Originally Posted by WVRed
If you would have told me three years ago before the Colts played the Saints in the Super Bowl that the NFC was the superior league I would have laughed you off of this thread. It is pretty telling though that a NFC WC team the past two years has knocked off a heavily favored team from the AFC.
It seems as if the NFL goes through cycles where one conference is clearly superior to the other. In the 1970s the AFC was unquestionably the better conference with the Dolphins, Steelers and Raiders rivaled only by the Cowboys. After a brief period of rough parity between 1980 and 1983, the NFC then had a long reign as the dominant conference from 1984 through 1996, lead by the 49ers, Giants, Redskins, Cowboys and Bears. The Broncos upset of Green Bay in the 1998 Super Bowl seemed to herald a changing of the guard, lead first by Denver and the Ravens, and then by the Patriots, Steelers and Colts. Now it appears we may have another change, as the Giants, Saints and Packers were probably the three best teams in the NFL now (and the last three Super Bowl winners).