The success of an NFL franchise is measured on a lot of things. None more so than the number of times they have won it all. This article takes a closer look at what teams have owned the record books when it comes to trophies.
Top Six NFL Teams with the Most Championships in Super Bowl History
Below is a look at the franchises that have won four or more titles. As you can see it’s a pretty elusive list. There are just six teams that have been able to hold up the Lombardi Trophy on more than three occasions.
For those that don’t know, there’s currently 32 teams that make up the NFL. To this day there have been 51 Super Bowls played. The most recent being the Patriots epic 34-28 overtime win against the Falcons. It was New England’s fifth championship, moving them just one back of the Steelers for a share of the all-time lead.
One thing the National Football League likes to claim about it’s league is parity. Well that’s not exactly been the case. The six teams below make up less than 20% of the league. Yet they account for 57% (29 of the 51) of the pro football championships.
Pittsburgh Steelers (6)
The king of championships has been the Pittsburgh Steelers. If anything overshadowed the Cowboys in the 1970’s, it was Pittsburgh and its playmakers. Terry Bradshaw, Franco Harris, and Lynn Swann are all all-time greats. All three performed together on the same team, making it easy to see why they were so successful. Pittsburgh won four times in the 1970’s, winning them back-to-back twice. Pittsburgh added to their collection with wins over the Seahawks (2006) and Cardinals (2009).
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 and New England for the most all-time. In those 8 appearances they won 5 times. This team was overpowering in both the 1970’s and the 1990’s. They made five trips in the 70’s and won 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 big game since their title run during the 1995-96 campaign.
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. 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 wins all-time in 2013. But would come up short against the Baltimore Ravens. San Francisco’s last title came in 1995 against the Chargers.
New England Patriots (5)
The Patriots just keep winning titles under the duo of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. These two have essentially re-written the record book. New England just won their 5th title with a 34-28 overtime win against the Atlanta Falcons. The Patriots did so by pulling off the largest comeback in Super Bowl history, rallying from a 3-28 deficit. New England put itself on the map by beating the Rams in SB XXXVI (2002). They quickly added to their resume with back-to-back titles in 2004 and 2005. At that point it looked like they were was no stopping them. Then came two gut-wrenching losses to the Giants before New England finally returned on top in 2014. Beating the Seahawks 28-24 in one of the most memorable games of all-time.
Green Bay Packers (4)
The first powerhouse was the Green Bay Packers. They won the first two championships by huge margins. Vince Lombardi led the way as the first great coach in the NFL and deservedly owns the name on the trophy. It was almost 30 years before the Packers got back. They added their 3rd title in the 1996-97 behind legendary quarterback Brett Favre. Green Bay recorded their fourth championship in 2010. Defeating the Steelers 31-25 in SB XLV.
New York Giants (4)
New York didn’t get their first title until 1986. They would quickly add to that with another championship in 1990. They returned in 2000, but were destroyed 34-7 by the Ravens. The Giants secured their 3rd title in improbable fashion. New York took down the undefeated Patriots 17-14 as a massive dog in 2007. History would repeat itself in 2012. The Giants again knocked off the heavily favored Patriots 21-17.
Win/Loss Records & Number of Superbowl Appearances for Every NFL Team
A lot of time we focus on who wins and forget which teams lost. This section here takes a look at the number of total appearances each team has made. The Patriots are held and shoulders above the rest with nine trips to the title game. The next best is a 3-way tie with the Steelers, Cowboys and Broncos all sitting at eight.
As for the unfortunate franchises that have never played in the final game of the season. That honor is shared by four NFL teams. The Browns, Lions, Jaguars and Texans.
This table also shows you the win loss records for all 32 teams in the big game. The only team that’s made multiple appearances without a loss is the Ravens. They have gone 2-0. On the flip side of this there are six teams with multiple trips that have not won a title. The two biggest losers being the Vikings and Bills. Both of which have gone 0 for 4.
|9||New England Patriots||5||4|
|6||San Francisco 49ers||5||1|
|5||Green Bay Packers||4||1|
|5||New York Giants||4||1|
|5||Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders||3||2|
|3||Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams||1||2|
|2||Kansas City Chiefs||1||1|
|1||New York Jets||1||0|
|1||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||0|
|1||New Orleans Saints||1||0|
|1||San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers||0||1|
Super Bowl Standings: List of Teams with the Most Rings in NFL History
This section here is the standings in terms of wins for every NFL team. It also lists the season in which each team won their super bowl rings.
|Pittsburgh Steelers||6||1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 2005, 2008|
|Dallas Cowboys||5||1971, 1977, 1992, 1993, 1995|
|San Francisco 49ers||5||1981, 1984, 1988, 1989, 1994|
|New England Patriots||5||2001, 2003, 2004, 2014, 2016|
|Green Bay Packers||4||1966, 1967,1996, 2010|
|New York Giants||4||1986, 1990, 2007, 2011|
|Denver Broncos||3||1997, 1998, 2015|
|Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders||3||1976, 1980, 1983|
|Washington Redskins||3||1982, 1987, 1991|
|Miami Dolphins||2||1972, 1973|
|Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts||2||1970, 2006|
|Baltimore Ravens||2||2000, 2012|
|Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams||1||1999|
|Kansas City Chiefs||1||1969|
|New York Jets||1||1968|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||2002|
|New Orleans Saints||1||2009|
|San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers||0|