In the 1980s, the San Francisco 49ers had an impressive run, but they never managed to win 16 consecutive regular-season games. However, the current 2022-23 49ers team is just one win away from achieving that feat.
With a current streak of 15 consecutive regular-season victories, dating back to 2022, they have matched the franchise record set from 1989 to 1990.
During a press conference on Friday, Coach Kyle Shanahan was asked about this accomplishment.
“I have tremendous respect for the history of this franchise and those legendary teams, but it’s important to note that this record spans over two seasons,” Shanahan explained to reporters. “While it’s cool, it’s not a singularly remarkable achievement. It would be even more special if we could accomplish it all within one season. But nevertheless, we’re proud of what we’ve achieved so far. It would be a nice milestone to reach, but personally, I don’t consider it a monumental deal.”
Shanahan’s nonchalant attitude stems from the fact that this record doesn’t come with any tangible rewards. There are no trophies or accolades for it, except for discussions, articles, and perhaps a commemorative plaque. The true measure of a team’s greatness lies in championships, and the 49ers of the ’80s secured four of them.
The current 49ers team, from 2019 to 2023, has been striving to create their own legacy by winning a championship. They have come close in the past, but given their stellar performance this year, it might not be a close race. It could be a series of dominant victories, where the 49ers leave no doubts and no room for a repeat of a Super Bowl scenario where a 10-point lead with seven minutes remaining gets erased.
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