Which is the best team ever to win the Super Bowl?

Four Corners

February 03, 2010

Monsters of the Midway
Steve Svekis

Sun Sentinel

Based on performance in one season, the final four are the 1985 Bears, 1991 Redskins, 1973 Dolphins and the 1989 49ers. These teams had fewer than three losses and dominated their postseasons, including the Super Bowl.

The 14-2 Redskins were the only such team whose regular-season opponents finished above .500 cumulatively. Still, they are far, far back of the 1985 Bears. With that smothering "46" defense, "Sweetness" and the funky QB known as Jim McMahon, Chicago lost only once in the regular season.

Then came the playoffs. The Giants? Shutout. The Rams? Shutout.

The Patriots in Super Bowl XX? It was 44-3 after three quarters. Chicago yielded only 123 yards, registering seven sacks, one for a safety, and forced six turnovers, one for a touchdown.

ssvekis@tribune.com

Montana-Rice tops
Brad Biggs

Chicago Tribune

It's a passing league and thus it's impossible to argue against the greatest quarterback-receiver combination of all time in Joe Montana to Jerry Rice with the 1989 San Francisco 49ers.

This team won 13 games by 10 points or more, lost only twice by a total of five points and scored 55 points in the Super Bowl XXIV against Denver.

Rice will enter the Hall of Fame this year and Charles Haley is overdue for a team that outscored opponents 126-26 in the postseason. Yes, the San Francisco defense would have a solution for the '85 Bears rushing attack, and that would leave a battle between teams to Montana vs. Jim McMahon. I'll take Montana.

Plus, the 49ers rate the edge for sustained greatness.

bmbiggs@tribune.com

Super Bowl Shufflers
Dom Amore

Hartford Courant

They did not have a Hall of Fame coach or quarterback and were not part of a dynasty and the most celebrated thing about them is a garish music video. Yet on any list of great Super Bowl champions, the 1985 Bears must hold a high place. On my list, they hold the top spot.

The Bears lost only once all that season, and otherwise dominated their opponents to a degree few teams in any sport ever have. Their dreaded "46" defense didn't just shut down, it terrorized, peaking with the 46-10 victory over the Patriots in Super Bowl XX. In the playoffs, they completely shut down the Giants and Rams.

And the Bears were interesting and fun, William Perry and the "Super Bowl Shuffle" becoming a cultural phenomenon. Other teams were better for longer periods, but it would be hard to imagine the one-shot 1985 Bears losing to anyone.

damore@tribune.com

Hand it to Ditka's crew
Sam Farmer

Los Angeles Times

For me, it comes down to the 1972 Dolphins and the 1985 Bears.

While I respect the difficulty of winning every game, I have to give the nod to Mike Ditka's Bears, hands down.

The Dolphins played a relatively easy schedule; the combined winning percentage of their opponents was 70-108-4.

The Bears, meanwhile, were the No. 1 rushing team with Walter Payton and arguably had the greatest defense in NFL history.

They tore through the playoffs, shutting out the Giants 21-0, the Rams 24-0, and stomping the Patriots in the Super Bowl 46-10. Who does that?

sfarmer@tribune.com


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