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    Re: The 100 Greatest Teams In NFL History

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    1927 New York Giants

    The New York Giants are one of the bedrock franchises of the NFL. The team entered the league in 1925 and struggled to turn a profit, drawing small crowds to the Polo Grounds until the Chicago Bears brought Red Grange to town as part of their barnstorming tour that December. The Giants crowds got smaller and smaller as their inaugural season in the league progressed, from 27,000 in their first home game against the Frankford Yellow Jackets on October 18th, down to 18,000 against the Cleveland Bulldogs on November 1st, to just 4,000 when they played the Columbus Tigers on November 8th. The Giants were winning on the field but failing fast at the box office until Red Grange drew a crowd of 73,000 to the Polo Grounds for the Bears vs Giants game on December 5th 1925. At that time it was the biggest crowd in NFL history, with the live gate receipts pulling the Giants out of the red and securing their immediate financial future. Just 2 years later the Giants had built one of the strongest teams the NFL had ever seen in the roaring 20's.


    The turning point for the Giants was the signing of 6' 2" 255 pound monster of a man(for that era) named Cal Hubbard. The Giants inked Hubbard to a deal paying him $150 per game. Cal Hubbard was one of the most physically dominant players in the early years of NFL history, nobody could block him when he played on defense and nobody could get past him when he played on offense. Cal was the fastest, most agile, most athletic big man the league had ever seen up to that point. Hubbard played his rookie season in 1927 alongside another great, Steve Owen, future longtime Giants head coach. Legends of that era in Joe Guyon and Wilber "Pete" Henry also played for the Giants in '27.



    ^Cal Hubbard

    The level of dominance that the New York Giants accomplished in 1927 was really something to behold. They came out and played the Bulldogs to a scoreless tie in Cleveland in their second game. Their only loss of the season came in the rematch against the Bulldogs, with Cleveland pulling out a 6-0 win on a 1 yard touchdown run by Jim Simmons. The loss to Cleveland put the G-Men at 2-1-1, after that they were unstoppable, winning all of their last 9 games to run away with the 1927 NFL Championship with an 11-1-1 record. The Giants set an NFL record with 10 shut outs, only allowing 20 points in all 13 of their games(averaging just 1.5 points allowed per game), amazing numbers even for the low scoring days of the 1920's NFL. Throughout the entire 13 game season the Giants only allowed 3 touchdowns, that's it. The Giants outscored their opponents by a combined score of 197-20 in 1927.



    ^Steve Owen

    The Giants 1927 season was one of the most dominant of any NFL Championship winning team of the 1920's. Steve Owen and Cal Hubbard were just true giants that ruled the field. The only knock on this team is that they won the NFL Championship without ever playing the Green Bay Packers(7-2-1) and they never beat the Cleveland Bulldogs(lost and tied them). They did beat good teams in the 8-5-1 Providence Steamroller(twice) and the 9-3-2 Chicago Bears.

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    Re: The 100 Greatest Teams In NFL History

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    1948 Philadelphia Eagles

    The Philadelphia Eagles were cannon fodder for the NFL during their first decade in the league. The Eagles rose up out of the ashes of the Frankford Yellow Jackets in 1933 and went 23-82-4 in their first 10 years, sharing the cellar of the NFL Eastern Division with the Pittsburgh Steelers(Eagles finished in last place 5 times) until the teams merged their World War II draft depleted rosters to join forces for a 5-4-1 finish in 1943. In 1944 Philadelphia was given a gift by the football gods when they drafted The Blockbuster, "Supersonic" Steve Van Buren, 6' 200 pound power running back out of LSU.



    ^The mighty Steve Van Buren

    Steve Van Buren was to the running back position what Don Hutson was to the wide receiver position, he changed the way the running back position was played. Van Buren wasn't a physical freak of nature like Bronko Nagurski, he wasn't a fast elusive runner like Red Grange or Ernie Nevers, instead he was just a raw, tough, explosive player that ran the ball into the line of scrimmage with total utter disregard for his own body. Van Buren had unbelievable toughness, speed, and an uncanny ability to break tackle and keep plays alive, more so than any other running back before him. Van Buren rushed for over 400 yards in 7 games for the Eagles in his rookie 1944 season to help Philly finish with a franchise best 7-1-2 record. Philadelphia drafted future NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Pete Pihos in 1945 and finished 7-3 for second place in the East. The Eagles finished second in the Eastern division for a third consecutive season after finishing 6-5 in 1946. In 1947 Steve Van Buren had his break out season, breaking Beattie Feathers' 12 year old single season rushing record with 1,008 yards. The Eagles added a third future NFL Hall of Famer to the roster when they drafted center/linebacker Alex Wojciechowicz before the 1947 season, going on to win their first NFL Eastern Division title before being defeated by "The Million Dollar Backfield" of the Chicago Cardinals in the 1947 NFL Championship Game.


