Ranking The Seattle Seahawks Among The Best Super Bowl Winners Of All Time
Where Do The Seahawks Rank Among The Best Super Bowl Teams?
With the 2013 season complete, the discussion now centers on where to rank this team. While the future is yet to be seen and the dynasty talk is still premature, in a single season the 2013 Seattle Seahawks were one of the best Super Bowl teams in NFL history.
This notion may sound premature just barely a day after the Super Bowl, but holding the NFL's most potent offense in NFL history in the Denver Broncos to only eight points in a 43-8 rout makes this notion relevant.
There are no poor Super Bowl champions as each won the ultimate prize after the season. Determining which of these now 48 was in the top 10 was a demanding process that required going over almost five decades of football and sifting through different eras.
The Seahawks were the youngest team in the NFL last season and a bright future is in their midst, but some tough competition, including the division rivals San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals, will look to bounce the Seahawks in 2014. And in the AFC, Peyton Manning and the Broncos will look to bounce back, and don't count out Tom Brady and the New England Patriots just yet.
While the Seahawks' book has not been completely written yet, let's keep this discussion towards the 2013 Seahawks and what follows is my ranking of the 10 greatest Super Bowl champions of all time. Some on the list you might agree with, and others will have you fumed. Here they are.
10. 1983 Los Angeles Raiders
Despite allowing 30 or more points in five games during the regular season, the Raiders won all three of their postseason games by more than two touchdowns.
9. 2004 New England Patriots
Although the 2004 New England Patriots lacked in star power, this team finished an incredible stretch in NFL history with a championship. The Patriots won 21 consecutive games during the end of the 2003 season and the start of the 2004 season.
New England was 9-1 against .500 or better teams and defeated three elite quarterbacks (Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Donovan McNabb) in the postseason.
8. 2009 New Orleans Saints
The 2009 New Orleans Saints led the league in total offense and defeated three Hall of Fame bound quarterbacks in the playoffs (Kurt Warner, Brett Favre and Manning).
The Saints only finished 20th in defense, yet they led the league in point differential and giveaway/takeaway ratio, two of the most important stats in football.
The Saints had seven Pro Bowlers and started the season 13-0.
7. 1992 Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys were led by the NFL's all-time leading rusher, Emmitt Smith, and one of the best offensive lines ever assembled. Dallas was also first in the league in defense.
The Cowboys defeated the 14-2 San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game before the Super Bowl rout.
6. 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers
The 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers captured their fourth Super Bowl championship in six years, cementing their dynasty. The Steelers had nine players and head coach Chuck Noll enshrined in Canton.
Pittsburgh's two regular season losses were by a total of 10 points and defeated a great Dallas Cowboys team in Super Bowl 13.
5. 1972 Miami Dolphins
The 1972 Miami Dolphins were one of the first teams to boast the league's top-ranked offense and defense and are the only undefeated team in NFL history.
Miami had nine Pro Bowlers and six future Hall of Famers on the 1972 squad. However, the Dolphins played the easiest schedule of any Super Bowl champion and won all three postseason games by seven points or less.
4. 2013 Seattle Seahawks
The 2013 Seattle Seahawks rode their defense to a dominating season with a dominant Super Bowl 48 victory. They led the league in total defense and takeaways while the offense finished a respectable eighth in scoring offense.
The Seahawks had six Pro Bowlers and held the highest scoring offense in NFL history in the Denver Broncos to only eight points in the Super Bowl.
3. 1994 San Francisco 49ers
Steve Young's 1994 season was one of the best in NFL history with a 70 percent completion rate, 35 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions to go with seven rushing touchdowns.
Over its final 13 games (including the playoffs), the San Francisco 49ers scored more than 40 points six times and less than 30 just twice. They defeated the two-time Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys in the NFC championship game and thrashed the San Diego Chargers 49-26 behind Steve Young's six touchdown passes.
2. 1989 San Francisco 49ers
The 1989 San Francisco 49ers were the best team not only in the 49ers' dynasty of the 1980s but of the team's rich history.
The 49ers lost their only two games by a combined five points, went undefeated on the road and won 13 games by double digits with the most lopsided Super Bowl win in NFL history, 55-10 over the Denver Broncos.
1. 1985 Chicago Bears
The 1985 Chicago Bears won its first championship in 22 years behind one of the most fearsome defenses in NFL history.
The Bears won 14 games by double digits, including three dominant postseason performances with shutouts in the first two playoff games.