Green Bay Packers: Last Remaining Undefeated Team for the First Time Since 1965

Andrew McKillopContributor IIOctober 17, 2011

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 2: A cheerleader waves a Green Bay Packers flag prior to the start of a game between the Green Bay Packers and the Denver Broncos at Lambeau Field on October 2, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Matt Ludtke /Getty Images)
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For the first time since 1965, the Green Bay Packers are the NFL's last remaining undefeated team.  Let that sink in for awhile. 

It's an amazing accomplishment for the defending Super Bowl champions. Hypothetically if the NFL season were to end today, the Packers would be crowned the champions.

The Packers still have a lot of work to do, but they are in the best position in the league right now: undisputed first place.

Going back to 1970, one-fourth of the NFL's last remaining undefeated teams have gone on to play in the Super Bowl. In the last 15 years, the last remaining undefeated team has made the Super Bowl on nine occasions, winning it four times.

Only three last remaining undefeated teams have missed the playoffs. They were the 1970 Denver Broncos, the 1970 Los Angeles Rams and the 1993 New Orleans Saints

It's important to note, though, that every last remaining undefeated team that started their season 6-0 or better, made the playoffs.

The Packers are only the fourth defending Super Bowl champion to be the last remaining undefeated team. The 1986 Chicago Bears, 1990 San Francisco 49ers and the 1998 Denver Broncos are the others.

For a team in the situation the Packers are in, their bye week couldn't come at a more perfect time in the season. The most common week for the last remaining undefeated team to lose their first game has been Week 8.

The Packers are king of the hill right now, and that is a good reason to be optimistic about the Packers defending their Super Bowl title.