    In 1948 Van Buren returned to lead the Eagles back to the NFL Eastern Division title, leading the league in rushing with 201 carries for 945 yards and 10 touchdowns. The Eagles and Cardinals squared off in a rematch of the 1947 NFL Championship Game in the opening game of the 1948 season. Van Buren was held without a touchdown as Charley Trippi picked up right where he left off in the '47 NFL Title game, running for an 8 yard touchdown and throwing for a 64 yard touchdown that gave the Cardinals a 21-14 win. The next week the Eagles played the Rams to a 28-28 tie in Los Angeles. Eagles' quarterback Tommy Thompson threw 3 touchdown passes in the first half to give Philly a 21-0 lead. A 56 yard touchdown run by Bosch Pritchard gave Philadelphia a 28-0 lead in the 3rd quarter. The Rams came back with 3 Bob Waterfield touchdown passes and a 1 yard touchdown run by Bob Hoffman to tie the game up 28-28(overtime didn't exist in regular season games yet).



    ^Native American NFL Hall of Fame receiver Pete Pihos

    The Eagles followed up their loss to the Cardinals and the tie to the Rams with 8 consecutive wins. They beat the Giants and Redskins both by the score of 45-0 in back to back games, beat the Boston Yanks 45-0, and then beat the eventual 7-5 Redskins 42-21 in their rematch on November 21st. The toughest team the Eagles beat during their 8 game streak was a 12-7 win over the eventual 10-2 Chicago Bears in front of 36,227 at Shibe Park on October 24th. The Eagles suffered their second loss of the season in Boston in their rematch with the Yanks on December 5th but they rebounded the next week by closing the season down with a 45-21 win over the Lions. The Eagles finished with a 9-2-1 record to win the NFL Eastern Division title for a second consecutive season. Eagles quarterback Tommy Thompson had a great year going 141 of 246(57.3%) with 1,965 passing yards and 25 touchdown passes and only 11 interceptions. Pete Pihos had 766 receiving yards and led the Eagles in touchdown with 11. The thing that was beautiful about these '48 Eagles was that Pihos and Van Buren were just as great on defense as they were on offense, with center/nose tackle Alex Wojciechowicz playing a key roll in the team leading the NFL in fewest rushing yards allowed(1,209).


    In the 1948 NFL Championship Game the Eagles faced what was at that time one of the greatest teams in NFL history, the 11-1 defending 1947 NFL Champion Chicago Cardinals. The Cardinals were a force in '48, with Elmer Angsman, Pat Harder, Charley Trippi, and Paul Christman(known collectively as "The Million Dollar Backfield") leading the league in rushing yards with 2,560 yards and total yards with 4,705, along with an NFL best 395 total points scored(32.9 average per game), which was just 1 point shy of the 1941 Bears record for most ever scored in a season up to that point. The Cardinals steamrolled their opponents in 1948, winning 10 straight games by putting up 50 even 60 points against their competition. The 1948 Chicago Cardinals are definitely one of the teams that will finish high on my upcoming countdown for the best teams in NFL history to not win the Championship, the reason they will be on that list is because these Eagles beat them in the 1948 NFL Championship Game in what at the time was considered one of the biggest upsets in NFL history.



    The Cardinals and Eagles squared off in the 1948 NFL Championship Game on December 19th 1948 at Shibe Park in Philadelphia in front of over 28,000 brave souls who fought through a raging blizzard that had set in on Philly the morning of the game. The story goes that Steve Van Buren almost missed the game when he woke up and seen the streets covered in snow, thinking the game would be cancelled Van Buren went back to bed. Eagles head coach Earl "Greasy" Neal finally got a hold of Van Buren by telephone at the last minute. Steve hopped on a trolley to 69th street, then took the Market Street subway to City Hall where he transferred to the Broad Street line. Van Buren rode the subway to Lehigh Avenue where he trudged through 7 blocks of ankle deep snow to Shibe Park. When he finally got to the field he had to help the other players from both teams to pull the tarp off the field because it was so heavy with snow.



    The snow raged on throughout the game as both teams passing games were completely eliminated. Both teams ran the football all day long with little to no success. The turning point in the game came with a Cardinals botched handoff turned the ball over with a fumble, giving Philadelphia possession on the Cardinals 17 yard line. Philadelphia drove it in with a 5 yard touchdown run by Steve Van Buren to take a 7-0 lead, holding on to bring Philly it's very first NFL Championship Title. Van Buren on his own outran the combined efforts of the Cardinals "Million Dollar Backfield" with 26 carries for 96 yards while Trippi, Harder, and Angsman combined for only 89 yards. The Eagles Championship winning teams of the late 40's were definitely some of the best teams of the first 30 years of NFL history, with Steve Van Buren being without a doubt the best running back of his era.


