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  1. PatsRI

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    ...with a win on the 3rd.
    http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/reiss_pieces/2008/01/playoff_success.html

    The following is a note from the Patriots' media relations department that caught the eye:
    The Patriots have won 14 playoff games this decade, tying the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys for the most playoff victories by any NFL team in either the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s or 2000s.
    Pittsburgh and Dallas both won 14 playoff contests between 1970 and 1979, while New England has won 14 postseason games from 2000 to the present.
    Most playoff wins in a decade:
    Patriots (2000s) -- 14
    Cowboys (1970s) -- 14
    Steelers (1970s) -- 14
    49ers (1980s) -- 13
    Cowboys (1990s) -- 12
    Redskins (1980s) -- 11
    Bills (1990s) -- 10
    Packers (1960s) -- 9
    Packers (1990s) -- 9
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    this is pretty crazy considering the decade isn't even over
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    The crazy part? There's still the 2008/2009 season to go.
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    Pretty much locks in the "best dynasty in SB era" for me assuming we get a few more playoff wins, which seems like almost a given.
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    I suspect the Niners are still ahead for most wins in a 10-year stretch.
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    Awesome but misleading. There were only championship games prior to the Sb era, and no Wild card rds prior to 1978.
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    Someone might argue that teams back then only had two playoff rounds before the Super Bowl, but that should ring a little bit hollow since the Patriots have only played in the opening round twice. So, only 2 of those 14 wins came in the wildcard round.

    Then again, I believe they started the wildcard round in 1978 if I'm not mistaken.

    Yet another argument would be that only 4 teams made the playoffs prior to 1978, then it changed to 5 teams, and at some point it was changed to 6 teams.

    But here again, the Patriots would have qualified for the playoffs because they have always finished in the top 4 when they've gone to the playoffs this decade.
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    Not sure about ten year stretch but they won 113 in the 90's and 104 in the 80's. NE has won 90 regular season games this decade.

    Edit: 87-97 the 49ers won a sh!tload - 134 regular season games.
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    This reminds of Derek Jeter leading all those postseason categories which is not that impressive since he has had 1-2 more rounds every year to do it than Ruth, Gehrig etc had.
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    That also makes pre SB championships misleading. I discount pre SB because there are just too many differences.
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    Here is an update on the best 5 year runs since the 1970 merger, ranked by winning percentage.

    Playoff games are included.

    NE 2003-07 .828 77-16 (2 SB wins 1 more SB appearance pending)
    Mia 1970-74 .802 65-16 (2 SB wins, 1 SB loss)
    Oak 1973-77 .788 63-17 (1 SB win)
    Pitt 1975-79 .779 67-19 (3 SB wins)
    SF 1988-92 .778 70-20 (2 SB wins)
    Ind 2003-07 .769 70-21 (1 SB win)
    Dal 1991-95 .763 71-22 (3 SB wins)
    Chi 1984-88 .761 67-21 (1 SB win)
    Min 1973-77 .753 61-20 (3 SB losses)
    Was 1981-85 .750 63-21 (1 SB win, 1 SB loss)
    NE 2001-05 .747 68-23 (3 SB wins)
    Mia 1981-85 .747 62-21 (2 SB losses)
    Dal 1977-81 .744 67-23 (1 SB win, 1 SB loss)
    SF 1994-98 .744 67-23 (1 SB win)
    LA 1973-77 .740 57-20
    Phil 2000-04 .717 66-26 (1 SB loss)
    Buf 1989-93 .713 67-27 (4 SB losses)
    NYG 1986-90 .709 61-25 (2 SB wins)
    Den 1996-00 .708 63-26 (2 SB wins)
    GB 1994-98 .707 65-27 (1 SB win, 1 SB loss)
    Pit 2001-05 .697 62-27 (1 SB win)
    StL 1999-03 .693 61-27 (1 SB win, 1 SB loss)
    Den 1983-87 .678 59-28 (2 SB losses)
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    Even so, the Patriots have finished in the top 4 each time they've been to the playoffs this decade. And they've only played in the opening round twice.

    At most you remove 2 wins from their total (I'm too lazy to check to see if the Steelers or cowboys played in the wildcard in 1978 or 1979).
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    It's a relatively meaningless/meaningful stat. We haven't had wildcard games or the same divisional rounds forever so how can you compare modern teams with the old ones?

    The stats game has exploded due to the structure of the league which gives a wildcard team a shot at 4 playoff games in one season.

    No wonder modern guys hold most of the records. No big mystery.
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    The Pats played only one WC round and were knocked out in the div round in 06.
    I think that evens things out as for Super Bowl era.
    So, not so misleading.
    But still the writer probably shouldn't mention pre sb era. Not a fair measure.
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    The crazy part ...the dolphins are not in the list ...hahahahahaha
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    Not really a fair comparison... up through 1977, there were no wildcard games, just a single wildcard team since the merger, so teams didn't have as many opportunties to win play-off games. For a real comparison to Pittsburgh of the 70s, you should throw out the Pats wildcard wins in 05 and 06 and give them 12. Still a good chance to beat the record on those terms, though.
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    I'm not sure how this stat is relevant. The only stat that matters is that the Colts are the only team in history to have gone five years in a row with more than twelve wins each season.

    :rofl:
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    So the Rams were by far the best regular season team never to make a Super Bowl during their regular season run? That's sure consistent with my memory. Minny just destroyed them in the playoffs.

    And by the way, Indy IS having a pretty impressive run. If it weren't for the Pats, they'd probably have more than one championship as well.
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    and crazier still, you'll still find plenty of so-called football fans who would deny the Patritos can be considered a football dynasty
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    If they beat the Giants the only thing the haters can cling to is that pathetic asterisk.

    It's pretty sad when your every rebuttal resembles an anus.

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