NFL: The 7 Greatest Teams to Ever Win the Super Bowl

It seems like an aeon ago, but back in February 2015 the Seattle Seahawks had the chance to become only the eighth team in the history of the National Football League to repeat as Super Bowl champions. With a win over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX, the Seahawks would have joined the exclusive club of repeat Super Bowl champions. Naturally, they lost. Had they won, though, would that have made them one of the best Super Bowl-winning teams of all time? Probably not.

Here is a look at the seven best Super Bowl-winning teams in NFL history (in no particular order).

1. Miami Dolphins, Super Bowl VII

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Regular-season record: 14-0

Head coach: Don Shula*

Key players:

  • Larry Csonka, running back*
  • Mercury Morris, running back
  • Paul Warfield, wide receiver*
  • Earl Morrall, quarterback
  • Dick Anderson, defensive back
  • Jake Scott, defensive back
  • Nick Buoniconti, linebacker*
  • Bill Stanfill, defensive line
  • Larry Little, offensive line*
  • Jim Langer, offensive line*
  • Bob Griese, quarterback*

This team remains the only team in NFL history to go undefeated for an entire season, which is a distinction that will likely stand for many years to come. The Dolphins had Hall of Famers all over the field, and will always be known as one of the best teams in the history of professional football.

*Denotes Pro Football Hall of Fame member

2. Chicago Bears, Super Bowl XX

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Regular-season record: 15-1

Head coach: Mike Ditka*

Key players:

  • Jim McMahon, quarterback
  • Walter Payton, running back*
  • Mike Singletary, linebacker*
  • Richard Dent, defensive line*
  • Dan Hampton, defensive line
  • Steve McMichael, defensive line
  • William Perry, defensive line
  • Leslie Frazier, defensive back

This team was known for its record-breaking defense, the “Super Bowl Shuffle,” several polarizing personalities, and a swagger unlike anything the league had seen up to that point. The free-spirited Jim McMahon and Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton led the offense, while Richard Dent and Mike Singletary led one of the best defenses the league has ever seen. Buddy Ryan’s Bears defense was so dominant that he joined Mike Ditka in being carried off of the field by the Chicago players following their 46-10 Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots.

*Denotes Pro Football Hall of Fame member

3. Denver Broncos, Super Bowl XXXIII

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Regular-season record: 14-2

Head coach: Mike Shanahan

Key players:

  • John Elway, quarterback*
  • Terrell Davis, running back
  • Ed McCaffrey, wide receiver
  • Rod Smith, wide receiver
  • Shannon Sharpe, tight end*
  • Tom Nalen, offensive line
  • Mark Schlereth, offensive line
  • Neil Smith, defensive line
  • Alfred Williams, defensive line
  • Steve Atwater, defensive back
  • Jason Elam, kicker

This Denver Broncos team was one of the few teams in NFL history to repeat as Super Bowl champions. In what turned out to be quarterback John Elway’s last NFL game, he won the Super Bowl XXXIII MVP award after the Broncos beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-19. This team actually had a chance to flirt with a perfect season but lost a close game to the New York Giants in Week 15 for their first loss of the season. Running back Terrell Davis won the National Football League MVP award this season following his 2,008-yard regular season.

*Denotes Pro Football Hall of Fame member

4. Dallas Cowboys, Super Bowl XXVII

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Regular-season record: 13-3

Head coach: Jimmy Johnson

Key players:

  • Troy Aikman, quarterback*
  • Emmitt Smith, running back*
  • Daryl Johnston, fullback
  • Michael Irvin, wide receiver*
  • Jay Novacek, tight end
  • Nate Newton, offensive line
  • Charles Haley, defensive line
  • Jim Jeffcoat, defensive line
  • Leon Lett, defensive line
  • Ken Norton Jr., linebacker

This was the first Super Bowl win for the Dallas Cowboys during their dynasty of the 1990s. After easily rolling through the NFC playoffs, the Cowboys crushed the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVII. During their lopsided 52-17 Super Bowl victory over the Bills, the Cowboys defense forced nine turnovers. Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith (1,713 yards and 18 touchdowns), and Michael Irvin (1,396 yards and seven touchdowns) were the key players on a nearly unstoppable Dallas offense.

*Denotes Pro Football Hall of Fame member

5. San Francisco 49ers, Super Bowl XIX

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Regular-season record: 15-1

Head coach: Bill Walsh*

Key players:

  • Joe Montana, quarterback*
  • Dwight Clark, wide receiver
  • Ronnie Lott, defensive back*
  • Eric Wright, defensive back
  • Randy Cross, offensive line
  • Dwight Hicks, defensive back

This team often gets overlooked when talking about the great 49ers teams of the 1980s and 1990s. All this team did was go 15-1, with its only loss coming by three points to the Pittsburgh Steelers. In the Super Bowl, the Joe Montana-led 49ers crushed the Dan Marino-led Miami Dolphins by a score of 38-16.

*Denotes Pro Football Hall of Fame member

6. San Francisco 49ers, Super Bowl XXIV

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Regular-season record: 14-2

Head coach: George Seifert

Key players:

  • Joe Montana, quarterback*
  • Roger Craig, running back
  • Jerry Rice, wide receiver*
  • John Taylor, wide receiver
  • Charles Haley, outside linebacker
  • Bill Romanowski, linebacker
  • Ronnie Lott, defensive back*

This may have been the best all-around team during the 49ers’ dynasty during the 1980s and 1990s. Ironically, Bill Walsh, the legendary coach who built the 49ers into a dynasty, did not coach this team. This group dominated nearly every game it played, including the Super Bowl, when the 49ers defeated the Denver Broncos by a score of 55-10.

*Denotes Pro Football Hall of Fame member

7. Washington Redskins, Super Bowl XXVI

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Regular-season record: 14-2

Head coach: Joe Gibbs*

Key players:

  • Earnest Byner, running back
  • Mark Rypien, quarterback
  • Art Monk, wide receiver*
  • Gary Clark, wide receiver
  • Darrell Green, cornerback
  • Wilbur Marshall, linebacker

This team was one of the most dominant NFL teams of all time despite playing with a bunch of guys that other franchises viewed as castoffs. During the 1991 regular season, the Redskins outscored their opponents by a combined score of 485-224 and outscored their playoff opponents by a combined score of 102-41.

*Denotes Pro Football Hall of Fame member

All statistics are courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.