The NFL’s recent record of six straight seasons with three straight Super Bowl appearances was good enough for the league’s sixth consecutive league championship.
The Steelers, the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots are all on pace for a record seven-year run.
What’s more, in the process of trying to achieve the lofty goals, the league has been consistently beating its own record.
But what exactly is the problem with that?
Here’s what the data shows.
The NFL record-setting streak of six consecutive seasons is actually the NFL’s longest current streak of consecutive seasons that have both an average (50-plus wins) and a median (30-plus).
And the league is now tied for second-longest streak of wins in the history of the game.
This record-breaking streak has been broken by just one team in the past 50 years — the Cleveland Browns in 1978.
That streak was broken by the Indianapolis Colts in 1970, but they won a Super Bowl that year, which makes it less impressive than the Bengals’ current streak.
In fact, the Browns’ current record of 10-1 is the second-best in NFL history.
And just for fun, here are the top 10 streaks that have occurred in the last 50 years.
The NFL record for longest active streak is set by the 1972 New England Revolution, which also played in the NFL.
That team also won a championship that year — but the league went on to win the Super Bowl three years later.
The next-longer streak is the 1973-1974 New York Giants, who won a second Super Bowl in the next decade.
The last streak of the century was set by New York in 1999.
That season, the Giants won the AFC championship for the first time since the 1960s.
That was also the last time that the NFL had four straight division titles.
And the next-shortest streak was set in 1997 by the San Francisco 49ers.
The team that ended up winning the title was the Carolina Panthers, who also won two Super Bowls that year.
But while the San Diego Chargers and Houston Texans are currently tied for the best record in the league, the last team to win three consecutive division titles was the New York Jets in the 1970s.
The first two seasons of the decade saw the most record-making streaks: 1973-74 and 1995-96.
That era was also when the first two Super Teams — the St. Louis Cardinals and the Oakland Raiders — both won titles.
In terms of average wins, the first-place team has the most of any NFL team since the league started tracking the numbers in 1960.
This streak of 11 consecutive winning seasons is the longest since the 1970 Super Bowl win by the Baltimore Colts.
That win was followed by the 1976-77 and 1978-79 seasons that saw the biggest wins for any NFL franchise since the 1940s.
Also in that span, the Cowboys were the first team to finish in the top four in five straight seasons.
Finally, the NFL record of 30-plus victories is tied with the Philadelphia Eagles for the third-longstest winning streak in league history.
The previous record of 28-plus is set in 1960 by the Chicago Bears.
That record was broken in 1973 by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
This is the first decade in NFL History that the league had two 10-win seasons.
And there have been eight seasons with a 30-win streak.
And that’s just one of the record-breakers: the 1977-78 Philadelphia Eagles, the 1976 Denver Broncos, the 1973 Indianapolis Colts, the 1972-73 Cincinnati Bengals, the 1970-71 Green Bay Packers, the 1966-67 Detroit Lions, the 1965-66 Atlanta Falcons, the 1959-60 Cleveland Browns, the 1958-59 New England Redskins, the 1957-58 New York Yankees and the 1956-57 Kansas City Chiefs.
The most recent streak of 30 or more wins is set this year by the New Orleans Saints, who beat the Houston Texans for the second straight time in Week 17.
The record for consecutive wins is also the second longest current winning streak for any team in league History.
This is one of those streaks that is more about the record than the fact that it’s the record.
The Cowboys have been the NFL champions twice in the same season — in 1974 and 2007.
And while they were tied for first with the Packers for the record in 2007, they weren’t even the best team at their time.
The 1978-1979 Chicago Bears were the league champions.
But they were also one of four teams to lose the Superbowl to the Colts in 1980.
Also, the record for most wins is still tied with Cincinnati for the fourth-most in league lore.
But Cincinnati was also a team that went on a losing streak of their own, losing six straight from 1976 to 1979.
And Cincinnati’s record of five straight losing seasons is tied for fourth-longEST in NFL annals.
The Bengals were also the team that had the worst record