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 2014 season.

0^0 Longest drought in team history
00 Tied for Longest drought in team history
Playoff Droughts [1][2]
0Team0 Last earned appearance in post-season Seasons
Buffalo Bills ^ 1999 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 15
Oakland Raiders ^ Super Bowl XXXVII 12
Cleveland Browns ^ 2002 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 12
St. Louis Rams 2004 NFC Divisional Playoffs 10
Jacksonville Jaguars ^ 2007 AFC Divisional Playoffs 7
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2007 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 7
Tennessee Titans 2008 AFC Divisional Playoffs 6
Miami Dolphins 2008 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 6
New York Jets 2010 AFC Championship Game 4
Chicago Bears 2010 NFC Championship Game 4
New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI 3
Washington Redskins 2012 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 2
Minnesota Vikings 2012 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 2
Houston Texans 2012 AFC Divisional Playoffs 2
Atlanta Falcons 2012 NFC Championship Game 2
Kansas City Chiefs 2013 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 1
Philadelphia Eagles 2013 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 1
San Diego Chargers 2013 AFC Divisional Playoffs 1
New Orleans Saints 2013 NFC Divisional Playoffs 1
San Francisco 49ers 2013 NFC Championship Game 1
2014 Playoff Teams
Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 AFC Wild Card Playoffs
Cincinnati Bengals 2014 AFC Wild Card Playoffs
Arizona Cardinals 2014 NFC Wild Card Playoffs
Detroit Lions 2014 NFC Wild Card Playoffs
Baltimore Ravens 2014 AFC Divisional Playoffs
Denver Broncos 2014 AFC Divisional Playoffs
Carolina Panthers 2014 NFC Divisional Playoffs
Dallas Cowboys 2014 NFC Divisional Playoffs
Indianapolis Colts 2014 AFC Championship Game
Green Bay Packers 2014 NFC Championship Game
New England Patriots Super Bowl XLIX
Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl XLIX

Active playoff game victory droughts[edit]

Updated through the 2014 season.
Sortable table, click on header arrows.

0^0 Longest drought in team history
00 Most consecutive losses in team history
00 Tied for Longest drought in team history
0♣ ♣0 Most consecutive losses in NFL history
Current Playoff Loss Streak[1]
Team Last playoff game win Seasons
Since Win
Streak Playoff Losses - Teams
Cincinnati Bengals ^ 1990 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 24 7 ♦ 7 1990 Oakland
2005 Pittsburgh
2009 NY Jets
2011 Houston
2012 Houston
2013 San Diego
2014 Indianapolis
Detroit Lions 1991 NFC Divisional Playoffs* 23 8 ♣ ♣ 8 1991 Washington
1993 Green Bay
1994 Green Bay
1995 Philadelphia
1997 Tampa Bay
1999 Washington
2011 New Orleans
2014 Dallas
Kansas City Chiefs 1993 AFC Divisional Playoffs 21 8 ♣ ♣ 8 1993 Buffalo
1994 Miami
1995 Indianapolis
1997 Denver
2003 Indianapolis
2006 Indianapolis
2010 Baltimore
2013 Indianapolis 0
Buffalo Bills ^ 1995 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 19 4 ♦ 4 1995 Pittsburgh
1996 Jacksonville
1998 Miami
1999 Tennessee
Cleveland Browns ^ 1994 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 17** 2 1994 Pittsburgh
2002 Pittsburgh
Miami Dolphins ^ 2000 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 14 3 2000 Oakland
2001 Baltimore
2008 Baltimore
Oakland Raiders ^ 2002 AFC Championship* 12 1 2002 Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl XXXVII* 12 2 2005 Washington
2007 NY Giants
Tennessee Titans 2003 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 11 3 ♦ 3 2003 New England
2007 San Diego
2008 Baltimore
St. Louis Rams 2004 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 10 1 2004 Atlanta
Washington Redskins 2005 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 9 3 2005 Seattle
2007 Seattle
2012 Seattle
Jacksonville Jaguars 2007 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 7 1 2007 New England
Philadelphia Eagles 2008 NFC Divisional Playoffs 6 4 2008 Arizona
2009 Dallas
2010 Green Bay
2013 New Orleans
Arizona Cardinals 2009 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 5 2 2009 New Orleans
2014 Carolina
Minnesota Vikings 2009 NFC Divisional Playoffs* 5 2 2009 New Orleans
2012 Green Bay
New York Jets 2010 AFC Divisional Playoffs 4 1 2010 Pittsburgh
Chicago Bears 2010 NFC Divisional Playoffs* 4 1 2010 Green Bay
Pittsburgh Steelers 2010 AFC Championship Game* 4 3 ♦ 3 2010 Green Bay
2011 Denver
2014 Baltimore
New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI 3 0 2021 4 game win streak
Houston Texans 2012 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 2 1 ♦ 1 2012 New England
Atlanta Falcons 2012 NFC Divisional Playoffs* 2 1 2012 San Francisco
San Diego Chargers 2013 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 1 1 2013 Denver
New Orleans Saints 2013 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 1 1 2013 Seattle
San Francisco 49ers 2013 NFC Divisional Playoffs 1 1 2013 Seattle
Denver Broncos 2013 AFC Championship Game* 1 2 2013 Seattle
2014 Indianapolis
z 30002014 Playoff0 .5 Winners 3000 2022
Baltimore Ravens 2014 AFC Wild Card Playoffs .75 1 2014 New England
Carolina Panthers 2014 NFC Wild Card Playoffs .75 1 2014 Seattle
Dallas Cowboys 2014 NFC Wild Card Playoffs .75 1 2014 Green Bay
Indianapolis Colts 2014 AFC Divisional Playoffs .75 1 2014 New England
Green Bay Packers 2014 NFC Divisional Playoffs* .75 1 2014 Seattle
Seattle Seahawks 2014 NFC Championship Game* .75 1 2014 New England
New England Patriots Super Bowl XLIX* .75 0 2020 3 game win streak
Team Last playoff game win Seasons
Since Win
Streak Playoff Losses - Teams


