With a 3-4 record, there were a lot of things wrong with the 2008 Colts. Well, at least that’s what people thought. The Colts ran the table the rest of the season, and then started the 2009 season 14-0. That gave Peyton Manning the NFL regular season record with 23 consecutive wins. In fact, he’s only of just three quarterbacks to ever win 16 consecutive regular season starts.
Tom Brady won 18 straight regular season games with the Patriots between 2003 and 2004; the streak ended against the Steelers in week 8, but Brady wasn’t finished. New England won their final 3 games of the ’06 regular season before going 16-0 in 2007. Brady then won the season opener in 2008, but Bernard Pollard’s hit tore Brady’s ACL in that game, ending Brady’s season. He would win the season opener in 2009, too, before the Patriots fell to the Jets the following week. But from ’06 to ’09, Brady won 21 consecutive regular season games.
But it wasn’t Brady’s record that Manning broke in ’09. Do you know the quarterback who held the record before Manning, and who won 22 consecutive regular season starts?