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    Re: The 100 Greatest Teams In NFL History

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    1922 Canton Bulldogs

    The Canton Bulldogs along with the Massilon Tigers were the original godfather teams of pro football. It all started in the Ohio Pro League in the early 1900's, where the Canton vs Massilon rivalry had both teams battling it out for the pro title every year. The Bulldogs eventually pulled away from Massilon to dominate the Ohio League from 1916 to 1919, with the best team being the 1919 team with Jim Thorpe, Joe Guyon, Pete Calac, and a young rookie Guy Chamberlin going 9-0-1 to win their third Ohio League Championship in four years. The Ohio League organized itself into the NFL for the 1920 season but by that time Jim Thorpe was past his prime, he got old and out of shape in the early years of the NFL as Canton finished in 8th place in the NFL in the inaugural 1920 season. Thorpe moved on to play for the Cleveland Indians in 1921 but Canton was still good without him, going on to finish in 4th place in the NFL with a 5-2-3 record. In 1922 Guy Chamberlin broke out from under George Halas' wing with the Chicago Staleys(Bears) to return to the Canton Bulldogs to take a role as a player and also the head coach(he also was given a stake of ownership in the club). Chamberlin rebuilt the Bulldogs for the 1922 season and put together the first real true undisputed Champions in NFL history.

    The Bulldogs dominated the NFL in 1922 going undefeated at 10-0-2, outscoring their opponents by a total of 184-15. Guy Chamberlin led the team as the coach and also as a player, leading the team in touchdowns with 7(3 rushing touchdowns, 1 receiving touchdown, 2 interceptions returned for touchdowns and 1 kickoff return for a TD). Harry Robb, Doc Ellion, and Wooky Roberts played in the backfield, with Tex Gribb(from Austin Texas) and Lou Smyth(from Center Texas) being rotated into the lineup on occasion. Norb Stacksteader played wingback while legendary Hall of Famers of the 20's in Link Lyman(6' 2"/233 lbs) and Pete Henry(5' 11"/245 lbs) ruled the line of scrimmage as two of the biggest men the league had ever seen at the time. Link Lyman was a rookie in '22 and was an All American that Chamberlin recruited out of his alma mater in Nebraska. Lyman and Henry were supported on the front lines by Tarzan Taylor(a team mate of Chamberlin's with the Staleys brought over to Canton before the '22 season), Bill Murrah from Texas A&M, Bird Carroll, and Duke Osborne. The Bulldogs strong and focused play at the line of scrimmage made it nearly impossible to score against them. Canton shut out 9 of their opponents and averaged just 1.3 points allowed per game in 1922.




    The Canton Bulldogs biggest wins in 1922 were the 38-0 shutout of the Louisville Brecks on October 1st in their first game of the season, then their 40-6 blowout win over the Milwaukee Badgers on December 3rd. Canton played Jim Thorpe's Ooorang Indians featuring former Bulldogs Joe Guyon and Pete Calac on October 15th, beating them in a shutout 14-0. Chamberlin and the Bulldogs squared off against George Halas' Chicago Bears on October 29th and defeated them 7-6, the Bulldogs biggest win in 1922 as the Bears would go on to finish in 2nd place with a 9-3 record. Another big win for the Bulldogs in 1922 was their 7-0 win over the eventual 8-3 Chicago Cardinals. The only real blemish on the Bulldogs record in 1922 is the scoreless ties that they played against the Dayton Triangles and Toledo Maroons, but they beat the Maroons in the rematch later in the season. The Bulldogs finished with a 10-0-2 record and were crowned NFL Champions at the end of the season. It was the first time that the NFL had an undisputed champion as both the 1920 and 1921 NFL Championships were awarded in controversial fashion. The Bulldogs 1922 undefeated season was a little more impressive than their even more dominant 1923 repeat season. The Bulldogs played a tougher schedule in 1922, defeating all the best teams in the NFL except for the 4-2-1 Rock Island Independence, who were a solid team coached by Jimmy Conzelman(They had a 60-0 win over the Evansville Crimson Giants in 1922).

    The Bulldogs continued their undefeated streak throughout the 1923 season to repeat as undisputed NFL Champs. When you consider the way the 1924 and 1925 NFL titles would also go on to be widely disputed, these Canton Bulldogs were the only real NFL Champions of the first 6 years of NFL history. The only thing that keeps this team back from being higher up on this countdown is the state of the NFL in 1922, the league was very amateur in nature, it was bloated up to 18 teams, most of which folded after less than 5 games in 1922. An unbalanced scheduling format and the lack of a playoff or NFL Championship system also holds this team back on the countdown as I feel it was much easier during this period to win an NFL Championship than it would become for the teams later on in NFL history. With all that said though the fact that these Canton Bulldogs were undefeated Champions of the game can not be taken away from them, they ruled the sport in the pioneer era that paved the way for modern day NFL.

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    Re: The 100 Greatest Teams In NFL History

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    1987 Washington Redskins



    In 1982 a player strike almost cancelled the entire NFL season. By the time the players and the league had reached a collective bargaining agreement almost half the season was gone. The '82 season was reduced to just 9 games, with an expanded 16 team tournament in the postseason to determine the conference champions. The Redskins came together and ran the table in the 1982 Super Bowl tournament, defeating 3 opponents before taking down Don Shula's Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII. Joe Gibb's Redskins came out in 1983 and were one of the best teams the NFL had ever seen, breaking the single season record for points scored en route to a 14-2 record and a second consecutive trip to the Super Bowl, where they ran into a trap against the L.A. Raiders, who decimated Washington in a 38-9 route. The Redskins won the NFC East Division title in 1984 but they were one and done in the playoffs after a loss at home to the Chicago Bears. In 1985 things fell apart when quarterback Joe Theisman suffered a brutal career ending injury. Washington finished with a 10-6 record without Theisman but failed to make the playoffs. In 1986 Joe Theisman's replacement Jay Shroeder would lead the Redskins to a 12-4 season and a run to the NFC Championship where they were shut out by the eventual Super Bowl Champion New York Giants.


