Super Bowl: Reviewing the Big Game Resumes of the NFL's 32 Franchises

Yaneek SmithContributor IIIFebruary 7, 2011

Super Bowl: Reviewing the Big Game Resumes of the NFL's 32 Franchises

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    Now that Super Bowl XLV is over, we can evaluate where the Packers and the Steelers stack up against the NFL's other 30 franchises and their Super Bowl resumes.

    Twenty-eight of the league's 32 teams have made it to a Super Bowl, with Cleveland, Detroit, Jacksonville and the Houston Texans as the only teams yet to make it The Show.

    There are teams like the Chargers and the Falcons, who have made it there just once and gotten throttled, and there are others like the 49ers and the Cowboys who have been there a number of times.

    It is the game where legends are made and where players get a chance to be great and immortalize themselves with brilliant performances.

No. 32 -- Houston Texans

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    Super Bowl Appearances: None

    Super Bowl Record: 0-0

    Super Bowl MVPs: None

    Close Calls: None

    Overview: The Houston Texans have only been in existence since 2002. During that time, they've gone 8-8 twice and 9-7 once, but have yet to make the playoffs.

No. 31 -- Detroit Lions

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    Super Bowl Appearances: None

    Super Bowl Record: 0-0

    Super Bowl MVPs: None

    Close Calls: 1991 NFC Championship Game (Lost to Washington, 41-10)

    Overview: The Detroit Lions, one of the worst-run organizations in sports, have been perennial losers for some time. But they reached a new low when Matt Millen was hired as CEO and President of the team in 2001. During Millen's eight-year tenure, the Lions went 31-97, the worst record during an eight-year span in modern NFL history.

    He was dismissed from the team in September of 2008.

    In 1991, the Lions had a magical season, going 12-4, winning the NFC Central and defeating Dallas, 38-6, in the Divisional Playoffs before falling to eventual-Super Bowl Champion Washington on the road, 41-10, in the NFC Championship Game.

    On top of that, the Lions have won just one playoff game since 1957, when they won the NFL Championship over the Cleveland Browns, 59-14.

No. 30 -- Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Super Bowl Appearances: None

    Super Bowl Record: 0-0

    Super Bowl MVPs: None

    Close Calls: 1996 AFC Championship Game; 1999 AFC Championship Game

    Overview: Since the team's inception in 1995, the Jaguars have qualified for the playoffs six times and, twice under former head coach Tom Coughlin, made it to the AFC Championship Game (1996, '99).

    In '96, as a Wild Card team, the Jaguars defeated Buffalo and No. 1 seed Denver on the road to advance to the AFC Championship Game against New England. Trailing 13-6 late in the fourth quarter, Jacksonville advanced to the New England 5-yard line, but quarterback Mark Brunell was picked off in the end zone by Patriots defensive back Willie Clay.

    In '99, after going 13-3 and clinching the No. 1 seed in the AFC, Jacksonville was leading Tennessee 14-7 in the second quarter of the AFC Championship Game, but the Titans stormed back, taking the lead for good on a Steve McNair 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to make it 17-14. Later in the third quarter, After Brunell was tackled in the end zone for a safety, Derrick Mason returned the ensuing kick 80 yards for a touchdown, making it 26-14 and putting the game out of reach.

No. 29 -- Cleveland Browns

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    Super Bowl Appearances: None

    Super Bowl Record: 0-0

    Super Bowl MVPs: None

    Close Calls: 1986 AFC Championship Game; 1987 AFC Championship Game; 1989 AFC Championship Game

    Overview: The Drive, The Fumble. Not to mention Red Right 88. And that's just football.

    Throughout the years, Cleveland fans have endured their share of heartbreak, watching the Browns let Denver drive 98 yards for a game-tying touchdown in the 1986 AFC Championship Game, only to see Cleveland lose in overtime, 23-20.

    And then, the very next season, in the '87 AFC Championship Game, running back Ernest Byner, just as he was about to score the game-tying touchdown late in the fourth quarter, fumbled the ball, ensuring another heartbreaking loss for Cleveland as the Browns fell, 38-33.

No. 28 -- San Diego Chargers

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    Super Bowl Appearances: Super Bowl XXIX (Lost to San Francisco, 49-26)

    Super Bowl Record: 0-1

    Super Bowl MVPs: None

    Overview: The only Super Bowl appearance for the Chargers came during the 1994 season, after the team had won two, come-from-behind games in the playoffs.

