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Sporting News Recognizes 1984 Team

Posted by Taylor Price on January 18, 2011 – 11:27 AM

The only team to go undefeated in NFL history is the only team that stands in the way of the 1984 San Francisco 49ers as the greatest team in league history.

That’s the opinion of Sporting News which unveiled their list of the top-10 teams in NFL history as part of their series of greatest sports debates. The 1972 Miami Dolphins rank atop the list due to their unmatched 17-0 record, but are followed by a 49ers team that went 18-1 in 1984.

The ’84 team isn’t solidified as the No. 2 team of all-time however.

As of Monday, fans can rank their 10 best teams online and help the 49ers finish atop the list. The bracket-style voting will pit SN’s top-10 against one another in daily voting rounds. Teams with the most votes will move on in the ultimate fan vote. The best team of all-time will be determined by Friday.

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23 Responses to “Sporting News Recognizes 1984 Team”

  1. By Michael Wagenknecht on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    This was the best team!

  2. By Jim Maybie on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    Being the only “un-defeated” team, the Dolphins belong atop; but the 1984 49er’s were a superior team. The dismantled the Dolphins & Dan Marion, in Super Bowl XVIIII

  3. By slypi on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    the 95 tam wasn’t bad either

  4. By slypi on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    or should I retrack and say “TEAM”. To me, with Waters in his prime and Young at the top of his game, in addition to the likes of Brent Jones, Rice and that D-fence…….WOW. I think they would have given the 84 team a run for the $$$$$$$$$$$

  5. By HOPE on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    aaahhhh……..remember when we were tougher than the rest! Jim bring us back to the top! Go niners!

  6. By JasonxFlash on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    As I was growing up knew little about football. Thinking I want to be a Raiders fan because of their Silver&Black and the one eye face logo, also was growing in L.A.. Upon to the SuperBowl XIV all they talk about is Dan Marino & how many more SuperBowls he’ll be in. After Watching Joe Cool tore them aparted I became a Niner eversince and for life.

    Love ny Niners….!!!!!!

  7. By JasonxFlash on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    Love My Niners…!!!!

  8. By Paul on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    Super Bowl XIX

  9. By jose on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    The 84 team would kill that 72 team just like 84 of Dan Marino or 90s John Elway. 72s team is lucky not to have played the 84, 89, 90, or 94′s Niner team. But it would have a chance with the 81 but by a point or so.

  10. By BW on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply


    The greatest QB of all time, the greatest WR of all time, the back up QB is the highest rated QB of all time and in the HOF, combined with Pro Bowl studs all over the place: Craig, Rathman, Haley, Lott, Brent Jones, John Taylor, McIntyre, Carter, Romanowski, and coached by possibly the greatest coach of all time.

    FOUR MAJOR BOOKMAKERS in Las Vegas went out of business as the 49ers covered a record 17 of 19 ATS that year. Denver’s no. 1 ranked defense WAS ANNIHILATED to the tune of EIGHT TOUCHDOWNS AND 55 POINTS IN THE SUPERBOWL!!!!!!!!! SF was ahead of Denver 27-3 at halftime!!!! The 49ers outscored their opponents 126-26 in the playoffs. Their CLOSEST WIN was 30-3 over the Rams in the NFC Title game, and in all three post season wins THE 49ERS SHUT IT DOWN IN THE 4TH QUARTER.

    The only other teams that come close are the 1984 49ers and the 1994 49ers.

  11. By Louie on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    The 80′s were great my home team the Parramatta Eels (rugby league) were winning premierships 81, 82, 83, 86, the 80′s was also the decade I discovered the NFL and the 49ers, they were great years.

    Jim bring back the niners to the glory days.

    Syd Australia

  12. By steve9er on Jan 19, 2011 | Reply

    i saw the sporting news top ten and did’nt see the
    89 team ranked in the top 10 that team is better than
    the 04 pats. com’n they’d have kicked that teams
    rearend all day long! i’d have to say that the 84 and
    89 teams were the best ever. those teams would have
    beat those great pittsburgh steeler teams.

  13. By crazyjohn on Jan 19, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Jim. I was at Stanford when we took the Dalphins and Marino apart. By the 4th quarter we started feeling sorry for Dan as there was fear in his eyes because he kept getting hit on almost every play., Go Niners 2011

  14. By armando salinas on Jan 19, 2011 | Reply

    Yes, the 80´s were great if you were a Niners fan,
    the sweetest win was the the first Super Bowl,I lived in San Fransico that year,
    nobody picked the Niners to do anything that year,
    they won on shear will power,there were many teams with better personel,
    but none had more heart,my greatest team.

