The Most Successful NFL Teams

While American Football may be just an American sport, that doesn’t stop it from being a global giant. The figures behind it are astounding, and the NFL has the biggest TV rights deal in any sport. The NFL signed a new 9 year deal from 2014 to 2022 with four US networks CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN which works out at $4.5 billion a year in combined payments from four networks. A quite remarkable amount of money for one sport.

Then there’s the end of season Super Bowl which is watched around the world, it is one of the 5 biggest annual sporting events globally

  1. UEFA Champions League
  2. The Super Bowl
  3. Tour de France
  4. Wimbledon
  5. NBA Finals

Now let’s look at the most successful NFL teams over the years, this will be weighted on Super Bowl appearances, wins and losses.

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10. Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins haven’t had much success since the 80’s but they did win 2 Super Bowls. In the 1970s, they went to 3 straight Super Bowls—losing the first to Dallas and winning the next two. They have been runner up 3 times, the last Super Bowl appearance was in 1984 when they lost to the 49ers. They’ve made the playoffs 23 times, most recently in 2016.

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9. Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders

The raiders have made 5 Super Bowl appearances with two wins in 1976, 1980 and 1983. They have been runner up twice with 22 playoff appearances, the most recent being in 2016.

8. Washington Redskins

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Where putting the Redskins ahead of the Raiders because they have won their division more times and have 24 playoffs v’s the raiders 22. The Redskins equal the Raiders in Super Bowl titles with 3 in 1982, 1987 and 1991. They have also been runners up twice.

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7. New York Giants

4 Super Bowl Wins in 1986, 1990, 2007 and 2011, and were runner up once.

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6. Green Bay Packers

Their NFL record is almost the very same as the Giants with 5 appearances, 4 wins (1966, 1967, 1996, 2010) One loss and 32 playoff appearances. Were putting them ahead because of their unrivalled pre Super Bowl success, 9 pre Super Bowl Championships.  Also worth noting that the team are far more successful than their arch rivals Chicago Bears, these two for one of the most famous team rivalries in sport.

5. Denver Broncos

The Broncos have been in more Super Bowls than the 49ers with 8, but only won 3 in 1997, 1998 and 2015. They have 15 division championships and 22 playoff appearances.

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4. San Francisco 49ers

5 Super Bowl wins (1981, 1984, 1988, 1989, 1994) They were runner up at the 2012 Super Bowl. Throw in 19 division championships and 26 playoffs and you have the 4th best NFL team in the Super Bowl era.

3. The Dallas Cowboys

With a valuation of $5.5 billion, the Cowboys are the most valuable sports team on the planet. The have also made the Super Bowl 8 times and won it 5 times (1971, 1977, 1992, 1993 and 1995) 95 was their last appearance. They have 24 division championships and made the playoffs 33 times, the most recent for both was 2018.

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2. Pittsburg Steelers

They may not have had much recent success but the Steelers have a great Super Bowl History with 8 – 6 champions in 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 2005 and 2008. They were twice runner up in 2005 and 2010. They have 23 division championships and 31 playoff appearances, most recently in 2017.

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1. The New England Patriots

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The Patriots have really dominated the NFL since 2001, with 6 Super Bowl titles (2002, 2004, 2005, 2015, 2017 and 2019. The have been in 11 Super Bowls with 5 losses, which puts them way out in front as the greatest NFL team in the Super Bowl era.

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