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The answer below is incorrect on two counts. First, the longest winning streak in NFL history presently belongs to the Indianapolis Colts at 23 straight games (over two seasons).

Second, Bob Griese was mistaken when he claimed that Miami was the first team to go through a season undefeated. That achievement belongs to the Green Bay Packers.



16-0 at Regular Season. Achieved by Miami Dolphins in 1972.

During the 1972 season, Dolphins linebacker Nick Buoniconti teammates joked about a perfect season. "Which game are we going to lose?" they asked. "Nobody goes undefeated."

A few have come close. The Bears in 1934, went 13-0 during the regular season, only to lose 30-13 in the Championship Game to the Giants. Eight years later, the Bears won all 11 regular season games but fell to the Redskins in the title game. Four other teams in NFL history were unbeaten, but not untied.

Miami had reached the Super Bowl in the previous season, but had been outclassed by Dallas 24-3. Even though the Dolphins had many stars on their offense with Bob Griese at QB, Paul Warfield at WR, and a trio of RB's that included Larry Csonka, Jim Kiick, and Mercury Morris, the defense was named the "No-Name Defense", due to the lack of the same.

Additionally, Griese had been lost during week five for the remainder of the season. That left matters up to 38 year old backup, Earl Morrall, to take charge.

During the AFC Championship game, they rallied to defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers 21-17. Even so, they entered the Super Bowl as underdogs against the Washington Redskins. "That was the final straw," Csonka said.

The SuperBowl ended with Miami victorious at 14-7.

"If another team is good enough to go undefeated, more power to them," says Bob Griese. Griese returned to lead the Dolphins in the AFC Championship and Super Bowl. "We will always be the first to have done that, which nobody can take away."

Several years later, the 1985 Bears again were undefeated far into the season. Meeting the Dolphins on a Monday night game, the Bears found the Dolphins past and present too much to overcome. (The sidelines included the likes of Griese, Csonka, Warfield, etc., and over 20 other '72 Dolphins)

The Dolphins quickly went ahead 28-0, and stopped the Bears winning streak at 11.

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Current through week 2 of 2011 NFL season:

New England Patriots as they won eight straight to end 2010 season and first two of 2011 season to make 10 games straight. Counting playoffs would make it Green Bay Packers who won last two games of 2010 season, four during playoffs to win Super Bowl, and first two games of 2011 season to make eight straight.

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