Countdown to the Super Bowl: 6 days

We are six days from the Super Bowl. And when you think of the number six and Super Bowls it can only mean one thing — the Pittsburgh Steelers. Or Six-burgh Steelers as some are fond of calling them.

When it comes to the Super Bowl era, the Steelers are the dominant franchise. The Packers have the most overall NFL championships with 13. But the Steelers have sustained a level of excellence that is hard to beat.

The Steelers also hold the record for most Super Bowl appearances with eight, a mark they hold with the Dallas Cowboys. The Steelers and Cowboys have met in three Super Bowls (X, XIII and XXX), with Pittsburgh holding the lead, 2-1.

But who has the best record of teams in the Super Bowl era (since 1966)? It’s actually not the Steelers, but rather the Cowboys:

Cowboys 423-279-2
Steelers 408-291-5
49ers 388-308-8
Packers 370-324-10

Notes: Mike Lodish played in six Super Bowls, the most of any player. He played on all four of the Bills’ losing Super Bowl teams. But the upshot is that he finished his career with consecutive Super Bowl wins with the Broncos.

Don Shula coached in six Super Bowls, the most of any coach. Shula won two Super Bowls as coach of the Dolphins, but racked up five trips to the big game. He was on the losing end as the Colts coach in Super Bowl III.

And Steve Young set a record in Super Bowl XXIX when he threw six touchdown passes in one game. And don’t think he was excessively throwing touchdown passes because of an inferiority complex he carried against Joe Montana. The game against the Chargers was totally in doubt. Or maybe not.

You can catch Rank from the Super Bowl on NFL.com Live Wednesday through Friday from 1-4 p.m. ET. Follow him on Twitter @adamrank.

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