1972 Dolphins remain only perfect team in NFL’s 100 years: Here’s every team’s best unbeaten start


The 1972 remain the only unbeaten team in the 100-year history of the , a feat they preserved when the lost to the Monday night. The 49ers were the league’s final unbeaten team with an 8-0 record prior to the loss, getting only halfway to the historic milestone, not counting the playoffs. 

While the Dolphins are the only team to be perfect, they aren’t the only team to have a perfect regular season. The 2007 finished the regular season with a 16-0 record, but they are not the only team other than the Dolphins to have a perfect regular season in the NFL. The 1942 started the season 11-0, but lost the NFL Championship Game to the . Interesting enough, the 1934 Bears started the year 13-0 with a perfect regular season, but fell to the in the NFL Championship Game.

There are a few teams that finished a season without a loss: The 1920 Akron Pros (8-0-3), the 1922 Canton Bulldogs (10-0-2), 1923 Canton Bulldogs (11-0-1), and the 1929 (12-0-1). Those teams also had a tie on their resume, unlike the 1972 Dolphins. Five teams finished a season without a loss, but only one remained perfect. 

How impressive was the feat the 1972 Dolphins accomplished? Take a look at all 32 and their best unbeaten starts to the season, proving why matching the feat of the 1972 Dolphins appears unparalleled:

TeamBest unbeaten start to a season

7-0 (1974)


8- over MK Dons in the Carabao Cup. Elliott, who became the youngest debutant in Liverpool history, turned in an eye-catching performance on the right of a front three and hit the woodwork twice at Stadium MK.Meanwhile, 17-year-old Dutch defender Hoeve0 (2012)

4-0 (2006)

9-0 (1964)

ady laid down Leicester City assistant coach Kolo Toure insists younger brother Yaya Toure has been misunderstood at times during his career.Yaya has tarnished his image at Manchester City after accusing manager Pep Guardiola of racism.Kolo told the Daily Mail: “Yan ambitious target after joining Tottenham Hotspur.The talented winger completed a £25m switch from PSV on Wednesday.And the 22-year-old wants to win the Champions League this season with his new club.”It’s an amazing move, amazing cl

14-0 (2015)

Chicago Bears

13-0 (1934) *Lost NFL Championship

6-0 (1988)

14-0 (1948, perfect season in All-American Football Conference), 11-0 (1953, NFL)

8-0 (1977)

13-0 (1998)

10-0 (1934)

Green Bay Packers

13-0 (2011)

5-0 (2012)

14-0 (2009)

5-0 (1998)


9-0 (2003, 2013)

11-0 (1961)

11-0 (1969)

Miami Dolphins

17-0 (1972) *Perfect Season


10-0 (1975)

New England Patriots

18-0 (2007) *Lost

13-0 (2009)

New York Giants

10-0 (1990)

3-0 (2009)

4-0 (1968, 1977, 1983, 1984, 1990, 2002)


 7-0 (2004)

7-0 (1978)

San Francisco 49ers 

10-0 (1990)

Seattle Seahawks 

4-0 (2013)

5-0 (1979)

10-0 (2008)

Washington Redskins

11-0 (1991)

The 1948 Cleveland Browns did finish with a perfect season, but in the All-American Football Conference, two years before the NFL merged with those teams. The first year the Browns competed in the NFL was 1950. 

The Dolphins accomplishment what may be the most impressive feat in NFL history. Maybe one NFL team will finish with a perfect record in the next 100 years. 

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