San Francisco 49ers: Power-Ranking the Best Non-Super Bowl 49ers Teams

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San Francisco 49ers: Power-Ranking the Best Non-Super Bowl 49ers Teams
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Joe Montana led the 49ers to many victories but also some heartbreaking defeats in the playoffs.

It’s been 30 years since the San Francisco 49er won their first Super Bowl. It’s been 17 since they returned to the sport’s ultimate game, and nine years since they’ve been in the playoffs. It’s been a rough patch.

What makes the current franchise so disappointing is that there was a time when the 49ers ranked with the 1960s Boston Celtics and the 1950s New York Yankees. They were a team that was not only expected to do well, but to dominate in league play.

That the 49ers won five Super Bowls in 14 years shows that this team achieved success rate otherwise unmatched in the NFL. Of course, Pittsburgh has more Super Bowl titles with six, but only their racking up four Vince Lombardi trophies in the 1970s exceeds San Francisco’s five from 1981-’94.

Still, tried and true Niners fans say the team could have won six, seven or even eight titles between the early 1980s and the mid-1990s. Looking back, here are, in descending order, the five best non-Super Bowl teams during San Francisco’s amazing run as the NFL’s elite team.

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