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Patriots’ streak of winning seasons best since Montana/Young 49ers

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When the Patriots improved their record to 9-3 with a win over the Dolphins on Sunday, they clinched their 12th consecutive winning season. In the NFL, that’s a rare thing.

With 12 straight winning records, the Patriots have by far the longest active streak in the league, and the longest streak since the San Francisco 49ers, led first by Joe Montana and then by Steve Young, had 16 consecutive winning seasons from 1983 to 1998.

The 49ers were able to build their dynasty of the 1980s and 1990s before the salary cap and full-scale free agency changed the dynamics of the league. In the salary cap era, no team has managed to match the consistent success of the Patriots.

The Dallas Cowboys have the longest streak of consecutive winning seasons in NFL history, having a winning record every year from 1966 to 1985. To top that Cowboys record, the Patriots would have to keep it up through 2021, when Tom Brady will be 44 and Bill Belichick will be 69.

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35 Responses to “Patriots’ streak of winning seasons best since Montana/Young 49ers”
  1. blackandbluedivision says: Dec 4, 2012 1:44 PM

    I think they can beat that Cowboys record. If they find a capable replacement for Brady. But, hey since they were able to get 10 wins with Cassel, I think they can pull it off.

  2. buffalobills2012 says: Dec 4, 2012 1:44 PM

    when is something going to be said about the Patriots still cheating?
    Ernie Adams is still in the booth in Belichicks headset and these two are thick as thieves.

    20-0 in the second half of the season for the past 3 years in a sport that preaches parity??!! Gimme a break!!

    example: Bills beat Belichick in Buffalo last year and hurt his ego. He comes to Buffalo and throws up 45 in the 3rd and 4th qtrs? Its like when you play with you kids and turn it on when you wanna try.

    Get Ernie Adams out of the box and then we can see how good these guys really are.

  3. arrogantnation says: Dec 4, 2012 1:45 PM

    Simply the best.

  4. rc33 says: Dec 4, 2012 1:50 PM

    Ernie Adams.
    Right, got it.
    Now feel free to go forth and get yourself an actual existence.

  5. Beezo-Doo-doo-Zippity-Bop-bop-bop says: Dec 4, 2012 1:53 PM

    *

  6. azarkhan says: Dec 4, 2012 1:54 PM

    Amazing when you consider the Patriots have done it during an age of free agency and a salary cap.

  7. patsfiend says: Dec 4, 2012 1:55 PM

    @buffalobills2012

    Wow, the first post I’ve seen here where you are simultaneously whining and also got your advertisement past the PFT mods! Hey PFT… are you on the take?

    It’s completely legal to have a guy in the box advising Belichick, numb nuts. More teams should do it.

    Also, best record in the league both pre- and post- the filming incidents that were accepted by several coaches as commonplace.

    What a whiner. Wow.

  8. azarkhan says: Dec 4, 2012 1:58 PM

    @buffalobills2012, I don’t usually laugh at paranoid people, but…LOL!

  9. weepingjebus says: Dec 4, 2012 1:58 PM

    And to think, we may well owe a lot of it to the Jets knocking out Drew Bledsoe (who I liked) back in 2001. With that hit, they basically volunteered to punch themselves in the face for a decade or more.

  10. navyteach says: Dec 4, 2012 2:03 PM

    buffalobills2012 says:Dec 4, 2012 1:44 PM

    when is something going to be said about the Patriots still cheating?
    Ernie Adams is still in the booth in Belichicks headset and these two are thick as thieves.

    20-0 in the second half of the season for the past 3 years in a sport that preaches parity??!! Gimme a break!!

    example: Bills beat Belichick in Buffalo last year and hurt his ego. He comes to Buffalo and throws up 45 in the 3rd and 4th qtrs? Its like when you play with you kids and turn it on when you wanna try.

    Get Ernie Adams out of the box and then we can see how good these guys really are.

    ———————-

    Dude, they make medications to take of whatever it is that you got.

  11. bostonbornandbred says: Dec 4, 2012 2:04 PM

    Hey. Can somebody tell me what BuffaloBills2012 was trying to say? Is he implying that the patriots ran up the score on buffalo in the second half because of cameras? Because it’s already well documented that those signals helped for future games not for the game currently being played… I guess if I lived I’m Buffalo and my team spent millions of dollars on a defensive end that has yet to make an impact then I’d be mad too

    Ps. I’d rather be a bills fan then go on the idiotic link you posted

  12. wikidpissah says: Dec 4, 2012 2:06 PM

    buffalobills2012 says: Dec 4, 2012 1:44 PM

    when is something going to be said about the Patriots still cheating?

    example: Bills beat Belichick in Buffalo last year and hurt his ego. He comes to Buffalo and throws up 45 in the 3rd and 4th qtrs? Its like when you play with you kids and turn it on when you wanna try.
    ————————————————-
    Cheat to beat the Bills? The Bills team that QUIT in the 3rd and 4th Quarters of that game?

