List of NFL franchise post-season droughts

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

As of the 2016 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 15 teams that have never won the Super Bowl, four (4) are expansion franchises younger than the Super Bowl itself (Bengals, Panthers, Jaguars, and the Texans). The Falcons were enfranchised the season the Super Bowls began. The eight (8) other clubs (Cardinals, Lions, Eagles, Oilers/Titans, Chargers, Browns, Bills, and Vikings) all won an NFL or AFL championship prior to the AFL–NFL merger; in the case of the Vikings, however, the Super Bowl existed at the time they won their league title, leaving them and the Falcons as the only two teams to have existed for as long as or longer than the Super Bowl and to have never secured the highest championship available to them. The longest drought since a championship of any kind is that of the Cardinals, at 69 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 team droughts[edit]

Post-season droughts[edit]

Updated through the 2016-17 post 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 17
Cleveland Browns ^ 2002 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 14
Los Angeles Rams ^ 2004 NFC Divisional Playoffs 12
Jacksonville Jaguars ^ 2007 AFC Divisional Playoffs 9
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2007 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 9
Tennessee Titans 2008 AFC Divisional Playoffs 8
New York Jets 2010 AFC Championship Game 6
Chicago Bears 2010 NFC Championship Game 6
Philadelphia Eagles 2013 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 3
Los Angeles Chargers 2013 AFC Divisional Playoffs 3
New Orleans Saints 2013 NFC Divisional Playoffs 3
San Francisco 49ers 2013 NFC Championship Game 3
Baltimore Ravens 2014 AFC Divisional Playoffs 2
Indianapolis Colts 2014 AFC Championship Game 2
Cincinnati Bengals 2015 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 1
Minnesota Vikings 2015 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 1
Washington Redskins 2015 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 1
Arizona Cardinals 2015 NFC Championship Game 1
Denver Broncos Super Bowl 50 1
Carolina Panthers Super Bowl 50 1
2016 Playoff Teams
Miami Dolphins 2016 AFC Wild Card Playoffs
Oakland Raiders 2016 AFC Wild Card Playoffs
New York Giants 2016 NFC Wild Card Playoffs
Detroit Lions 2016 NFC Wild Card Playoffs
Kansas City Chiefs 2016 AFC Divisional Playoffs
Houston Texans 2016 AFC Divisional Playoffs
Dallas Cowboys 2016 NFC Divisional Playoffs
Seattle Seahawks 2016 NFC Divisional Playoffs
Pittsburgh Steelers 2016 AFC Championship Game
Green Bay Packers 2016 NFC Championship Game
New England Patriots Super Bowl LI
Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl LI

At 17 seasons, the Bills' playoff drought is also the longest in major North American professional sports.[3]

Playoff game victory droughts[edit]

Updated through the 2016 season.
Sortable table, click on header arrows.

0^0 Longest drought in team history
00 Tied for longest drought in team history
00 Most consecutive losses in team history
0¤0 Tied for most consecutive losses in team history
0♣ ♣0 Most consecutive losses in NFL history