    Unfortunately, in Super Bowl XXIX, they ran into Steve Young, Jerry Rice and the 49ers, falling behind 7-0 on the third play from scrimmage.

    After San Diego cut the lead to 14-7 late in the fourth quarter, San Francisco scored 28 of the game's next 31 points, moving ahead 42-10 in the third quarter.

No. 27 -- Atlanta Falcons

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    Super Bowl Appearances: Super Bowl XXXIII (Lost to Denver, 34-19)

    Super Bowl Record: 0-1

    Super Bowl MVPs: None

    Overview: After a dramatic, come-from-behind win over Minnesota in overtime in the NFC Championship Game, the Falcons began Super Bowl XXXIII by driving deep into Denver territory, only to see their drive stall, forcing them to settle for a field goal and a 3-0 lead.

    From that point on, however, it was all Denver as the Broncos marched toward a second consecutive championship, defeating Atlanta in convincing fashion, 34-19.

No. 26 -- Seattle Seahawks

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    Super Bowl Appearances: Super Bowl XL (Lost to Pittsburgh, 21-10)

    Super Bowl Record: 0-1

    Super Bowl MVPs: None

    Overview: In head coach Mike Holmgren's seventh season, the Seahawks finally reached their full potential, advancing to Super Bowl XL after defeating Washington and Carolina in the playoffs.

    Despite outplaying the Pittsburgh in the first half of Super Bowl XL, the Seahawks found themselves down 7-3 at the half.

    Down 14-10 with a chance to take the lead in the fourth quarter, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck threw an interception, ending Seattle's drive. On the ensuing possession, the Steelers scored a touchdown on a pass from wide receiver Antwaan Randel-El to Super Bowl MVP Hines Ward, making it 21-10 before holding on for the victory.

    In one of the most controversial Super Bowls in history, the Seahawks were the victims of four questionable calls, all which greatly benefited the Steelers. Bill Leavy, the lead official in the game, later admitted to some costly mistakes.

    "It was a tough thing for me," said Leavy. "I kicked two calls in the fourth quarter and I impacted the game, and, as an official, you never want to do that.

No. 25 -- Chicago/St. Louis/Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals

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    Super Bowl Appearances: Super Bowl XLIII (Lost to Pittsburgh, 27-23)

    Super Bowl Record: 0-1

    Super Bowl MVPs: None

    Overview: Led by quarterback Kurt Warner and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, the Arizona Cardinals, who had not won an NFL Championship since 1947, made an incredible run from 9-7 to the Super Bowl, taking their first lead of the game when Warner hit Fitzgerald on a 64-yard touchdown with 2:37 remaining.

    Unfortunately, Ben Roethlisberger led Pittsburgh on a game-winning, 78-yard drive that ended with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes with 35 seconds remaining, giving the Steelers a 27-23 victory.

No. 24 -- Carolina Panthers

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    Super Bowl Appearances: Super Bowl XXXVIII (Lost to New England, 32-29)

    Record: 0-1

    Super Bowl MVPs: None

    Overview: After winning three playoff games to advance to Super Bowl XXXVIII, two of them on the road, the Panthers fell behind New England, 21-10 in the fourth quarter, rallying to take a 22-21 lead on an 85-yard pass from quarterback Jake Delhomme to wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad in the fourth quarter.

    After again falling behind, the Panthers tied it at 29 on a Ricky Proehl touchdown catch with 1:08 remaining, only to see the Patriots drive to the Carolina 24-yard line, setting kicker Adam Vinatieri up for the game-winning 41-yard field goal.

No. 23 -- Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans

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    Super Bowl Appearances: Super Bowl XXXIV (Lost to St. Louis, 23-16)

    Super Bowl Record: 0-1

    Super Bowl MVPs: None

    Overview: In Tennessee's only Super Bowl, they fell behind 16-0 early in the third quarter, but responded, scoring 16 consecutive points to tie the game with just over two minutes remaining.

    After St. Louis scored to take a 23-16 lead, the Titans stormed back, advancing to the Rams 10-yard line with six seconds remaining.

    On the game's final play, quarterback Steve McNair hit wide receiver Kevin Dyson, who was tackled just one yard short of the goal line, giving the Rams the win.

