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  1. Disco Volante

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    By the decade they achieved their success in.

    Pittsburgh Steelers (1970-1979)
    4 Super Bowl Championships
    4 AFC Championships
    6 AFC Championship Appearances
    7 AFC Central Division Championships
    8 Playoff Appearances
    8 Winning Seasons

    Regular Season: 99-40-1 (.701)
    Playoffs: 14-4 (.778)

    San Francisco 49ers (1980-1989)
    4 Super Bowl Championships
    4 NFC Championships
    5 NFC Championship Appearances
    7 NFC West Division Champions
    8 Playoff Appearances
    8 Winning Seasons

    Regular Season: 104-49 (.678)
    Playoffs: 13-4 (.765)

    Dallas Cowboys (1990-1999)
    3 Super Bowl Championships
    3 NFC Championships
    4 NFC Championship Appearances
    6 NFC East Division Championships
    8 Playoff Appearances
    7 Winning Seasons
    Regular Season: 101-59 (.631)

    New England Patriots (2000-2008)
    3 Super Bowl Championships
    4 AFC Championships
    5 AFC Championship Appearances
    6 AFC East Division Championships
    6 Playoff Appearances
    8 Winning Seasons
    Regular Season: 102-42 (.708)

    With a year to go. One more Super Bowl to end the decade and among the four Super Bowl era dynasties we'd have the..

    Most Super Bowl Championships (Tied)
    Most Conference Championships
    Most Conference Championship Appearances
    Most Winning Seasons
    Best regular season winning percentage (With at least an 11-5 record)
     
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    Does losing the last Superbowl drop us off the list with those other teams? None of them choked in the big show.

    I am not saying the Pats are not a good team and it has been a great run the last 8 years but I do not think other football fans will put us on par with those teams now.
     
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    It is a bit of a black mark, but I don't think it takes them out of contention. Despite the end a 16-0 regular season is an accomplishment that none of those teams achieved.
     
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    Of course, in order to "choke" in the big show, you have to first get to the big show.
     
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    great post. amazing job with the research.
     
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    great point. i saw the same thing. its one thing no other team has. let's win the 4th and argue
     
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    Because clearly it's better to not make the Super Bowl than to lose in the Super Bowl...

    I figure that, if you're not going to win it, making it there is the next best possible result, yeah?
     
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    don't forget about the 21 game winning streak. none of those other dynasties had that.
     
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    Ugh I can only imagine Pitt winning this year and cutting the Pats dynasty "in half" so-to-speak.
     
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    Excellent thread. I'm keeping this bookmarked in case the Pats win SB XLIV.
     
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    Or Baltimore, they won in the beginning of the decade.....although all their other number for the decade would be questionable.
     
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    I just hope the trend of the Patriots missing the playoffs on a countback followed by 2 Superbowl victories holds true.
     
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    The 49ers had 3 straight one and done's during their run. Every team has scars.
     
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    Why?!? So it is more impressive to lose in the AFC Championships than the Super Bowl? Are you really saying the Pats' legacy would be better of they went 17-1 and missed the Super Bowl than 18-1 and lost the Super Bowl?
     
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    The Patriots certainly belong in the list of greatest dynasties, just look at the win percentage for the time. Had they won the SB last year, they would have stood first among those dynasties. That one still hurts, but it's a testament to the parity of the NFL. Clearly, it's the most competitive of all

    Winning in the NFL is hard, especially in this decade. I realize that our team is in a well set up for success next year, and for years to come, barring another obscene rash of injuries, but people shouldn't be earmarking superbowls. Hope for one, but don't expect it. It's a hard thing to do because the playing field is soooo even.
     
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    Excellent work, as much as I agree with this being one of the "Great Dynasties".. the media and its obsession with Spygate, will forever taint the perception of what has been accomplished... I completely disargree with this point, but all of this was compounded by the overreaction of Goodell... and others will justify it because of his actions.
     
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    none of those teams had an undefeated reg season either, which really is something for the history books even we dont like it b/c of the it played out in the end
     
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    Absolutely not! Actually, losing the Super Bowl ADDED to the Patriots resume, because it means we won 1 more conference championship relative to those other teams. A Super Bowl loss is better than not appearing in the Super Bowl at all.

    Consider: a typical Jets fan might boast that they are undefeated in the Super Bowl (1-0) whereas the Patriots are merely .500 (3-3). Does this make the Jets the better all-time team? Of course not.

    Reconsider: the Patriots have won 6 conference championships, and THEN gone on to win 3 Super Bowls, whereas the Jets are won just 1 measly conference championship (actually, AFL championship) and went on to win the single Super Bowl.

    Remember: if lose the Super Bowl, you're still the 2nd best team in the entire league. If you award 1 point for getting to the Super Bowl, and then 1 more point for winning the Super Bowl, then the Pats are up on the Jets 9-3.
     
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    Apparently winning the first 18 games of the season isn't an achievement...

    Maybe the NFL is different, but most winners in other sports were 2nd place as often as they were first. Celtics lost in the NBA finals, Jack Nicklaus has a record # of 2nd places in majors, etc. Winning the AFC is an achievement, so 16-0, and another AFCCG adds to our resume, no doubt.
     
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    Two separate 21 game winning streaks: the overall streak in 2003-2004, and the official regular season streak than ran from the last 3 games in 2006 through the first 2 games in 2008.
     
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