The Black and Gold Standard: Are the Steelers the Best Franchise Ever?

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The Black and Gold Standard: Are the Steelers the Best Franchise Ever?
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With a win on Sunday over the Jets the Pittsburgh Steelers could make their eighth Superbowl appearance. This would move them into a tie for first all-time for Superbowl appearances with Dallas. With a win they would increase their total Superbowls to seven, two more than the Cowboys.

So are they the best franchise ever?

Their only real competition is Dallas, and the Steelers have more Superbowls than the Cowboys. Although Green Bay has won many NFL championships, I am only counting Superbowls, so unfortunately Green Bay does not qualify. Also the San Fransisco 49ers miss the list because although they won five Superbowls, they only appeared in those five and did it in a short time span. In other words they are not a great franchise outside of the 11-year period when they won the rings.

This ranking will discount this year's post season and possible Superbowl trip. I will rank these two teams based on a point system. I will compare their all time win percentage, their best players, best coaches, playoff success, and Superbowls. One point will be awarded for a slight edge, two for a medium edge and three for a big edge. 

So without further ado let's see who the best franchise ever is: America's Team or The Steel Curtain.

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