Best Super Bowls of All Time: The Top 5 Greatest Teams
By Loot, NFL Football Handicapper, Lootmeister.com
1972 Miami Dolphins
Sure, they had a pretty easy schedule, facing only two winning teams all season. And it seems like some teams ranked under them would likely win in a mythical head-to-head matchup. But none of those teams managed what this team pulled off--winning every game in the regular season all the way through the Super Bowl. If a bunch of guys from these all-time best squads got together to debate whose team was the best, the Miami guys could just wait until everyone was done arguing and merely say--”We won all our games and you didn’t.” It’s an equalizing statement that puts Miami right at the top of the list.
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1985 Chicago Bears
If there were a mythical playoff amongst the best NFL teams, this Chicago team might be the favorite. Even casual fans who followed the game in the mid-80’s can still name most guys who were on this defense--one of the best ever. One of the more colorful NFL teams of all-time, the Bears had the Super Bowl Shuffle, Jim McMahon, Walter Payton, the “Refrigerator” William Perry, and a host of other greats. Ditka seemed to embody the team’s blue-collar work ethic and Buddy Ryan was at his peak running the “D.” After shutting out the Giants and the Rams in the playoffs (no easy feat), they went wild on the Patriots in Super Bowl XX in a 46-10 massacre.
1984 San Francisco 49ers
Vintage 49ers. Joe Montana was at his peak. During the regular season, San Francisco ran roughshod over all their opponents--going 15-1. Their only loss was by a field goal. Montana had weapons with RB Roger Craig and ball-catchers Freddie Solomon and Dwight Clark, working behind one of the greatest offensive lines of all time. It’s easy to focus on their offense, but this Niners squad also boasted of a defense that had allowed a league-fewest 227 points all season. The entire secondary went to the Pro Bowl. This team was loaded, becoming the first teams to register 15 regular season wins. In the Super Bowl, they caught a Dolphins team with a young QB in Dan Marino who had broken just about every passing record that year. It didn’t matter. Against the San Francisco juggernaut, Miami was laid to rest in Super Bowl XIX, 38-16.
1976 Oakland Raiders
This might have been coach John Madden’s best team and he had a lot of them. With 6 future Hall of Fame players, this team was loaded, losing only one regular season game. After switching to a 3-4 defense mid-season, they won their final ten regular season games. Kenny Stabler was in fine form as the conference’s top QB, working with talent like RB Mark van Eeghen and WR Cliff Branch--both of whom had over 1000 yards. Fred Biletnikoff, Dave Casper, and Clarence Davis rounded out a tremendous offense, anchored by a line that featured names like Art Shell, Gene Upshaw, and Dave Dalby. And their “D” was fierce, with luminaries like Otis Sistrunk and Ted Hendricks and a secondary that might have been the most vicious of all-time. After a close win against the Patriots in their first playoff game, Oakland crushed the previous year’s Super Bowl Champion--the Pittsburgh Steelers. It led to an appearance in Super Bowl XI, where the black and silver crushed Minnesota, 32-14.
1966 Green Bay Packers
Being that the Super Bowl trophy is named after Vince Lombardi, it’s only right to include one of his teams on this list. And it’s by no means a conciliatory pick, as the ’67 Packers were in fact the real deal. The NFL’s first champion had dominated the 60’s in the pre-Super Bowl era and were clearly the best team of the decade. The 12-2 Packers cruised to the title game against the tough AFL representatives--the Kansas City Chiefs. This game was called the First AFL-NFL World Championship Game and would later be re-coined Super Bowl I. The Packers stamped their name in the Super Bowl record books with a dominating 35-10 win.