Here, a cringe-worthy countdown: the top franchises in NFL history to kick butt during season play—and lose their grip on the Lombardi Trophy at the last minute.
5. 1997 Green Bay Packers
Fresh off his third consecutive MVP season, Gunslinger QB Brett Favre led the ‘97 Packers into a Super Bowl XXXII showdown with the Denver Broncos. The Pack were the defending champs and had one of the best defensive players of all-time in Reggie White (may he rest in peace)—it seemed like there was no way they could lose. In fact, the NFC was so dominant at the time (they had, after all, won the previous 13 Super Bowls), that many had been calling the conference championship game between the Packers and Niners the “Real Super Bowl.” Too bad it wasn’t. And too bad John Elway and Terrell Davis showed up and ruined the real “Real Super Bowl” for Green Bay, giving the Broncos—and the AFC—a 31-24 win.
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