Pursuit Of Perfection: Pats chasing the '72 Dolphins

Don Shula, right, and the Dolphins achieved perfection. Are the Patriots on their way? US Presswire, AP Photo

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The Perfect Seasons

The Miami Dolphins won each of their 17 games (including playoffs) in 1972, becoming the only team in the modern era to go undefeated in a season. Although other teams have come close, no one has matched the Dolphins' record. But the Patriots, 15-0 after defeating this year's Dolphins on Sunday, are closing in. Here's the breakdown thus far:

By The Numbers

Starting Lineups

Tom Brady: Records Within Reach

Greatest Point Differential, Season

Entering The Playoffs Undefeated, NFL History

Most Points Per Game, NFL History