    By 1987 the collective bargaining agreement from 1982 had expired and the players would end up going back on strike, turning the entire 1987 season upside down. The NFL learned from it's mistakes in 1982 and quickly scrambled to save the 1987 season by bringing in scab replacement players to replace the pro's on strike. The entire 3rd week of the 1987 season was lost due to the strike, with weeks 4, 5, and 6 games all being played with the replacements while the players were on the picket line. Through it all Joe Gibbs was able to keep the Redskins together to go on and capture their 2nd Super Bowl title, winning it with the first ever African American quarterback to start a Super Bowl; Doug Williams.






    Doug Willams was recruited to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1978 by then offensive coordinator Joe Gibbs. After leading the Bucs to the 1979 NFC Championship Game Williams was one of the lowest paid quarterbacks in the NFL. Williams lost his wife to a brain tumor and then soon after found himself out of the NFL after the Bucs refused to offer him a higher paying deal. Doug would go on to play in the USFL for both years of the league's existence before they folded in 1986. Doug Williams reunited with Joe Gibbs when Gibbs brought him in to backup Jay Shroeder in the 1986 season. During the Redskins loss to the New York Giants in the 1986 NFC Championship Game Shroeder went down with an injury but recovered and waved Williams off the field as he was coming out to replace him, an embarrassing moment that drove him to fight for the starting job in 1987.


    During the 1987 preseason training camp Joe Gibbs almost traded Doug Williams to the Raiders but he changed his mind at the last second. Center Jeff Bostic eventually lost his starting center job to Russ Grimm during camp as well. In the first game of the 1987 season against the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jay Shroeder suffered a sprained shoulder within minutes of the first quarter. Doug Williams came in and completed all 4 of his passes to drive the Skins down the field for a touchdown on his first drive. Then disaster struck when the Redskins kicker suffered a dislocated ankle. Running back George Rogers and center Russ Grimm also suffered injuries shortly after the kicker went down. Jeff Bostic came back in as starting center and was dominated by Reggie White, who strip sacked Williams and ran the ball in for a 70 yard touchdown that tied the game 24-24 at the end of the 3rd quarter. The Skins pulled away in the 4th quarter with a 30 yard touchdown pass from Williams to Art Monk, then a field goal by backup kicker to take a 34-24 win.




    ^Offensive Line coach Joe Bugel and his "Hogs", the greatest offensive line in NFL history



    Bad snaps by Jeff Bostic ended up costing the Redskins the game against the Falcons the second week of the season. After the game Bostic was demoted to only snapping the ball on punts. After the 21-20 loss to the Falcons the Skins stood at 1-1 when the player strike of 1987 hit the fan. The Redkins regular pro players all brought their wives and kids to protest when the scabs were bused in. During the 3 weeks that the strike unfolded there were some starters that crossed the picket line on some teams but Joe Gibbs fought to keep his team united and managed to keep any of the Redskins starters from crossing the line. Washington would go on to win all 3 games with the scabs. Scab quarterback Ed Rubbert threw 3 touchdown passes and 334 passing yards in the Skins 28-21 win over the Scab Cardinals on October 4th. Anthony Allen caught 7 passes for 255 receiving yards and all 3 of Rubbert's touchdown passes in one of the best performances by a scab in the entire NFL during the 3 week period. The next week Washington took out the Scab Giants 38-12. The biggest win of the Scab Redskins came in their third and final game together against the Dallas Cowboys in Texas Stadium on October 19th. The Redskins scab team took down a Dallas Cowboys team that had 7 veterans that had cross the picket line, including starting quarterback Danny White and 2 Hall of Famers in Tony Dorsett and Randy White. The Skins scabs took down the Cowboys 13-7 in what has to be considered one of Joe Gibbs greatest accomplishments as a head coach.


    The Redskins returned from the 4 week strike with a 4-1 record and most of their injured starters back in prime form. Jay Shroeder regained his starting quarterback job, while Jeff Bostic would remain benched in favor of one of the scabs, Derrick Brilz, who was given the starting center job. Bostic demanded a trade out of Washington but Gibbs managed to defuse the situation. Jay Shroeder played well in the Skins victories over the Jets and Bills but he started to slump during Washington's loss in the rematch against Philadelphia, completing just 16 of 46 passes for 265 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Washington led the Eagles 21-7 at one point in the second quarter but 3 Randall Cunningham touchdown passes would pull Philadelphia to a 31-27 victory. Shortly after the loss to the Eagles the quarterback controversy was on in Washington as then Assistant General Manager Bobby Mitchell went on the radio and stated that he and many of the players on the Redskins team wanted Doug Williams to play.




