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1. The 2011 Green Bay Packers became the 62nd team to win 13 or more games in an NFL regular season since 1960. Of the previous 61, one team won 16 games (New England, 2007), four won 15 games (San Francisco, 1984; Chicago, 1985; Minnesota, 1998; and Pittsburgh, 2004), 20 teams won 14 games, and 36 teams won 13 games.
2. The last year that no NFL team won 13 or more games in the regular season was in 2002. Prior to that, no teams won 13 or more in 1993.
3. Thirty-two of the 61 teams that won 13 or more regular season games went on to play in the Super Bowl that season. Eighteen of those teams won the Super Bowl. The last team to win 13 or more regular season games and win the Super Bowl that same year was New Orleans in 2009. Prior to that it was the 2004 New England Patriots.
4. There have been six Super Bowls where the match-up was between two teams that had both won 13 or more games in the regular season: 2004-New England/Philadelphia; 1999-St. Louis/Tennessee; 1998-Denver/Atlanta; 1991-Washington/Buffalo; 1990-New York Giants/Buffalo; 1984-San Francisco/Miami.
5. Of the 25 teams that have won 14 or more games in a regular season, 10 won the Super Bowl… six lost in the Super Bowl… three lost in the Conference Championship game… six lost in the Divisional Playoff game.
6. The most teams to win 13 or more regular season games in a season is four, accomplished twice: 2007 (New England, Indianapolis, Dallas and Green Bay) and 1999 (Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Tennessee and St. Louis). As we enter the last three weeks of this season, six teams still have a chance to win 13 games this season… New England, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Houston, New Orleans and San Francisco. Each of these teams is currently 10-3 and would have to win their final three games to finish the season 13-3 to join the Packers with 13 or more regular season wins.