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Colts, Saints in danger of losing undefeated records

The last time two teams were undefeated after 10 games, both lost their 11th. Indianapolis and New Orleans will have to defend their records against tough opponents this week.

November 29, 2009|By Sam Farmer

Reporting from New Orleans — Nineteen years ago, the San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants both won their first 10 games of the season.

And both lost their 11th game.

This week -- for only the second time in the NFL's modern era -- two more teams are 10-0: the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts.

And each could easily lose its 11th game.

The Colts play at Houston today, facing a team that just three weeks ago was a missed 42-yard field-goal try away from pushing them to overtime.

The Saints play host to the New England Patriots on Monday, a Patriots team that came within inches of beating the Colts two weeks ago.

As perfection beckons, the pressure mounts.

"From the outside, people have been talking about this for three weeks now," Saints tackle Jon Stinchcomb told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "[But] this locker room has stayed focused on that next opponent, and that doesn't change this week.

"We've got a lot of respect for the Patriots, obviously. I think across the league there's not a franchise that over time, has stood the test of time [any better]. So we'll have our hands full just like every week."

The Colts have strung together an NFL-record six consecutive seasons of 12 wins or more. They're two victories away from extending that streak. That said, Indianapolis has only one Lombardi Trophy to show for it, prompting the question of whether they tend to peak too early.

"Peaking is not an issue for us," Colts President Bill Polian said on his weekly radio show in Indianapolis. "We want to play our best football 16 weeks a year and if we're fortunate enough to get into the postseason, we're going to try to play our best football then and we'll do everything we can to aim at that if and when we're lucky enough to get into the postseason."

It's a safe bet they'll get that far -- a result the Colts might consider, well, perfect. YearTeamFinal rec.Opp. (wk. of 1st loss)1929 Packers12-0-1 Undefeated1985 Bears15-1 Dolphins (13)1934 Lions10-3 Packers (11)1990 Giants13-3 Eagles (11)1934 Bears 13-0 Undefeated1990 49ers14-2 L.A. Rams (11)1942 Bears 11-0 Undefeated1991 Redskins 14-2 Cowboys (12)1953 Browns 11-1 Eagles (12)1998 Broncos 14-2 Giants (14)1961 Chargers 12-2Oilers (12)2005 Colts14-2 Chargers (14)1962 Packers 13-1 Lions (11)2007 Patriots 16-0 Undefeated1969 L.A. Rams 11-3 Vikings (12)2008 Titans13-3N.Y. Jets (11)1972 Dolphins 14-0 Undefeated 2009 Colts -- -- 1975 Vikings 12-2 Redskins (11)2009 Saints -- -- 1984 Dolphins14-2 Chargers (12)-- Source: NFL Tommy gun

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has thrown for 300 yards in five consecutive games, one shy of the NFL record shared by Steve Young, Kurt Warner and Rich Gannon.

The most consecutive 300-yard passing games in NFL history: PlayerTeamYearGamesSteve YoungSan Francisco19986Kurt WarnerSt. Louis20006Rich GannonOakland20026Tom BradyNew England20095**-- ** active streak. Source: NFL Ironman

Minnesota quarterback Brett Favre will play in his 272nd consecutive game today, matching the NFL record (for non-kickers/punters) set by Vikings great Jim Marshall.

Favre acknowledged last week that it would have been remarkably hard to accomplish that feat as a defensive player, as defensive end Marshall did, and said: "I'm honored to be mentioned in the same breath with him. I really am.

"I'm honored that I'm still asked to do this, people still want me to play. I think for me I'd love to sit here and say there's a secret that I can't give out. I think God has blessed me with a lot of talent and the ability to use it and overcome certain injuries that may have kept the next guy out."

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