1930 IN REVIEW
By winning their first eight games, the Packers extended their unbeaten streak to 23 games, the streak would come to an end in Week 9 as the Packers lost to the Cardinals in Chicago 13-6. The Packers would go on to win their 2nd straight Championship with an impressive 10-3-1 record.
THREEPEATING IS HARD TO DO
The 1930 Packers ended the season with one large goal facing them - becoming the first NFL team to win a third straight championship. No team had ever done it before. And the 1931 Packers accomplished the feat, and the franchise repeated the triple play in 1965-66-67. Other teams had their chances, but fell short:
1924 CANTON BULLDOGS - This may be the most controversial non-threepeater. The Bulldogs moved to Cleveland before the 1924 season, but the NFL considers the Canton Bulldogs and the Cleveland Bulldogs to be separate franchises. 1942 CHICAGO BEARS - The Monsters of the Midway rolled to a 11-0 regular season mark, but were upset in the title game, 14-6, by the Washington Redskins. Chicago came back to win the 1943 title. 1950 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES - The opening game of the 1950 NFL season was a matchup between the defending AAFC and NFL champions, the Cleveland Browns and the Eagles. The Browns won 35-10, and the Eagles slumped to a 6-6 season. 1954 DETROIT LIONS - The Lions went 9-2-1 and led the Western Conference the final seven weeks. In the title game, they were rolled 56-10 by the Cleveland Browns, putting a stunning end to their bid for a threepeat. 1956 CLEVELAND BROWNS - Cleveland lost four of their first five en route to a 5-7 season. This was the first time they have had a losing season or did not make the playoffs. 1960 BALTIMORE COLTS - The Colts opened up 6-2, then lost their last four and watched the Packers win the West. 1963 GREEN BAY PACKERS - The Packers lost only two game, both to the Bears, who finished 11-1-2 and won the title. 1974 MIAMI DOLPHINS - Miami reached the playoffs again in 1974 but lost in the first round to the Oakland Raiders, in what has entered NFL lore as the "Sea of Hands" game, considered one of the greatest games ever played. Following the 1974 season, the Dolphins lost Csonka, Kiick, and Warfield to the World Football League. 1976 PITTSBURGH STEELERS - The Steelers won the AFC Central with a 10-4 record on the final day of the season, then lost to the eventual champion Oakland Raiders in the AFC Championship game. 1980 PITTSBURGH STEELERS - "One for the thumb in '81" was the rallying cry of the Steelers. It was not so. Hard luck, age, injuries, and an off year by Terry Bradshaw left the Steelers with a 9–7 record, missing the playoffs. 1990 SAN FRANCISCO 49ers - In 1990, the 49ers won their first ten games, and they eventually finished 14-2. In the NFL Championship, the Giants kicked a last-second field goal, winning 15-13 and going on to win Super Bowl XXV. 1994 DALLAS COWBOYS - The Cowboys finished 12–4 in 1994, but missed the Super Bowl by losing to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game, 38–28. 1999 DENVER BRONCOS - John Elway retired following the 1998 season. Although no one expected a serious defense of their title, the Broncos would stumble out the gate this season, losing the first four regular season games and finished 6-10. 2005 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS - The team ended the season on a 5–1 run to finish 10–6, earning their third straight AFC East title. The Patriots defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Wild Card Playoffs but fell to the Denver Broncos on the road in the Divisional Playoffs, committing five turnovers in the game.