List of NFL franchise post-season droughts

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This is a list of current National Football League franchise post-season and Super Bowl droughts (spells of not winning). Listed here are both appearance droughts and winning droughts in almost every level of the NFL playoff system.

As of the 2011 NFL season, every active NFL team has qualified for, and won a game in, the playoffs at least once. Teams that have never made it beyond each successive milestone are listed under the year in which they began NFL play.

Of the 13 teams that have never won the Super Bowl, 4 are expansion franchises younger than the Super Bowl itself (Bengals, Panthers, Jaguars, and Texans). The Falcons first season was also the start of the Super Bowl era. The 8 others (Cardinals, Lions, Eagles, Oilers/Titans, Chargers, Browns, Bills, and Vikings) all won an NFL or AFL championship prior to the AFL–NFL merger. The longest drought since a championship of any kind is that of the Cardinals, at 65 seasons.

Note that for continuity purposes, the Cleveland Browns are officially considered to have suspended operations for the 1996, 1997 and 1998 seasons, and that the Baltimore Ravens are a separate team that began play in 1996. The Ravens, as a result of the Cleveland Browns relocation controversy, absorbed the Browns' personnel upon their suspension, but not their history.

Active post-season droughts[edit]

Updated through the 2013 season.

0^0 Longest drought in team History
00 Tied for Longest drought in team history
Playoff Droughts [1][2]
Team Last appearance in post-season Seasons
Buffalo Bills ^ 1999 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 14
Cleveland Browns ^ 2002 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 11
Oakland Raiders ^ Super Bowl XXXVII 11
St. Louis Rams 2004 NFC Divisional Playoffs 9
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2007 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 6
Jacksonville Jaguars ^ 2007 AFC Divisional Playoffs 6
Miami Dolphins 2008 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 5
Tennessee Titans 2008 AFC Divisional Playoffs 5
Arizona Cardinals 2009 NFC Divisional Playoffs 4
Dallas Cowboys 2009 NFC Divisional Playoffs 4
Chicago Bears 2010 NFC Championship Game 3
New York Jets 2010 AFC Championship Game 3
Detroit Lions 2011 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 2
Pittsburgh Steelers 2011 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 2
New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI 2
Washington Redskins 2012 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 1
Minnesota Vikings 2012 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 1
Houston Texans 2012 AFC Divisional Playoffs 1
Atlanta Falcons 2012 NFC Championship Game 1
Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl XLVII 1
2013 Playoff Teams
Kansas City Chiefs 2013 AFC Wild Card Playoffs
Cincinnati Bengals 2013 AFC Wild Card Playoffs
Philadelphia Eagles 2013 NFC Wild Card Playoffs
Green Bay Packers 2013 NFC Wild Card Playoffs
San Diego Chargers 2013 AFC Divisional Playoffs
Indianapolis Colts 2013 AFC Divisional Playoffs
New Orleans Saints 2013 NFC Divisional Playoffs
Carolina Panthers 2013 NFC Divisional Playoffs
New England Patriots 2013 AFC Championship Game
San Francisco 49ers 2013 NFC Championship Game
Denver Broncos Super Bowl XLVIII
Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII

Active playoff game victory droughts[edit]

Updated through the 2013 season.

