NFL is a historic sporting league that has been around for more than a hundred years. Throughout its century-long history, the league has seen many great games, players, and moments and has seen some historic seasons.
The game is home to tremendous athletic talents including Tom Brady, Joe Montana, Lawrence Taylor, and Walter Payton. The great players have given plenty of good memories to plenty of football fans throughout history.
Be it the 1972 Miami Dolphins that went undefeated and won the Super Bowl or the 2007’s New England Patriots that dominated the league, NFL has seen plenty of remarkable runs by the franchises. In this article, we’ll take a look at the 5 best regular season team records by winning percentage in the league’s 100-year-long history.
From 1929 to 1931, the Green Bay Packers were a dominant force in the NFL and won three consecutive championship titles. However, their 1929 championship was the best one since they went undefeated in that season. They didn’t play every game as one of their games ended in a tie with a final score of 0-0 but they didn’t lose a single encounter in that year.
The 1929 Packers led by the legendary QB Joseph “Red” Dunnwent 12-0-1, which is the 5th best regular season record for an NFL franchise. The Packers won the 1929 championship by leading the points table at the end of the season.
4. Chicago Bears (1942)
Coming up 4th in the list of 5 best regular season records is the 1942 Chicago Bears squad who went undefeated in the regular season with a 11-0 record under the leadership of quarterback Sid Luckman and two different coaches.
However, the Bears failed to secure a championship as they got defeated by the Washington Redskins (now known as Washington Commanders) in a massive upset during the 1942 NFL Championship game. Nevertheless, their undefeated 11-0 record in the regular season still stands as one of the best regular season records in winning percentage.
3. Chicago Bears (1934)
Apart from the 1942 season, the Chicago Bears also went undefeated in the 1934 season with an impressive record of 13 wins and 0 losses under the leadership of legendary head coach George Halas.
The 1934 Bears were considered the greatest offensive unit at that time as they scored 37 touchdowns in their 13 games. However, their impressive 13-0 record went in vain as they once again failed to win the NFC Championship game against the New York Giants. The Bears entered the championship game as favorites but got defeated 30-13 in the title game by the G-Men.
2. Miami Dolphins (1972)
This is probably the most famous team on this list. When people talk about the best season for an NFL franchise, the 1972 Miami Dolphins would certainly be in the conversation. The 1972 Dolphins went 14-0 in the regular season under the talented head coach Don Shula.
Besides, the 1972 Dolphins remain the only team to have a perfect season as they stayed undefeated even in the postseason. The 14-0 squad successfully defeated the Washington Redskins in the Super Bowl and remains the only team to be truly undefeated in the entire season to this day. The 1972 Dolphins had a 17-0 record in the regular season and postseason combined.
1. New England Patriots (2007)
Who other than Tom Brady? The greatest football player of all time Brady led the 2007 New England Patriots to the undefeated regular season with a 16-0 record. Brady and the ingenious head coach Bill Belichick built a dynasty in New England and won six Super Bowl rings, but their most memorable season is the one where they failed to win the Super Bowl Championship.
Tom Brady and the Patriots went 16-0 and were on the verge of becoming the second-ever team to enjoy a perfect season. However, in the Super Bowl game, the Pats lost to the Eli Manning-led New York Giants in a massive upset that ruined the perfect season for the 15-time Pro Bowl quarterback.
During the impressive 2007 run, Tom Brady led the league in many QB statistics as he registered a league-leading 4806 yards and 50 touchdowns while throwing just 8 interceptions. His outstanding run led to him winning both the MVP honor and the Offensive Player of the Year honor for the 2007 season.
Despite failing to win the championship ring, the 2007 New England Patriots led by the 3-time league MVP QB Brady is widely considered one of the greatest seasons for a franchise in NFL history. The Pats had a combined record of 19 wins and just 1 loss in the 2007 regular season and playoffs. The Patriots under Brady have the best regular season record by winning percentage.
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