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The Most Storied Super Bowl Matchups of All Time

Posted by Neil Paine on January 24, 2011

Is Super Bowl XLV going to feature the most prestigious franchise matchup in the Big Game's history?

Here are the most storied matchups by total franchise regular-season wins (in all leagues; ties count as half a win):

Year SB Team A rsW Team B rsW Combined
2010 XLV Green Bay Packers 682.0 Pittsburgh Steelers 551.0 1233.0
2006 XLI Indianapolis Colts 454.5 Chicago Bears 725.0 1179.5
1985 XX Chicago Bears 725.0 New England Patriots 405.5 1130.5
1967 II Green Bay Packers 682.0 Oakland Raiders 423.5 1105.5
1996 XXXI Green Bay Packers 682.0 New England Patriots 405.5 1087.5
1997 XXXII Denver Broncos 403.0 Green Bay Packers 682.0 1085.0
1966 I Green Bay Packers 682.0 Kansas City Chiefs 401.0 1083.0
1979 XIV Pittsburgh Steelers 551.0 Los Angeles Rams 521.0 1072.0
2008 XLIII Pittsburgh Steelers 551.0 Arizona Cardinals 507.5 1058.5
2007 XLII New York Giants 652.5 New England Patriots 405.5 1058.0
1986 XXI New York Giants 652.5 Denver Broncos 403.0 1055.5
1990 XXV New York Giants 652.5 Buffalo Bills 362.0 1014.5
1995 XXX Dallas Cowboys 443.0 Pittsburgh Steelers 551.0 994.0
1978 XIII Pittsburgh Steelers 551.0 Dallas Cowboys 443.0 994.0
1975 X Pittsburgh Steelers 551.0 Dallas Cowboys 443.0 994.0
1983 XVIII Los Angeles Raiders 423.5 Washington Redskins 560.5 984.0
1974 IX Pittsburgh Steelers 551.0 Minnesota Vikings 417.5 968.5
1987 XXII Washington Redskins 560.5 Denver Broncos 403.0 963.5
1982 XVII Washington Redskins 560.5 Miami Dolphins 396.0 956.5
1972 VII Miami Dolphins 396.0 Washington Redskins 560.5 956.5
1980 XV Oakland Raiders 423.5 Philadelphia Eagles 522.0 945.5
2004 XXXIX New England Patriots 405.5 Philadelphia Eagles 522.0 927.5
2001 XXXVI New England Patriots 405.5 St. Louis Rams 521.0 926.5
1991 XXVI Washington Redskins 560.5 Buffalo Bills 362.0 922.5
1989 XXIV San Francisco 49ers 516.5 Denver Broncos 403.0 919.5
1984 XIX San Francisco 49ers 516.5 Miami Dolphins 396.0 912.5
1994 XXIX San Francisco 49ers 516.5 San Diego Chargers 389.5 906.0
1999 XXXIV St. Louis Rams 521.0 Tennessee Titans 380.0 901.0
1970 V Baltimore Colts 454.5 Dallas Cowboys 443.0 897.5
1977 XII Dallas Cowboys 443.0 Denver Broncos 403.0 846.0
1976 XI Oakland Raiders 423.5 Minnesota Vikings 417.5 841.0
1971 VI Dallas Cowboys 443.0 Miami Dolphins 396.0 839.0
1969 IV Kansas City Chiefs 401.0 Minnesota Vikings 417.5 818.5
1973 VIII Miami Dolphins 396.0 Minnesota Vikings 417.5 813.5
2005 XL Pittsburgh Steelers 551.0 Seattle Seahawks 262.0 813.0
1968 III New York Jets 355.0 Baltimore Colts 454.5 809.5
1993 XXVIII Dallas Cowboys 443.0 Buffalo Bills 362.0 805.0
1992 XXVII Dallas Cowboys 443.0 Buffalo Bills 362.0 805.0
1988 XXIII San Francisco 49ers 516.5 Cincinnati Bengals 287.0 803.5
1981 XVI San Francisco 49ers 516.5 Cincinnati Bengals 287.0 803.5
2000 XXXV Baltimore Ravens 128.5 New York Giants 652.5 781.0
2009 XLIV New Orleans Saints 288.5 Indianapolis Colts 454.5 743.0
1998 XXXIII Denver Broncos 403.0 Atlanta Falcons 292.0 695.0
2002 XXXVII Tampa Bay Buccaneers 218.5 Oakland Raiders 423.5 642.0
2003 XXXVIII New England Patriots 405.5 Carolina Panthers 119.0 524.5