No. 22 -- Philadelphia Eagles

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    Super Bowl Appearances: Super Bowl XV (Lost to Oakland, 27-10); Super Bowl XXXIX (Lost to New England, 24-21)

    Super Bowl Record: 0-2

    Super Bowl MVPs: None

    Overview: Philadelphia, one of the most passionate sports towns in the country, has seen its beloved Eagles play very well at times over the years, but only make it to the Super Bowl. And, in both instances, the fans were let down.

    In Super Bowl XV, the Eagles ran into the Raiders, who, behind the play of quarterback Jim Plunkett, became the first wild card team to win a Super Bowl. The Eagles were never really in the game, throwing an interception on their first pass and trailing 14-3 after the first quarter. They would get no closer, falling to Oakland, 27-10.

    In Super Bowl XXXIX, the Eagles hung with the New England Patriots for the entire game, going into the fourth quarter with the score tied at 14, but self-destructed, committing four costly turnovers, while the Patriots turned the ball over just once.

No. 21 -- Cincinnati Bengals

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    Super Bowl Appearances: Super Bowl XVI (Lost to San Francisco, 26-21); Super Bowl XXIII (Lost to San Francisco, 20-16)

    Super Bowl Record: 0-2

    Super Bowl MVPs: None

    Overview: The Cincinnati Bengals were able to advance to the Super Bowl twice in an eight-year span. Unfortunately for them, they ran into Bill Walsh's San Francisco 49ers both times.

    In Super Bowl XVI, a 26-21 loss, the Bengals fell behind 20-0, but rallied to cut the deficit to 13 points, and, on their following drive, advanced to the San Francisco 3-yard line, only to be turned away four consecutive times, turning the ball over on downs.

    In Super Bowl XXIII, the Bengals took a 16-13 lead on a Jim Breech 40-yard field goal with 3:20 remaining. 

    Sadly for the Bengals, Joe Montana and the 49ers were set to embark on one of the most historic drives in NFL history, going 92 yards and scoring on a 10-yard pass from Montana to Taylor with 34 seconds remaining, putting the game out of reach.

No. 20 -- Minnesota Vikings

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    Super Bowl Appearances: Super Bowl IV (Lost to Kansas City, 23-7); Super Bowl VIII (Lost to Miami, 24-7); Super Bowl IX (Lost to Pittsburgh, 16-6); Super Bowl XI (Lost to Oakland, 32-14)

    Super Bowl Record: 0-4

    Super Bowl MVPs: None

    Overview: Before the Buffalo Bills, there were the Minnesota Vikings. 

    Granted, the Vikings didn't lose four consecutive Super Bowls, but they manage to lose four Super Bowls in an eight-year span. On top of that, Minnesota lost convincingly in all four of their appearances.

    These great Minnesota teams, led by head coach Bud Grant, quarterback Fran Tarkenton and defensive lineman Jim Marshall, had a remarkable run in the 1970s, but, sadly, they could never finish a single season as the last team standing, forever tarnishing their legacy.

No. 19 -- Buffalo Bills

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    Super Bowl Appearances: Super Bowl XXV (Lost to the New York Giants, 20-19); Super Bowl XXVI (Lost to Washington, 37-24); Super Bowl XXVII (Lost to Dallas, 52-17); Super Bowl XXVIII (Lost to Dallas, 30-13)

    Super Bowl Record: 0-4

    Super Bowl MVPs: None

    Overview: As human beings, a part of us all feel for the Buffalo Bills and what they went through. To win four consecutive AFC Championships is a remarkable accomplishment, but the taste of that feat was made bittersweet because of the team's performance in Super Bowls XXV, XXVI, XXVII, & XXVIII.

    The only one of their Super Bowls that was even close, SB XXV, was lost when kicker Scott Norwood missed a last-second, 47-yard field goal that would've given the Bills the championship. Unfortunately, that would be as close as Buffalo would get to winning a Super Bowl.

No. 18 -- New Orleans Saints

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    Super Bowl Appearances: Super Bowl XLIV (Beat Indianapolis, 31-17)

    Super Bowl Record: 1-0

    Super Bowl MVPs: Drew Brees, QB - SB XLIV

    Overview: The New Orleans Saints have only been to one Super Bowl, but when they went, they made it count.