Current Playoff Loss Streak[1]
Team Last playoff game win Seasons
Since Win
Loss
Streak
Playoff Losses - Teams
Cincinnati Bengals ^ 1990 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 26 ♦ 8 1990 Divisional - Los Angeles
2005 Wild Card - Pittsburgh
2009 Wild Card - New York Jets
2011 Wild Card - Houston
2012 Wild Card - Houston
2013 Wild Card - San Diego
2014 Wild Card - Indianapolis
2015 Wild Card - Pittsburgh
Detroit Lions 1991 NFC Divisional Playoffs* 25 ♣ ♣ 9 1991 NFC Championship - Washington
1993 Wild Card - Green Bay
1994 Wild Card - Green Bay
1995 Wild Card - Philadelphia
1997 Wild Card - Tampa Bay
1999 Wild Card - Washington
2011 Wild Card - New Orleans
2014 Wild Card - Dallas
2016 Wild Card - Seattle
Buffalo Bills ^ 1995 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 21 ♦ 4 1995 Divisional - Pittsburgh
1996 Wild Card - Jacksonville
1998 Wild Card - Miami
1999 Wild Card - Tennessee
Cleveland Browns ^ 1994 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 19** 2 1994 Divisional - Pittsburgh
2002 Wild Card - Pittsburgh
Miami Dolphins ^ 2000 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 16 4 ¤ 2000 Divisional - Oakland
2001 Wild Card - Baltimore
2008 Wild Card - Baltimore
2016 Wild Card - Pittsburgh
Oakland Raiders ^ 2002 AFC Championship* 14 2 ¤ 2002 Super Bowl - Tampa Bay
2016 Wild Card - Houston
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl XXXVII* 14 2 2005 Wild Card - Washington
2007 Wild Card - New York Giants
Tennessee Titans 2003 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 13 3 ¤ 2003 Divisional - New England
2007 Wild Card - San Diego
2008 Divisional - Baltimore
Los Angeles Rams 2004 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 12 1 2004 Divisional - Atlanta
Washington Redskins 2005 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 11 4 ¤ 2005 Divisional - Seattle
2007 Wild Card - Seattle
2012 Wild Card - Seattle
2015 Wild Card - Green Bay
Jacksonville Jaguars ^ 2007 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 9 1 2007 Divisional - New England
Philadelphia Eagles 2008 NFC Divisional Playoffs 8 4 2008 NFC Championship - Arizona
2009 Wild Card - Dallas
2010 Wild Card - Green Bay
2013 Wild Card - New Orleans
Minnesota Vikings 2009 NFC Divisional Playoffs* 7 3 2009 NFC Championship - New Orleans
2012 Wild Card - Green Bay
2015 Wild Card - Seattle
New York Jets 2010 AFC Divisional Playoffs 6 1 2010 AFC Championship - Pittsburgh
Chicago Bears 2010 NFC Divisional Playoffs* 6 1 2010 NFC Championship - Green Bay
New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI 5 1 2016 Wild Card - Green Bay
Los Angeles Chargers 2013 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 3 1 2013 Divisional - Denver
New Orleans Saints 2013 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 3 1 2013 Divisional - Seattle
San Francisco 49ers 2013 NFC Divisional Playoffs 3 1 2013 NFC Championship - Seattle
Baltimore Ravens 2014 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 2 1 2014 Divisional - New England
Dallas Cowboys 2014 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 2 2 2014 Divisional - Green Bay
2016 Divisional - Green Bay
Indianapolis Colts 2014 AFC Divisional Playoffs 2 1 2014 AFC Championship - New England
Kansas City Chiefs 2015 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 1 2 2015 Divisional - New England
2016 Divisional - Pittsburgh
Arizona Cardinals 2015 NFC Divisional Playoffs* 1 1 2015 NFC Championship - Carolina
Carolina Panthers 2015 NFC Championship* 1 1 2015 Super Bowl - Denver
Denver Broncos Super Bowl 50* 1 0 3 game win streak
2016 Playoff0 Winners
Houston Texans 2016 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 1 2016 Divisional - New England
Seattle Seahawks 2016 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 1 2016 Divisional - Atlanta
Pittsburgh Steelers 2016 AFC Divisional Playoffs 1 2016 AFC Championship - New England
Green Bay Packers 2016 NFC Divisional Playoffs 1 2016 NFC Championship - Atlanta
Atlanta Falcons 2016 NFC Championship* 1 2016 Super Bowl - New England
New England Patriots Super Bowl LI* 0 3 game win streak
Team Last playoff game win Seasons
Since Win
Loss
Streak
Playoff Losses - Teams


(*): Franchise earned a bye in the Wild Card round.
(**): Franchise dormant 1996–1998.

AFC/NFC Championship game appearance droughts[edit]

This is also a list of the last time a particular club won a Divisional playoff game.