0^0 Longest drought in team History
00 Tied for Longest drought in team history
Drought Reference [1]
Team Last playoff game win Seasons Subsequent Seasons
with Playoff Losses
Cincinnati Bengals ^ 1990 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 23 05: 2005, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013
Detroit Lions 1991 NFC Divisional Playoffs* 22 06: 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2011
Kansas City Chiefs 1993 AFC Divisional Playoffs 20 07: 1994, 1995, 1997, 2003, 2006, 2010, 20130
Buffalo Bills ^ 1995 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 18 03: 1996, 1998, 1999
Cleveland Browns 1994 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 16** 01: 2002
Miami Dolphins ^ 2000 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 13 02: 2001, 2008
Oakland Raiders ^ 2002 AFC Championship* 11 00:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl XXXVII* 11 02: 2005, 2007
Tennessee Titans 2003 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 10 02: 2007, 2008
St. Louis Rams 2004 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 9 00:
Washington Redskins 2005 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 8 02: 2007, 2012
Carolina Panthers ^ 2005 NFC Divisional Playoffs 8 02: 2008, 2013
Jacksonville Jaguars 2007 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 6 00:
Philadelphia Eagles 2008 NFC Divisional Playoffs 5 03: 2009, 2010, 2013
Arizona Cardinals 2009 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 4 00:
Dallas Cowboys 2009 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 4 00:
Minnesota Vikings 2009 NFC Divisional Playoffs* 4 01: 2012
Chicago Bears 2010 NFC Divisional Playoffs* 3 00:
New York Jets 2010 AFC Divisional Playoffs 3 00:
Pittsburgh Steelers 2010 AFC Championship Game* 3 01: 2011
New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI 2 00:
Houston Texans 2012 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 1 00:
Green Bay Packers 2012 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 1 01: 2013
Atlanta Falcons 2012 NFC Divisional Playoffs* 1 00:
Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl XLVII 1 00:
2013 Playoff Winners
Indianapolis Colts 2013 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 0
San Diego Chargers 2013 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 0
New Orleans Saints 2013 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 0
New England Patriots 2013 AFC Divisional Playoffs* 0
San Francisco 49ers 2013 NFC Divisional Playoffs 0
Denver Broncos 2013 AFC Championship Game* 0
Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII* 0


(*): Franchise earned a bye in the Wild Card round.
(**): Franchise dormant 1996-1999.

Active AFC/NFC Championship game appearance droughts[edit]

Updated through the 2013 season.

0^0 Longest drought in team History
00 Tied for Longest drought in team history
Drought Reference [1]
Team Last AFC/NFC Championship
game appearance
Seasons
Cincinnati Bengals ^ 1988 AFC 25
Washington Redskins ^ 1991 NFC 22
Detroit Lions ^ 1991 NFC 22
Miami Dolphins ^ 1992 AFC 21
Cleveland Browns ^ 1989 AFC 21**
Kansas City Chiefs 1993 AFC 20
Buffalo Bills ^ 1993 AFC 20
Dallas Cowboys ^ 1995 NFC 18
Jacksonville Jaguars ^ 1999 AFC 14
Houston Texans ^ Never* 12
St. Louis Rams ^ 2001 NFC 12
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2002 NFC 11
Oakland Raiders ^ 2002 AFC 11
Tennessee Titans 2002 AFC 11
Carolina Panthers ^ 2005 NFC 8
San Diego Chargers 2007 AFC 6
Philadelphia Eagles 2008 NFC 5
Arizona Cardinals 2008 NFC 5
Indianapolis Colts 2009 AFC 4
Minnesota Vikings 2009 NFC 4
New Orleans Saints 2009 NFC 4
Pittsburgh Steelers 2010 AFC 3
New York Jets 2010 AFC 3
Chicago Bears 2010 NFC 3
Green Bay Packers 2010 NFC 3
New York Giants 2011 NFC 2
Baltimore Ravens 2012 AFC 1
Atlanta Falcons 2012 NFC 1
2013 Participants
New England Patriots 2013 AFC
Denver Broncos 2013 AFC
San Francisco 49ers 2013 NFC
Seattle Seahawks 2013 NFC


(*): Franchise first played in 2002 season
(**): Franchise dormant 1996-1999.

Active Super Bowl appearance droughts[edit]

Updated through the 2013 season.

Last appearance in Super Bowl or
NFL Championship[1][3]
Team Last appearance Seasons
Detroit Lions 1957 NFL Championship Game 56
New York Jets Super Bowl III 45
Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl IV 44
Cleveland Browns* 1969 NFL Championship Game 41*
Minnesota Vikings Super Bowl XI 37
Miami Dolphins Super Bowl XIX 29
Cincinnati Bengals Super Bowl XXIII 25
Washington Redskins Super Bowl XXVI 22
Buffalo Bills Super Bowl XXVIII 20
Jacksonville Jaguars Never (enfranchised 1995) 19
San Diego Chargers Super Bowl XXIX 19
Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl XXX 18
Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl XXXIII 15
Tennessee Titans Super Bowl XXXIV 14
Houston Texans Never (enfranchised 2002) 12
St. Louis Rams Super Bowl XXXVI 12
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl XXXVII 11
Oakland Raiders Super Bowl XXXVII 11
Carolina Panthers Super Bowl XXXVIII 10
Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl XXXIX 9
Chicago Bears Super Bowl XLI 7
Arizona Cardinals Super Bowl XLIII 5
New Orleans Saints Super Bowl XLIV 4
Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl XLIV 4
Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl XLV 3
Green Bay Packers Super Bowl XLV 3
New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI 2
New England Patriots Super Bowl XLVI 2
San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl XLVII 1
Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl XLVII 1
Super Bowl XLVIII Teams
Denver Broncos Super Bowl XLVIII
Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII


(*): Cleveland's drought does not include three seasons (1996–98) where the franchise was dormant

Active Super Bowl win droughts[edit]

This list also counts all seasons since last league championship.