    Playing for a city that had been ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Saints rallied from a 10-0 deficit and, behind head coach Sean Payton and his gutsy decision to call for an onside kick at the beginning of the second half, which the Saints recovered and used to take a 13-10 lead, New Orleans defeated the Indianapolis Colts, closing it out when cornerback Tracy Porter intercepted a pass and returned it 74 yards for a touchdown to put New Orleans ahead, 31-17, with 3:12 remaining.

No. 17 -- Baltimore Ravens

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    Super Bowl Appearances: Super Bowl XXXV (Beat the New York Giants, 34-7)

    Super Bowl Record: 1-0

    Super Bowl MVPs: Ray Lewis, LB - SB XXXV

    Overview: In the Ravens only appearance in a Super Bowl, they made the most of their opportunity, dominating the New York Giants behind one of the greatest defenses in NFL history. In fact, the only touchdown the Giants scored was on a kickoff return by Ron Dixon in the third quarter.

    Jamal Lewis rushed 27 times for 102 yards and a touchdown and middle linebacker Ray Lewis was named the game's Most Valuable Player.

No. 16 -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Super Bowl Appearances: Super Bowl XXXVII (Beat Oakland, 48-21)

    Super Bowl Record: 1-0

    Super Bowl MVPs: Dexter Jackson, S - SB XXXVII

    Overview: In their only Super Bowl appearance, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made the most of their opportunity.

    Facing the Oakland Raiders, a team their head coach Jon Gruden had previously coached for four seasons, the Bucs dominated, controlling the game from the second quarter on and returning two interceptions for touchdowns.

    It was fitting that a team like the Bucs, who had been so close to putting it all together in the years before, would finally reach the mountaintop. 

No. 15 -- New York Jets

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    Super Bowl Appearances: Super Bowl III (Beat the Baltimore Colts, 16-7)

    Super Bowl Record: 1-0

    Super Bowl MVPs: Joe Namath, QB - SB III

    Overview: The New York Jets have played in just one Super Bowl, but, to this day, their performance has left its mark on the game.

    Inspired by quarterback Joe Namath's proclamation that his club would beat the mighty Baltimore Colts, the American Football League's Jets dominated, leading 16-0 until a touchdown by Jerry Hill with 3:19 remaining cut the lead to 16-7, only delaying the inevitable.

    It turned out to be one of the greatest upsets in sports history.

No. 14 -- Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs

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    Super Bowl Appearances: Super Bowl I (Lost to Green Bay, 35-10); Super Bowl IV (Beat Minnesota, 23-7)

    Super Bowl Record: 1-1

    Super Bowl MVPs: Len Dawson, QB - SB IV

    Overview: In both of Kansas City's Super Bowl appearances, the games were blowouts. In Super Bowl I, the Chiefs lost, 35-10, and, in Super Bowl IV, they defeated Minnesota, 23-7, giving the AFL its second consecutive Super Bowl victory.

    The Chiefs, who were 12-point underdogs to the Vikings, took a 16-0 lead into the half, holding the Vikings off in the second half for the win.

No. 13 -- Chicago Bears

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    Super Bowl Appearances: Super Bowl XX (Beat New England, 46-10), Super Bowl XLI (Lost to Indianapolis, 29-17)

    Super Bowl Record: 1-1

    Super Bowl MVPs: Richard Dent, DE - SB XX

    Overview: In 1985, the Chicago Bears were nearly perfect. Behind one of the greatest defenses in NFL history, they went 15-1 and cruised through the NFC playoffs, defeating the New York Giants and the L.A. Rams by a combined score of 45-0. They made easy work of New England in Super Bowl XX, taking a 23-3 lead into the half before winning, 46-10.

    In 2006, behind another great defense, they advanced to Super Bowl XLI, only to fall to Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts, 29-17.

No. 12 -- Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams

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    Super Bowl Appearances: Super Bowl XIV (Lost to Pittsburgh, 31-19), Super Bowl XXXIV (Beat Tennesse, 23-16); Super Bowl XXXVI (Lost to New England, 20-17)

    Super Bowl Record: 1-2

    Super Bowl MVPs: Kurt Warner, QB - SB XXXIV

    Overview: The Rams, when they were still in Los Angeles, ran into the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XIV, leading in the second half until Terry Bradshaw and John Stallworth hooked up for a 73-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, ensuring the Steelers of their fourth Super Bowl win.

    In Super Bowl XXXIV, the Rams, behind Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk and one of the league's best defenses, held off Tennessee as the Titans made a final run, falling just short of tying the game when wide receiver Kevin Dyson was tackled at the 1-yard line by linebacker Mike Jones with no time remaining.

