winning Super Bowl XLVII over the 49ers following the 2012 season.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, who won a Super Bowl in 2008 in his second season as a head coach, talked about the difficulty of winning championships following Sunday’s loss.
“I’ve been doing it for nine years,” Tomlin said via ESPN.com. “There’s only one year where the conversation ended in the manner in which you want it to end. Such is life in this business. It’s not easy, but we’re built for it. It’s just how it goes.”
Both the Bengals and Steelers made the playoffs this season, with a nucleus of young talent that should make them contenders next season. The Ravens took a step back in 2015, finishing 5-11, which was John Harbaugh’s first losing campaign in his eight seasons as head coach.
The AFC North figures to be strong at the top again in 2016, particularly if the Ravens upgrade their talent this offseason. However, for the third straight year, nobody from the division will be winning the Super Bowl.