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Ness
12-01-2011, 11:09 PM
Most people don't remember losers obviously, but there are quite a few teams that people still remember for not winning it all. Obviously most of us probably weren't around to see all of these teams play the entire season, but through research and just being an NFL fan you can kind of get a sense as to what teams survive the test of time in NFL lore. Here are some I think are still talked about a lot.

1998 Minnesota Vikings
2007 New England Patriots
1996 Denver Broncos
2001 St.Louis Rams
1990 Buffalo Bills
1990 San Francisco 49ers
1969 Minnesota Vikings
1992 San Francisco 49ers
1986 Chicago Bears

Paul
12-01-2011, 11:17 PM
Those poor Bills.

Ness
12-01-2011, 11:22 PM
1990 Bills was definitely their best team. And they could have easily won that game. They beat them earlier in the year. Wasn't that a 49 yard field goal or something like that? Those aren't just chip shots. Norwood gets a lot of **** for that miss.

wogitalia
12-01-2011, 11:52 PM
The Lions are pretty memorable for not winning a SuperBowl or at all...

Ghost of Juice
12-01-2011, 11:55 PM
The 1976 Bucs are still talked about for possibly being the worst team of all time.

Ness
12-02-2011, 12:10 AM
The 1976 Bucs are still talked about for possibly being the worst team of all time.

They have the excuse of being an expansion team. The Lions don't, and now the Colts will seem to own the title of being the worst team ever.

DraftSavant
12-02-2011, 12:15 AM
The Sam Wyche Bengals, the Levy Bills, and the Fran Tarkenton Vikings all come to mind immediately.

Also, the 1976 Steelers had the best version of the Steel Curtain, but were too crippled by injuries on offense to get back to the Superbowl (that was the year the Raiders finally beat them).

The 1999 Bucs and 2006 Ravens were two awesome defenses. I'll never forget the playoff games they had against the Rams and Colts, respectively. Completely shut those offenses down, but ultimately lost due to poor QB play.

molenguinurtle
12-02-2011, 01:35 AM
The 2008 Cardinals

All they had to do was tackle James Harrison.

Ness
12-02-2011, 02:44 AM
Just acquired the 1996 Divisional Playoffs between the Broncos and Jaguars. Should be good to revisit that game and one of the all time greatest upsets.

fenikz
12-02-2011, 03:13 AM
08 Cardinals were "the worst team to ever make the playoffs"

gj Collinsworth

Ness
12-02-2011, 03:57 AM
Did he say that before they got to the Super Bowl?

fenikz
12-02-2011, 04:01 AM
lol of course would of seemed even dumber if he did it when they made it to the superbowl

Ness
12-02-2011, 04:27 AM
I'm surprised he said that before they even played a game. Actually why am I surprised. It's Collinsworth.

phlysac
12-02-2011, 08:11 AM
I always thought the 1991 49ers team was interesting. Steve Bono QB'ed the team a large chunk of the season, due to injuries and less than stellar play from Steve Young. Although they didn't make the Playoffs, they won 8 of their final 10 games, including 4 against teams that made the playoffs. Most memorable to me was their 52-14 destruction of the playoff-bound Bears the final Monday Night of the season.

Obviously homer-ish, and I was young, but it may be the only case in modern history where you could argue that the best team in the NFL, at the end of the season, didn't make the playoffs.

Paul
12-02-2011, 08:15 AM
94-95 Cowboys?

It should've been 4 straight!! Stupid San Fran for signing Deion and Ken Norton.

Don Vito
12-02-2011, 08:15 AM
2007 Patriots no doubt

Ravens1991
12-02-2011, 09:13 AM
I know this is a homer statement but I will never forget the 2006 Ravens.

That divisional playoff game vs. Colts has hands down the worse loss a person could go through. The team that ditched the city comes back, the D is playing out of their mind and holds Peyton Manning for 0 TDs. Ed Reed had 2 picks but would have had 4 if Ray Lewis didnt deflect 2 passes going straight towards him. What we were doing running the ball to Jamal Lewis 13 fucknig times and passing w/ McNair 29 times I will never figure out. We were passing on the ******* 4 yard line and threw a pick.

jth1331
12-02-2011, 09:24 AM
The Sam Wyche Bengals, the Levy Bills, and the Fran Tarkenton Vikings all come to mind immediately.

Also, the 1976 Steelers had the best version of the Steel Curtain, but were too crippled by injuries on offense to get back to the Superbowl (that was the year the Raiders finally beat them).

The 1999 Bucs and 2006 Ravens were two awesome defenses. I'll never forget the playoff games they had against the Rams and Colts, respectively. Completely shut those offenses down, but ultimately lost due to poor QB play.

Weren't the 1999 Bucs QB'd by Shaun King? And did they have Keyshawn yet at WR? Their offense was dreadful, and that stupid Bert Emanuel catch not being a catch.

bucfan12
12-02-2011, 09:40 AM
Probably a toss up between the 2007 Pats and the 1998 Vikings. I wish we saw the Vikings/Broncos in that Super Bowl that year. Dang, that would have been a shoot out.

