Ranking Every Super Bowl Champ Since 1993 From Worst To Best

25. The 2001 New England Patriots

The New England Patriots’ fortunes were forever altered on Sep 23, 2001, when a ferocious hit by New York Jets linebacker Mo Lewis indefinitely sidelined Drew Bledsoe. Bill Belichick subsequently inserted a 24-year-old Tom Brady into the starting lineup and New England finished its season atop the AFC East at 11-5.

The Patriots proceeded to outdo the Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers to face the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI. In a massive upset, New England overcame St. Louis 20-17 to collect its first Vince Lombardi Trophy. Although many analysts believe Ty Law deserved the accolade, Tom Brady was named the game’s MVP.

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24. The 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers

Due to a middling regular season, the Pittsburgh Steelers were forced to become road warriors to acquire the franchise’s fifth crown. The Steelers finished 11-5 to earn a playoff berth as a wild card. Pittsburgh then defeated the Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks to secure football greatness. Hines Ward, who received five passes for 123 yards and a score, gained the MVP.

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23. The 2011 New York Giants

Despite finishing a mediocre 9-7, the 2011 New York Giants captured the NFC East crown and earned a spot in the playoffs. Like in 2007, once the postseason commenced, the Giants thrived and outperformed the Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers to set up a Super Bowl rematch against the New England Patriots. Big Blue outmuscled New England from the outset and constantly grounded Tom Brady. Consequently, New York overcame New England 21-17 to grab its second Vince Lombardi Trophy in four seasons. Eli Manning received the game’s MVP honors.

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22. The 1997 Denver Broncos

The 1997 Denver Broncos finished behind the 13-3 Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West and only qualified for the playoffs as a wild card. Nonetheless, the Broncos ran past the Jacksonville Jaguars, Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers to earn an opportunity to face the defending champion Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXII on January 25, 1998. The Packers were installed as 11-point favorites over the Broncos. However, Denver’s inspired squad battled admirably and upset Green Bay 31-24. Terrell Davis, who fought a migraine, rushed for 157 yards and three touchdowns to garner MVP accolades.

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21. The 2015 Denver Broncos

Peyton Manning managed to retire as a champion with the Denver Broncos. Essentially in spite of a hobbled and shopworn Manning, the 2015 Broncos went 12-4 to finish atop the AFC West. Denver then vanquished the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots to qualify for Super Bowl 50 versus the Carolina Panthers. The Broncos’ defense dominated Cam Newton’s Panthers and ensured a 24-10 triumph. Von Miller especially hammered Newton en route to collecting the game’s MVP award.

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20. The 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Chucky outsmarted and bullied the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers acquired Jon Gruden on February 18, 2002, in exchange for two first-round draft picks, two second-round picks and $8 million. Gruden inherited an all-time dominant defense and oversaw a squad that went 12-4 to win the NFC South. Tampa Bay destroyed the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles and Raiders to procure its lone Vince Lombardi Trophy. Bucs safety Dexter Jackson intercepted two passes to gain the MVP award.

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19. The 2017 Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles finally gave Philadelphians a reason to cheer for one of their sports teams. Philadelphia soared to a 13-3 record and clinched its 13th NFC East title. Despite losing Carson Wentz to a torn ACL, the Eagles beat the Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings to face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII on February 4, 2018. In an offensive showdown, Philadelphia outscored New England 41-33 to procure its lone Vince Lombardi Trophy. Nick Foles, who quarterbacked Philly in lieu of Wentz’ injury, gained MVP accolades after completing 28 of 43 passes for 373 yards and three scores.

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18. The 2016 New England Patriots

Granted, the 2016 New England Patriots benefited from the most notorious collapse in Super Bowl history. Nevertheless, New England was also an extremely balanced squad that finished the regular season 14-2. The Patriots quashed the Houston Texans and Pittsburgh Steelers to meet the Atlanta Falcons for the championship on February 5, 2017.

Trailing by 25 points in the third quarter, Tom Brady began dissecting the Falcons’ defense and New England managed to tie the score at the end of regulation. Roughly four minutes later, James White rushed for the game-winning two-yard touchdown. Brady earned his fourth Super Bowl MVP award thanks to a brilliant second-half performance.

