The Top 10 Teams In NFL History
Over the course of NFL history, many great teams were able to win the Super Bowl. While each Super Bowl champion was able to claim pro football’s top prize, there have been 10 teams that distinguished themselves from the rest. Each of these teams featured hall of fame players, dominated on both sides of the ball and were able to soundly defeat all of their opponents when it counted most. The following 10 teams are regarded as among the NFL’s greatest teams.
1. 1989 SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
The San Francisco 49ers in 1989 featured one of the very most talented teams in league history. They were led by legendary hall of fame quarterback Joe Montana who had arguably his best season as a pro. Along with the stellar play of Joe Montana, the team also featured all pro running back Roger Craig and wide receiver Jerry Rice. They were just as dominant on defense as they were led by defensive lineman Pierce Holt, Michael Carter and defensive end/linebacker Charles Haley. In the secondary the team featured Hall of Fame safety Ronnie Lott. The 49ers finished with a league best 14-2 record and defeated the Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Rams and Denver Broncos by a combined total of 100 points. This was by far the most dominant postseason run of any team in history.
2. 1972 MIAMI DOLPHINS
In 1972, the Miami Dolphins were among the league’s elite teams. However, they took their play to a higher level during this year. After losing the Super Bowl to the Dallas Cowboys the previous season, the Dolphins completed the first and only undefeated season. They capped off their season with a victory over the Washington Redskins to win their first of back to back Super Bowls.
3. 1985 CHICAGO BEARS
Another great team in NFL history was the 1985 Chicago Bears. Led by one of the league’s most dominant defenses ever, the Bears won 15 games during the regular season. In the postseason they beat the New York Giants, Los Angeles Rams and then routed the New England Patriots to win the Super Bowl.
4. 1978 PITTSBURGH STEELERS
During the 1970’s the Pittsburgh Steelers were among the elite teams in the league. In fact the Steelers were able to win the Super Bowl four times in the decade. One of their Super Bowl winning seasons came in 1978. This season was their best as they completed the regular season with a 14-2 record and earned a victory over the Dallas Cowboys in one of the greatest Super Bowls every played.
5. 1992 DALLAS COWBOYS
The 1992 Dallas Cowboys were another one of the all-time greatest Super Bowl winning teams. After being the worst team in the league in 1989 with a 1-15 record, the Cowboys acquired a lot of key talent through the draft. In 1992, they finished the regular season at 13-3 and then beat their division rival Philadelphia Eagles 34-10 in the divisional playoff round. The Cowboys then moved on to beat the favored San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. Two weeks later, they blew out the two time defending AFC champion Buffalo Bills 52-17.
6. 1984 SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
The 49ers of 1984 were another one of pro football’s greatest single season teams. They finished with an outstanding 15-1 record and then beat the New York Giants and Chicago Bears in the playoffs. In the Super Bowl, they routed the Miami Dolphins 38-16 to win their second Super Bowl championship.
7. 1991 WASHINGTON REDSKINS
One of the most underrated but greatest teams in NFL history was the 1991 Washington Redskins. This team was dominant at both offense and defense during this season. The team completed the regular season with a league best 14-2 record. Then in the playoffs, they blew out the Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions. They capped off their championship season by soundly defeating the Buffalo Bills 37-24.
8. 1994 SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
The 49ers in 1994 were led by one of the league’s most prolific offenses in history and rank as among the greatest Super Bowl winning teams of all time. Quarterback Steve Young had a great season where he led the league in passing and was voted the league’s most valuable player. During this season the team overcame two tough losses to finish with a league best 13-3 record. In the playoffs, they blew out the Chicago Bears and then earned a victory over the Dallas Cowboys 38-28. The 49ers finished their championship season by routing the San Diego Chargers 49-26.
9. 1977 DALLAS COWBOYS
For the Dallas Cowboys, the 1977 team stands out as one of its very best. They bolstered their offensive backfield by drafting running back Tony Dorsett. With the acquisition of Dorsett, the team was able to complement the passing attack led by quarterback Roger Staubach and Drew Pearson. The Cowboys completed their Super Bowl winning season by defeating the Denver Broncos 27-10.
10. 1976 OAKLAND RAIDERS
The Oakland Raiders of 1976 won 13 games and finished with the league’s best record. In the playoffs, the Raiders came from behind and beat New England 24-21. Then in the AFC championship game, they soundly defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 24-7. A week later, they beat the Minnesota Vikings 32-14 to win the first Super Bowl in team history.