Ranking six most overlooked Super Bowl winners: 1984 49ers battle John Madden’s 1976 Raiders for top spot

For whatever reason, some Super Bowl champions are remembered more than others. Teams like the 1966 Packers, 1978 Steelers, 1972 Dolphins, 1985 Bears, and 1999 Rams continue to be celebrated and chronicled by fans and media members alike. Heck, even the 2007 Patriots, who failed to bring home the Vince Lombardi Trophy, continue to earn mention among the NFL’s all-time great teams. 

Conversely, there have been more than a few teams that have not received enough fanfare. Whether it was their perceived lack of personality, star power or on-field dramatics, these teams are seldom mentioned among the greatest teams of all time. With that in mind, we decided to give some of the Super Bowl’s less-heralded championship teams some fanfare while ranking the six-most overlooked Super Bowl champions. 

Final record: 14-3 Roster included eight Hall of Fame players Defeated the previous two AFL champions and the reigning NFL champion in the postseason

The ’68 Jets live in infamy as the first AFL team to defeat the NFL in the Super Bowl. But the Chiefs’ 23-7 victory over the mighty Vikings in Super Bowl IV (the final game before the two leagues merged) was equally impressive. After dethroning Broadway Joe and the rest of the Jets in the playoffs, the Chiefs edged John Madden’s Raiders to capture their second AFL title in four years. Against the NFL champion Vikings, Kansas City forced five turnovers while holding Minnesota to just 239 yards. Mike Garrett and Frank Pitts led a Chiefs rushing attack that churned out 151 yards on a muddy track, while Len Dawson’s 46-yard touchdown pass to Otis Taylor put the Chiefs’ first Super Bowl win on ice. 

In addition to owner Lamar Hunt and coach Hank Stram, the ’69 Chiefs boasted eight other Hall of Famers in Dawson, linebackers Willie Lanier and Bobby Bell, defensive tackles Buck Buchanan and Curley Culp, cornerback Emmitt Thomas, safety Johnny Robinson and kicker…


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Author : Bryan DeArdo

Publish date : 2024-02-08 01:15:06

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