Updated through the 2013 season.

Drought References[1][3]
Team Last Super Bowl crown
(1966–present)
Seasons Last League Championship crown
Before 1970 Merger
(1920-1969)
Seasons
Arizona Cardinals[a] Never 48 1947 NFL Championship 66
Detroit Lions Never 48 1957 NFL Championship 56
Philadelphia Eagles Never 48 1960 NFL Championship 53
Tennessee Titans[b] Never 48 1961 AFL Championship 52
San Diego Chargers Never 48 1963 AFL Championship 50
Buffalo Bills Never 48 1965 AFL Championship 48
Cleveland Browns [d] Never 45 1964 NFL Championship 46
Minnesota Vikings Never 48 1969 NFL Championship[c] 44
Atlanta Falcons Never (enfranchised 1966) 48
Cincinnati Bengals Never (enfranchised 1968) 46
New York Jets[e] Super Bowl III 45 1968 AFL Championship[c] 45
Kansas City Chiefs[e] Super Bowl IV 44 1969 AFL Championship[c] 44
Miami Dolphins Super Bowl VIII 40
Oakland Raiders[f] Super Bowl XVIII 30
Chicago Bears Super Bowl XX 28
Washington Redskins Super Bowl XXVI 22
Jacksonville Jaguars Never (enfranchised 1995) 19
Carolina Panthers Never (enfranchised 1995) 19
San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl XXIX 19
Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl XXX 18
Denver Broncos Super Bowl XXXIII 15
St. Louis Rams Super Bowl XXXIV 14
Houston Texans Never (enfranchised 2002) 12
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl XXXVII 11
New England Patriots Super Bowl XXXIX 9
Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl XLI 7
Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl XLIII 5
New Orleans Saints Super Bowl XLIV 4
Green Bay Packers Super Bowl XLV 3
New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI 2
Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl XLVII 1
Defending Champion
Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII
  • a Team won as the Chicago Cardinals in 1947.
  • b Team won as the Houston Oilers in 1961.
  • c AFL and NFL League Champions met in Super Bowls I thru IV before the 1970 merger (1966-1969). They are not generally counted in overall league Championship list.
  • d Cleveland's drought does not include three seasons (1996–98) when the franchise was dormant.
  • e Super Bowl winner was not the NFL League Champion till after 1970 merger (Super Bowl V)
  • f Team in Los Angeles when it won Super Bowl XVIII.

Active Super Bowl crown droughts by division[edit]

Updated through the 2013 season.

Division Last Super Bowl crown Seasons
AFC West XXXIII — Broncos 15
AFC East XXXIX — Patriots 9
AFC South XLI ——– Colts 7
NFC South XLIV —– Saints 4
NFC North XLV —–– Packers 3
NFC East XLVI —– Giants 2
AFC North XLVII —– Ravens 1
NFC West XLVIII — Seahawks

Cities/regions awaiting first Super Bowl crown[edit]

Listed according to seasons waited. Updated through the 2013 season.