Here are the best matchups by combined franchise playoff wins:

Year SB Team A poW Team B poW Combined
1995 XXX Dallas Cowboys 33.0 Pittsburgh Steelers 33.0 66.0
1978 XIII Pittsburgh Steelers 33.0 Dallas Cowboys 33.0 66.0
1975 X Pittsburgh Steelers 33.0 Dallas Cowboys 33.0 66.0
2010 XLV Green Bay Packers 28.0 Pittsburgh Steelers 33.0 61.0
1967 II Green Bay Packers 28.0 Oakland Raiders 25.0 53.0
1971 VI Dallas Cowboys 33.0 Miami Dolphins 20.0 53.0
1979 XIV Pittsburgh Steelers 33.0 Los Angeles Rams 19.0 52.0
1974 IX Pittsburgh Steelers 33.0 Minnesota Vikings 19.0 52.0
1970 V Baltimore Colts 19.0 Dallas Cowboys 33.0 52.0
1977 XII Dallas Cowboys 33.0 Denver Broncos 17.0 50.0
1996 XXXI Green Bay Packers 28.0 New England Patriots 21.0 49.0
1983 XVIII Los Angeles Raiders 25.0 Washington Redskins 23.0 48.0
1993 XXVIII Dallas Cowboys 33.0 Buffalo Bills 14.0 47.0
1992 XXVII Dallas Cowboys 33.0 Buffalo Bills 14.0 47.0
1997 XXXII Denver Broncos 17.0 Green Bay Packers 28.0 45.0
1984 XIX San Francisco 49ers 25.0 Miami Dolphins 20.0 45.0
1980 XV Oakland Raiders 25.0 Philadelphia Eagles 19.0 44.0
1976 XI Oakland Raiders 25.0 Minnesota Vikings 19.0 44.0
1982 XVII Washington Redskins 23.0 Miami Dolphins 20.0 43.0
1972 VII Miami Dolphins 20.0 Washington Redskins 23.0 43.0
1989 XXIV San Francisco 49ers 25.0 Denver Broncos 17.0 42.0
2007 XLII New York Giants 20.0 New England Patriots 21.0 41.0
2005 XL Pittsburgh Steelers 33.0 Seattle Seahawks 8.0 41.0
1987 XXII Washington Redskins 23.0 Denver Broncos 17.0 40.0
2004 XXXIX New England Patriots 21.0 Philadelphia Eagles 19.0 40.0
2001 XXXVI New England Patriots 21.0 St. Louis Rams 19.0 40.0
2008 XLIII Pittsburgh Steelers 33.0 Arizona Cardinals 6.0 39.0
1973 VIII Miami Dolphins 20.0 Minnesota Vikings 19.0 39.0
1985 XX Chicago Bears 17.0 New England Patriots 21.0 38.0
1986 XXI New York Giants 20.0 Denver Broncos 17.0 37.0
1991 XXVI Washington Redskins 23.0 Buffalo Bills 14.0 37.0
2006 XLI Indianapolis Colts 19.0 Chicago Bears 17.0 36.0
1966 I Green Bay Packers 28.0 Kansas City Chiefs 8.0 36.0
1994 XXIX San Francisco 49ers 25.0 San Diego Chargers 10.0 35.0
1990 XXV New York Giants 20.0 Buffalo Bills 14.0 34.0
1999 XXXIV St. Louis Rams 19.0 Tennessee Titans 14.0 33.0
1968 III New York Jets 12.0 Baltimore Colts 19.0 31.0
2002 XXXVII Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6.0 Oakland Raiders 25.0 31.0
1988 XXIII San Francisco 49ers 25.0 Cincinnati Bengals 5.0 30.0
1981 XVI San Francisco 49ers 25.0 Cincinnati Bengals 5.0 30.0
2000 XXXV Baltimore Ravens 9.0 New York Giants 20.0 29.0
1969 IV Kansas City Chiefs 8.0 Minnesota Vikings 19.0 27.0
2003 XXXVIII New England Patriots 21.0 Carolina Panthers 6.0 27.0
2009 XLIV New Orleans Saints 5.0 Indianapolis Colts 19.0 24.0
1998 XXXIII Denver Broncos 17.0 Atlanta Falcons 6.0 23.0