0^0 Longest drought in team history
00 Tied for longest drought in team history
Drought Reference [1]
Seasons Team Last appearance
in Conference Championship Game
Result
28 Cincinnati Bengals ^ 1988 AFC Won vs. Buffalo
25 Washington Redskins ^ 1991 NFC Won vs. Detroit
25 Detroit Lions ^ 1991 NFC Lost vs. Washington
24 Miami Dolphins ^ 1992 AFC Lost vs. Buffalo
24** Cleveland Browns ^ 1989 AFC Lost vs. Denver
23 Buffalo Bills ^ 1993 AFC Won vs. Kansas City
23 Kansas City Chiefs 1993 AFC Lost vs. Buffalo
21 Dallas Cowboys ^ 1995 NFC Won vs. Green Bay
17 Jacksonville Jaguars ^ 1999 AFC Lost vs. Tennessee
15 Houston Texans ^ 1985Never* y
15 Los Angeles Rams ^ 2001 NFC Won vs. Philadelphia
14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2002 NFC Won vs. Philadelphia
14 Oakland Raiders ^ 2002 AFC Won vs. Tennessee
14 Tennessee Titans 2002 AFC Lost vs. Oakland
9 Los Angeles Chargers 2007 AFC Lost vs. New England
8 Philadelphia Eagles 2008 NFC Lost vs. Arizona
7 New Orleans Saints 2009 NFC Won vs. Minnesota
7 Minnesota Vikings 2009 NFC Lost vs. New Orleans
6 New York Jets 2010 AFC Lost vs. Pittsburgh
6 Chicago Bears 2010 NFC Lost vs. Green Bay
5 New York Giants 2011 NFC Won vs. San Francisco
4 Baltimore Ravens 2012 AFC Won vs. New England
3 San Francisco 49ers 2013 NFC Lost vs. Seattle
2 Indianapolis Colts 2014 AFC Lost vs. New England
2 Seattle Seahawks 2014 NFC Won vs. Green Bay
1 Denver Broncos 2015 AFC Won vs. New England
1 Arizona Cardinals 2015 NFC Lost vs. Carolina
1 Carolina Panthers 2015 NFC Won vs. Arizona
.75 Z2016 Conference Finalists 2015 z
Pittsburgh Steelers 2016 AFC Lost vs. New England
.5 New England Patriots 2016 AFC Won vs. Pittsburgh
Green Bay Packers 2016 NFC Lost vs. Atlanta
Atlanta Falcons 2016 NFC Won vs. Green Bay


(*): Franchise first played in 2002 season
(**): Franchise dormant 1996–1998.

Super Bowl or NFL Championship appearance droughts[edit]

Last appearance in Super Bowl or
NFL Championship[1][4]
Seasons Team Last appearance
in Super Bowl
NFL
Season
Result
59 Detroit Lions 1957 NFL Championship Game 1957 Won vs. Cleveland
48 New York Jets Super Bowl III 1968 Won vs. Baltimore Colts
47 Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl IV 1969 Won vs. Minnesota
44* Cleveland Browns* 1969.1 1969 NFL Championship Game 1969 Lost vs. Minnesota
40 Minnesota Vikings Super Bowl XI 1976 Lost vs. Oakland
32 Miami Dolphins Super Bowl XIX 1984 Lost vs. San Francisco
28 Cincinnati Bengals Super Bowl XXIII 1988 Lost vs. San Francisco
25 Washington Redskins Super Bowl XXVI 1991 Won vs. Buffalo
23 Buffalo Bills Super Bowl XXVIII 1993 Lost vs. Dallas
22 Jacksonville Jaguars Never (enfranchised 1995) Y
22 Los Angeles Chargers Super Bowl XXIX 1994 Lost vs. San Francisco
21 Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl XXX 1995 Won vs. Pittsburgh
17 Tennessee Titans Super Bowl XXXIV 1999 Lost vs. St. Louis Rams
15 Houston Texans Never (enfranchised 2002) Y
15 Los Angeles Rams Super Bowl XXXVI 2001 Lost vs. New England
14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl XXXVII 2002 Won vs. Oakland
14 Oakland Raiders Super Bowl XXXVII 2002 Lost vs. Tampa Bay
12 Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl XXXIX 2004 Lost vs. New England
10 Chicago Bears Super Bowl XLI 2006 Lost vs. Indianapolis
8 Arizona Cardinals Super Bowl XLIII 2008 Lost vs. Pittsburgh
7 New Orleans Saints Super Bowl XLIV 2009 Won vs. Indianapolis
7 Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl XLIV 2009 Lost vs. New Orleans
6 Green Bay Packers Super Bowl XLV 2010 Won vs. Pittsburgh
6 Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl XLV 2010 Lost vs. Green Bay
5 New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI 2011 Won vs. New England
4 Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl XLVII 2012 Won vs. San Francisco
4 San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl XLVII 2012 Lost vs. Baltimore Ravens
2 Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl XLIX 2014 Lost vs. New England
1 Carolina Panthers Super Bowl 50 2015 Lost vs. Denver
1 Denver Broncos Super Bowl 50 2015 Won vs. Carolina
0 Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl LI 2016 Lost vs. New England
0 New England Patriots Super Bowl LI 2016 Won vs. Atlanta


(*): Cleveland's drought does not include three seasons (1996–1998) where the franchise was dormant.
(†): Team was based in St. Louis.

Super Bowl win droughts[edit]

This list also counts all seasons since a team last won the league championship.