    In Super Bowl XXXVI, against the upstart New England Patriots, the Rams were on the other end luck this time, losing on an Adam Vinatieri 48-yard field goal with no time remaining.

No. 11 -- Miami Dolphins

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    Super Bowl Appearances: Super Bowl VI (Lost to Dallas, 24-3); Super Bowl VII (Beat Washington, 14-7); Super Bowl VIII (Beat Minnesota, 24-7); Super Bowl XVII (Lost to Washington, 27-17); Super Bowl XIX (Lost to San Francisco, 38-16)

    Super Bowl Record: 2-3

    Super Bowl MVPs: Jake Scott, S - SB VII; Larry Csonka, RB - SB VIII

    Overview: The Dolphins advanced to three consecutive Super Bowls, winning SBs VII & VIII after losing SB VI against the Cowboys.

    In their SB VII victory over Washington, the Dolphins became the only team in NFL history to go undefeated, finishing the season 17-0.

    Defeating Minnesota in SB VIII the next year only further cemented their legacy by repeating as champions.

No. 10 -- Denver Broncos

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    Super Bowl Appearances: Super Bowl XII (Lost to Dallas, 27-10); Super Bowl XXI (Lost to the New York Giants, 39-10); Super Bowl XXII (Lost to Washington, 42-10); Super Bowl XXIV (Lost to San Francisco, 55-10); Super Bowl XXXII (Beat Green Bay, 31-24); Super Bowl XXXIII (Beat Atlanta, 34-19)

    Super Bowl Record: 2-4

    Super Bowl MVPs: Terrell Davis, RB - SB XXXII; John Elway, QB - SB XXXIII

    Overview: After appearing in four Super Bowls in the 1970s and '80s, the Denver Broncos got back to The Show in 1997 behind Terrell Davis, John Elway and a strong defense.

    In Super Bowl XXXII, they defeated Green Bay in dramatic fashion, winning 31-24, scoring a late touchdown to take the lead before holding the Packers on down after Green Bay had driven into Denver territory.

    In Super Bowl XXXIII, the Broncos made things much easier on themselves, dominating after falling behind 3-0 and cruising to a 34-19 victory.

No. 9 -- Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts

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    Super Bowl Appearances: Super Bowl III (Lost to the New York Jets, 16-7); Super Bowl V (Beat the Dallas Cowboys, 16-13); Super Bowl XLI (Beat Chicago, 29-17); Super Bowl XLIV (Lost to New Orleans, 31-17)

    Super Bowl Record: 2-2

    Super Bowl MVPs: Peyton Manning, QB - SB XLI

    Overview: After losing Super Bowl III two years before, the Baltimore Colts redeemed themselves, winning Super bowl V on rookie kicker Jim O'Brien's 32-yard field goal as time expired, defeating the Dallas Cowboys in one of the Super Bowl's sloppiest games.

    And, in 2006, after flirting with the Super Bowl for years, the Indianapolis Colts finally got over the hump, defeating the Bears 29-17 in a game that wasn't decided until late in the fourth quarter.

No. 8 -- Boston/New England Patriots

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    Super Bowl Appearances: Super Bowl XX (Lost to Chicago, 46-10); Super Bowl XXXI (Lost to Green Bay, 35-21); Super Bowl XXXVI (Beat St. Louis, 20-17); Super Bowl XXXVIII (Beat Carolina, 32-29); Super Bowl XXXIX (Beat Philadelphia, 24-21); Super Bowl XLII (Lost to the New York Giants, 17-14)

    Super Bowl Record: 3-3

    Super Bowl MVPs: Tom Brady, QB (twice) - SB XXXVI & SB XXXVII; Deion Branch, WR - SB XXXIX

    Overview: In their first two Super Bowls, XX & XXXI, the Patriots were defeated both times. From 2001 through 2004, however, they proceeded to win three Super Bowls in four seasons, sustaining themselves as the NFL's most recent dynasty and as the Team of the 2000s.

    All three of their Super Bowl wins came by three points, the first two coming on last-second field goals by Adam Vinatieri, who, in doing so, established himself as the best playoff kicker in NFL history.