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17. The 2012 Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens flew to championship gold in 2012. After finishing the regular season atop the AFC North with a record of 10-6, Baltimore proceeded to outclass the Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos and New England Patriots to clinch its second Super Bowl appearance this millennium. The Ravens then outlasted the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 to gain their second Vince Lombardi Trophy. Joe Flacco, who completed 22 passes for 287 yards and three touchdowns, was anointed MVP.

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16. The 2008 Pittsburgh Steelers

The 2008 Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense was an indomitable unit that only allowed 13.9 points per game. Accordingly, Pittsburgh went 12-4 to clinch its second consecutive AFC North crown. The Steelers subsequently outdid the San Diego Chargers and Baltimore Ravens to win the AFC. In a hotly contested affair with the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII, the Steelers emerged victorious when Ben Roethlisberger threw a touchdown to Santonio Holmes with seconds left in the fourth quarter. Holmes was voted the game’s MVP on the strength of his Super Bowl-winning catch.

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15. The 2006 Indianapolis Colts

For the first time since relocating to Indianapolis, the Colts finally captured a Vince Lombardi Trophy on February 4, 2007. The Colts went 12-4 in the regular season to finish atop the AFC South. In the postseason, Indianapolis beat the Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots — setting up a showdown with the NFC Champion Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI at Dolphins Stadium. In a heavy downpour, the Colts mauled the Bears 29-17 to become champions. Peyton Manning, who completed 25-of-38 attempts for 247 yards and a score, was voted the game’s MVP.

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14. The 2009 New Orleans Saints

The Saints’ dynamic offense was impossible to stop in the Big Easy. New Orleans averaged a league-best 31.0 points per game, finished 13-3, and won the NFC South. The Saints then upended the Arizona Cardinals, Minnesota Vikings and Indianapolis Colts to obtain their lone Vince Lombardi Trophy. Drew Brees was voted the MVP of Super Bowl XLIV after completing 32-of-39 passes for 288 yards and two scores.

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13. The 2014 New England Patriots

After a rocky start to the season, the New England Patriots rallied and went 12-4 to win their sixth straight AFC East title. New England then defeated the Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts to advance to its eighth Super Bowl. In an extremely controversial game, the Patriots outlasted the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 to procure their fourth Vince Lombardi Trophy this century. Tom Brady, who went 37-of-50 for 328 yards and four scores, was named the Super Bowl MVP for the third time in his illustrious career.

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12. The 2010 Green Bay Packers

The 2010 Green Bay Packers were not great during the regular season. The Packers finished a somewhat pedestrian 10-6 and made the playoffs as a wild card. The postseason was a different story — Aaron Rodgers excelled and guided Green Bay over the Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons and Chicago Bears. In the Packers’ first Super Bowl appearance since 1997, a 27-year-old Rodgers shredded the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense en route to a 31-25 victory. Rogers, who went 24-of-39 for 304 yards and three touchdowns, was named the game’s MVP.

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11. The 2007 New York Giants

Following a relatively ho-hum 2007 regular season, the 10-6 New York Giants were behemoths in the postseason. Competing as a wild card, Big Blue handled the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers to grab a spot against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008. As 12-point underdogs, the Giants’ defensive line pummeled Tom Brady and stifled New England’s vaunted attack. New York took the decisive 17-14 lead after Eli Manning tossed a 13-yard touchdown to Plaxico Burress with 35 seconds remaining in the contest. Manning, who completed 19 passes for 255 yards and two scores, was named MVP.

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10. The 2000 Baltimore Ravens

The 2000 Baltimore Ravens featured one of history’s preeminent defenses. Despite its middling offense, Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis muscled Baltimore to a 12-4 regular season. Hereafter, the Ravens battered the Denver Broncos, Tennessee Titans, Oakland Raiders and New York Giants en route to a Super Bowl crown. A 25-year-old Lewis, who notched five tackles and four blocked passes, was voted the game’s MVP.

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9. The 1995 Dallas Cowboys

The 1995 Dallas Cowboys didn’t manhandle opponents like the organization’s Super Bowl-winning teams did in 1992 and 1993. Nonetheless, Dallas went 12-4 and lambasted the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers in the NFC Playoffs to advance to its third Super Bowl in four seasons. In a relatively hard-fought game, the Cowboys triumphed over the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-17 to collect another Vince Lombardi Trophy on January 28, 1996. Cowboys cornerback Larry Brown intercepted two passes and grabbed MVP honors for his efforts.

