Luck isn’t just a quarterback in Indianapolis. It’s a factor in the entire histories of major teams. Some have it. Some don’t. And some have it in spades. Here are the luckiest teams in NFL history.
New York Jets
Few teams have had more bad luck than this ‘lucky’ team. But they’re lucky because if not for a hurt John Unitas, they’d be 0-and-forever, not 1-and-forever, in Super Bowls.
Never mind the lucky plays, like the ‘Holy Roller’. The Raiders are lucky every year half their team, and half their fans, aren’t locked away in the pen where they belong.
Basically, the Cowboys are lucky to have a national sports press that still talks about them as though they matter. Talk about trading on past glory.
Los Angeles Rams
The LA Rams are on this list because they’re lucky to exist. They already got bounced out of LA once. They won their only Super Bowl while in St. Louis. Which just got screwed.
There has to be some accounting for the home edge the Broncos have always had playing in that freakish thin air. Visit Denver if you don’t believe, and try doing anything physical – like help a buddy move. You’ll get the point fast.
Truth be told, the Dolphins’ great era – including their undefeated year, 1972 – came during a ‘sweet spot’ when teams that would be better than them, whether in Pittsburgh, Oakland or Dallas, were just a little young and green.
Green Bay Packers
The Packers have had two consecutive cast-off, underrated quarterbacks turn into, not just Hall of Famers, but the best QB of their era. Brett Favre. Aaron Rodgers. It isn’t fair.
New York Giants
Wild card teams making the Super Bowl? Check. Miraculous ‘helmet catch’ to beat the undefeated Patriots in the Super Bowl? Check.
We could have picked Franco Harris’ Immaculate Reception. We could have picked the Bengals’ most recent meltdown. Or having Cleveland and Cincinnati in their division. Instead, this: Ben Roethlisberger’s 2006 game-saving tackle of Nick Harper after Jerome Bettis’ late, goal-line fumble.
New England Patriots
Here’s the luckiest moment in Patriots’ history: exit Drew Bledsoe. Enter Tom Brady.