What it might mean if Colts get to 10-0

November, 20, 2009
11/20/09
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If the Colts win Sunday, they will be the 12th team (and the Saints could be the 13th) to start a season 10-0 since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970.

That would offer no guarantees about their potential for postseason success, however.

Only five of the 11 teams that have started 10-0 have gone on to win the Super Bowl, most recently the 1998 Denver Broncos.

Here’s a breakdown of the teams that started 10-0 from ESPN Stats & Information:


If both the Colts and Saints win, it would be just the third time in NFL history in which two teams began a season 10-0.

The 1990 Giants and 49ers each began 10-0. The Giants won Super Bowl XXV, beating the 49ers in the NFC title game to get there.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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