With their Week 9 victory over the Buffalo Bills in 2013, the Kansas City Chiefs matched the franchise record for most consecutive wins in a regular season since the 1970 AFL/NFL merger. Here's a look at the longest single-season winning streak of every NFL team since the merger -- regular season games only.
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New England Patriots: 16
After the offseason addition of receivers Randy Moss and Wes Welker, Tom Brady set a league record with 50 touchdown passes and won his first MVP award as the Patriots became the first NFL team to go 16-0. Moss set an NFL record with 23 TD catches and Welker led the league in receptions.
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Miami Dolphins: 14
The season by which all others are measured. A perfect regular season (14-0) followed by a perfect playoff run.
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Pittsburgh Steelers: 14
In the final season of longtime Pittsburgh radio announcer Marlon Cope, the Steelers caught on fire after a 1-1 start and won their next 14 with rookie quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
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Indianapolis Colts: 14
With Peyton Manning and a handful of other key players standing on the sideline for most of the second half, the New York Jets ended the Colts' pursuit of perfection and their NFL-record 23-game winning streak across two seasons with a 29-15 victory during Week 16. Rookie head coach Jim Caldwell chose to rest his starters for the playoffs over attempting to go 16-0.
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Green Bay Packers: 13
The defending Super Bowl champions picked up where they left off after their victory over the Steelers in Texas, winning their first 13 of the 2011 season before being upended by the Kansas City Chiefs. That was Green Bay's only regular-season loss of the season. The franchise's previous high was seven consecutive wins, turned in by the 2002 Brett Favre-led Packers.
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New Orleans Saints: 13
Drew Brees and the Saints had New Orleans' fans dreaming of a perfect season after winning their first 13 of the season, including two over Atlanta. The magic carpet ride ended when Dallas upended the Saints at home in a Saturday night game on Dec. 20, 24-17.
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Denver Broncos: 13
In John Elway's last season, the future Hall of Fame quarterback led the Broncos to a 13-0 start, regrouped after back-to-back losses to the Giants and Dolphins, and then marched Denver all the way to a Super Bowl XXXIII win over Atlanta.
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Chicago Bears: 12
The only blotch on this Super Bowl-winning team's record all season was a 38-24 loss to the Dolphins in Week 13. Before that defeat, the Bears had outscored their previous three opponents 104-3, led by such defenders as Mike Singletary, Richard Dent and Dan Hampton.
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San Diego Chargers: 11
The Chargers headed into the playoffs on an 11-game winning streak. Although the play of their backups in the final game of the regular season set the franchise record, it was quarterback Philip Rivers who led San Diego all season, finishing with 28 TD passes, 9 interceptions, and a career-high 4,254 passing yards.
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Seattle Seahawks: 11
The only Super Bowl team in Seahawks history, the 2005 squad ran off 11 straight from Weeks 5 to 16. They famously survived a Week 12 scare at home, winning 24-21 in overtime (inset) after Giants kicker Jay Feely was barely wide left on a 40-yard field goal attempt at the end of regulation, and then missed 54- and 45-yard attempts in overtime. Shaun Alexander & Co. weren't so fortunate in the Super Bowl, losing 21-10 to the Steelers.
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Jacksonville Jaguars: 11
Jimmy Smith led the league in receptions (116) and finished second in receiving yards (1,636) as Tom Coughlin's Jaguars won the AFC Central with a 14-2 record. Jacksonville won its first two games before losing 20-19 to Tennessee, then won the 11 straight before falling to Tennessee again (41-14). Adding insult to injury, Tennessee defeated the Jaguars again in the AFC Championship game, denying Jacksonville a trip to the Super Bowl.
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San Francisco 49ers: 11
It's remarkable that after losing Jerry Rice to injury for 14 weeks in a season-opening 13-6 loss to Tampa Bay and Steve Young suffering yet another concussion the same game, the Niners rebounded and won their next 11. Give credit to a defense led by defensive tackle Dana Stubblefield (94), which held seven of the 11 victims to 12 points or fewer.
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Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans: 11
In the franchise's fourth-to-last season in Houston, Warren Moon was at the controls of the run-and-shoot offense and helped the Oilers win 10 consecutive while Cody Carlson got the start in the record-setting 11th win. Perhaps most memorable about the final win was that defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan punched offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride right before halftime in a disagreement over offensive philosophy.
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Washington Redskins: 11
In a season that culminated with a 37-24 victory over Buffalo in Super Bowl XXVI, Mark Rypien and the Redskins gave an early glimpse of their dominance by winning their first 11 in a row. The only losses they incurred that season were in Week 13 to the Cowboys and in Week 17 to the Eagles.
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New York Giants: 10
Lawrence Taylor spearheaded a defense that led the NFL in fewest points allowed (211) as the Giants went unbeaten from Weeks 1 through 11. Their first loss in the Super Bowl-winning season came at Philadelphia, where the Eagles scored twice in 22 seconds during a 31-13 victory.
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Oakland Raiders: 10
The Raiders began their first Super Bowl-winning season with three wins before being upset by the Patriots. Ken Stabler, Mark Van Eeghen & Co. didn't lose again, including in their final 10 regular season games. The narrowest margin of victory during the run, 28-27 over Walter Payton and the Bears on the strength of a 49-yard TD pass from Stabler to Cliff Branch in the fourth quarter with an Errol Mann PAT.
