Every Super Bowl has a winner and a loser. The winners become a part of an elite club while the losers are forced to live with the torture of letting football’s Mecca slip away. Those teams which have been able to win multiple Super Bowls have been able to build dynasties that elevate their franchises to otherworldly heights.
This year’s Super Bowl features the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. The Patriots have won 3 Super Bowls, while the Seahawks won their first ever Super Bowl last year. New England has a chance to become just the 6th franchise to win the big game at least 4 times, while Seattle could become the 13th franchise to secure multiple Super Bowl titles. Below is a closer look at the 5 franchises to have won 4 or more Super Bowls.
Pittsburgh Steelers (6)
The king of Super Bowl championships has been the Pittsburgh Steelers. If anything overshadowed the Dallas Cowboys in the 1970’s, it was Pittsburgh and its cast of playmakers. Terry Bradshaw, Franco Harris, and Lynn Swann are all among the all-time greats at their respective positions and all performed together on the same team, making it easy to see why they were so successful. Pittsburgh won four Super Bowls in the 1970’s, winning them back-to-back twice. Pittsburgh added to their collection with wins over the Seattle Seahawks (2006) and Arizona Cardinals (2009), giving them a league-best six Super Bowl victories. They are also the only team from the AFC with more than three.
Dallas Cowboys (5)
The Dallas Cowboys are the greatest NFC power of all-time. The Cowboys have appeared in eight Super Bowls (tied with Pittsburgh for the most all-time), winning five of them. This team was overpowering in both the 1970’s and the 1990’s, making five trips to the Super Bowl in the 70’s and winning all three of their trips in the 90’s. The big question is when will the Cowboys be able to get back to the big game. Dallas hasn’t made it back to the Super Bowl since their title run during the 1995-96 campaign. While the Cowboys have made seven playoff appearance during their current drought, they have not played in a single NFC Championship Game during this stretch.
San Francisco 49ers (5)
The San Francisco 49ers were the team of the 1980’s led by Joe Montana and the great Jerry Rice. The 49ers are one of the elite teams which have won five Super Bowls. They got their first in the 1981-82 season and captured their last in 1994. The 49ers had a chance to tie the Steelers for the most Super Bowl wins all-time in 2013, but came up short against the Baltimore Ravens. San Francisco is still searching for their first Super Bowl title since beating the San Diego Chargers 49-26 back in 1995.
Green Bay Packers (4)
The first Super Bowl powerhouse was the Green Bay Packers, winning Super Bowl’s one and two by huge margins over the AFC’s Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders respectively. Vince Lombardi led the way as the first great coach in the NFL and deservedly owns the name on the Super Bowl trophy. After gaining victory in Super Bowl II back in 1967-68, Green Bay did not return to the Super Bowl until 1996-97 when Brett Favre finally led the storied Packers to another championship. Green Bay was able to record their fourth Super Bowl victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV behind the young and talented arm of Aaron Rodgers.
New York Giants (4)
The New York Giants are the latest team to enter into elite status with four Super Bowl wins. The Giants most recent Super Bowl came in a 21-17 upset of the New England Patriots in 2011. As impressive as that was, it failed in comparison to their 2007 upset of the Patriots, when New York defeated and undefeated New England squad 17-14. New York’s first two Super Bowl titles came in 1986 & 1990.
Other Teams With Multiple Super Bowl Wins: New England Patriots (3), Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders (3), Washington Redskins (3), Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts (2), Denver Broncos (2), Baltimore Ravens (2) and Miami Dolphins (2).