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Which NFL Team Has the Most Super Bowl Wins?

Winning a Super Bowl is the highest honor in football. Many teams would kill for the chance to play in the game, let alone win it. Other teams have made it stranger not to be in Super Bowl contention. In the 50-plus years since the Super Bowl began, the following teams have been there more times than the rest.

5. Green Bay Packers and New York Giants (tie)

  • Four Super Bowl wins
  • Five Super Bowl appearances

The Packers were the hottest NFL team in the years prior to the Super Bowl era. With Vince Lombardi, the Green Bay won five championships before the Super Bowl existed. Because of this, four Super Bowl wins may seem like a surprisingly low number. The Packers, however, remain relevant.

The Giants’ success with Eli Manning during both of his championship seasons thrust them to the top of the list. Like the Packers, the team saw success in the pre-Super-Bowl era. Before Manning, the Giants’ best stretch was with Bill Parcells; the team won two Super Bowls in 1986 and 1990.Β 

4. San Francisco 49ers

  • Five Super Bowl wins
  • Six Super Bowl appearances

From 1981-94, there was a good chance that a Super Bowl champ would have to get through the 49ers. After all, under the guidance of Bill Walsh, the team had a legendary stretch of quarterbacks in Joe Montana and Steve Young.

In the later years, the 49ers had a top-notch receiver in Jerry Rice and a franchise dedicated to winning. The team never lost a Super Bowl with this core, although they’ve failed to win outside of this era.Β 

3. Dallas Cowboys

  • Five Super Bowl wins
  • Eight Super Bowl appearances

For being called America’s Team, the times the Cowboys have been in title-contention have been minimal. The team’s early-’90s run — three Super Bowl wins in four seasons — remains its best era. The last time Dallas won before then was the ’70s. While they had a two-decade run of mostly playoff appearances, Super Bowl success outside these eras is non-existent.Β 

2. Pittsburgh Steelers

Aaron Smith of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates after winning Super Bowl XL in 2006
Aaron Smith of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates winning Super Bowl XL in 2006 | G. N. Lowrance/NFLPhotoLibrary
  • Six Super Bowl wins
  • Eight Super Bowl appearances

The Steelers’ dominant run in the ’70s is one of the best the NFL has ever seen. The Steelers won four Super Bowls between 1974 and 1979 with QB Terry Bradshaw and coach Chuck Noll.

They remained in contention more often than not, but they didn’t see Super Bowl glory again until Ben Roethlisberger entered the league in 2004. He got them two more Super Bowls in his first five seasons.

1. New England Patriots

  • Six Super Bowl wins
  • 11 Super Bowl appearances

The Patriots’ two-decade run has been the lengthiest stretch of dominance an NFL team has ever seen. The Steelers and Cowboys’ times of title-contention were short.

Meanwhile, the Patriots have appeared in nine Super Bowls since 2002 and won six. There was a decade-long stretch where they did not win, but the team made two appearances. Before the Brady and Belichick era, the team had only two Super Bowl appearances — both losses.

Now, they’re firmly at the top of the list and will keep adding to it if history repeats itself. It’s unsurprising that the Patriots are on top, but the short amount of time it took to get there is what makes the franchise truly unique.Β 

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