Are the Dolphins the only NFL team with an undefeated season?

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  1. T1000

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    We all know that the 1972 Dolphins didn't lose a game the entire season and are recognized as the only team to do so (not counting New England since they lost their last game, I'm aware they didn't lose a regular season game). But what about the 1929 Packers, they went 12-0-1 winning the NFL title. Could they be considered as the first team to accomplish this or did they not accomplish it because of the one tie.
     
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    interesting, havent heard about this team in the undefeated talks either. note that there were only 12 teams, and the only team they played that was above 500 they tied
     
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    The 72 Dolphins did have one of the easiest schedules ever. They only played 2 winning teams all year (regular season) and those teams were 8-6. But they did win every game (No ties) and won the superbowl to finish 17-0.

    Back to the OP. IMO you could say the packers were undefeated. But so were the 1922 and 1923 Canton Bulldogs and the 1920 Akron pros. All three of those like the packers had ties, but they didnt lose a game and were crowned champions. So if you count ties as not losig the 1920 Akron Pros would be the first.

    The Dolphins get the credit because in the 20's what they played was nothing like the football we see today. And nobody cared too much about football before the Super Bowls started
     
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    I think they are talking about unbeaten and untied teams.

    Technically the 1934 Bears were unbeaten and untied in the regular season with a 13-0 record but lost the NFL championship game to the NY Giants 30 to 13.

    Oddly enough the 2007 Patriots as you mentioned were unbeaten with and untied a 16-0 record, won two playoff games to get to the Super Bowl and also lost to the NY Giants.

    The 1948 Cleveland Browns were unbeaten at 14-0 in the old All America Football Conference and won the championship over the Buffalo Bills 49 to 7 for the first Pro Team to go unbeaten and untied for the regular season and playoffs. The Browns were a legit great team but it's debatable whether they could have gone unbeaten in the NFL.

    A few teams have come close. The 1984 49ers for example were 15-1 in the regular season and lost a close game to the Steelers 20 to 17. The 49ers won three games in the postseason to finish the season 18-1.
     
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  5. matt.flynn60

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    The 85 Bears only lost one game too, to a Dolphins team with a young Dan Marino.
     
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  6. pc1

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    A lot of people think that the 1985 Bears were the greatest team in Pro Football history. They were awesome.
     
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