Vincit qui patitur
- Aug 15, 2010
- Reaction score
- New Cumberland, PA
I'll just be honest here. I don't think that any team was better "in the Super Bowl" than the '78 Steelers. That was a phenomenal team who beat an equally great Cowboys team.
I loved the '96 Packers team for many reasons, and the long road back to respectability was a big part of that. They were an incredible team in the season but I don't think that they played their best in the Super Bowl against the Patriots. The '96 team should have put the Patriots away early. If anything, that Super Bowl was one of the better games played in a long time. It seemed that the stretch that started with the '85 Bears and lasted through all the Giants blowouts in the 1990s were not that exciting. The Packers/Patriots was exciting, but I think it was such because the Packers didn't play as good as they were capable of playing.
The '66 Packers played pretty well against the Chiefs. One of the interesting nuggets in Bob McGinn's super bowl book is about the blitz. If I remember correctly, Lombardi uncharacteristically told Bengston at halftime to dial up a blitz or two and apply some pressure. Lombardi felt that using the blitz was a sign of defensive weakness. However, Hank Stram was sure that the Packers wouldn't blitz because they never did. Sure enough, they did it on a critical third down causing a bad pass that was intercepted by Willie Wood. I think Stram called that the turning point of the game. The Packers never looked back. Classic