    "I think the difference between Doug Williams and Jay Shroeder is that Doug really appreciated the offensive line and Jay never really noticed or mentioned it. It was the 'Me, My, and I' syndrome for Jay Shroeder. "
    -Jeff Bostic



    Jay Shroeder was eventually benched in the Redskins game against the Detroit Lions on November 15th. Doug Williams came in and threw 2 touchdown passes to secure a 20-13 win that put Washington at 7-2. The next week the Redskins dropped their 3rd loss to a poor Rams team when Darrell Green was humbled by one of the few men that was ever able to outrun him on a football field, world class Olympic sprinter Ron Brown, who outran Darrell Green when he ran back a 95 yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the 1st quarter. Brown then caught a touchdown pass later in the game that sealed the Rams 30-26 victory. Doug Williams injured his back in the game against the Rams but he wasn't effected by the injury until the next week when Washington played the New York Giants. Jay Shroeder went back in as the starter with Williams out hurt. Russ Grimm ended up going down with another injury during the game, giving Jeff Bostic his second chance that he had been waiting all season for. The Giants took a 16-0 lead early on but Jay Shroeder threw 3 touchdown passes to lead the Redskins to a 23-19 come from behind victory.


    Shroeder's performance won him the starting job back even after Williams returned from his back injury. Shroeder led the Skins to victories over the Cardinals and Cowboys the next two weeks before struggling in the loss to the Dolphins on December 20th. Shroeder struggled again in the Redskins final game against the Minnesota Vikings. Joe Gibbs pulled Shroeder after 2 interceptions and put Doug Williams back in. Williams led the Redskins back from a 24-10 deficit in the fourth quarter, tying the game up with a 50 yard touchdown pass to Ricky Sanders to put the game into overtime. Washington was able to win it with a field goal to take a 27-24 victory, putting their final record at 11-4 for the season to give them the NFC Eastern Division title. After flip flopping back and forth with Williams and Shroeder all season Joe Gibbs decided on Doug Williams to lead the Redskins going into the 1987 playoffs.






    The Redskins traveled to Soldier Field to play the Chicago Bears in freezing cold weather on January 10th 1988 in the NFC Divisional Round Playoff. It was in the 3rd quarter with the game tied at 14-14 when the deciding moment of the Redskins 1987 season came. Darrell Green fielded a punt and ran it back 52 yards with a broken rib to give the Redskins the lead at 21-14. Washington would hold on to win it 21-17 to advance to the 1987 NFC Championship Game.






    Darrell Green took a shot to kill the pain in his ribs in order to play in the NFC Championship Game the next week, where he made another key play for the Redskins against the Minnesota Vikings. Down 10-17 with just 1 minute left the Vikings drove down to Washington's 6 yard line. Vikings quarterback Wade Wilson dropped back to hit Darrin Nelson for the tying touchdown but Darrell Green swatted the pass away, sealing the Redskins trip to the Super Bowl.


    The Redskins were set to square off against 1987 NFL MVP John Elway and his Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXII at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego on January 31st 1988. Doug Williams performance in that game as the first ever black quarterback to start in a Super Bowl was poetic and ironic considering the Redskins original owner George Preston Marshall was the man that spearheaded the NFL's institution of a color line in the late 1930's. That color line kept black players out of the NFL until the late 1940's but even then George Preston Marshall refused to integrate the Redskins, a move that set the Redskins franchise back as they were mostly terrible throughout the 1950's and 1960's. It wasn't until after Marshall was pressured by president Robert Kennedy that Marshall finally signed black players, the first being Bobby Mitchell in 1963. Even after black players were allowed to play in the NFL they still were only relegated to grunt positions, you could count the number of black quarterbacks that started in the NFL in the 70's on one hand and probably still have fingers left over. Doug Williams shattered the stereotype with his performance in Super Bowl XXII. The Broncos took a 10-0 lead early on but walked into an ambush in the 2nd quarter as the Redskins put up 35 points in just 18 plays. Doug Williams would go 18 of 29 for 340 yards and 4 passing touchdowns with only 1 interception, winning the MVP award for Super Bowl XXII.






    As impressive as Williams' performance was the real MVP's of Super Bowl XXII was really the Redskins' offensive line. Raleigh McKenzie, Jeff Bostic, R.C. Thielemann, Mark May, tight end Don Warren, and Joe Jacoby(collectively known as "The Hogs") were the true heroes of Super Bowl XXII as they completely dominated the Broncos' defense, plowing open remarkably huge holes for rookie running back Timmy Smith to run for 204 yards and 2 touchdowns in his one and only NFL game that he ever played. When it was over the Redskins defeated Denver 42-10. Timmy Smith's 204 rushing yards is still the most ever in Super Bowl history.






    The Redskins 1987 season is definitely one of the high marks of Joe Gibbs legendary head coaching career in the NFL. He was able to keep his team together through a lot of adversity that season, not to mention his 3-0 run with the scab team that took down the Cowboys in their final game, one of the most intriguing upsets in NFL history(the Keanu Reeves/Gene Hackman movie "The Replacements" was loosely based on the Redskins 1987 scabs).






