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The Panthers were 3-8-1 entering December 2014. Carolina has not lost a game since. There have been 108 different “teams” to win 12 straight regular season games, with teams being broadly defined (if a team wins 13 straight games, that counts as two separate 12-game streaks; if it wins 14, that’s three separate streaks, and so on). Previously, just one team in history had ever posted a losing record in one 12-game period before winning 12 straight games. That was the 2003-2004 Pittsburgh Steelers; Pittsburgh struggled in 2003, and then began the ’04 season with a 1-1 record during Ben Roethlisberger’s rookie year. But beginning in week three — Roethlisberger’s first career start — Pittsburgh won 16 consecutive regular season games.

But Pittsburgh went “only” 5-7 in their previous 12 games before the long winning streak began. As a result, Carolina’s 3-8-1 record in their previous 12 games is worst record by 1.5 games of any team to win 12 straight games. The table below shows all 108 teams, the year and game number when the streak began, and the team’s record and winning percentage in their previous 12 games.

TmYear (St)Gm (St)Prev 12 RecWin %
car2014133-8-10.292
pit200435-70.417
chi1984166-60.500
den201266-60.500
den201276-60.500
den201286-60.500
den201296-60.500
den2012106-60.500
gnb2010156-60.500
min196926-60.500
nor200916-60.500
oti2007146-60.500
pit200446-60.500
chi198517-50.583
clt200887-50.583
clt200897-50.583
clt2008107-50.583
clt2008117-50.583
clt2008127-50.583
den2012117-50.583
gnb2010167-50.583
gnb201117-50.583
nor200927-50.583
nwe200357-50.583
nwe200367-50.583
oti2007157-50.583
pit200457-50.583
pit200467-50.583
ram196777-30.667
was194237-50.583
was194247-50.583
was1990167-50.583
cbd192278-10.792
clt2008138-40.667
den1997168-40.667
den199818-40.667
den199828-40.667
gnb201128-40.667
mia1983128-40.667
mia1983138-40.667
mia1983148-40.667
mia1983158-40.667
min1974128-40.667
min1974138-40.667
nwe200378-40.667
nwe200388-40.667
nwe200398-40.667
nwe2003108-40.667
nwe2006148-40.667
nwe2006158-40.667
nyg1989148-40.667
nyg1989158-40.667
pit200478-40.667
rai196758-3-10.708
rai196768-3-10.708
ram196788-20.750
ram196798-20.750
sdg1960138-40.667
sdg1960148-40.667
chi1933109-2-10.792
chi1933119-2-10.792
chi1933129-2-10.792
chi1933139-2-10.792
chi193419-2-10.792
chi193429-2-10.792
chi194179-30.750
chi194189-30.750
chi194199-30.750
cle195129-30.750
cle195139-30.750
clt200519-30.750
clt200529-30.750
clt2008149-30.750
clt2008159-30.750
mia1971149-30.750
mia197219-30.750
mia1983169-30.750
nwe2003119-30.750
nwe2006169-30.750
nwe200719-30.750
nwe200729-30.750
nwe200739-30.750
nwe200749-30.750
rai196779-2-10.792
sfo1989129-30.750
chi19411010-20.833
cle19471310-1-10.875
cle19471410-1-10.875
cle1948110-1-10.875
cle1948210-1-10.875
cle1948310-1-10.875
clt20081610-20.833
clt2009110-20.833
clt2009210-20.833
mia1972210-20.833
mia1972310-20.833
mia1972410-20.833
nwe2007510-20.833
rai1976510-20.833
rai1976610-20.833
rai1976710-20.833
sfo19891310-20.833
sfo19891410-20.833
sfo19891510-20.833
chi19411111-10.917
clt2009311-10.917
nwe2007611-10.917
nwe2007711-10.917

With a win today against Tennessee, the Panthers would obviously run the streak to 13 straight regular season games. Carolina won in week 17 of the 2013 season, so that means Carolina would have gone 4-8-1 in their previous 13 games before winning 13 straight games. But that would obviously still be the worst record by any team before winning 13 straight games, although the gap would be closer, as those Steelers teams had gone 5-8 in their previous thirteen.

  • sacramento gold miners

    This might be Carolina’s year, especially if they earn home field advantage. In terms of comparison with the 2004 Steelers, Newton had the advantage of starting from day one in Carolina. Roethlisberger was the backup in Pittsburgh, and the plan was to bring # 7 along slowly. No one expected Maddox to get seriously injured in week two, and Roethlisberger was thrown into the fire well ahead of schedule.

  • RandyLatorre

    Thanks for posting informative articles like this over the years. You can clearly see most of them ended up either in the divisional round or the Super Bowl but not necessarily as winners. Its hard to determine these outcomes but looking at a factor such as this is clearly interpretive of what the final result at least will be for the Super Bowl this year. Its a nice big sample size. Compared to some of these stats ESPN or Bleacher Report pulls where the sample size is super small and doesn’t really mean anything at all.