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

Active AFC/NFC Championship game appearance droughts[edit]

This is also a list of last time clubs won a Divisional playoff game
Updated through the 2014 season.

0^0 Longest drought in team history
00 Tied for Longest drought in team history


Drought Reference [1]
Seasons Team Last appearance
in Conference Finals
Result
26 Cincinnati Bengals ^ 1988 AFC Won vs. Buffalo
23 Washington Redskins ^ 1991 NFC Won vs. Detroit
23 Detroit Lions ^ 1991 NFC Lost vs. Washington
22 Miami Dolphins ^ 1992 AFC Lost vs. Buffalo
22** Cleveland Browns ^ 1989 AFC Lost vs. Denver
21 Buffalo Bills ^ 1993 AFC Won vs. Kansas City
21 Kansas City Chiefs 1993 AFC Lost vs. Buffalo
19 Dallas Cowboys ^ 1995 NFC Won vs. Green Bay
15 Jacksonville Jaguars ^ 1999 AFC Lost vs. Tennessee
13 Houston Texans ^ 1985Never* y
13 St. Louis Rams ^ 2001 NFC Won vs. Philadelphia
12 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2002 NFC Won vs. Philadelphia
12 Oakland Raiders ^ 2002 AFC Won vs. Tennessee
12 Tennessee Titans 2002 AFC Lost vs. Oakland
9 Carolina Panthers ^ 2005 NFC Lost vs. Seattle
7 San Diego Chargers 2007 AFC Lost vs. New England
6 Arizona Cardinals 2008 NFC Won vs. Philadelphia
6 Philadelphia Eagles 2008 NFC Lost vs. Arizona
5 New Orleans Saints 2009 NFC Won vs. Minnesota
5 Minnesota Vikings 2009 NFC Lost vs. New Orleans
4 Pittsburgh Steelers 2010 AFC Won vs. NY Jets
4 New York Jets 2010 AFC Lost vs. Pittsburgh
4 Chicago Bears 2010 NFC Lost vs. Green Bay
3 New York Giants 2011 NFC Won vs. San Francisco
2 Baltimore Ravens 2012 AFC Won vs. New England
2 Atlanta Falcons 2012 NFC Lost vs. San Francisco
1 Denver Broncos 2013 AFC Won vs. New England
1 San Francisco 49ers 2013 NFC Lost vs. Seattle
.75 Z2014 Conference Finalists 2014 z
.5 New England Patriots 2014 AFC Won vs. Indianapolis
.5 Indianapolis Colts 2014 AFC Lost vs. New England
.5 Seattle Seahawks 2014 NFC Won vs. Green Bay
.5 Green Bay Packers 2014 NFC Lost vs. Seattle


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

Active Super Bowl or NFL Championship appearance droughts[edit]

Updated through the 2014 season.