Current NFL cities/regions only

Last city to leave list - Seattle, 2013 season
City/region Seasons waited Conference Title(s) Team(s) Notes
Detroit 48 None Detroit Lions (1966-) Reached the 1991 NFC Championship Game
Philadelphia 48 1980, 2004 Philadelphia Eagles (1966-) Reached Super Bowls XV and XXXIX
Buffalo 48 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 Buffalo Bills (1966-) Reached Super Bowls XXV, XXVI, XXVII, and XXVIII
San Diego 48 1994 San Diego Chargers (1966-) Reached Super Bowl XXIX
Atlanta 48 1998 Atlanta Falcons (1966-) Reached Super Bowl XXXIII
Minneapolis-St. Paul 48 1969, 1973, 1974, 1976 Minnesota Vikings (1966-) Reached Super Bowls IV, VIII, IX, and XI
Cincinnati 46 1981, 1988 Cincinnati Bengals (1968-) Reached Super Bowls XVI, XXIII
Cleveland 45 None Cleveland Browns (1966-) Reached the 1986, 1987, and 1989 AFC Championship Game
Houston 43 None Includes 31 Oilers seasons and the Texans (2002-) Reached the 1978 and 1979 AFC Championship Games
Phoenix 26 2008 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals (1988-) Reached Super Bowl XLIII
Jacksonville 19 None Jacksonville Jaguars (1995-) Reached the 1996 and 1999 AFC Championship Games
Charlotte 19 2003 Carolina Panthers (1995-) Reached Super Bowl XXXVIII
Nashville 16 1999 Tennessee Oilers/Titans (1998-) Reached Super Bowl XXXIV

Active division title droughts[edit]

Listed according to seasons waited. Updated through the 2013 season.

0^0 Longest drought in team History
Droughts through 2013 Season [1][2]
Franchise 0 0 Most recent0 0
division title
0Year0 Seasons
Cleveland Browns^ AFC Central 1989 21**
Detroit Lions^ NFC Central 1993 20
Buffalo Bills^ AFC East 1995 18
Jacksonville Jaguars^ AFC Central 1999 14
Oakland Raiders^ AFC West 2002 11
New York Jets AFC East 2002 11
St. Louis Rams NFC West 2003 10
Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFC South 2007 6
Miami Dolphins AFC East 2008 5
Tennessee Titans AFC South 2008 5
San Diego Chargers AFC West 2009 4
Minnesota Vikings NFC North 2009 4
Arizona Cardinals NFC West 2009 4
Dallas Cowboys NFC East 2009 4
Kansas City Chiefs AFC West 2010 3
Chicago Bears NFC North 2010 3
Pittsburgh Steelers AFC North 2010 3
New Orleans Saints NFC South 2011 2
New York Giants NFC East 2011 2
Houston Texans AFC South 2012 1
Washington Redskins NFC East 2012 1
Atlanta Falcons NFC South 2012 1
Baltimore Ravens AFC North 2012 1
San Francisco 49ers NFC West 2012 1
2013 Division Champions
New England Patriots AFC East 2013
Cincinnati Bengals AFC North 2013
Indianapolis Colts AFC South 2013
Denver Broncos AFC West 2013
Philadelphia Eagles NFC East 2013
Green Bay Packers NFC North 2013
Carolina Panthers NFC South 2013
Seattle Seahawks NFC West 2013


**does not include three seasons (1996–1998) during which the franchise suspended operations

Historical Team Droughts[edit]

Most consecutive post-season losses in team history[edit]

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Updated through the 2013 season.

