The Giants and the Jets will try to become the first team (or teams) to play in a Super Bowl being held in their home stadium.
So how have teams performed knowing that the Super Bowl will be in their house that winter? Not well:
|Year||SB||Host||Host Team||Record (Place)||Playoffs|
|1966||I||Los Angeles||Rams||8-6 (3)|
|1969||IV||New Orleans||Saints||5-9 (3)|
|1970||V||Miami||Dolphins||10-4 (2)||Div: L 21-14 @ OAK|
|1971||VI||New Orleans||Saints||4-8-2 (4)|
|1972||VII||Los Angeles||Rams||6-7-1 (3)|
|1974||IX||New Orleans||Saints||5-9 (3)|
|1976||XI||Pasadena||Rams*||10-3-1 (1)||Div: W 14-12 @ DAL|
|NFC Ch: L 24-13 v. MIN|
|1977||XII||New Orleans||Saints||3-11 (4)|
|1978||XIII||Miami||Dolphins||11-5 (2)||WC: L 17-9 v. HOU|
|1979||XIV||Pasadena||Rams*||9-7 (1)||Div: W 21-19 @ DAL|
|NFC Ch: W 9-0 @ TB|
|SB: L 31-19 v. PIT|
|1980||XV||New Orleans||Saints||1-15 (4)|
|1982||XVII||Pasadena||Raiders/Rams**||Raiders 8-1 (1)||WC: W 27-10 v. CLE|
|Div: L 17-14 v. NYJ|
|Rams 2-7 (4)|
|1984||XIX||Palo Alto||49ers||15-1||Div: W 21-10 v. NYG|
|NFC Ch: W 23-0 v. CHI|
|SB: W 38-16 v. MIA|
|1985||XX||New Orleans||Saints||5-11 (3)|
|1986||XXI||Pasadena||Raiders/Rams**||Rams 10-6 (2)||WC: L 19-7 @ WAS|
|Raiders 8-8 (3)|
|1987||XXII||San Diego||Chargers||8-7 (3)|
|1989||XXIV||New Orleans||Saints||9-7 (3)|
|1992||XXVII||Pasadena||Raiders/Rams**||Raiders 7-9 (4)|
|Rams 6-10 (3)|
|1994||XXIX||Miami||Dolphins||10-6 (1)||WC: W 27-17 v. KC|
|Div: L 22-21 v. SD|
|1996||XXXI||New Orleans||Saints||3-13 (4)|
|1997||XXXII||San Diego||Chargers||4-12 (4)|
|1998||XXXIII||Miami||Dolphins||10-6 (2)||WC: W 24-17 v. BUF|
|Div: L 38-3 @ DEN|
|2000||XXXV||Tampa||Buccaneers||10-6 (2)||WC: L 21-3 @ PHI|
|2001||XXXVI||New Orleans||Saints||7-9 (3)|
|2002||XXXVII||San Diego||Chargers||8-8 (3)|
|2012||XLVII||New Orleans||Saints||7-9 (2)|
* Even though the game was played at the Rose Bowl and the Rams played their home games at the Coliseum, I counted the Rams as the host club as a representative of the L.A. region.
** I did the same thing with the Raiders once they moved south from Oakland. The Rams moved to Anaheim and the Raiders settled into the Coliseum, but I counted both teams as the host.
*** The 49ers won Super Bowl XIX at Stanford Coliseum in Palo Alto, 30 miles south of Candlestick Park. This is the closest instance of a host team winning the title.
Cumulatively, host teams are almost 100 games under .500, with some dreadful Saints teams accounting for more than half of the margin. The average mark is roughly the equivalent of a 7-9 team.
In four cases, the host team not only missed the playoffs, but finished with the worst record in the league. The 1973 Oilers went 1-13, then traded the first pick of the draft to Dallas. The Cowboys used that to take Ed "Too Tall" Jones. Houston also included a third-round selection in the deal and Dallas chose quarterback Danny White, who would help guide the Cowboys to three straight NFC title games. The Saints went 1-15 in 1980 before taking Heisman-winning running back George Rogers with the top pick in '81, leaving the Giants with a guy named Lawrence Taylor. The Bucs were 2-14 in 1983, but didn't have a first-round pick the next year. The "Suck for Luck" Colts bottomed out last season at 2-14, but they seem to be in good shape moving forward with their heir to Peyton Manning.
As for teams aiming to play the game on their actual home field, only five have made the postseason. The Dolphins lost in the first round in 1970 and 1978. With Dan Marino in 1994 and 1998, they won the Wild Card game at home before falling on the road in the divisional round. The 2000 Bucs lost in the opening round and no host team has made the playoffs since.