Drought References[1][4]
Seasons Team Last Super Bowl crown
(1966–present)
NFL
Season
Last League Championship crown
Before 1970 Merger
(1920–1969)
Seasons
51 Arizona Cardinals[a] Never 1947 NFL Championship 69
51 Detroit Lions Never 1957 NFL Championship 59
51 Philadelphia Eagles Never 1960 NFL Championship 56
51 Tennessee Titans[b] Never 1961 AFL Championship 55
51 Los Angeles Chargers Never 1963 AFL Championship 53
51 Buffalo Bills Never 1965 AFL Championship 51
48 Cleveland Browns [d] Never 1964 NFL Championship 49
51 Minnesota Vikings Never 1969 NFL Championship[c] 47
51 Atlanta Falcons Never (enfranchised 1966)
49 Cincinnati Bengals Never (enfranchised 1968)
48 New York Jets[e] Super Bowl III 1968
47 Kansas City Chiefs[e] Super Bowl IV 1969
43 Miami Dolphins Super Bowl VIII 1973
33 Oakland Raiders[f] Super Bowl XVIII 1983
31 Chicago Bears Super Bowl XX 1985
25 Washington Redskins Super Bowl XXVI 1991
22 Jacksonville Jaguars Never (enfranchised 1995)
22 Carolina Panthers Never (enfranchised 1995)
22 San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl XXIX 1994
21 Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl XXX 1995
17 Los Angeles Rams[g] Super Bowl XXXIV 1999
15 Houston Texans Never (enfranchised 2002)
14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl XXXVII 2002
10 Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl XLI 2006
8 Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl XLIII 2008
7 New Orleans Saints Super Bowl XLIV 2009
6 Green Bay Packers Super Bowl XLV 2010
5 New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI 2011
4 Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl XLVII 2012
3 Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII 2013
1 Denver Broncos Super Bowl 50 2015
0 New England Patriots Super Bowl LI 2016
  • 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 the 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 was based in Los Angeles when it won Super Bowl XVIII.
  • g Team was based in St. Louis when it won Super Bowl XXXIV.

Super Bowl crown droughts by division[edit]

Division Last Super Bowl crown Seasons
AFC South XLI — Colts 10
NFC South XLIV — Saints 7
NFC North XLV — Packers 6
NFC East XLVI — Giants 5
AFC North XLVII — Ravens 4
NFC West XLVIII — Seahawks 3
AFC West 50 — Broncos 1
AFC East LI — Patriots 0

Cities/regions awaiting first Super Bowl crown[edit]

Listed according to seasons waited. Current NFL cities/regions only

Last city to leave list - Seattle, 2013 season
City/region Seasons waited Conference Title(s) Team(s) Notes
Detroit 51 None Detroit Lions (1966–) Played in the 1991 NFC Championship Game
Philadelphia 51 1980, 2004 Philadelphia Eagles (1966–) Played in Super Bowls XV and XXXIX
Buffalo 51 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 Buffalo Bills (1966–) Played in Super Bowls XXV, XXVI, XXVII, and XXVIII
Atlanta 51 1998, 2016 Atlanta Falcons (1966–) Played in Super Bowls XXXIII and LI
Minneapolis–St. Paul 51 1969, 1973, 1974, 1976 Minnesota Vikings (1966–) Played in Super Bowls IV, VIII, IX, and XI
Cincinnati 49 1981, 1988 Cincinnati Bengals (1968–) Played in Super Bowls XVI and XXIII
Cleveland 48 None Cleveland Browns (1966–) Played in the 1986, 1987, and 1989 AFC Championship Games
Houston 46 None Includes 31 Oilers seasons (19661996) and 15 Texans seasons (2002–) Played in the 1978 and 1979 AFC Championship Games
Phoenix 29 2008 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals (1988–) Played in Super Bowl XLIII
Jacksonville 22 None Jacksonville Jaguars (1995–) Played in the 1996 and 1999 AFC Championship Games
Charlotte 22 2003, 2015 Carolina Panthers (1995–) Played in Super Bowls XXXVIII and 50
Nashville 20 1999 Tennessee Oilers/Titans (1997–) Played in Super Bowl XXXIV

Division title droughts[edit]

