The NFL is more popular than ever, and as the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos prepare to meet in the Super Bowl, it seems like a great time to look back and see what were the best NFL teams of the decade. There have been a lot of great teams over the last 10 years, but a few franchises stand head and shoulders above the rest.
A quick look at the last decade of play shows that the New England Patriots have been the most successful franchise in football during that period. Led by quarterback Tom Brady, the Patriots have won more games than any other team in the NFL. In addition, they have appeared in three Super Bowls, winning one.
Though the Indianapolis Colts did not make the playoffs this season, this was in large part due to injuries. Before this year, they were among the most successful teams in the league. Led first by Peyton Manning and then by Andrew Luck, the Colts won 110 games and appeared in two Super Bowls.
The third most successful team over the last decade is also from the AFC. The Pittsburgh Steelers have long been a dominant team in the league, and their success is ongoing. Over the last 10 years, the Steelers have been to three Super Bowls, winning two.
The best team in the NFC over the last decade has been the Green Bay Packers, who made a smooth transition from one Hall of Fame quarterback to another. From Brett Favre to Aaron Rodgers, the Packers seem like they are always in the playoffs, and they added another championship in 2011.
Take a look at the Top 5 NFL Teams of 2015
Who will win Super Bowl 50? We will have to wait and see what the next chapter in the story of the NFL will be.