Which is the team of the decade?

Heading into the final season of this decade, there are several teams that stand above the pack in terms of success over the last 10 seasons. And by almost any measure, the Patriots have the edge over every other team (except possibly the Steelers, should Pittsburgh win this season's Super Bowl). Check out the credentials of the eight teams that played in at least one Super Bowl and made the playoffs in five or more seasons during this decade:

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