    You’re right about one thing, playing the Bills is like playing with kids. It’s not cheating, it’s the pats being consistently good and the Bills being more consistently bad.

  13. 6ball says: Dec 4, 2012 2:07 PM

    .

    @buffalo2012

    Is your contention :

    A. Forget about Brady and Welker, we’ve got to contain Ernie Adams.

    B. The road to the Super Bowl goes through the press box.

    .

  14. pats2001 says: Dec 4, 2012 2:12 PM

    still bitter about those back to back super bowl losses to dallas? i understand. i would be too if my team lost in the super bowl 4 years in a row. say hi to Mario Williams for us. he’s working out nicely

  15. BringBackTheFlex says: Dec 4, 2012 2:16 PM

    azarkhan says: “Amazing when you consider the Patriots have done it during an age of free agency and a salary cap.”

    They’ve also done it in the age of instant gratification, where if a coach or player isn’t immediately successful they are cut/replaced.

    But Landry did it with a lot of innovation: motion, multiple sets, shotgun, the flex defense, and inventing the linebacker position. A lot of things that the league takes for granted now.

  16. joecool16280 says: Dec 4, 2012 2:31 PM

    Montana>Brady

  17. zack2482 says: Dec 4, 2012 2:40 PM

    It’s not hard to do what the Pats have done in the awful AFC East.

  18. buffalobills2012 says: Dec 4, 2012 2:49 PM

    Call me a whiner etc…truth is, im a football fan.
    I give credit where credit is due. Up until about 3 weeks ago I was the first person to say Tom Brady is the best who ever did it, period, end of story. This is coming from a die hard Bills fan.

    After I read this book and the FACTS that are documented, I have to say that the practices Belichick took to gain an advantage are still ongoing. How the NFL botched/botches this is unreal. (burned the tapes Belichick had made for over 5+ years at the foxboro facility before owners even review them??)

    If Tom Brady knows the defensive play before the snap (this is where e adams comes in) then he is obviously at a supreme advantage.

    Just read the book and get an education on how cheaters cheat.

    Adams backround speaks for itself. The stories that are in the book are backed by facts and if they werent why are the people involved suing for slander.

    sidenote – Belchicks slimy interview with Armen Keytainain admiting to receiving memos NOT to video tape opposing teams and continually doing so is all the evidence I need. Hes insubordinate and a morally bankrupt individual.

  19. flash1283 says: Dec 4, 2012 2:52 PM

    zack2482 says: Dec 4, 2012 2:40 PM

    It’s not hard to do what the Pats have done in the awful AFC East.

    Its even easier to do what Manning did in the AFC South.

  20. pats2001 says: Dec 4, 2012 3:01 PM

    zack2482:

    actually it is hard to do what the pats have done in the afc east. i love that argument though. i suppose it couldnt possibly have anything to do with brady and belichick. every division has a weak link every year, sometimes two. but to be consistent like the pats have been the last 12 years is not easy to do. even in that precious nfc east most speak of….which is horrendous this year btw. the giants are the only legit team in that division, regardless of what happened last night

  21. crazybeardedjack says: Dec 4, 2012 3:08 PM

    I’ll go with the herd that is saying buffalobills2012 is a nutjob, but you guys talking trash about Mario Williams should check his stats. Yeah, he wasn’t much last year, but he was hurt. This year he has 9.5 sacks, a forced fumble, and 2 fumble recoveries. Not great stats, but amongst the league’s top 10 in sacks.

    It’s hard to call a guy out for being wrong when you’re wrong yourself, just sayin’.

  22. ricknau says: Dec 4, 2012 3:08 PM

    When you cheat for almost a decade and play in the NFLs weakest division, its not hard to win 9+ a season.

  23. flash1283 says: Dec 4, 2012 3:19 PM

    @buffalobills2012

    If it was such a horrible act and they got this huge advantage out of it, then why does one of the videos that was released show Herm Edwards (the coach of the Jets at the time) smiling and waving at the camera?
    Why did they do it in the open on the sideline for everyone to see?

    You do realize that it is still legal to film today.

  24. usmutts says: Dec 4, 2012 3:36 PM

    I’ve watched the Patriots for a long time. Not a fan, though. I generally pull for their opponents, unless it’s the Jets.

