10 longest NFL win streaks

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Which team has the longest NFL winning streak? The NFL is one of the hardest leagues to have a long winning streak in. It is simply because there are not that many games in a season and injuries to star players can easily cost a team a game.

Longest NFL winning streak

Most of the longest NFL win streaks occur over multiple seasons. With how many upsets occur in the NFL on a weekly basis, it is nearly impossible to go undefeated in a single season.

Some of the teams included on this list have gone on to win the Super Bowl during their streak, while others got all of their wins in the regular season. Only teams after the AFL-NFL merger (1966 and later) are included in the ranking, while the winning streaks will include playoff wins as well. Therefore, if a team lost in the playoffs, their streak is considered over.

10. Panthers: 14 games (2015)

The Carolina Panthers made a huge turn from one season to another in 2015. Finishing the 2014 season 7-8-1, the Panthers would go on to start the next season on a 14-game winning streak.

Cam Newton helped keep the Panthers perfect through the first 15 weeks of the season. It was in week 16 that the Panthers streak would finally end, falling 20-13 to the Atlanta Falcons.

9. Colts: 14 games (2009)

There are actually four teams on this list that did not have their longest winning streaks over multiple seasons. Indianapolis is one of them, as they went 14 games without a loss in the 2009 season.

The Colts survived a few close games during their streak, winning three games by one or two points. The longest NFL winning streak in Colts history would end on December 17th, as they would lose to the Jets by two touchdowns.

8. Steelers: 15 games (2004)

After losing in week two of the 2004 season, the Steelers rattled off 14 straight wins to end the regular season. They would win one more in the divisional playoffs before falling to the Patriots in the AFC Championship game.


The most remarkable part of the streak was that it came in Ben Roethlisberger’s rookie season in the NFL. He broke the record for the longest winning streak by a rookie quarterback, going 14 games without a loss (as he sat out the final regular-season game of the season).

7. Raiders: 17 games (1976-77)

The Oakland Raiders went 364 days without a loss when going on a 17-game winning streak between 1976 and 1977.

Oakland would go on to win their final 13 games of the 1976 season, which included a win in Super Bowl XI. The Raiders would start the next season 4-0 before eventually losing to the Denver Broncos.

6. Patriots: 18 games (2007)

The Patriots’ 18-game winning streak in 2007 is one of the best NFL win streaks of all time. Unfortunately for them, it ended in the worst way possible.

After going 16-0 in the regular season, the Patriots would win two more games in the postseason to book their spot in the Super Bowl. They were huge favorites to win that game, but the New York Giants pulled off the improbable upset. The 17-14 defeat put an end to the Patriots’ chances of a perfect season.

5. Broncos: 18 games (1997-98)

The Denver Broncos started their 18-game winning streak late in the 1997 season. After two straight losses, the win streak began in week 17.

Denver went on to win four more games in a row that season to capture Super Bowl XXXII. The streak continued until week 15 of the following season, where they fell to the New York Giants 20-16.

Read more: Longest NFL postseason droughts

4. 49ers: 18 games (1989-90)

After ending a six-game winning streak the week prior, the 49ers began their longest NFL winning streak in San Francisco history in week 12 of the 1989 season.

The 49ers went on to win the Super Bowl that season, blowing out the Broncos 55-10 in the championship. They carried an eight-game winning streak into 1990, where they would start 10-0 before finally losing in week 12 to the Rams.

3. Dolphins: 18 games (1972-73)

Although not the longest streak in NFL history, the Dolphins winning streak in 1972-73 is one that has yet to be repeated.

Miami is the only team to have ever gone undefeated in a season. They finished the regular season 14-0 in 1972 and won three straight playoff games to win Super Bowl VII. The streak lasted one more game the following season before the Dolphins eventually fell to the Oakland Raiders.

2. Packers: 19 games (2010-11)

The Green Bay Packers won their final two games of the 2010 regular season to squeak into a wild card spot at 10-6.

Green Bay ended up winning three straight road games in the postseason to book their ticket to the Super Bowl. In the Super Bowl, the Packers won 31-25 against the Steelers to push the streak to six. The streak would last 13 more games to start the 2011 season, before losing to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Read more: NFL postseason streaks

1. Patriots: 21 games (2003-04)

The longest NFL winning streak in history goes to the New England Patriots in 2003-04.

The Patriots finished the 2003 season on a 15-game winning streak, which included a victory in Super Bowl 38.

To start the 2004 season, New England won six straight, which pushed the streak to a record-breaking 21 games. Although the streak ended the following week at Pittsburgh, the Patriots would go on to win their second straight Super Bowl later that year.

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Justin Gincauskas is a professional writing major at Kutztown University. He is also a member of the Kutztown Men's Tennis Team. Justin has a passion for sports and hopes to turn his professional writing major into a career in the field of sports writing.

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