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The only unbeaten NFL teams are the San Francisco 49ers and the Philadelphia Eagles

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    Brock Purdy and Christian McCaffrey celebrate during the 49ers’ win over the Cardinals that pushed their undefeated start to the season to 4-0.

    Brock Purdy and Christian McCaffrey celebrate during the 49ers’ win over the Cardinals that pushed their undefeated start to the season to 4-0.

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    And then there were only two.

    With the Miami Dolphins losing on the road to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, there are only two undefeated teams left this season: the San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles.

    The teams were the NFC’s top two squads last season, with the Eagles beating the quarterback-depleted 49ers in the conference title game.


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    San Francisco remained undefeated with its 35-16 win over the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium, thanks in large part to Christian McCaffrey’s huge day. The running back scored four times  and set the franchise record for consecutive games with a touchdown.

    Philadelphia erased an early 10-point deficit and needed overtime to outlast the visiting Washington Commanders with a 34-31 victory.

    Both teams are 4-0. They will meet at Lincoln Financial Field on Dec. 3.

    This is just the fifth time in franchise history that the 49ers opened a season with four consecutive victories. San Francisco’s largest winning streak to begin a season came in 1990, when it opened 10-0. More recently, the 49ers opened the 2019 season 8-0 and reached Super Bowl LIV but lost to the Kansas City Chiefs.

    Only four teams in NFL history have completed undefeated regular seasons: the Chicago Bears in 1934 and 1942, the Dolphins in 1972 and the New England Patriots in 2007 — with those Dolphins completing the league’s only perfect season.


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    Noel Harris is an online news producer at The San Francisco Chronicle. Harris has been a professional journalist since 2000. He comes to The Chronicle from the Sacramento Bee, where for almost eight years he was a page designer and copy editor, worked on the online team, covered the Sacramento Kings for a season and was most recently an assistant local editor. Before his professional career began, he was the editor in chief of the Connection at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, guiding the staff to a general excellence award in his first semester. In his free time, Noel is an avid sports fan and enjoys video games and learning "useless" trivia.

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