Recently, ESPN put together a an article of the “best team ever for all 32 NFL franchises”. I thought it would be fun to see which of those teams was the best in a tournament format. You know, a super Super Bowl. This is where my mind goes instead of investigating the post or putting any constructive criticism to do. Tournament! As I am wont to do, I set up a tournament at simulated it via WhatifSports. I had divisions play each other to find a champion, seeding the oldest team versus the youngest team, then reseeded when a top divisional champion was selected. So let’s see who the best team of all time was. The superest of Super Bowls.
2007 New England Patriots 24, 1968 New York Jets 14 – Tom Brady had three touchdown passes to hold off a late Jets rally.
1990 Buffalo Bills 14, 1972 Miami Dolphins 13 – This is the 72 Dolphins’ first loss ever. They were dropped by two Thurman Thomas touchdowns.
2007 New England Patriots 37, 1990 Buffalo Bills 6 – The Patriots were apparently built better for the Bills than the Dolphins were. I’ll point out that Scott Norwood hit two field goals, so it’s not his fault.
2000 Baltimore Ravens 23, 1950 Cleveland Browns 9 – The Browns were from the 1950 and have several players that awards are named after, but they couldn’t keep up with the more modern team.
1988 Cincinnati Bengals 16, 1975 Pittsburgh Steelers 15 – Have you noticed that the most recent team has won every game so far? Definitely expected a Steelers win here, though. They started with a 12-0 lead, too.
1988 Cincinnati Bengals 17, 2000 Baltimore Ravens 13 – James Brooks and Ickey Woods scored the two touchdowns on this previously impenetrable Ravens D to get the first win for the old timers.
2011 Houston Texans 26, 1999 Jacksonville Jaguars 14 – The Texans, the 10-6 Texans absolutely dominated, running for 270 yards.
2000 Tennessee Titans 16, 2005 Indianapolis Colts 10 – Much like the real life version of this team, they choked in the playoffs.
2000 Tennessee Titans 24, 2011 Houston Texans 17 – The Titans didn’t score at all in the second half, but they withstood the Texans to win the AFC South.
1998 Denver Broncos 24, 1969 Kansas City Chiefs 20 – The Broncos jumped out to a big lead at the end of the first half and held off the slow steady charge of the Chiefs.
1983 Los Angeles Raiders 27, 1994 San Diego Chargers 24 – The Chargers kept Marcus Allen at bay, but the Raiders were able to find other ways into the end zone.
1983 Los Angeles Raiders 27, 1998 Denver Broncos 9 – The Broncos couldn’t seal the deal against the hated Raiders, and they couldn’t stop Marcus Allen
AFC Championship rounds
2007 New England Patriots 33, 1983 Los Angeles Raiders 10 – The Raiders defense looked paper thin in the 1st and 4th quarters, and the Patriots 3 touchdowns covered over 45 yards apiece.
2000 Tennessee Titans 23, 1988 Cincinatti Bengals 22 – When you watched them lose the Super Bowl to the Rams, weren’t you thinking “this is one of the best teams of all time”? No? The Bengals were done in by 2 missed extra points, which is so Bengals.
2000 Tennessee Titans 13, 2007 New England Patriots 9 – BEST AFC TEAM OF ALL TIME.
That’s pretty weird. Stay tuned Friday as we finish this thing off.