No. 7 -- Washington Redskins

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    Super Bowl Appearances: Super Bowl VII (Lost to Miami, 14-7); Super Bowl XVII (Beat Miami, 27-17); Super Bowl XVIII (Lost to Oakland, 38-9); Super Bowl XXII (Beat Denver, 42-10); Super Bowl XXVI (Beat Buffalo, 37-24)

    Super Bowl Record: 3-2

    Super Bowl MVPs: John Riggins, RB - SB XVII: Doug Williams, QB - SB XXII; Mark Rypien, QB - SB XXVI;

    Overview: There was one constant in Washington's three Super Bowl victories: Joe Gibbs.

    He won three Super Bowls in Washington, doing so with a different quarterback each time and twice during strike-shortened seasons.

    They beat Miami in a thriller, defeating the Dolphins, 27-17 in SB XVIII, trounced Denver, 42-10 in SB XXII and further established their place as one of the elite franchises in the NFL by defeating Buffalo in SB XXVI.

No. 6 -- Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders

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    Super Bowl Appearances: Super Bowl II (Lost to Green Bay, 33-14); Super Bowl XI (Beat Minnesota, 32-14); Super Bowl XV (Beat Philadelphia, 27-10); Super Bowl XVIII (Beat Washington, 38-9); Super Bowl XXXVII (Lost to Tampa Bay, 48-21)

    Super Bowl Record: 3-2

    Super Bowl MVPs: Fred Biletnikoff, WR - SB XI; Jim Plunkett, QB - SB XV; Marcus Allen, RB - SB XVIII

    Overview: For an eight-year span from 1976 through 1983, the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders won three Super Bowls, doing so once with John Madden as head coach and twice with Tom Flores as head coach.

    These three championship teams featured some of the greatest players of their time, including Art Shell, Gene Upshaw, Fred Biletnikoff, Jack Tatum, Ted Hendricks and Marcus Allen. It was these teams that helped to establish the Raiders as one of the trademark franchises in the National Football League.

No. 5 -- New York Giants

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    Super Bowl Appearances: Super Bowl XXI (Beat Denver, 39-20); Super Bowl XXV (Beat Buffalo, 20-19); Super Bowl XXXV (Lost to the Baltimore Ravens, 34-7); Super Bowl XLII (Beat New England, 17-14)

    Super Bowl Record: 3-2

    Super Bowl MVPs: Phil Simms, QB - SB XXI; Ottis Anderson, RB - SB XXV; Eli Manning, QB - SB XLII

    Overview: In their Super Bowl first Super Bowl win, the Giants, despite being outplayed by Denver in the first half, trailed just 10-9 at halftime, and, behind Phil Simms' MVP performance, dominated in the second before defeating the Broncos, 39-20.

    Their other two Super Bowl victories, however, ended in much more dramatic fashion.

    In Super Bowl XXV, the Giants rallied from 12-3 and 19-17 deficits, taking the lead on a Matt Bahr 21-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter. It was only until Buffalo kicker Scott Norwood just missed a 47-yard field goal with seconds remaining that the Giants were assured of their second Super Bowl victory.

    Facing the 18-0 New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, the Giants surprised everyone, staying with the Patriots for the entire game, leading at three different points during the contest, taking their final lead with 35 seconds remaining when Eli Manning hit Plaxico Burress on a 13-yard touchdown pass.

No. 4 -- Green Bay Packers

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    Super Bowl Appearances: Super Bowl I (Beat Kansas City, 35-10); Super Bowl II (Beat Oakland, 33-14); Super Bowl XXXI (Beat New England, 35-21); Super Bowl XXXII (Lost to Denver, 31-24); Super Bowl XLV (Beat Pittsburgh, 31-24)

    Super Bowl Record: 4-1

    Super Bowl MVPs: Bart Starr, QB (twice) - SB I & II; Desmond Howard, WR/KR - SB XXXI; Aaron Rodgers, QB - SB XLV

    Overview: Behind Vince Lombardi and Bart Starr, the Green Bay Packers won the first two Super Bowls, doing so in convincing fashion both times, beating Kansas City (35-10) and Oakland (33-14) to sustain their legacy as one of the NFL's great dynasties.

    Nearly 30 years later, led by Brett Favre and Reggie White, the Packers returned to glory, winning Super Bowl XXXI and losing Super Bowl XXXII in heartbreaking fashion to the Denver Broncos, 31-24.