    That said, my perception, not surprisingly, of the Patriots over the last eleven years or so is that they have been truly an elite team. However, I think that without Tom Brady they would have been just an above average team. Belichick is given too much credit. His defenses have fallen way below average. His drafting and personnel decisions are suspect. It’s the much feared and respected Tom Brady who makes up for it. Game after game. Year after year.

  25. eastcoastninerfan says: Dec 4, 2012 3:56 PM

    Not a Pats fan here, and usually pull against them. But to not respect what they’ve accomplished is ridiculous…

  26. zack2482 says: Dec 4, 2012 4:08 PM

    Maybe I’m being harsh on them but they do remind me of the 49ers. The 49ers played in the NFC West, which was very weak when they were winning. I think what Dallas did was more impressive as that conference has been the toughest division for a long time. The number of Super Bowls in the NFC East speaks to that.

  27. bluebongzilla says: Dec 4, 2012 5:13 PM

    The Eagles’ record is 7, back in the 40’s. Giants = 10 in the late 50’s-early 60’s. Redskins did 10 in a row in the late 30’s, early 40’s. It’s one thing to put together a string of winning seasons like that in the NFL. Quite another to put together a string of winning seasons like that in the NFCE, home to one out of every four Lombardi Trophies.

  28. bluebongzilla says: Dec 4, 2012 5:15 PM

    “Maybe I’m being harsh on them but they do remind me of the 49ers.”

    Me too. The 49ers are another team that likes to play fast and loose with the rules.

  29. patriotinvasion says: Dec 4, 2012 5:16 PM

    Keep in mind that the Patriots 2 spectacular catches (Tyree, Manningham) away from having 5 Super Bowl titles in 11 years…which would make them the greatest Dynasty in NFL history. Heck, they might still be given the free agency and salary cap era.

    The spygate stuff was just fodder for ESPN ratings and the haters who were dying for an excuse as to why the Patriots beat their team all the time.

    Their NFL best .700+ winning %, 2 AFC Championships, and 2 Super Bowl appearances post-spygate with a completely different team (and much worse defense) is all you need to know. 1 more ring for Brady and Belichick and the debate is probably over…greatest of all time.

  30. patsfan13 says: Dec 4, 2012 5:26 PM

    Is it the Patriots fault that the other teams in the AFC east aren’t run as well as they are. The Patriots usually have much worse draft positions due to their record, and still get better players than the other teams in the conference. Also they do not pick their opponents, the league does.

  31. richwizl says: Dec 4, 2012 5:42 PM

    Quite the accomplishment; thank-you Robert Kraft, for helping to heal all the wounds I have from being a Patriots fan since their inaugural season in 1960. Everyone ridiculed us for many years and we got the shaft many times, but things can change. There’s hope for every franchise in the NFL, but it sure isn’t easy to compete.

  32. j0esixpack says: Dec 4, 2012 6:38 PM

    Geeze – for those seeking conspiracy theories watch ESPN Classic broadcasts of Montana and the 49ers.

    Did you notice that offensive and defensive coordinators would cover their mouths when calling in plays? Anyone wonder why they did that (they still do today – but of course only the Patriots steal signals – not other teams!)

    Oh, and there was no rule against sideline taping in Montana’s era – that only went into effect in 2006.

    And as all Patriots haters know, the fact that the Patriots broke a 2006 rule in 2007 negates their Super Bowl victories in 2001, 2003 & 2004. (yes – I know that makes no logical sense, but thats the typical conspiracy theory you hear around here.)

  33. db105 says: Dec 4, 2012 11:58 PM

    I don’t know which I like better. The envious fans of other teams that that uses spygate illogically or the Pats fans that take the bait.

  34. gisellichek says: Dec 5, 2012 9:46 AM

    Lest we forget… and as great as it has been …

    There are still some mind numbing losses mixed in this run … That 07-08 season Super Bowl was the worst… Brady going down in 08 in the first game…Loosing the 2006 AFC Championship to the Colts (38-34)… Loosing to the Jets at Foxboro (I was there) in the 2011 Division round… and last years super bowl…

    For me it would be crushing to not get that 4th title for Brady and BB … but it is like some wierd cruel Karma has taken hold of this team.

  35. hinksonri says: Dec 7, 2012 10:56 PM

    Oh, Ernie Adams.. Ernie Adams… Ernie Adams….

    Broken Record, get a life! Look, Girlfriend, first of all put that Ernie Adams tripe back in your purse before you hurt yourself whining! Then wake up and realize that if the Patriots were/are doing it that the other teams do it too? It’s called a “Copycat League” for a reason!

    Man, when will you all just knock it off?

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