18. 1966 Green Bay Packers
The team is arguably best remembered for winning the initial “AFL-NFL World Championship Game,” which would eventually earn the nom de guerre of Super Bowl I. Vince Lombardi’s club was in the midst of winning three straight NFL titles.
This version of the Packers finished 12-2, held on to beat the Cowboys in the NFL title game and then dominated the AFL’s Kansas City Chiefs in the second half on Super Sunday. Green Bay limited 10 of its 14 regular-season opponents to 16 points or less.
Legendary quarterback Bart Starr enjoyed a solid year and capped it off by capturing Super Bowl MVP honors in the club’s 35-10 win.
17. 1994 San Francisco 49ers
Off back-to-back losses in the 1992 and ‘93 NFC title games to the Dallas Cowboys, the third time would be the charm for a 49ers’ team – bolstered heavily via free agency. The biggest addition was Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders, who spent one season in San Francisco.
But it paid off for both the player and the organization as George Seifert’s club finished 13-3, then exploded in the playoffs. Quarterback Steve Young was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player and his six TD passes in Super Bowl XXIX earned him game MVP honors. The Niners scored 505 points in the regular season and 131 more in three postseason contests.