Listed according to seasons waited. Updated through the 2016 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 24**
Detroit Lions^ NFC Central 1993 23
Buffalo Bills^ AFC East 1995 21
Jacksonville Jaguars^ AFC Central 1999 17
Oakland Raiders^ AFC West 2002 14
New York Jets AFC East 2002 14
Los Angeles Rams NFC West 2003 13
Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFC South 2007 9
Miami Dolphins^ AFC East 2008 8
Tennessee Titans AFC South 2008 8
Los Angeles Chargers AFC West 2009 7
Chicago Bears NFC North 2010 6
New York Giants NFC East 2011 5
New Orleans Saints NFC South 2011 5
Baltimore Ravens AFC North 2012 4
San Francisco 49ers NFC West 2012 4
Philadelphia Eagles NFC East 2013 3
Indianapolis Colts AFC South 2014 2
Cincinnati Bengals AFC North 2015 1
Denver Broncos AFC West 2015 1
Washington Redskins NFC East 2015 1
Minnesota Vikings NFC North 2015 1
Carolina Panthers NFC South 2015 1
Arizona Cardinals NFC West 2015 1
2016 Division Champions
New England Patriots AFC East 2016
Pittsburgh Steelers AFC North 2016
Houston Texans AFC South 2016
Kansas City Chiefs AFC West 2016
Dallas Cowboys NFC East 2016
Green Bay Packers NFC North 2016
Atlanta Falcons NFC South 2016
Seattle Seahawks NFC West 2016


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

Historical team droughts[edit]

Playoff droughts of 5 plus seasons[edit]

Updated through the 2016 season.
Sort by clicking on desired column heading.
When sorting, Indianapolis and Baltimore Colts are grouped together,
Arizona, Phoenix, St. Louis and Chicago Cardinals are grouped together,
Tennessee Titans, Houston Oilers and Tennessee Oilers are grouped together,
Los Angeles, St. Louis and Cleveland Rams are grouped together,
Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders are grouped together.


0^0 Denotes active streak
Last place NFL finishes Last place AFL finishes (1960–1969)