    The reason why these '87 Redskins find themselves this low(the lowest ranking team from the Super Bowl era) is because the strike really turned the 1987 season into a wash. There's really no telling how much differently that year would have played out had the 4 games been played with regular starters. Not only that but it was like the strike just completely killed the season for some really good teams that year, including the Eagles and defending Super Bowl Champ New York Giants, who were among the teams that waited until the last minute to stock their scab teams and ended up losing key games that cost them a playoff spot. The Redskins were able to navigate the waters of a weird season in the NFL that year, while they came out of it all as the Champions they really played a weak schedule. They won an NFC Championship Game over an 8-7 Vikings team that was out of gas after upsetting the 2 best teams in the NFL(12-3 Saints and 13-2 49ers) on the road in the playoff games the two weeks before(the NFC Championship Game in Washington was Minnesota's 5th road game in 6 weeks). They won the Super Bowl over a mediocre Broncos team that had come out on top of a really weak AFC conference(that Broncos team probably wouldn't have made it out of the wild card round in the NFC that year). They also didn't really dominate the league in any statistical category, losing 4 games to mediocre to bad teams during the regular season(3-12 Falcons, 7-8 Eagles, 6-9 Rams, and 8-7 Dolphins), while never really beating any of the top teams in the league that season(the 8-7 Vikings were their only regular season win over a team with a winning record). With that said though the Redskins did have one of the historically great offensive lines in 1987, their performance in the Super Bowl was one of the all time best of any offensive line in any game in NFL history.

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    Re: The 100 Greatest Teams In NFL History

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    1939 Green Bay Packers

    The word "genius" is thrown around a lot when people talk about some of the legendary head coaches in NFL history but Earl "Curly" Lambeau was a real true mastermind of American football. Curly Lambeau was one of the first head coaches in the league to institute daily practices with his players and it showed as he had one of the sharpest, strongest, most organized teams in the NFL when he led the Packers to three strait NFL Titles in 1929, 30, and 31(they came close to winning a fourth consecutive title in 1932). Curly's Packers brought home their 4th NFL Championship in 1936 utilizing Lambeau's advanced receiver routes to pass the ball with a level of success that had yet to be seen in the NFL. Lambeau revolutionized the passing game in the NFL with predetermined running patterns for the wide receiver to run in order to create openings in opposing teams defenses. Some of the routes and strategies behind them were advanced enough to still be in use in modern playbooks to this day. In routes, out routes, short and long posts, slants, quick outs, all of that came from Lambeau and it all caught the defenses of the NFL completely off guard in the late 1930's. The player that brought Lambeau's chalk board magic to life was wide receiver Don Hutson. Hutson had the body type, hands, athleticism, and mental capacity to bring Lambeau's strategic wizardry to life on the playing field, running razor sharp routes with pinpoint accuracy, and catching almost anything thrown at him, completely rewriting the NFL record books in the process.


    In 1938 the Packers returned to the NFL Championship Game but were defeated 23-17 by the New York Giants, which featured one of the best defenses the NFL had ever seen up to that point(the Giants shut the Packers out in a regular season meeting two weeks before the 1938 NFL Championship). In 1939 Lambeau took a more balanced approach as the stronger teams in the NFL had figured out what their offense was all about. The Packers returned to the NFL Championship in 1939 by putting together a strong defense and running game to supplement their passing attack, setting themselves up with a rematch a Giants team that was even better than the year before.



    The traditional Packers scheduling formula back in the old days had the team play it's first half of the season all at home before going on a barnstorming tour around the league for the last half. In 1939 the Packers came out of their first half with a 5-1 record in the 6 games they played at home, with big wins over the Bears and Redskins. The Packers only loss at home came at the hands of the Cleveland Rams on October 1st. The Packers opened up their end of the year road trip with a loss to the Bears in Chicago in an epic game that seen the lead change hands 5 times. The Packers held on to a 13-7 lead until Sid Luckman hit Bill Osmanski for a 19 yard touchdown pass to give Chicago a 14-13 lead in the second quarter. Chicago added a field goal to go up 17-13 but a 29 yard touchdown pass from Cecil Isbel to Ed Jankowski put Green Bay back up 20-17 at the end of the first half. Chicago retook the lead with a touchdown in the 3rd quarter but Green Bay fought back in the 4th quarter with a 20 yard touchdown pass from Arnie Herber to Don Hutson to go up 27-23. The Bears ground and pounded their way to the game winning touchdown late in the game with a 3 yard touchdown run by Bill Osmanski to give Chicago the win 30-27. It would be the last game the Packers would lose in 1939.


    After the heartbreaking loss to Chicago the Packers would go on to win their last 4 games all on the road, finishing with a 9-2 record to edge out the Bears for the NFL Western Division title. The Packers ran the ball for 1,500 total yards between 5 different runners(Cecil isbel, and Clark Hinkle ran for most of them) in 1939. Arnie Herber made a great comeback as he had his best season since his breakout 1936 year, throwing for 1,107 yards(5th in the league). With the Packers power running game softening up the defense it allowed Don Hutson to have the best season of his career up to that point, catching 34 passes for a league leading 846 yards and 6 touchdowns.



