Miami Dolphins

The 1972 Miami Dolphins Are Named The Greatest Team In NFL History By NFL Network

1972DolphinsPerfection paid off in the long run for the 1972 Miami Dolphins on Friday night during the NFL Network’s Top 100 Teams countdown.

A panel of experts named the 17-0 ’72 Dolphins as the greatest team in NFL history – edging out the 1985 Chicago Bears for the top spot. Their ranking culminated a list featuring every Super Bowl champion, NFL champion, and several teams that did not win a Super Bowl.

Here is the list in its entirety:

  1. 1972 Miami Dolphins
  2. 1985 Chicago Bears
  3. 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers 
  4. 1984 San Francisco 49ers
  5. 1989 San Francisco 49ers
  6. 1992 Dallas Cowboys
  7. 2007 New England Patriots
  8. 1976 Oakland Raiders
  9. 1962 Green Bay Packers
  10. 1975 Pittsburgh Steelers 
  11. 1999 St. Louis Rams 
  12. 1986 New York Giants 
  13. 1966 Green Bay Packers
  14. 1998 Denver Broncos 
  15. 1991 Washington Redskins
  16. 2004 New England Patriots
  17. 1977 Dallas Cowboys
  18. 2013 Seattle Seahawks
  19. 1994 San Francisco 49ers
  20. 1996 Green Bay Packers
  21. 2016 New England Patriots 
  22. 2000 Baltimore Ravens
  23. 1993 Dallas Cowboys 
  24. 1968 New York Jets
  25. 1950 Cleveland Browns
  26. 1958 Baltimore Colts
  27. 1969 Kansas City Chiefs 
  28. 1973 Miami Dolphins
  29. 1990 New York Giants 
  30. 2009 New Orleans Saints
  31. 1981 San Francisco 49ers 
  32. 2003 New England Patriots
  33. 1983 LA Raiders
  34. 1971 Dallas Cowboys
  35. 1990 Buffalo Bills
  36. 2017 Philadelphia Eagles 
  37. 2006 Indianapolis Colts
  38. 1998 Minnesota Vikings
  39. 1979 Pittsburgh Steelers
  40. 1929 Green Bay Packers
  41. 1964 Cleveland Browns
  42. 1948-49 Philadelphia Eagles
  43. 1974 Pittsburgh Steelers
  44. 1968 Baltimore Colts
  45. 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  46. 2014 New England Patriots
  47. 1995 Dallas Cowboys
  48. 1922-23 Canton Bulldogs
  49. 1941 Chicago Bears
  50. 1997 Denver Broncos 
  51. 2001 New England Patriots
  52. 1960 Philadelphia Eagles 
  53. 2007 New York Giants 
  54. 1982 Washington Redskins 
  55. 1953 Detroit Lions
  56. 1967 Green Bay Packers 
  57. 1936 Green Bay Packers
  58. 2015 Denver Broncos
  59. 1942 Chicago Bears
  60. 2001 St. Louis Rams
  61. 1963 Chicago Bears 
  62. 2008 Pittsburgh Steelers
  63. 1984 Miami Dolphins
  64. 1954 Cleveland Browns
  65. 1987 Washington Redskins
  66. 1933 Chicago Bears
  67. 2011 Green Bay Packers
  68. 2015 Carolina Panthers 
  69. 1988 San Francisco 49ers
  70. 1945 Cleveland Rams
  71. 1920 Akron Pros
  72. 1970 Baltimore Colts
  73. 1990 San Francisco 49ers
  74. 1980 Oakland Raiders
  75. 2009 Indianapolis Colts 
  76. 1983 Washington Redskins 
  77. 1956 New York Giants 
  78. 1967 Oakland Raiders
  79. 2018 New England Patriots 
  80. 1927 New York Giants 
  81. 1926 Frankford Yellow Jackets 
  82. 1921 Chicago Staleys
  83. 1969 Minnesota Vikings 
  84. 1964 Buffalo Bills
  85. 1966 Kansas City Chiefs 
  86. 2013 Denver Broncos 
  87. 2010 Green Bay Packers
  88. 1940 Chicago Bears 
  89. 1934 Chicago Bears 
  90. 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers
  91. 1999 Tennessee Titans 
  92. 1951 LA Rams 
  93. 2011 New York Giants 
  94. 1978 Dallas Cowboys 
  95. 2006 San Diego Chargers  
  96. 1943 Chicago Bears 
  97. 2012 Baltimore Ravens 
  98. 1928 Providence Steam Rollers 
  99. 1937 Washington Redskins
  100. 1961 Houston Oilers

When the NFL Network did a similar countdown of the greatest Super Bowl champions ever leading up to Super Bowl XLI, the ’72 Dolphins finished at the top of that list as well.

Perfection has its privileges. Just ask the Dolphins, who were quick to remind folks of that during their tribute video on Friday night.

My choice would have been the 1989 San Francisco 49ers because after all, they beat the tar off a lot of good teams unlike some teams we know near the very top of the countdown.

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