This is my list of the 25 best teams of the Super Bowl era.
This took a lot of research, and I'm confident this is a very respectable list.
Enjoy the countdown, and let me know what you guys think. I would love to hear feedback from fellow NFL fans.
Here it is: the 25 Greatest NFL teams of the Super Bowl Era:
Starting off the list, the team that brought home the fourth Lombardi Trophy of the 70's to Pittsburgh.
They went 12-4, beat teams by 10 points per game, and boasted 10 Pro Bowlers.
After a 4-12 season the year before, the Rams came out of nowhere in '99, crushing opponents by nearly 18 points per game, scoring more than 500 points, and boasting six Pro Bowlers—including league MVP Kurt Warner.
Oakland dropped just a single game in '76. The Raiders sent seven players to the Pro Bowl and ended the season with an 18-point victory in the Super Bowl.
The best of the Cowboys '90's dynasty. With the legendary trio of Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin, Dallas finished 13-3, and beat down the Bills 52-17 in the Super Bowl
With a defense spearheaded by LT and Harry Carson, the Giants finished 14-2 in '86, and went on to blow out the Broncos in the Super Bowl, outscoring them 30-10 in the second half.
With a roster boasting eight Pro Bowlers including Roger Staubach at QB, the Cowboys went 12-2 in '77, and blew away the competition in the postseason.
With the nucleus of the Greatest Show on Turf intact, the '01 Rams, faced a much more difficult schedule than in '99. They won 14 games, blowing out teams by an average of 14 points a game and sent seven players to Hawaii including Kurt Warner who took home his second MVP.
As 14-point favorites in the Super Bowl, they out-gained the Pats by 200 yards, but alas, became one of several teams to lose to the leg of Adam Vinatieri.
The Vikings went 12-2 in '69, blowing out their opponents by an average of 17 points per game. The Purple People Eaters yielded less than 10 points a game, and rode the strength of 10 Pro Bowl starters to the Super Bowl where, they failed to show up.
Led by Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, the Pats won their second consecutive Lombardi Trophy, and third in four years, while winning 21 games in a row.
The year was business as usual for the '70's Steelers.
Pittsburgh went 14-2, beat its opposition by over 10 points a game while sending 10 players to the Pro Bowl on their way to another Super Bowl title.
With Staubach leading the "O," and Bob Lily anchoring the "D," the Cowboys went 11-3 in '71, beat their opponents by more than 13 points per game, and boasted eight Pro Bowlers
Bart Starr and Vince Lombardi helped this '66 squad take home the first Super Bowl title.
Green Bay went 12-2, won their games by over 12 points per game, had eight Pro Bowlers, and finished the season by spanking the Chiefs
Finally getting out of Joe Montana's shadow, Steve Young got the monkey off his back and led the Niners to an excellent season.
San Francisco finished 13-3, beat their opponents by 13 points a game, and sent 10 players to Hawaii. They entered the Super Bowl as 18-point favorites, and they slaughtered the Chargers to take home the Lombardi Trophy.
Denver followed up its Super Bowl win the previous year in grand fashion.
With a star-studded roster featuring John Elway and league MVP Terrell Davis, the Broncos started out 13-0, finished 14-2, and went on a romp through the playoffs.
Behind the offensive fireworks of Joe Montana and Jerry Rice, the 49ers went 14-2, lost their two games by 5 combined points, then completely annihilated their postseason foes. San Francisco topped it all off with a 55-10 drubbing of the Broncos in the Super Bowl.
With Brett Favre under center and Reggie White anchoring the defense, the '96 Packers finished 13-3, finished first on both offense and defense, and won its games by an average of 15 points.
They didn't go undefeated, but Miami defended their title quite impressively. The Dolphins finished 14-2, boasted 11 Pro Bowlers, beat their opponents by nearly two touchdowns a game, and ran through the playoffs unchallenged.
The Vikings took the NFL by storm in '98. Led by a rejuvenated Randall Cunningham, veteran Cris Carter, and rookie sensation Randy Moss, the Vikings went 15-1, while setting the NFL record for points scored in a season.
It looked like we were primed for a superstar Super Bowl match up of the Vikings and Broncos, but up seven points late in the 4th quarter in the NFC championship game, previously perfect kicker Gary Anderson hooked his kick by mere inches, and the underdog Falcons went on to win in overtime.
The best team of their 70's dynasty, Pittsburgh went 12-2, won their games by 15 points a contest, and featured 11 Pro Bowlers on their roster on the way to the Lombardi Trophy.
The Colts went 13-1 in '68 and beat opponents by an insane 18 points a game. With league MVP Earl Morrall and eight Pro Bowlers on the roster, the Colts went to the Super Bowl as 18 point favorites. Alas, arguably the biggest upset in NFL history took place on that Miami field, as Joe Namath made good on his guarantee.
The best of the 49ers 80's dynasty, San Francisco rolled up a 15-1 record, won their games by 15 points per contest, and sent 10 players to the Pro Bowl. They went unchallenged in the playoffs, and destroyed a very good 14-win Miami team, led by Dan Marino, to take home the Super Bowl title.
The best team of the 1990's, the Redskins were dominant in '91, winning their games by 16 points a game while boasting eight Pro Bowlers. They finished off their year by crushing the opposition in the playoffs, pummeling the Bills to win the Super Bowl.
You knew they had to make this list. Even though they didn't win the Super Bowl, the Patriots were simply awesome in 2007. They set several NFL records, Brady, Moss, Welker, and company set the NFL scoring record, and Brady and Moss both went on to set NFL single season-records. They blew out their opponents by over 19 points a game.
It took arguably the greatest play in NFL history to deny the Pats the Lombardi Trophy in 2007: David Tyree catching the ball with his head.
Still the only team to do it, the Dolphins won 'em all in '72. They finished first on both offense and defense, sent 10 players to the Pro Bowl, while winning their games by 15 points a game. They are, to this day, the most famous team in American sports history.
Here it is folks, the greatest team in NFL history. With Mike Ditka and Buddy Ryan on the sidelines, Sweetness in the backfield, and that nasty 46 defense, the Bears had it all. Were it not for Dan Marino playing the game of his life on that now infamous Monday Night, the Bears would have won them all. 15-1 still ain't bad.
In the postseason, the Bears shut out their first two opponents, then put a nasty beat down on the overwhelmed Pats to win Super Bowl XX.