Here are the best matchups by combined regular-season and playoff wins:

Year SB Team A totW Team B totW Combined
2010 XLV Green Bay Packers 710.0 Pittsburgh Steelers 584.0 1294.0
2006 XLI Indianapolis Colts 473.5 Chicago Bears 742.0 1215.5
1985 XX Chicago Bears 742.0 New England Patriots 426.5 1168.5
1967 II Green Bay Packers 710.0 Oakland Raiders 448.5 1158.5
1996 XXXI Green Bay Packers 710.0 New England Patriots 426.5 1136.5
1997 XXXII Denver Broncos 420.0 Green Bay Packers 710.0 1130.0
1979 XIV Pittsburgh Steelers 584.0 Los Angeles Rams 540.0 1124.0
1966 I Green Bay Packers 710.0 Kansas City Chiefs 409.0 1119.0
2007 XLII New York Giants 672.5 New England Patriots 426.5 1099.0
2008 XLIII Pittsburgh Steelers 584.0 Arizona Cardinals 513.5 1097.5
1986 XXI New York Giants 672.5 Denver Broncos 420.0 1092.5
1995 XXX Dallas Cowboys 476.0 Pittsburgh Steelers 584.0 1060.0
1978 XIII Pittsburgh Steelers 584.0 Dallas Cowboys 476.0 1060.0
1975 X Pittsburgh Steelers 584.0 Dallas Cowboys 476.0 1060.0
1990 XXV New York Giants 672.5 Buffalo Bills 376.0 1048.5
1983 XVIII Los Angeles Raiders 448.5 Washington Redskins 583.5 1032.0
1974 IX Pittsburgh Steelers 584.0 Minnesota Vikings 436.5 1020.5
1987 XXII Washington Redskins 583.5 Denver Broncos 420.0 1003.5
1982 XVII Washington Redskins 583.5 Miami Dolphins 416.0 999.5
1972 VII Miami Dolphins 416.0 Washington Redskins 583.5 999.5
1980 XV Oakland Raiders 448.5 Philadelphia Eagles 541.0 989.5
2004 XXXIX New England Patriots 426.5 Philadelphia Eagles 541.0 967.5
2001 XXXVI New England Patriots 426.5 St. Louis Rams 540.0 966.5
1989 XXIV San Francisco 49ers 541.5 Denver Broncos 420.0 961.5
1991 XXVI Washington Redskins 583.5 Buffalo Bills 376.0 959.5
1984 XIX San Francisco 49ers 541.5 Miami Dolphins 416.0 957.5
1970 V Baltimore Colts 473.5 Dallas Cowboys 476.0 949.5
1994 XXIX San Francisco 49ers 541.5 San Diego Chargers 399.5 941.0
1999 XXXIV St. Louis Rams 540.0 Tennessee Titans 394.0 934.0
1977 XII Dallas Cowboys 476.0 Denver Broncos 420.0 896.0
1971 VI Dallas Cowboys 476.0 Miami Dolphins 416.0 892.0
1976 XI Oakland Raiders 448.5 Minnesota Vikings 436.5 885.0
2005 XL Pittsburgh Steelers 584.0 Seattle Seahawks 270.0 854.0
1973 VIII Miami Dolphins 416.0 Minnesota Vikings 436.5 852.5
1993 XXVIII Dallas Cowboys 476.0 Buffalo Bills 376.0 852.0
1992 XXVII Dallas Cowboys 476.0 Buffalo Bills 376.0 852.0
1969 IV Kansas City Chiefs 409.0 Minnesota Vikings 436.5 845.5
1968 III New York Jets 367.0 Baltimore Colts 473.5 840.5
1988 XXIII San Francisco 49ers 541.5 Cincinnati Bengals 292.0 833.5
1981 XVI San Francisco 49ers 541.5 Cincinnati Bengals 292.0 833.5
2000 XXXV Baltimore Ravens 137.5 New York Giants 672.5 810.0
2009 XLIV New Orleans Saints 293.5 Indianapolis Colts 473.5 767.0
1998 XXXIII Denver Broncos 420.0 Atlanta Falcons 298.0 718.0
2002 XXXVII Tampa Bay Buccaneers 224.5 Oakland Raiders 448.5 673.0
2003 XXXVIII New England Patriots 426.5 Carolina Panthers 125.0 551.5