    And in Super Bowl XLV, the Packers, behind the play of quarterback Aaron Rodgers, receivers Jordy Nelson and Greg Jennings and a defense that forced three turnovers, were able to outlast the Steelers, defeating them 31-25 to bring the Lombardi Trophy home to Titletown.

No. 3 -- Dallas Cowboys

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    Super Bowl Appearances: Super Bowl V (Lost to the Baltimore Colts, 16-13); Super Bowl VI (Beat Miami, 24-3); Super Bowl X (Lost to Pittsburgh, 21-17); Super Bowl XII (Beat Denver, 27-10); Super Bowl XIII (Lost to Pittsburgh, 35-31); Super Bowl XXVII (Beat Buffalo, 52-17); Super Bowl XXVIII (Beat Buffalo, 30-13); Super Bowl XXX (Beat Pittsburgh, 27-17)

    Super Bowl Record: 5-3

    Super Bowl MVPs: Chuck Howley, LB - SB V; Roger Staubach, QB - SB VI; Harvey Martin, DE & Randy White, co-MVPs - SB XII; Troy Aikman, QB - SB XXVII; Emmitt Smith, RB - SB XXVIII; Larry Brown, CB - SB XXX

    Overview: Throughout their history, the Cowboys have undergone some historic Super Bowl runs. They became America's Team in the 1970s, when, led by Tom Landry, Roger Staubach and Randy White, they advanced to five Super Bowls in a nine-year span in the 1970s, winning two of them.

    In the early '90s, behind Jimmy Johnson, Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith, the Cowboys returned to glory, defeating Buffalo twice and Pittsburgh once to become the second franchise to win five Super Bowls.

No. 2 -- San Francisco 49ers

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    Super Bowl Appearances: Super Bowl XVI (Beat Cincinnati, 26-21); Super Bowl XIX (Beat Miami, 38-16); Super Bowl XXIII (Beat Cincinnati, 20-16); Super Bowl XXIV (Beat Denver, 55-10); Super Bowl XXIX (Beat San Diego, 49-26)

    Super Bowl Record: 5-0

    Super Bowl MVPs: Joe Montana, QB (three times) - SB XVI, SB XIX & SB XXIV; Jerry Rice, WR - SB XXIII; Steve Young, QB - SB XXIX

    Overview: One of the most storied franchises in sports history, the San Francisco 49ers were the first team to win five Super Bowls. 

    Most of their Super Bowl victories have come in convincing fashion, but we all remember their goal line stand against Cincinnati in Super Bowl XVI, as well as that famous, game-winning, 92-yard drive in the final minutes of Super Bowl XXIII that cemented head coach Bill Walsh's legacy and elevated quarterback Joe Montana to legendary status.

No. 1 -- Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Super Bowl Appearances: Super Bowl IX (Beat Minnesota, 16-6); Super Bowl X (Beat Dallas, 21-17); Super Bowl XIII (Beat Dallas, 35-31); Super Bowl XIV (Beat the L.A. Rams, 31-19); Super Bowl XXX (Lost to Dallas, 27-17); Super Bowl XL (Beat Seattle, 21-10); Super Bowl XLIII (Beat Arizona, 27-23); Super Bowl XLV (Lost to Green Bay, 31-25)

    Super Bowl Record: 6-2

    Super Bowl MVPs: Franco Harris, RB - SB IX; Lynn Swann, WR - SB X; Terry Bradshaw, QB (twice) - SB XIII & XIV; Hines Ward, WR - SB XL; Santonio Holmes, WR - SB XLIII

    Close Calls: 1994 AFC Championship Game; 1997 AFC Championship Game; 2001 AFC Championship Game; 2004 AFC Championship Game ????

    Overview: One of the great dynasties in sports history, the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers won back-to-back Super Bowls in 1974-75 and 1978-79, immortalizing their run and creating legends out of Lynn Swann, Franco Harris and "Mean" Joe Greene.

    One of the most well-run organizations in sports, the Steelers advanced to Super Bowl XXX in 1994, as well as Super Bowl XL in 2005 and Super Bowl XLIII in 2008. 

    In Super Bowl XLIII, the Steelers won 27-23 after completing one of the great drives in Super Bowl History, embarking on an eight-play, 78-yard drive that ended with Ben Roethlisberger finding Santonio Holmes in the corner of the end zone with 35 seconds remaining, giving the Steelers a record sixth Super Bowl victory.