FUNBUNCHER
12-02-2011, 10:08 AM
1983 Redskins. 14-2. Got ***** slapped by the Raiders in SB XVIII.

RIggins rushed for 24 TDs. Joe Theismann was league MVP. Darrell Green's rookie season. The SKins had the two top offensive scorers in the NFL, Mark Mosley and Riggins. Set the NFL team scoring record with 544 points until it was broken by the Randy Moss/Cunningham/Cris Carter Vikings over a decade later.
Washington beat the Rams 51-7 in the playoffs, then won in tightly contested game against a Joe Montana/Ronnie Lott led 49ers at home, 24-21.

And then the Raiders just violated us. A shame.
Many Skins fans feel the 1983 squad was the best Redskins team ever, SB or not.
But who knew Marcus Allen and Howie Long were that good??lol



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PoopSandwich
12-02-2011, 01:06 PM
2007 New England Patriots by far.

Menardo75
12-02-2011, 01:23 PM
Still believe the 2007 Patriots are the best football team in history.

brat316
12-02-2011, 02:13 PM
I know this is a homer statement but I will never forget the 2006 Ravens.

That divisional playoff game vs. Colts has hands down the worse loss a person could go through. The team that ditched the city comes back, the D is playing out of their mind and holds Peyton Manning for 0 TDs. Ed Reed had 2 picks but would have had 4 if Ray Lewis didnt deflect 2 passes going straight towards him. What we were doing running the ball to Jamal Lewis 13 fucknig times and passing w/ McNair 29 times I will never figure out. We were passing on the ******* 4 yard line and threw a pick.

You beat us twice that year.

Ness
12-02-2011, 02:17 PM
94-95 Cowboys?

It should've been 4 straight!! Stupid San Fran for signing Deion and Ken Norton.

That's what you get for taking Charles Haley.

Ness
12-02-2011, 02:19 PM
Weren't the 1999 Bucs QB'd by Shaun King? And did they have Keyshawn yet at WR? Their offense was dreadful, and that stupid Bert Emanuel catch not being a catch.

Keyshawn Johnson didn't get there until 2002. And that Bert Emanuel catch should have been a catch.

phlysac
12-02-2011, 02:36 PM
1983 Redskins. 14-2. Got ***** slapped by the Raiders in SB XVIII.

RIggins rushed for 24 TDs. Joe Theismann was league MVP. Darrell Green's rookie season. The SKins had the two top offensive scorers in the NFL, Mark Mosley and Riggins. Set the NFL team scoring record with 544 points until it was broken by the Randy Moss/Cunningham/Cris Carter Vikings over a decade later.
Washington beat the Rams 51-7 in the playoffs, then won in tightly contested game against a Joe Montana/Ronnie Lott led 49ers at home, 24-21.


Ah, yes. The phantom PI on Eric Wright and phantom holding on Ronnie Lott. Both on 3rd downs on the final Redskins drive. Oh well, Moseley's 4 missed FGs balance that out... kinda.

That was my first year closely following football. My dad being a 'Skins fan certainly didn't help.

Here's a replay of that game...

http://www.hulu.com/watch/123929/greatest-games-1983-clash-of-the-titans

Ness
12-02-2011, 02:44 PM
Yeah I was going to bring that up. Redskins got away with a couple of BS calls. Ronnie Lott still isn't over that.

FUNBUNCHER
12-02-2011, 04:17 PM
Yeah, that's when I learned the value of home field in the playoffs. Refs can say they're objective all they want, but a maniacal crowd and being 'fair' to the home team affects their judgement in close games.

Denver Bronco56
12-02-2011, 04:20 PM
The 1996 Broncos... alot of the players said that was just as talented as the other teams

If we win that, it could have started a three peat

killxswitch
12-02-2011, 04:22 PM
The 06 Chargers deserve some mention. That team was ridiculously talented. They should've won the SB and had no business losing to the Pats in the divisional round. I'm glad they did though because there's no way the Colts would've beat them in SD.

LDT was the far and away best player in football that year.

AJ Smith really ****** up when he fired Schottenheimer. Norv Turner? Really? How's that worked out, dumbass?

The only GM I hate more than AJ Smith is Bill Polian. They are cut from the same cloth.

robert pancake gallery
12-02-2011, 04:25 PM
The 2008 Cleveland Browns. When the Browns thought they had a "pro-bowl" quarterback in Derek Anderson, Romeo Crennel was still head coach, Jamal Lewis was in full Fred Flintstone mode, etc.

Too many great memories.

J-Mike88
12-02-2011, 04:41 PM
1990 Bills was definitely their best team. And they could have easily won that game. They beat them earlier in the year. Wasn't that a 49 yard field goal or something like that? Those aren't just chip shots. Norwood gets a lot of **** for that miss.
Exactly.
F**** Scott Norwood. Flipflop him with Adam Vinitieri, and Tom Brady is just Jim Kelly.
And Jim Kelly is Joe Montana.

But for real, a team to make 4 straight Super Bowls as those Bills did is just amazing.
I think that's the most remarkable non-Super Bowl winning feat ever in the NFL.