Last appearance in Super Bowl or
NFL Championship[1][3]
Seasons Team Last appearance
in Super Bowl
Result
57 Detroit Lions 1957 NFL Championship Game Won vs. Cleveland
46 New York Jets 1968 Super Bowl III Won vs. Baltimore Colts
45 Kansas City Chiefs 1969 Super Bowl IV Won vs. Minnesota
42* Cleveland Browns* 1969.1 1969 NFL Championship Game Lost vs. Minnesota
38 Minnesota Vikings 1977 Super Bowl XI Lost vs. Oakland
30 Miami Dolphins 1984 Super Bowl XIX Lost vs. San Francisco
26 Cincinnati Bengals 1988 Super Bowl XXIII Lost vs. San Francisco
23 Washington Redskins 1991 Super Bowl XXVI Won vs. Buffalo
21 Buffalo Bills 1993 Super Bowl XXVIII Lost vs. Dallas
20 Jacksonville Jaguars 1950 Never (enfranchised 1995) Y
20 San Diego Chargers 1994 Super Bowl XXIX Lost vs. San Francisco
19 Dallas Cowboys 1995 Super Bowl XXX Won vs. Pittsburgh
16 Atlanta Falcons 1998 Super Bowl XXXIII Lost vs. Denver
15 Tennessee Titans 1998.1 Super Bowl XXXIV Lost vs. St. Louis Rams
13 Houston Texans 1951 Never (enfranchised 2002) Y
13 St. Louis Rams 2001 Super Bowl XXXVI Lost vs. New England
12 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2002 Super Bowl XXXVII Won vs. Oakland
12 Oakland Raiders 2002.1 Super Bowl XXXVII Lost vs. Tampa Bay
11 Carolina Panthers 2003 Super Bowl XXXVIII Lost vs. New England
10 Philadelphia Eagles 2004 Super Bowl XXXIX Lost vs. New England
8 Chicago Bears 2006 Super Bowl XLI Lost vs. Indianapolis
6 Arizona Cardinals 2008 Super Bowl XLIII Lost vs. Pittsburgh
5 New Orleans Saints 2009 Super Bowl XLIV Won vs. Indianapolis
5 Indianapolis Colts 2009 Super Bowl XLIV Lost vs. New Orleans
4 Green Bay Packers 2010 Super Bowl XLV Won vs. Pittsburgh
4 Pittsburgh Steelers 2010.1 Super Bowl XLV Lost vs. Green Bay
3 New York Giants 2011 Super Bowl XLVI Won vs. New England
2 Baltimore Ravens 2012 Super Bowl XLVII Won vs. San Francisco
2 San Francisco 49ers 2012.1 Super Bowl XLVII Lost vs. Baltimore Ravens
1 Denver Broncos 2013 Super Bowl XLVIII Lost vs. Seattle
.45 ZSuper Bowl XLIX Teams 2014 Z
.5 New England Patriots 2014.1 Super Bowl XLIX Won vs. Seattle
.5 Seattle Seahawks 2014.2 Super Bowl XLIX Lost vs. New England