    In the 1939 NFL Championship game the Packers faced an even better New York Giants team than the year before. The Giants defense put players out of games and shut teams down all season long, only allowing 85 total points in a dominant run that seen them finish with an NFL best 9-1-1 record. In the 1939 NFL Championship Game on December 10th it was the Packers defense that played a nearly perfect game, intercepting 6 of the Giants passes and holding them scoreless in a 27-0 shutout victory. The Packers offense ran the ball for over 130 total yards and put up 20 second half points to upset the Giants in front of 32,379 people at the Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis, Wisconsin. Lambeau was one of the all time greatest head coaches in NFL history. His fifth championship run in 1939 was one of his best.

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    The New York Giants shocked the world on February 3rd 2008 when they defeated the 18-0 New England Patriots with David Tyree's helmet catch to win Super Bowl XLII. Tom Coughlin's Giants followed up their upset victory in Super Bowl XLII by coming out as one of the best teams in the NFL in 2008, getting off to an impressive 11-1 start. The wheels fell off going down the stretch of the 2008 season as the Giants lost 3 of their last 4 before being 1 and done in the playoffs with a 23-11 loss at home to the Eagles in the divisional round. In 2009 the Giants opened up the season with a 5-0 start before losing 8 of their last 11 games to miss the playoffs with an 8-8 record. The 2010 Giants looked poised to return to the playoffs until a heartbreaking "Miracle at the New Meadowlands" loss to the Philadelphia Eagles late in the season took the wind out of their sails. Going into the 2011 season some were questioning whether or not Tom Coughlin was the right man for the Giants head coaching job anymore, while others questioned whether or not Eli Manning was an elite quarterback in the NFL. The Giants would answer those questions in the 2011 season as they put themselves on track for a Super Bowl rematch with the greatest head coach and the greatest quarterback in NFL history.

    The Giants lost one of their best offensive weapons before the start of the 2011 season when Pro Bowl slot receiver Steve Smith left for the rival Philadelphia Eagles. This ended up opening the door for one of the biggest breakout performances in 2011 as undrafted free agent Victor Cruz came in from out of nowhere to break the Giants single season receiving yards franchise record, catching 82 passes for 1,536 yards and 9 touchdowns. Cruz's breakout game came in week 3 against the Philadelphia Eagles where he caught a 74 yard touchdown pass early in the game and then later the game clinching 28 yard touchdown pass to help the Giants avenge their loss to Philadelphia in "The Miracle At The New Meadowlands" from the previous season with a 29-16 victory.


    All eyes were on the Giants vs Patriots showdown in week 9 of the 2011 season as both teams went into the game with a 5-2 record. Both teams battled to a scoreless tie in the first half. The Giants took a 10-0 lead early in the 3rd quarter but the Patriots answered back with a field goal at the end of the quarter, then a 5 yard touchdown pass from Brady to Aaron Hernandez to tie the game 10-10 early in the 4th quarter. New England took a 13-10 lead with 7 minutes left in the game but the Giants answered back with a 10 yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning to Mario Manningham, putting the Giants up 17-13 with 3 minutes left. The Patriots drove down to the Giants 14 yard line on their ensuing possession but the Giants defense held strong. With the Giants holding on to a 17-13 lead the Patriots faced 4th and 9 with 1:40 left in the game. Tom Brady did what Tom Brady does, hitting Rob Gronkowski for a 14 yard touchdown pass to give New England a 20-17 lead with 90 seconds left in the game. Eli Manning proceeded to lead the Giants 80 yards down the field to win it with a 1 yard touchdown pass to Jake Ballard with 19 seconds left on the clock. The Giants held on to take it 24-20. Manning went 20 of 39 for 250 yards and 2 touchdowns with 1 interception while Victor Cruz caught 6 passes for 91 receiving yards. The victory over the Patriots put the Giants at 6-2 and in control of the NFC Eastern Division.

    After the victory over New England the Giants looked to repeat their collapse from the previous 3 seasons as they lost 5 of their next 6 games. The first of these losses was a tough 27-20 loss to the 7-1 San Francisco 49ers. The Giants followed up with a frustrating 17-10 loss to the Eagles in a game where Vince Young won it with a touchdown pass in the final 3 minutes. New York's third loss in a row was a blowout 49-24 loss to the 7-3 Saints led by a red hot Drew Brees(who went on to break Dan Marino's single season passing yards record that year). Coughlin's squad fell to 6-6 after losing a heartbreaking game at home to the undefeated 11-0 Green Bay Packers on December 4th 2011 in one of the best games of the season. Three Aaron Rodgers touchdown passes and a 38 yard Clay Matthews interception return for a touchdown gave Green Bay a 28-17 lead early in the 3rd quarter. Eli Manning hit Hakeem Nicks for a 4 yard touchdown pass and Lawrence Tynes hit a 50 yard field goal to cut the Packers lead to 28-27 early in the 4th quarter. Rodgers' 4th touchdown pass of the game to Donald Driver put Green Bay up 35-27 with 3:34 left in the game. Eli Manning led the Giants on a 69 yard drive in the final 3 minutes, hitting Hakeem Nicks with a 4 yard touchdown strike with just over 1 minute left. The Giants ran in a 2 point conversion to tie it up at 35-35. Aaron Rodgers then completed 4 consecutive passes in the final 58 seconds to move the Packers down the field into range to hit the game winning field goal with just 3 seconds on the clock, keeping the Packers undefeated at 12-0 with a 38-35 victory.


