A Kansas City Chiefs Dynasty
We started this piece off by looking at the franchises with the most all-time Super Bowl wins, but that list is different than a list of NFL teams that have pulled off true NFL dynasties. The Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers (twice), San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, and New England Patriots have all won back-to-back Super Bowls. However, the general consensus is that even two consecutive Super Bowl wins will not make you a dynasty.
No NFL team has ever won three consecutive Super Bowls. Only a few have pulled off three Super Bowl wins with some of the same pieces and just three franchises have managed to win three Super Bowls over a five year period. Those are:
The 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers - The Chuck Noll/Terry Bradshaw Steelers won four Super Bowls over a six year period between 1974 and 1979.
The 1990s Dallas Cowboys - During the Troy Aikman/Emmitt Smith/Michael Irvin era in Dallas the Cowboys won three Super Bowls (1992, 1993, 1995).
The Bill Belichick and Tom Brady era New England Patriots - During the Belichick/Brady era in New England the Patriots won three Super Bowls over a five year period twice. The first was between 2001-2004 and then again between 2014-2018. To accomplish that feat twice with the same coach and quarterback with that many years between the two is amazing.
Despite not winning three Super Bowls in a five year period, I think you can still make a case for two other teams being in the dynasty discussion during the Super Bowl era of the NFL.
The 1960s Green Bay Packers - The Vince Lombardi/Bart Starr Packers teams won the first two Super Bowls. However, they also won three NFL championships in the five year period before the first Super Bowl. I think that puts them above other teams that won back to back Super Bowls.
The Joe Montana San Francisco 49ers - The 49ers never won three Super Bowls in a five year period, but they did win 4 Super Bowls over a nine year period while Joe Montana was their quarterback.
So in the history of the Super Bowl era, I believe there is a case for five dynasties. If the Chiefs were to win a third Super Bowl in a five year period, I believe that cements them as a sixth Super Bowl era dynasty. Especially when you factor in that they will have been to six straight AFC Championship Games and both their quarterback and coach will have earned spots amongst the greatest of all time as we have previously discussed.
If that wasn't enough, I'd also like to point out a fantastic stat that I saw in Seth Keysor's Chief in the North Newsletter (if you aren't subscribed, you should do that ASAP). Travis Kelce is second all-time in playoff receptions behind only Jerry Rice. He needs just 19 more to pass him. For comparison, he's averaged 24.75 postseason receptions over the last four seasons.
I simply don't see any argument that can be made that the Chiefs wouldn't be every bit as worthy as the '90s Dallas Cowboys teams with another Super Bowl win. They're a long way from the crazy numbers put up by Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, and the Patriots, but beyond them, the Chiefs would be right there with the other greats of all time. They would have an all-time great head coach, an all-time great quarterback, and another all-time great player in Kelce, and they would have accomplished a feat that only a few select teams in NFL history have achieved.
This era of Chiefs football has already been a dream come true for many. They have already given their fans a lifetime of memories. Now the only question is how far up the list of all time greats can they go?