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Worst Teams to Have Won a Super Bowl

Every team that wins the Super Bowl has achieved something amazing, but not all winners are not created equal. Some are considered the greatest in history. The Packers of the late 60s are on such a list. The 49ers of the 80s and the Steelers of the 70s also inhabit that list. This, however, is the story of the worst teams to win a Super Bowl, and four reside here. Each is a good team to be sure, but they are not among the greats in history.

#1: The Jets

The Jets led by Broadway Joe were not among the best of the league as they were huge underdogs to defeat the Colts in the Super Bowl. Joe Namath guaranteed a victory, and he delivered. The shock ran through the nation for weeks after the stunning defeat of Johnny Unitas and his Colts team. Don Shula went on to have a great career as a coach, but that victory always haunted him. The Jets surely were not deserving to be known as one of the great teams in history.

#2: The Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl the next year as they came out of nowhere with Len Dawson as quarterback. Len Dawson is widely considered to be a great player, but he is not considered one of the best quarterbacks in history. The Chiefs rarely make the playoffs even today, but they have a proud franchise that hangs its hat on a Super Bowl victory that happened long ago. No one picked them to win, but somehow they did.

#3: The Indianapolis Colts

The Super Bowl won by the Colts with Peyton Manning at quarterback was against a bad Chicago Chicago Bears team that was helmed by Rex Grossman. The Colts have the distinction of employing the first black coach to win a Super Bowl, and Tony Dungy was only the second black coach to go to the Super Bowl. His opponent in that game, Lovie Smith, is the other man on that list. The Colts were led by a powerful offense, but they relied on Bob Sanders to save them on defense. Their defense had let them down many times, and they were nearly let down again. They simply were not good enough to blow away the Bears as everyone thought they should.

#4: New England Patriots

The first Patriots Super Bowl win with a young Tom Brady came as a shock to the nation. They defeated the Greatest Show On Turf, and they won the game on a field goal kick. They have gone on to be one of the best teams in the history of the game, but their first team was not all that good. They should have lost to the Rams by quite a margin, but they held on to create what is now considered a dynasty.  They are coming off a big win against the Falcons giving them their fifth of the Brady/Belichick era.  BetFirm shows that Vegas has them favored to win it yet again in 2018 as well.

#5: How Does One Judge The Worst Team?

The idea of a bad team winning the Super Bowl is not an easy one to digest. There are no bad teams making their way through the playoffs to reach the Super Bowl. One may call the Giants that beat the Patriots twice in the Super Bowl bad teams. One may consider the 2006 Super Bowl in Pittsburgh a bad team, but these teams are not bad. They are simply the most-unlikely team to win that season. They overcame odds that no one could have imagined, and they won the biggest game in the world. Their accomplishments must be lauded for how remarkable they are in retrospect.

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