I consider the 'iron' of the afc to be: patriots steelers colts broncos these are the teams that have been really strong, year after year the past several years, and are trditionally the teams to beat. this doesn't pretend to say it has always been this way, to ignore the past accomplishments of teams like oakland and miami. it also isn't a slight to the up and coming teams in the afc like: bengals ravens jaguars chargers (I think herm edwards will have the chiefs destroyed in short order) so, keeping in mind the 4 teams that make up the 'iron' of the afc, pats, steelers, colts, broncos, let's take a look at the last 9 superbowl champs - which encapsulates a run of recent afc dominance: 1997-Broncos* 1998-Broncos* 1999-Rams 2000-Ravens 2001-Patriots* 2002-Buccaneers 2003-Patriots* 2004-Patriots* 2005-Steelers* not only has the afc won 7 of the last 9 superbowls, but the 4 teams that make up the afc 'iron' has won 6 of the last 9 superbowls. only the hapless colts haven't won one. the steelers look like they may have a tough go this year, but I'd say the Patriots, Colts, and Broncos are top contenders to add another title to this little comparison. as good as the bears and seahawks are, I still think they can be beaten. in the afc, while the bengals, ravens, and chargers are good, look for the 'iron' to emerge before it's all said and done. again.