by Cutter Hicks, Sports 1140 KHTK

Bleacher Report’s Mike Tanier recently ranked the Top 25 Best Teams in NFL History in his NFL Nostalgia column. Both Bay Area teams made the list with a few added blurbs to support his arguments.

The 1976 Oakland Raiders made the no. 19 spot. With a 13-1 record the Silver and Black finished the regular season on a 10-game winning streak and won their Lombardi Trophy with a 32-14 win over the Minnesota Vikings under Head Coach John Madden.

“The Raiders found just the right balance of devastation and discipline. Ken Stabler threw 27 touchdown passes to the star-studded receiving corps of Cliff Branch, Fred Biletnikoff and Dave Casper. Gene Upshaw and Art Shell made sure Stabler stayed vertical to execute Al Davis and John Madden’s preferred brand of vertical offense.”

Oakland would go onto win two more Super Bowls in 1980 and 1983 under Head Coach Tom Flores.

Across the Bay, the San Francisco 49ers have won five Super Bowl rings since the franchise was established in 1946. They’re often called the team of the 1980’s, which hasn’t gone unnoticed on Tanier’s list with two spots.

At the no. 9 spot is the 1984 team, which steamrolled their way to winning their second Super Bowl ring. After a 15-1 regular season record the team defeated the Giants 21-10 in the NFC Divisional game and the Bears 23-0 in the NFC Championship game.

They were crowned champions by defeated Dan Marino and the Miami Dolphins 38-16 in the Super Bowl at Stanford Stadium.

The 1989 San Francisco 49ers were ranked no. 4. Quarterback Joe Montana finished the season with a then-record 112.4 and threw no interceptions in the playoffs.

The team finished the regular season 14-2 and steamrolled their way to a fourth Super Bowl title, defeating the Vikings 41-13 in the NFC Divisional game, the Rams 30-3 in the NFC Championship game and the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXIV 55-10.

“The 1989 49ers averaged 27.6 points per game and allowed just 15.8. They outscored their playoff competition by a margin of 126-26. They were one of the most balanced teams in NFL history, as well as one of the deepest.”

Also to note, the Green Bay Packers and the New England Patriots made the list three times. The Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears made the ranks twice each.

  1. Ron Meyers says:

    Great article. I was a strong fan of the 76 Raiders. Perhaps lost in this is the fact that this was an era dominated by the AFC. The 70s were all about the Raiders, the Dolphins, the Steelers, and whichever NFC team was going to lose in the Super Bowl..
    Of the three teams, the Raiders were the ones considered to have the wide open offense. The Steelers had a QB who could barely read or hit the broad side of a barn. He had the Steel Curtain, Harris, Blier, Nolls trap blocking scheme, and Swann and Stallworth to snag his sloppy throws. Even luckier was Griese, who had Czonk, Kiick, and Morris running behind Keuch and Little, under a lights out defense. So good was their scheme that they went undefeated under a backup QB. So good was their defense that Bob Griese went 23/39, 235 yds, 0 TDs, 2 INTs in TWO SB WINS COMBINED. Let’s be honest, Bob Griese may be in the HOF, but my teenage daughter could have run that offense.

    Agreed, it was a defensive era, and agreed, the Raiders had the 3rd best defense in the AFC, but the Raiders were clearly the dominant offensive team in the 70s, and the recipient of a number of sketchy calls which diminished their legacy.

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