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Minnesota Vikings: 10
During Fran Tarkenton's MVP-winning season, the Vikings got off to a 10-0 start that might have extended to 11 if not for a missed conversion kick during a 31-30 loss to the Redskins.
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Philadelphia Eagles: 9
The Eagles won nine in a row and 10 of their last 11 to win the NFL East for a third consecutive year. Brian Westbrook got the streak going with a punt return touchdown in the last two minutes of a 14-10 win over the Giants. Nine weeks later the 49ers ended the run by intercepting Donovan McNabb in overtime and taking a 31-28 victory.
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Atlanta Falcons: 9
Quarterback Chris Chandler and running back Jamal Anderson helped the Falcons win their final nine in 1998, even with second-year head coach Dan Reeves missing Weeks 15 and 16 after undergoing quadruple bypass surgery. The winning ways continued all the way to the first Super Bowl appearance in franchise history, but ended with a 34-19 loss to the Broncos. The 1980 Falcons also won nine in a row, led by quarterback Steve Bartkowski (inset), and almost ran their streak to 10, but lost 20-17 in overtime to the Rams in the final regular season game of the year.
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New York Jets: 9
A team that lost its last five games of the season and still qualified for the playoffs did so in part because of a nine-game unbeaten streak from Weeks 3 to 11. It started with a 51-45 overtime victory over Dan Marino (6 TD passes) and the Dolphins, a game in which Ken O'Brien connected with Wesley Walker on a 43-yard pass for the final touchdown.
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Buffalo Bills: 8
Buffalo was unstoppable from Weeks 3 through 11, defeating the Patriots and Jets twice, as well as the Raiders and Broncos en route to the franchise's first Super Bowl appearance.
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Dallas Cowboys: 8
Only three teams in Cowboys history have finished with two losses, but the 1977 squad holds the distinction of owning the best winning streak in franchise history. The eventual Super Bowl winners won their first eight, lost two in a row, and never lost again as Roger Staubach and rookie Tony Dorsett paced a unit that led the NFL in scoring, while Harvey Martin (79) and Randy White (54) led a defense that had the fewest total yards allowed.
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Houston Texans: 7
Rookie, third string quarterback T.J. Yates threw a six-yard touchdown pass with six seconds left in Week 14 to give Houston a 20-19 victory at Cincinnati, on a day in which the expansion franchise would clinch its first playoff berth in history. Yates was subbing for injured starter Matt Schaub and backup Matt Leinart, both lost for the season earlier in the year. Making only his second start, the fifth-round pick out of North Carolina led the Texans on a 80-yard scoring drive with no timeouts and a little over two minutes remaining.
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L.A./St. Louis Rams: 7
Say this much about the Rams, they can certainly get on a roll. All four teams that won seven straight also ended up taking the NFC West title. The L.A.-based '78 and '85 squads won their first seven of the season; the St. Louis-based '03 went undefeated from Weeks 10-16 and the St. Louis-based '99 team enjoyed two seven-game streaks in the same season en route to winning the Super Bowl behind Kurt Warner and Marshall Faulk.
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Baltimore Ravens: 7
En route to winning that season's Super Bowl over the Giants, the Ravens got the momentum going by winning their final seven of the regular season. The closest game during the run -- a 24-23 thriller over Tennessee in which Baltimore drove 70 yards and scored on a two-yard pass from Trent Dilfer to Patrick Johnson with 25 seconds remaining.
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Carolina Panthers: 7
In their second season, the Panthers won their last seven to finish at 12-4 and atop the old NFC West with Kerry Collins under center and Anthony Johnson the leading rusher. Their victims during the streak: the Giants, Rams, Oilers, Bucs, 49ers, Ravens and Steelers.
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Detroit Lions: 7
The Lions won their final seven games to lock up a playoff berth for the third consecutive year. Barry Sanders ran for 1,500 yards that year while Herman Moore and Brett Perriman became the first teammates to each catch more than 100 passes in a season. Detroit lost to Philadelphia in a wild card game.
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St. Louis/Arizona Cardinals: 7
The Cardinals won their first seven, including two over the Redskins, giving the team the tiebreaker it would need at year's end to make the playoffs for the first time since being based in Chicago in 1948. Jim Hart led the NFC in TD passes that season with 20.
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Cincinnati Bengals: 7
The Bengals and quarterback Virgil Carter were 1-6 midway through the first season after the NFL/AFL merger, but didn't lose the rest of the way, taking the AFC Central at 8-6. The closest they've come to matching the streak of late was a six-game run by Ickey Woods and the gang to open 1988, which was snapped by a 27-21 loss to the Patriots that wasn't that close.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 6
En route to wining the NFC Central and finishing with an 11-5 record, the Bucs won six straight and eight of their last nine in the regular season. The Tony Dungy-coached team lost Trent Dilfer to a broken clavicle during the six-game run and turned to rookie quarterback Shaun King.
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Cleveland Browns: 6
As six-game streaks go, the Browns are certainly proud of theirs. With Mike Phipps under center, they finished 10-4 that season, wining eight of their last nine. They made the playoffs and lost a respectable 20-14 to the eventual Super Bowl-champion and undefeated Dolphins. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
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