Objectively Ranking the Most Successful NFL Franchises

TOP 5 MOST SUCCESSFUL NFL FRANCHISES

1. New England Patriots – 168 pts.
The Patriots have the most appearances in the Super Bowl and have won it six times. Before the year 2000, the Patriots had never won a Super Bowl and had only gone to it twice. However, with quarterback Tom Brady, the team has been absolutely dominate since then, making the Super Bowl nine separate occasions.

2. Pittsburgh Steelers – 167 pts.
The Steelers are the oldest franchise in the AFC. They had the most Super Bowls of any franchise, until the Patriots tied them in 2019. However, the team has not been to the Super Bowl as many times as the Patriots, losing only twice in just eight appearances.

3. Dallas Cowboys – 165 pts.
Although the Cowboys have not had much recent success, they are still the third most successful NFL team. The team has won five Super Bowls, with three of them coming in 1990’s. The Cowboys also were good in the 1970’s, winning two Super Bowls and appearing in three others.

4. San Francisco 49ers – 139 pts.
The 49ers won the Super Bowl five times, with four of them coming in the 1980’s, led by quarterback Joe Montana. More recently, the team reached the Super Bowl in 2013, but lost to the Ravens. However, the 49ers have not made the playoffs in the last 5 years.

5. Green Bay Packers – 110 pts.
The Packers won the first two Super Bowls in the 1960’s, but they have also won it twice more recently too, in 1996 and 2010. The team only lost one Super Bowl in 1997. The Lombardi Trophy is named after the Packers’ former coach, Vince Lombardi.

FULL LIST

1 168 New England Patriots
2 167 Pittsburgh Steelers
3 165 Dallas Cowboys
4 139 San Francisco 49ers
5 110 Green Bay Packers
6 108 Oakland Raiders
7 106 Denver Broncos
8 90 Miami Dolphins
9 89 Washington Redskins
10 89 New York Giants
11 88 Indianapolis Colts
12 85 Minnesota Vikings
13 81 Los Angeles Rams
14 70 Philadelphia Eagles
15 62 Buffalo Bills
16 57 Seattle Seahawks
17 54 Kansas City Chiefs
18 52 Chicago Bears
19 51 Baltimore Ravens
20 47 Tennessee Titans
21 44 New York Jets
22 40 Atlanta Falcons
23 38 San Diego Chargers
24 37 New Orleans Saints
25 33 Cleveland Browns
26 33 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
27 31 Carolina Panthers
28 30 Cincinnati Bengals
29 19 Arizona Cardinals
30 18 Jacksonville Jaguars
31 17 Detroit Lions
32 8 Houston Texans

Updated as of 09/27/2019

POINTS RUBRIC

16 pts. – Super Bowl Champions
8 pts. – Conference Champions
4 pts. – Appearance in the Conference Championship
2 pts. – Appearance in the Divisional Playoff Round
1 pts. – Appearance in the Wildcard Playoff Round

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