The New England Patriots beat the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday to set one of the most impressive NFL records from their two-decade run of dominance.
The victory improves the Patriots' record to 10-1, and that means the defending Super Bowl champions have won 10 or more games in 17 consecutive seasons, breaking a tie with the San Francisco 49ers for the most in league history.
Here's a look at how the Patriots' and 49ers' 10-win season streaks compared through 16 seasons:
Patriots could become the 1st team in NFL history with ≥ 10 wins in 17 straight seasons
1. Patriots - 2003/2018 - 16 seasons
1. 49ers - 1983/1999 - 16 seasons
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The last campaign in which the Patriots failed to win at least 10 games was 2002. They went 8-8 that season after winning Super Bowl XXXVI in dramatic fashion. The mediocrity didn't last long, though, as the Patriots went on to win the next two Super Bowl titles in 2003 and 2004. The Patriots actually had a streak of eight straight seasons with 12-plus wins snapped with an 11-5 record last season. Despite winning only 11 regular season games in 2018, the Patriots went on to win their sixth Super Bowl championship.
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