0^0 Denotes active drought
Team Streak lasted Last win Games Lost Playoff Games Score Opponent Next win
Arizona Cardinals 51 years 1947
Championship
4 1948 NFL Championship
1974 Divisional
1975 Divisional
1982 First Round
0-7
14-30
23-35
16-41
Eagles
Vikings
Rams
Packers
1998
Wild Card
Atlanta Falcons 8 years 2004
Divisional
4 2004 NFC Championship
2008 Wild Card
2010 Divisional
2011 Wild Card
10-27
24-30
21-48
2-24
Eagles
Cardinals
Packers
Giants
2012
Divisional
Baltimore Ravens 7 years 2001
Wild Card
3 2001 Divisional
2003 Wild Card
2006 Divisional
10-27
17-20
6-15
Steelers
Titans
Colts
2008 Wild Card
Buffalo Bills^ 18 years 1995
Wild Card
4 1995 Divisional
1996 Wild Card
1998 Wild Card
1999 Wild Card
21-40
27-30
17-24
16-22
Steelers
Jaguars
Dolphins
Titans
TBD
Carolina Panthers^ 8 years 2005
Divisional
3 2005 NFC Championship
2008 Divisional
2013 Divisional
14-34
13-33
10-23
Seahawks
Cardinals
49ers
TBD
Chicago Bears 12 years 1994
Wild Card
3 1994 Divisional
2001 Divisional
2005 Divisional
15-44
19-33
21-29
49ers
Eagles
Panthers
2006 Divisional
Cincinnati Bengals^ 23 years 1990
Wild Card
6 1990 Divisional
2005 Wild Card
2009 Wild Card
2011 Wild Card
2012 Wild Card
2013 Wild Card
10-20
17-31
14-24
10-31
13-19
10-27
Raiders
Steelers
Jets
Texans
Texans
Chargers
TBD
Cleveland Browns 17 years 1969 Divisional 6 1969 NFL Championship
1971 Divisional
1972 Wild Card
1980 Divisional
1982 First Round
1985 Divisional
7-27
3-20
14-20
12-14
10-27
21-24
Vikings
Colts
Dolphins
Raiders
Raiders
Dolphins
1986 Divisional
Dallas Cowboys 13 years 1996
Wild Card
6 1996 Divisional
1998 Wild Card
1999 Wild Card
2003 Wild Card
2006 Wild Card
2007 Divisional
17-26
7-20
10-27
10-29
20-21
17-21
Panthers
Cardinals
Vikings
Panthers
Seahawks
Giants
2009 Wild Card
Denver Broncos 9 years 1977
Conference
Championship
5 Super Bowl XII
1978 Divisional
1979 Wild Card
1983 Wild Card
1984 Divisional
10-27
10-33
7-13
7-31
17-24
Cowboys
Steelers
Oilers
Seahawks
Steelers
1986 Divisional
Detroit Lions^ 22 years 1991
Divisional
7 1991 NFC Championship
1993 Wild Card
1994 Wild Card
1995 Wild Card
1997 Wild Card
1999 Wild Card
2011 Wild Card
10-41
24-28
12-16
37-58
10-20
13-27
28-45
Redskins
Packers
Packers
Eagles
Buccaneers
Redskins
Saints
TBD
Green Bay Packers^ 4 years 1997 Conference
Championship
2 Super Bowl XXXII
1998 Wild Card
24-31
27-30
Broncos
49ers
2001 Wild Card
2 years 2001
Wild Card
2 2001 Divisional
2002 Wild Card
17-45
7-27
Rams
Falcons
2003 Wild Card
4 years 2003
Wild Card
2 2003 Divisional
2004 Wild Card
17-20 (OT)
17-31
Eagles
Vikings
2007 Divisional
3 years 2007
Divisional
2 2007 NFC Championship
2009 Wild Card
20-23 (OT)
45-51 (OT)
Giants
Cardinals
2010 Wild Card
1 year 2012
Wild Card
2 2012 Divisional
2013 Wild Card
31-45
20-23
49ers
49ers
TBD
Houston Texans^ 1 year 2011 Wild Card 1 2011 Divisional 13-20 Ravens 2012 Wild Card
1 year 2012 Wild Card 1 2012 Divisional 28-41 Patriots TBD
Indianapolis Colts 24 years 1971
Divisional
5 1971 AFC Championship
1975 Divisional
1976 Divisional
1977 Divisional
1987 Divisional
0-21
10-28
14-40
31-37 (2OT)
21-38
Dolphins
Steelers
Steelers
Raiders
Browns
1995 Wild Card
8 years 1995
Divisional
5 1995 AFC Championship
1996 Wild Card
1999 Divisional
2000 Wild Card
2002 Wild Card
16-20
14-42
16-19
17-23 (OT)
0-41
Steelers
Steelers
Titans
Dolphins
Jets
2003 Wild Card
Jacksonville Jaguars 2 years 1996
Divisional
2 1996 AFC Championship
1997 Wild Card
6-20
17-42
Patriots
Broncos
1998 Wild Card
8 years 1999
Divisional
2 1999 AFC Championship
2005 Wild Card
14-33
3-28
Titans
Patriots
2007 Wild Card
Kansas City Chiefs^ 20 years 1993
Divisional
8 1993 AFC Championship
1994 Wild Card
1995 Divisional
1997 Divisional
2003 Divisional
2006 Wild Card
2010 Wild Card
2013 Wild Card
13-30
17-27
7-10
10-14
31-38
8-23
7-30
44-45
Bills
Dolphins
Colts
Broncos
Colts
Colts
Ravens
Colts
TBD
Miami Dolphins 9 years 1973
Super Bowl
4 1974 Divisional
1978 Wild Card
1979 Divisional
1981 Divisional
26-28
9-17
14-34
38-41 (OT)
Raiders
Oilers
Steelers
Chargers
1982 Wild Card
Minnesota Vikings 9 years 1988
Wild Card
6 1988 Divisional
1989 Divisional