  15. By jamesy1044 on Jan 19, 2011 | Reply

    I agree with BW re: 89 9ers. By any measure they were the complete league boss. And remember they repeated as SB champs after the ’88 squad (my emotional favorite). And largely the same squad in “90 came with a goal line fumble of THREEPEATING!
    I cant say what’s in Sporting News head but NO other modern era team ever came close to the threepeat.
    Maybe it was the absolute awe of seeing smaller but smarter and better coached guys on the ’84 team run the offense of the century and take apart teams of admittedly better athletic ability (in most cases, aside from Joe). Walsh would pick a smart guy who knew how to get in position to make the play. Who cares if you can bench 450 if you cant get your butt there?
    God, I miss those years. You’ve got big shoes to fill Jim (and by the way who’s Willie Brown anymore…. sukkah!) But for the first time since Seifert, I have absolute confidence in our coach, get ‘er done bud!

  16. By jamesy1044 on Jan 19, 2011 | Reply

    Anybody remember the team that was the 1 in 18-1? The Steelers @ Three Rivers. Was it game 10? I dont remember… only at being shocked at the officiating, I think the entire defense and half the offense was called for holding… twice! There had to be some reason our guys were handling the huge slow Steelers.
    The same Steelers who have been GIVEN at least 2 trips to the SB/. They cant have 6 Lombardis if they didnt earn the right to get there. Immaculate reception/ deception my dyin a**.

  17. By JR Baca from New Mexico on Jan 19, 2011 | Reply

    84 was a great year for us but, I do agree that the 89 49ers were the best NFL team period. And now with great leadership the best is yet to come. Go 49ers…+…! 2012 Superbowl Champions

  18. By oldniner on Jan 20, 2011 | Reply

    The Dolphins faced weak – 2010 NFL West Weak – opposition. Niners & Pitt far better.

  19. By Richard Acosta on Jan 22, 2011 | Reply

    It’s tough to rank our past championship teams but, as a lifelong 49ers fan I’ll give it a shot. 1984-85 was a special season no doubt,with an overall record of 18-1 and destroying a Dolphins team that was 16-2 entering the Super Bowl, I would have to rank them #1. 1989-90 season would be #2, with 17 wins and only two losses, you could argue them for the first spot because that team flat out dominated each of their post-season opponets culminating in a 55-10 annihilation of the John Elway led Broncos. #3 would be the 94-95 team that was stacked with future Hall of Famers on each side of the ball. Adding Deion Sanders,Ricky Jackson,Richard Dent, and drafting Bryant Young gave that team an unmatched talent that not even Dallas could counter that year. These last two spots are extremely difficult to decipher who goes where. The 81-82 team will always hold a special place in my heart because this is the start of what we became. They also had a overall record of 16-3 so that’s why I’ll give them a slight edge over the 88-89 team that went 13-6.

  20. By jamesy1044 on Jan 24, 2011 | Reply

    @ Richard Acosta
    The only trouble with your using overall wins as the final measure is that it puts an inferior Dolphin team ahead, ala Sporting News conclusion.
    No, the 89 Niners were the all-time butt kicker in football history

  21. By NorthCal on Jan 24, 2011 | Reply

    The undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins wouldve been dismantle by any of the 70s Steelers and the 90s Cowboys. How can a team that play (was it one or two teams with a winning record) be the greatest of all time. the 84, 88, 89, 90, 94 Niners would’ve destroy them. Wins n Loses are overrated when it’s measure in qaulity of opponent. the 88-90 49ers had weapons that were about t o reach thier peeks..greatest team of all time..hands down has to be the 89 49ers…

  22. By pulga66 on Jan 25, 2011 | Reply

    every one talk about offense, but i will tell u why the 49ers won all the super bowls because of the defense, the 89 was the best

  23. By jamesy1044 on Jan 26, 2011 | Reply

    Those old Dolphin guys get together every year and talk themselves into thinking they were the best.
    In fact they werent even as good as the Marino led team that the 84 niners destroyed in Stanford stadium.
    And yes, all of the 49er SB teams had GREAT TEAM DEFENSE too.

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