    The Packers would go on to finish with a league best 15-1 record with one of the best offenses ever seen in NFL history. The Giants on the other hand would go on to win 3 of their last 4 games to finish with a 9-7 record. Eli Manning finished the 2011 season going 359/589(61%) for 4,933 yards with 29 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. Victor Cruz's 1,536 receiving yards set a new all time single season franchise record for the Giants but Hakeem Nicks also caught over 1,192 receiving yards with 7 touchdowns. On the defensive side Corey Webster led the Giants with 6 interceptions while Jason Pierre-Paul was named NFL All Pro with 16.5 sacks. The Giants allowed more points than they scored in 2011(400 points allowed, 25 per game average vs 394 scored, 24.6 average per game) but their 9-7 finish was good enough to capture the 2011 NFC Eastern Division title. The Giants destroyed the Atlanta Falcons 24-2 at home in the NFC Wild Card playoff to move on to a rematch with the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in the Divisional round.

    The Giants victory over the 15-1 Packers at Lambeau Field in the 2011 NFC Divisional Playoff game is without a doubt one of the biggest upsets in NFL playoff history. The Packers were the lead pipe lock to run the table in the 2011 playoffs as Aaron Rodgers had thrown for 4,463 passing yards with 46 touchdown passes and only 6 interception all season long. The Packers offense averaged 35 points per game in 2011, scoring over 40 points in 6 of their outings. Nobody really gave the Giants much of a chance against Green Bay. The Giants didn't just beat Green Bay in that divisional round playoff game, they completely hammered them in their own back yard. Aaron Rodgers was sacked 4 times and intercepted once while Eli Manning went 21 of 33 for 330 yards and 3 touchdowns as the Giants took out the best team in the NFL on the road with a score of 37-20.


    The Giants traveled to the west coast to play the 13-3 San Francisco 49ers in the 2011 NFC Championship Game. Both teams played solid defense to a 17-17 tie at the end of regulation. In overtime the Giants defense held San Francisco to 3 and out on their only possession while Eli led the Giants on a game winning drive capped by a 31 yard field goal by Lawrence Tynes, giving New York the win 20-17. Eli was sacked 6 times in the game but he still went 32 of 58 for 316 yards and 2 touchdowns.

    The Giants were set for a rematch of Super Bowl XLII as they faced the 13-3 AFC Champion New England Patriots looking for redemption in Super Bowl XLVI on February 5th 2011 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis Indiana. Super Bowl XLVI played out very similarly to Super Bowl XLII early on, with both coaches keeping the game tight in a strategic defensive chess match on the field. The Giants took a 9-0 lead after an intentional grounding penalty was called against Brady in his own end zone and Eli hit Cruz for a 2 yard touchdown pass late in the first quarter. The Patriots answered back in the 2nd quarter with a field goal and a 4 yard touchdown pass from Brady to Danny Woodhead to give New England a 10-9 lead going into the half. New England added to their lead in the 3rd quarter after a touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Aaron Hernandez put them up 17-9. The Giants hit 2 field goals to cut the lead to 17-15 going into the 4th quarter. The game came down to the Giants final possession starting at their own 12 yard line with 3:46 left in the game. The defining moment of Super Bowl XLVI and perhaps the entire Giants 2011 season took place on the opening play of the drive as Eli Manning dropped back and hit a huge 38 yard pass to Mario Manningham on the sideline. Manning then hit all 4 of his next 4 passes to set up the game winning 6 yard touchdown run up the middle by Ahmad Bradshaw, giving New York the lead at 21-17 after they failed to get the 2 point conversion. The Patriots attempted to pull off a miracle hail mary in the final moments of the game but they fell just short. The Giants were World Champions for the second time in 5 years. Eli Manning was named Super Bowl XLVI MVP, completing 30 of 40 passes for 296 yards and 1 touchdown.


    The Giants find themselves this low on the list because they hold one of the worst win-loss records of any team to win an NFL Championship and they were also the only Championship winning team in NFL history to allow more points than they scored. With that said though there is a strong case that they should finish higher for what they were able to overcome and what they managed to accomplish in that post season run, taking out the 15-1 Packers, the 13-3 49ers on the road before taking down Brady and Belichick in the Super Bowl for the 2nd time, the only team that was ever able to defeat the Belichick Patriots in the Super Bowl.

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    aye the bills made the list cool cool. 90's Bills got to be up high here. Everything is so well written. Hoping NE isn't 1

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    Doug Williams performance in Super Bowl XXII is one of my most vivid memories of 80's football. Going into the game I was rooting for Elway but by the end Williams had looked so damn good out there that it was impossible not to cheer for him. Still one of my favourite individual Super Bowl performances ever and I'm glad he and the team made the list.


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    What happened to this? Don't lee'me hangin.


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