(*): 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 2014 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 49 1947 NFL Championship 67
Detroit Lions Never 49 1957 NFL Championship 57
Philadelphia Eagles Never 49 1960 NFL Championship 54
Tennessee Titans[b] Never 49 1961 AFL Championship 53
San Diego Chargers Never 49 1963 AFL Championship 51
Buffalo Bills Never 49 1965 AFL Championship 49
Cleveland Browns [d] Never 46 1964 NFL Championship 47
Minnesota Vikings Never 49 1969 NFL Championship[c] 45
Atlanta Falcons Never (enfranchised 1966) 49
Cincinnati Bengals Never (enfranchised 1968) 47
New York Jets[e] Super Bowl III0000 1968-69 46
Kansas City Chiefs[e] Super Bowl IV0000 1969-70 45
Miami Dolphins Super Bowl VIII000 1973-74 41
Oakland Raiders[f] Super Bowl XVIII00 1983-84 31
Chicago Bears Super Bowl XX0000 1985-86 29
Washington Redskins Super Bowl XXVI00 1991-92 23
Jacksonville Jaguars Never (enfranchised 1995) 20
Carolina Panthers Never (enfranchised 1995) 20
San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl XXIX0000 1994-95 20
Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl XXX0000 1995-96 19
Denver Broncos Super Bowl XXXIII00 1998-99 16
St. Louis Rams Super Bowl XXXIV00 1999-2000 15
Houston Texans Never (enfranchised 2002) 13
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl XXXVII00 2002-03 12
Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl XLI0000 2006-07 8
Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl XLIII000 2008-09 6
New Orleans Saints Super Bowl XLIV000 2009-10 5
Green Bay Packers Super Bowl XLV0000 2010-11 4
New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI000 2011-12 3
Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl XLVII00 2012-13 2
Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII00 2013-14 1
Reigning Champion
New England Patriots Super Bowl XLIX00 2014-15
  • 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 2014 season.

Six different Divisions the last six years
Division Last Super Bowl crown Seasons
AFC West XXXIII — Broncos 16
AFC South XLI ——– Colts 8
NFC South XLIV —– Saints 5
NFC North XLV —–– Packers 4
NFC East XLVI —– Giants 3
AFC North XLVII —– Ravens 2
NFC West XLVIII — Seahawks 1
AFC East XLIX — Patriots

Cities/regions awaiting first Super Bowl crown[edit]

Listed according to seasons waited. Updated through the 2014 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 49 None Detroit Lions (1966-) Reached the 1991 NFC Championship Game
Philadelphia 49 1980, 2004 Philadelphia Eagles (1966-) Reached Super Bowls XV and XXXIX
Buffalo 49 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 Buffalo Bills (1966-) Reached Super Bowls XXV, XXVI, XXVII, and XXVIII
San Diego 49 1994 San Diego Chargers (1966-) Reached Super Bowl XXIX
Atlanta 49 1998 Atlanta Falcons (1966-) Reached Super Bowl XXXIII
Minneapolis-St. Paul 49 1969, 1973, 1974, 1976 Minnesota Vikings (1966-) Reached Super Bowls IV, VIII, IX, and XI
Cincinnati 47 1981, 1988 Cincinnati Bengals (1968-) Reached Super Bowls XVI, XXIII
Cleveland 46 None Cleveland Browns (1966-) Reached the 1986, 1987, and 1989 AFC Championship Game
Houston 44 None Includes 31 Oilers seasons and the Texans (2002-) Reached the 1978 and 1979 AFC Championship Games
Phoenix 27 2008 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals (1988-) Reached Super Bowl XLIII
Jacksonville 20 None Jacksonville Jaguars (1995-) Reached the 1996 and 1999 AFC Championship Games
Charlotte 20 2003 Carolina Panthers (1995-) Reached Super Bowl XXXVIII
Nashville 17 1999 Tennessee Oilers/Titans (1998-) Reached Super Bowl XXXIV

Active division title droughts[edit]

Listed according to seasons waited. Updated through the 2014 season.