1992 Wild Card
1993 Wild Card
1994 Wild Card
1996 Wild Card
9-34
13-41
7-24
10-17
18-35
15-45
49ers
49ers
Redskins
Giants
Bears
Cowboys
1997 Wild Card
New England Patriots 22 years 1963
Divisional
4 1963 AFL Championship
1976 Divisional
1978 Divisional
1982 First Round
10-51
21-24
14-31
13-28
Chargers
Raiders
Oilers
Dolphins
1985 Wild Card
New Orleans Saints 32 years No
Playoff
Wins
till 2000
4 1987 Wild Card
1990 Wild Card
1991 Wild Card
1992 Wild Card
10-44
6-16
20-27
20-36
Vikings
Bears
Falcons
Eagles
2000 Wild Card
New York Giants 18 years 1938
Championship
6 1939 NFL Championship
1941 NFL Championship
1943 Eastern Divisional
1944 NFL Championship
1946 NFL Championship
1950 American Conference
0-27
9-37
0-28
7-14
14-24
3-8
Packers
Bears
Redskins
Packers
Bears
Browns
1956 Championship
New York Jets 14 years 1968
Super Bowl III
2 1969 AFL Divisional
1981 Wild Card
6-13
27-31
Chiefs
Bills
1982 First Round
4 years 1982 Second Round 2 1982 AFC Championship
1985 Wild Card
0-14
14-26
Dolphins
Patriots
1986 Wild Card
12 years 1986 Wild Card 2 1986 Divisional
1991 Wild Card
20-23 (2OT)
10-17
Browns
Oilers
1998 Divisional
4 years 1998 Divisional 2 1998 AFC Championship
2001 Wild Card
10-23
24-38
Broncos
Raiders
2002 Wild Card
5 years 2004
Wild Card
2 2004 Divisional
2006 Wild Card
17-20 (OT)
16-37
Steelers
Patriots
2009 Wild Card
Oakland Raiders 3 years 1970
Divisional
2 1970 AFC Championship
1972 Divisional
17-27
7-13
Colts
Steelers
1973
Divisional
7 years 1983
Super Bowl XVIII
2 1984 Wild Card
1985 Divisional
7-13
20-27
Seahawks
Patriots
1990 Divisional
3 years 1990 Divisional 2 1990 AFC Championship
1991 Wild Card
3-51
6-10
Bills
Chiefs
1993 Wild Card
Philadelphia Eagles 12 years 1980
Conference
Championship
5 Super Bowl XV
1981 Wild Card
1988 Divisional
1989 Wild Card
1990 Wild Card
10-27
21-27
20-12
7-21
6-20
Raiders
Giants
Bears
Rams
Redskins
1992 Wild Card
Pittsburgh Steelers 5 years 1989
Wild Card
3 1989 Divisional
1992 Divisional
1993 Wild Card
23-24
3-24
24-27
Broncos
Bills
Chiefs
1994 Divisional
San Diego Chargers 13 years 1994
Conference
Championship
4 Super Bowl XXIX
1995 Wild Card
2004 Wild Card
2006 Divisional
26-49
20-35
17-20 (OT)
21-24
49ers
Colts
Jets
Patriots
2007 Wild Card
San Francisco 49ers 4 years 1984
Super Bowl XIX
3 1985 Wild Card
1986 Divisional
1987 Divisional
3-17
3-49
24-36
Giants
Giants
Vikings
1988 Divisional
Seattle Seahawks 21 years 1984
Wild Card
6 1984 Divisional
1987 Wild Card
1988 Divisional
1999 Wild Card
2003 Wild Card
2004 Wild Card
10-31
20-23 (OT)
13-21
17-20
27-33 (OT)
20-27
Dolphins
Oilers
Bengals
Dolphins
Packers
Rams
2005 Divisional
St. Louis Rams 23 years 1951
Championship
5 1952 National Conference
1955 NFL Championship
1967 NFL Western Conference
1969 NFL Western Conference
1973 Divisional
21-31
14-38
7-28
20-23
16-27
Lions
Browns
Packers
Vikings
Cowboys
1974 Divisional
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 18 years 1979
Divisional
3 1979 NFC Championship
1981 Divisional
1982 First Round
0-9
0-38
17-30
Rams
Cowboys
Cowboys
1997 Wild Card
3 years 1999
Divisional
3 1999 NFC Championship
2000 Wild Card
2001 Wild Card
6-11
3-21
9-31
Rams
Eagles
Eagles
2002 Divisional
Tennessee Titans^ 17 years 1961 AFL
Championship
3[Hou] 1962 AFL Championship
1967 AFL Championship
1969 AFL Divisional
17-20 (2 OT)
7-40
7-56
Dallas Texans
Raiders
Raiders
1978 Wild Card
3 years 1988
Wild Card
3[Hou] 1988 Divisional
1989 Wild Card
1990 Wild Card
10-17
23-26 (OT)
14-41
Bills
Steelers
Bengals
1991
Wild Card
8 years 1991
Wild Card
3[Hou] 1991 Divisional
1992 Wild Card
1993 Divisional
24-26
38-41 (OT)
20-28
Broncos
Bills
Chiefs
1999
Wild Card
10 years 2003
Wild Card
3 2003 Divisional
2007 Wild Card
2008 Divisional
14-17
6-17
10-13
Patriots
Chargers
Ravens
TBD
Washington Redskins 10 years 1972
Conference
Championship
4 Super Bowl VII
1973 Divisional
1974 Divisional
1976 Divisional
7-14
20-27
10-19
20-35
Dolphins
Vikings
Rams
Vikings
1982 Wild Card
Team Streak lasted Last win Games Lost Playoff Games Score Opponent Next win
  • Hou These three streaks occurred when the team was the Houston Oilers.