And finally, here are the most prestigious matchups by the combined Super Bowl titles of the combatants:

Year SB Team A SBs Team B SBs Combined
1995 XXX Dallas Cowboys 5 Pittsburgh Steelers 6 11
1978 XIII Pittsburgh Steelers 6 Dallas Cowboys 5 11
1975 X Pittsburgh Steelers 6 Dallas Cowboys 5 11
2010 XLV Green Bay Packers 3 Pittsburgh Steelers 6 9
1989 XXIV San Francisco 49ers 5 Denver Broncos 2 7
1984 XIX San Francisco 49ers 5 Miami Dolphins 2 7
1970 V Baltimore Colts 2 Dallas Cowboys 5 7
1977 XII Dallas Cowboys 5 Denver Broncos 2 7
1971 VI Dallas Cowboys 5 Miami Dolphins 2 7
1967 II Green Bay Packers 3 Oakland Raiders 3 6
1996 XXXI Green Bay Packers 3 New England Patriots 3 6
1979 XIV Pittsburgh Steelers 6 Los Angeles Rams 0 6
2008 XLIII Pittsburgh Steelers 6 Arizona Cardinals 0 6
2007 XLII New York Giants 3 New England Patriots 3 6
1983 XVIII Los Angeles Raiders 3 Washington Redskins 3 6
1974 IX Pittsburgh Steelers 6 Minnesota Vikings 0 6
2005 XL Pittsburgh Steelers 6 Seattle Seahawks 0 6
1997 XXXII Denver Broncos 2 Green Bay Packers 3 5
1986 XXI New York Giants 3 Denver Broncos 2 5
1987 XXII Washington Redskins 3 Denver Broncos 2 5
1982 XVII Washington Redskins 3 Miami Dolphins 2 5
1972 VII Miami Dolphins 2 Washington Redskins 3 5
1994 XXIX San Francisco 49ers 5 San Diego Chargers 0 5
1993 XXVIII Dallas Cowboys 5 Buffalo Bills 0 5
1992 XXVII Dallas Cowboys 5 Buffalo Bills 0 5
1988 XXIII San Francisco 49ers 5 Cincinnati Bengals 0 5
1981 XVI San Francisco 49ers 5 Cincinnati Bengals 0 5
1985 XX Chicago Bears 1 New England Patriots 3 4
1966 I Green Bay Packers 3 Kansas City Chiefs 1 4
2001 XXXVI New England Patriots 3 St. Louis Rams 1 4
2000 XXXV Baltimore Ravens 1 New York Giants 3 4
2002 XXXVII Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 Oakland Raiders 3 4
2006 XLI Indianapolis Colts 2 Chicago Bears 1 3
1990 XXV New York Giants 3 Buffalo Bills 0 3
1980 XV Oakland Raiders 3 Philadelphia Eagles 0 3
2004 XXXIX New England Patriots 3 Philadelphia Eagles 0 3
1991 XXVI Washington Redskins 3 Buffalo Bills 0 3
1976 XI Oakland Raiders 3 Minnesota Vikings 0 3
1968 III New York Jets 1 Baltimore Colts 2 3
2009 XLIV New Orleans Saints 1 Indianapolis Colts 2 3
2003 XXXVIII New England Patriots 3 Carolina Panthers 0 3
1973 VIII Miami Dolphins 2 Minnesota Vikings 0 2
1998 XXXIII Denver Broncos 2 Atlanta Falcons 0 2
1999 XXXIV St. Louis Rams 1 Tennessee Titans 0 1
1969 IV Kansas City Chiefs 1 Minnesota Vikings 0 1

By these measures, Super Bowl XLV is either the most storied showdown ever, or at least a close second behind the 3 Dallas-Pittsburgh matchups.

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