0^0 Longest drought in team history
00 Tied for Longest drought in team history
Franchise 0 0 Most recent0 0
division title
0Year0 Seasons
Cleveland Browns^ AFC Central 1989 22**
Detroit Lions^ NFC Central 1993 21
Buffalo Bills^ AFC East 1995 19
Jacksonville Jaguars^ AFC Central 1999 15
Oakland Raiders^ AFC West 2002 12
New York Jets AFC East 2002 12
St. Louis Rams NFC West 2003 11
Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFC South 2007 7
Miami Dolphins AFC East 2008 6
Tennessee Titans AFC South 2008 6
San Diego Chargers AFC West 2009 5
Minnesota Vikings NFC North 2009 5
Arizona Cardinals NFC West 2009 5
Chicago Bears NFC North 2010 4
Kansas City Chiefs AFC West 2010 4
New York Giants NFC East 2011 3
New Orleans Saints NFC South 2011 3
Washington Redskins NFC East 2012 2
Houston Texans AFC South 2012 2
Atlanta Falcons NFC South 2012 2
Baltimore Ravens AFC North 2012 2
San Francisco 49ers NFC West 2012 2
Cincinnati Bengals AFC North 2013 1
Philadelphia Eagles NFC East 2013 1
2014 Division Champions
New England Patriots AFC East 2014
Pittsburgh Steelers AFC North 2014
Indianapolis Colts AFC South 2014
Denver Broncos AFC West 2014
Dallas Cowboys NFC East 2014
Green Bay Packers NFC North 2014
Carolina Panthers NFC South 2014
Seattle Seahawks NFC West 2014


**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]

This is a sortable table of all 32 current NFL teams. Several teams have changed their names and locations through the years. Only the current team names are used. If the streak occurred while the team had a different name, it is noted.

Updated through the 2014 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^ 19 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
2014 Wild Card
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^ 24 years 1990
Wild Card
7 1990 Divisional
2005 Wild Card
2009 Wild Card
2011 Wild Card
2012 Wild Card
2013 Wild Card
2014 Wild Card
10-20
17-31
14-24
10-31
13-19
10-27
10-26
Raiders
Steelers
Jets
Texans
Texans
Chargers
Colts
TBD
Cleveland Browns 17 years 1969 Divisional 6 1969 NFL Championship
1971 Divisional
1972 Divisional
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^ 23 years 1991
Divisional
8 1991 NFC Championship
1993 Wild Card
1994 Wild Card
1995 Wild Card
1997 Wild Card
1999 Wild Card
2011 Wild Card
2014 Wild Card
10-41
24-28
12-16
37-58
10-20
13-27
28-45
20-24
Redskins
Packers
Packers
Eagles
Buccaneers
Redskins
Saints
Cowboys
TBD
Green Bay Packers
005 streaks
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
2 years 2012
Wild Card
2 2012 Divisional
2013 Wild Card
31-45
20-23
49ers
49ers
2014 Divisional
Houston Texans^
002 streaks
1 year 2011 Wild Card 1 2011 Divisional 13-20 Ravens 2012 Wild Card
2 years 2012 Wild Card 1 2012 Divisional 28-41 Patriots TBD
Indianapolis Colts
002 streaks
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
002 streaks
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^ 21 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 First Round
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 1967 Enfranchised
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
005 streaks
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
003 streaks
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^
002 streaks
5 years 1989
Wild Card
3 1989 Divisional
1992 Divisional
1993 Wild Card
23-24
3-24
24-27
Broncos
Bills
Chiefs
1994 Divisional
4 years 2010 AFC Championship 3 Super Bowl XLV
2011 Wild Card
2014 Wild Card
25-31
23-29
17-30
Packers
Broncos
Ravens
TBD
San Diego Chargers 13 years 1994
AFC 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
002 streaks
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^
004 streaks
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
11 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 First Round
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 2014 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
Cincinnati Bengals^ 1991–2004 14 1991–2014^ 24
Indianapolis Colts 1978–1986 9 1972–1994 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
1994–2014^
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
Buffalo Bills^ 2000–2014^ 15 1996–2014^ 19
Philadelphia Eagles 1961–1977 17 1961–1978 18
Denver Broncos 1960–1976 17 1960–1976 17
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1983–1996 14 1980–1996 17
Cleveland Browns^ 2003–2014^ 12 1995, 1999–2014^ 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
Miami Dolphins^ 2002–2007
2009–2014^
6 2001–2014^ 14
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
Oakland Raiders^ 2003–2014^ 12 2003–2014^ 12
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^ 2008–2014^ 7 2000–2006
2008–2014^
7
Baltimore Ravens 1996–1999 4 2002–2007 6

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Season Index". pro-football-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 10, 2012. 
  2. ^ "NFL playoff picture". December 2, 2013. Retrieved December 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Super Bowl List". pro-football-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 10, 2012.