The Jets upset of the Colts in 1969 holds the greatest historical significance in Super Bowl annals. Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath guaranteed a victory, then the Jets went out and became the first AFL champion to beat the NFL champ.
We asked our listeners and readers which of the eight NFL team in the conference semifinal round would go on to win the Super Bowl – and Dallas won going away with almost 78 percent of the vote. For once, our Talk of Fame Network poll got it wrong.
Quarterback Derek Carr took the Raiders to unfamiliar heights, quarterbacking them to a 12-3 record through the first 15 games, giving them their first winning season and first playoff berth since their last Super Bowl season in 2002.
Ezekiel Elliott became the first rookie to lead the NFL in rushing since Edgerrin James in 1999. He won the rushing title with 1,631 yards — 318 more than anyone else – despite sitting out the season finale.
Tom Brady’s 181 career victories are an NFL record and he has taken the Patriots to six Super Bowls, winning four of them. He has also taken New England to the playoffs in 14 of his 16 seasons as a starter and engineered the NFL’s only 16-0 regular season in 2007.