Longest post-season droughts in team history[edit]

Updated through the 2013 season.
Note that the NFL did not institute a permanent playoff tournament until 1967 and that the NFL Championship Game and any impromptu one-game playoffs (played only in the event of a tie atop the division standings) were the only postseason matchups in this era (the Bert Bell Benefit Bowl is considered an exhibition game for the purpose of this list).

0^0 Denotes active streak
Team Longest streak with
no post-season appearances
Seasons Longest streak with
no post-season victories
Seasons
Arizona Cardinals 1949–1973 25 1948–1997 50
Pittsburgh Steelers 1948–1971 24 1933–1971 39
Detroit Lions 1936–1951 16 1958–1990 33
New Orleans Saints 1967–1986 20 1967–1999 33
Washington Redskins 1946–1970 25 1944–1971 28
Indianapolis Colts 1978–1986 9 1972–1994 23
Cincinnati Bengals^ 1991–2004 14 1991–2013^ 23
St. Louis Rams 1956–1966 11 1952–1973 22
New York Giants 1964–1980 17 1959–1980 22
New England Patriots 1964–1975 12 1964–1984 21
Kansas City Chiefs 1972–1985 14 1970–1990 21
San Francisco 49ers 1958–1969 12 1950–1969 20
Chicago Bears 1964–1976 13 1964–1983 20
Seattle Seahawks 1989–1998 10 1985–2004 20
Philadelphia Eagles 1961–1977 17 1961–1978 18
Buffalo Bills^ 2000–2013^ 14 1996–2013^ 18
Denver Broncos 1960–1976 17 1960–1976 17
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1983–1996 14 1980–1996 17
Green Bay Packers 1945–1959 15 1945–1960 16
Tennessee Titans 1970–1977 8 1962–1977 16
San Diego Chargers 1966–1978 13 1964–1979 16
Cleveland Browns^ 2003–2013^ 11 1970–1985;
1995, 1999–2013^
16
New York Jets 1970–1980 11 1969–1981 13
Atlanta Falcons 1966–1977 12 1966–1977;
1979–1990
12
Dallas Cowboys 1960–1965† 6 1997–2008 12
Miami Dolphins^ 2002–2007 6 2001–2013^ 13
Oakland Raiders^ 2003–2013^ 11 2003–2013^ 11
Houston Texans 2002–2010 9 2002–2010 9
Minnesota Vikings 1961–1967 7 1961–1968;
1989–1996
8
Carolina Panthers^ 1997–2002 6 2006–2013^ 8
Jacksonville Jaguars^ 2008–2013^ 6 2000–2006 7
Baltimore Ravens 1996–1999 4 2002–2007 6

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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