1989 San Francisco 49ers
In cementing their place as the team of the '80s, the San Francisco 49ers put on an aerial show during the regular season and then capped it off with the greatest postseason in the Super Bowl era.
After narrowly escaping the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XXIII as Joe Montana delivered the game-winning strike to John Taylor in the final minute of the game, the 49ers began the 1989 season under a new coach, George Seifert, after Bill Walsh's retirement. No matter. Montana would set a then-NFL record with a passer rating of 112.4 and a 70 percent completion percentage as the 49ers breezed to a league-best 14-2 record. He would actually improve on them in the playoffs.
After routing the Minnesota Viking, 41-13 to open the playoffs, the 49ers dominated their divisional rival L.A. Rams with a 30-3 blowout in the NFC Championship Game. The lopsided affair was best remembered for Rams quarterback Jim Everett going down on a phantom sack, when he buckled under pressure and went down without being touched. In Super Bowl XXIV in New Orleans, the 49ers poured it on against John Elway's Denver Broncos, winning in a still Super Bowl-record 55-10 rout.
The 49ers outscored their three opponents by 100 points - 126-26 - an NFL record that's unlikely to be topped. Montana, who won his third Super Bowl MVP, also had a postseason for the ages. He completed 78 percent of his passes, threw for 800 yards, 11 touchdowns, no interceptions and a 146.6 passer rating.