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8. The 2003 New England Patriots

In stark contrast to the 2001 team, the 2003 New England Patriots were Super Bowl favorites from the outset. New England fulfilled its potential, finished 14-2, and conquered the Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts en route to a matchup with the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII. In a seesaw affair, Adam Vinatieri nailed a 41-yard field goal to clinch the Patriots’ second championship in three years. Tom Brady, who completed 32-of-48 passes for 354 yards and three touchdowns, achieved MVP honors.

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7. The 1999 St. Louis Rams

The St. Louis Rams’ “Greatest Show on Turf” was must-see action on the gridiron and one of the most prolific offenses in NFL history. With Kurt Warner leading the attack, the 1999 Rams averaged 32.9 points per contest and finished 13-3 to win the NFC West. St. Louis conquered the Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers to advance to its first Super Bowl. The Rams then outlasted the Tennessee Titans 23-16 to gain the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Dick Vermeil’s explosive squad featured seven Pro Bowlers and, on a given day, could have outscored any team ever assembled.

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6. The 2013 Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks flew throughout the 2013 season. Powered by the legendary Legend of Boom defense, the Seahawks went 13-3 to collect their sixth NFC West title this century. Seattle then outplayed the New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers to qualify for Super Bowl XLVIII. The Seahawks subsequently embarrassed the Indianapolis Colts 43-8 to seize their lone Vince Lombardi Trophy. Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith, who tallied 10 tackles, recovered a fumble, and returned an interception for a touchdown, achieved the game’s MVP accolades.

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5. The 1994 San Francisco 49ers

Steve Young replaced Joe Montana as the San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback in 1991. Although Young mainly impressed under center, he continually failed to guide the 49ers to Super Bowl glory. However, in 1994, the speedy southpaw shined and led San Francisco to its first Vince Lombardi Trophy since 1989. In addition to Young’s mastery, the 49ers’ defense was a stingy unit that pummeled opponents en route to an overall record of 16-3. The 1994 San Francisco 49ers were an all-time great football squad.

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4. The 1998 Denver Broncos

After three unsuccessful attempts, John Elway and the Denver Broncos finally collected a Vince Lombardi Trophy in 1997. However, the 1998 Broncos were an even stronger unit that’s now ranked as one of the preeminent groups in the annals of football. Denver flirted with perfection, finished atop the AFC West at 14-2, and vanquished its competition in the postseason. The Broncos then clipped the Atlanta Falcons 34-19 in Super Bowl XXXIII to claim back-to-back titles. In his final game under center, Elway procured MVP accolades after passing for 336 yards and one score.

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3. The 2004 New England Patriots

Of all the dominant teams in the New England Patriots’ ongoing dynasty, the 2004 squad was its most complete one. The Patriots went 14-2 and vanquished the Indianapolis Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers to clinch their fourth AFC Championship in nine seasons. The Patriots proceeded to ground the Philadelphia Eagles 24-21 to capture back-to-back Super Bowl titles on February 6, 2005. A 26-year-old Deion Branch, who caught 11 passes for 133 yards, was anointed the game’s MVP.

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2. The 1996 Green Bay Packers

The 1996 Green Bay Packers had the NFL’s top-ranked offense and top-ranked defense. Appropriately, also backed by standout special teams units, the storied organization clinched its first ever Vince Lombardi Trophy that season. Led by back-to-back regular season MVP Brett Favre, Green Bay concluded that campaign 13-3 and gained home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. Green Bay then trounced the San Francisco 49ers, Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots to achieve football immortality. Packers return specialist Desmond Howard accounted for 211 all-purpose yards and one score to earn Super Bowl MVP honors.

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1. The 1993 Dallas Cowboys

Of the Dallas Cowboys’ five Super Bowl-winning teams, many pundits contend that the 1993 version is the premier one. Primarily because Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith was holding out for a more lucrative contract, the Cowboys began the 1993 season 0-2. Unsurprisingly, once Smith returned to the gridiron in Week 3, Dallas outclassed its opponents, finished 12-4, and secured its second consecutive NFC East title.

In the postseason, the Cowboys overwhelmed the Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers and Buffalo Bills to procure back-to-back Vince Lombardi trophies. A 25-year-old Smith, who rushed for 132 yards and two touchdowns, was named the Super Bowl MVP shortly after Dallas trumped the Bills 30-13.

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