With a new decade upon us, it is time to look back and think about how the 10 Super Bowl champions of the last decade stack up against each other. What was more important, defense or offense, or a solid balance of both? Did a team need to have a star player under center to make it higher on the list?
In this decade, the NFL had it's dynasty, the New England Patriots, but had many other great teams come along hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy and call themselves champions. The Steelers also did it more than once.
In ten years, we saw great defense (2000 Ravens), unbelievable offense (2009 Saints) and unforgettable plays (David Tyree). But what makes one team better than the other? Are the 2004 Patriots better than the 2000 Ravens?
Of course Boston residents may rank their Pats teams 1-2-3 and New Yorkers may rank the 2007 Giants 1 or 2, but this is merely based on the season they had from beginning to end. You'll see a few of the teams on this list that were not seen as title contenders at the beginning of the season, but ended up on top in the end.
Also at the end of the top 10, there is a quick list of the three teams of this past decade that should have, could have and would have won a championship had it not been the teams mentioned first.
If your team happens to be on the latter, than I apologize for opening up old wounds, but you'll see two of the teams did get you a championship not long after.
So where does each team rank? Did Brees beat out Peyton? Did Ray Lewis overtake Strahan and did Big Ben beat Brady? (or at least one of his teams).