Could there be a Super Bowl matchup involving two NFL teams with richer postseason histories than the Super Bowl XLV matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers? Unlikely.
Let’s look at some of the numbers surrounding Sunday’s meeting at Cowboys Stadium in North Texas.
- The Steelers have won six Super Bowl titles, more than any other NFL franchise.
- The Packers have won an NFL record 12 championships dating back prior to the Super Bowl era, and have won three Super Bowls.
- Green Bay is 28-16 in postseason play, an NFL-best .636 winning percentage. The Steelers, 33-19 (.635) are No. 2 in that category.
- The Steelers will be making their eighth Super Bowl appearance, tying them with the Dallas Cowboys for the most all time.
“We’re very similar organizations,” says Steelers chairman emeritus Dan Rooney. “We’re similar in the way we operate. We have great respect for the Packers and we always have.”
Here is one other number. Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is looking for his third Super Bowl title. Roethlisberger, who is in his seventh year, is one of only three quarterbacks (Pro Football Hall of Famer Troy Aikman and Tom Brady) in NFL history to win at least 10 postseason games by the end of their seventh season.