As we get closer to the start of the league’s 100th season, USA Today rolled out quite the list trumpeting the greatest teams in league history. The 1985 Chicago Bears topped the 100-team list that was released last week.
The pop culture phenomenon known as the ’85 Bears bested the NFL’s first-ever 15-1 team for the honor – the 1984 San Francisco 49ers.
Chicago’s triumph didn’t just include Super Bowl winners. USA Today included every team during the league’s previous 99 seasons including non-Super Bowl winners.
The top 10 included a franchise-best three teams from the 49ers but not the overall top spot. Here’s a look at the top 10:
- 1985 Bears
- 1984 49ers
- 1962 Packers
- 1989 49ers
- 1972 Dolphins
- 1991 Redskins
- 1994 49ers
- 1975 Steelers
- 1999 Rams
- 1996 Packers
A couple of other notes of interest…
- The highest ranking team from the 21st century? The 2013 Seattle Seahawks finished 12th.
- The highest ranking Patriots team? Not a Super Bowl winner. Instead, the 2007 Patriots, which finished 18-1 with a devastating loss in Super Bowl XLII to the New York Giants, ranked 17th.
- The highest Pats Super Bowl winner was the 2016 outfit (19th) that erased a 28-3 second half deficit to win Super Bowl LI.
It’s definitely a fun list to peruse. If one can get past the 1968 Jets – one of the biggest underdogs in Super Bowl history – being ranked 16th despite scoring only one touchdown in a shocking win over the Baltimore Colts, they can probably find some enjoyment out of it.
In related news, The JMRA Football Podcast covered the 10 greatest teams of the Super Bowl era on a recent podcast.