Ahead of Clash vs. Browns, Pressure Mounts on 49ers as They Look to Match Tom Brady’s Patriots

Published 10/14/2023, 8:25 AM EDT

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The upcoming clash between the San Francisco 49ers and the Cleveland Browns is on October 15, Week 6. Standing at 2-2, the Browns are eager to take on the 5-0 49ers, who seem to be “riding high.” But here’s the twist — the 49ers are eyeing a record held by the legendary 2007 New England Patriots, led by Tom Brady. Are they up for the challenge?

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Reports suggest that the 49ers aim to emulate the unique achievement of Brady’s Patriots from 2007 — a team that etched its name in NFL history. The 49ers have a golden opportunity to join this elite club this Sunday. The pressure is on, indeed!

The 49ers replicate the 2007 Patriots’ historic feat

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David Lombardi, renowned for his SF 49ers coverage for The Athletic, shared an insightful tidbit: “There has only been one team in NFL history to score at least 30 points and allow less than 30 points in each of its first six games: The 2007 Patriots.” He added, “The 49ers can join them [Patriots] this Sunday.”

Lombardi referred to the factoid courtesy of the NFL that the Patriots were the only team to accomplish a remarkable feat: scoring 30+ points and allowing less than 30 points in each of their first six games.

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But what’s the story behind those 2007 Patriots? It’s a captivating tale of dominance. They may not have clinched the Super Bowl trophy, but they made history by going 16-0 in the regular season, a feat seldom seen in the salary cap and free agent era.

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2007 Patriots nearly perfect but not quite

At the helm, Tom Brady was on fire, setting records with 50 touchdown passes and securing the NFL MVP. Receiver Randy Moss chipped in with 23 touchdown catches. On the defensive front, luminaries like Mike Vrabel and Asante Samuel shone. Despite their playoff victories, they faced a heartbreaking loss in Super Bowl XLII to the New York Giants, ending their quest for a perfect season.

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Now, let’s put this into perspective. Only eight teams have achieved this milestone before, with the last occurrence dating back to 1972. What sets the 2007 Patriots apart is that they did it without a tie. This Sunday, the 49ers have a chance to join this exclusive club, and NFL enthusiasts are watching with bated breath. Can they channel the spirit of the 2007 Patriots and make history of their own? Stay tuned to find out!

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Mohammad Asif Ansari

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Mohammad Asif Ansari is an NFL writer at EssentiallySports, with a passion for bringing sports news to life through engaging content. As an ardent sports fan, Ansari likes to cover core sports angles. His latest article, “Dallas Cowboys Reportedly Making It Difficult for Aaron Rodgers to Pursue His Dream Team” got a hoard of interested sports readers.
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