This year's playoffs have featured surprising wins, shocking upsets, record-breaking performances and a return to the playoffs by a team that hasn't seen the postseason since the last century—and one that a scant three seasons ago was written off as an abysmal failure by almost the entirety of the football world.
This year's playoffs has also featured, as it often does, many repeat visitors: At least one of the two teams who appeared in the last 11 Super Bowls made an appearance in postseason play this year.
Which begs the question: Is this a new phenomenon, or are there certain teams that, year after year, do enough to make the postseason and pursue glory as the league champion? Do certain teams possess some special spark, some aura, that puts them head and shoulders above the rest of the league?
The short answer is yes.
Since the first Super Bowl following the 1966 season, certain clubs have managed to repetitively find themselves in the hunt for the coveted Lombardi trophy. Some have made it to the top only once, others have been crowned champion numerous times, and some, one team in particular, have reached the final game on multiple occasions, only to fall short of the ultimate goal.
Here then, are my choices for top 10 "dynasties" of the Super Bowl Era. The placements on this list were determined by assigning points in four different categories: one point for a postseason appearance; two points for making it to the conference championship; three points for a Super Bowl appearance; and five points for a Super Bowl win (because, after all, the Super Bowl IS the ultimate goal).
The justifications are purely subjective, but you're just gonna have to allow me some artistic license on that.
On we go...