List of Droughts[1]
Seasons Team Drought Duration Division or Conference Last Place
finishes during drought
League Worst win-loss record
during drought
Last Place Seasons
25 Washington Redskins 1946–1970 4 1950, 1952, 1960–1961 1961
25 Chicago / St. Louis Cardinals 1949–1973 5 1951, 1953–1954, 1957, 1959 1953, 1954, 1957 tie, 19591959 tie
24 Pittsburgh Steelers 1948–1971 5 1955, 1965, 1967–1969 1965, 1969 tie
20 New Orleans Saints 1967–1986 9 1967, 1970–1972, 1975, 1977, 1980–1981, 1986 19751975 tie, 1980
17 Denver Broncos 1960–1976 8 1960, 1963–1967, 1970–1971 1960, 1963, 1964, 1965 tie, 1967
17 Philadelphia Eagles 1961–1977 7 1962–1963, 1968–1970, 1972, 1975 1968 tie
17 New York Giants 1964–1980 9 1964, 1966, 1971, 1973–1974, 1976–1978, 1980 1964, 1966, 1974 tie
17 ^ Buffalo Bills 2000–2016 8 2001–2002, 2008–2013
16 Detroit Lions 1936–1951 4 1942, 1946–1948 1942, 1946, 1948
15 Chicago Cardinals 1932–1946 10 1933, 1935–1936, 1938–1940, 1943–1946 1933, 1938 tie, 1939, 1943, 1944 tie[a], 1945
15 Green Bay Packers 1945–1959 4 1949, 1953, 1957, 1958 1957 tie, 1958
15 St. Louis / Phoenix / Arizona Cardinals 1983–1997 7 1985–1986, 1990–1992, 1995, 1997
14 Pittsburgh Pirates / Steelers 1933–1946 7 1933–1934, 1938–1939, 1941, 1944–1945 1938 tie, 1941, 1944 tie[a]
14 Philadelphia Eagles 1933–1946 5 1935–1937, 1940, 1942 1935, 1936, 1940
14 Kansas City Chiefs 1972–1985 5 1977–1979, 1983, 1985 19771977 tie
14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1983–1996 8 1983, 1985–1986, 1989, 1991, 1993–1995 19831983 tie, 1985 tie, 1986
14 Cincinnati Bengals 1991–2004 6 1991–1993, 1998, 2001–2002 1993, 1998 tie, 2002
14 ^ Cleveland Browns 2003–2016 12 2003–2006, 2008–2009, 2011–2016 2015 tie, 2016
13 Chicago Bears 1964–1976 5 1969–1970, 1972–1974 1969 tie
13 San Diego Chargers 1966–1978 3 1972–1973, 1975 1975 tie
13 Oakland Raiders 2003–2015 6 2004–2007, 2013–2014 2003 tie, 2006
12 Detroit Lions 1958–1969 2 1966, 1968
12 San Francisco 49ers 1958–1969 3 1963–1964, 1969 1963
12 Boston / New England Patriots 1964–1975 4 1967, 1970, 1972, 1975 1970
12 Atlanta Falcons 1966–1977 3 1967–1968, 1974 1967, 1968 tie
12 ^ St. Louis / Los Angeles Rams 2005–2016 6 2007–2009, 2011, 2013–2014 2009, 2011 tie
11 Los Angeles Rams 1956–1966 4 1956, 1959, 1962, 1965 19591959 tie, 1962
11 New York Jets 1970–1980 1 1980
11 Detroit Lions 1971–1981 1 1979 19791979 tie
11 Detroit Lions 2000–2010 6 2001–2003, 2006, 2008–2009 2008
10 Philadelphia Eagles 1950–1959 2 1956, 1958 1956
10 Green Bay Packers 1983–1992 1 1988
10 Seattle Seahawks 1989–1998 4 1992–1994, 1996 1992 tie
9 Green Bay Packers 1973–1981 2 1976, 1980
9 Baltimore / Indianapolis Colts 1978–1986 4 1978 - 1979, 1982, 1986 1981 tie, 1982
9 San Diego Chargers 1983–1991 4 1984, 1986, 1989, 1991
9 Los Angeles / St. Louis Rams 1990–1998 6 1991–1994, 1997–1998
9 Arizona Cardinals 1999–2007 4 2000, 2002–2003, 2006 2003 tie
9 Houston Texans 2002–2010 5 2002–2003, 2005–2007 2005
9 ^ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2008–2016 6 2009, 2011–2015 20142014 tie
9 ^ Jacksonville Jaguars 2008–2016 4 2008–2009, 2012, 2016 2012 tie
8 New York Titans / Jets 1960–1967 2 1962–1963
8 Houston Oilers 1970–1977 4 1970, 1972–1973, 1976 1972, 1973
8 San Francisco 49ers 1973–1980 2 1978–1979 1978, 1979 tie
8 Atlanta Falcons 1983–1990 7 1983–1985, 1987–1990 1987
8 San Diego Chargers 1996–2003 5 1997–1998, 2000–2001, 2003 2000, 2003 tie
8 San Francisco 49ers 2003–2010 2 2004–2005 2004
8 ^ Tennessee Titans 2009–2016 3 2010, 2014–2015 20142014 tie, 2015 tie
7 Cleveland Rams 1937–1944 [b] 2 1937, 1941 1937
7 San Francisco 49ers 1950–1956 0
7 Oakland Raiders 1960–1966 2 1961–1962 1961, 1962
7 Minnesota Vikings 1961–1967 3 1961, 1966–1967
7 Buffalo Bills 1967–1973 2 1968, 1971
7 Cleveland Browns 1973–1979 3 1974–1975, 1977
7 Seattle Seahawks 1976–1982 3 1976, 1980–1981
7 Detroit Lions 1984–1990 1 1987
7 New England Patriots 1987–1993 2 1990, 1992 1990, 1992 tie
7 Indianapolis Colts 1988–1994 2 1991, 1993 1991
7 New Orleans Saints 1993–1999 3 1995–1996, 1999
7 Miami Dolphins 2009–2015 1 2015
6 Chicago Bears 1957–1962 0
6 Dallas Cowboys 1960–1965 1 1960 1960
6 St. Louis Cardinals 1976–1981 2 1979, 1981
6 Houston Oilers 1981–1986 4 1983–1986 19831983 tie
6 Buffalo Bills 1982–1987 2 1984–1985 1984, 1985 tie
6 Philadelphia Eagles 1982–1987 1 1984
6 New York Jets 1992–1997 3 1994–1996 1995, 1996
6 Washington Redskins 1993–1998 2 1993–1994
6 Los Angeles / Oakland Raiders 1994–1999 0
6 Chicago Bears 1995–2000 4 1997–2000
6 Carolina Panthers 1997–2002 2 2001–2002 2001
6 Miami Dolphins 2002–2007 3 2004, 2006–2007 2007
6 ^ New York Jets 2011–2016 2 2014, 2016
6 ^ Chicago Bears 2011–2016 3 2014–2016
5 New York Giants 1951–1955 0
5 Chicago Bears 1951–1955 0
5 Baltimore Colts 1953–1957 1 1954
5 Cleveland Browns 1959–1963 0
5 Buffalo Bills 1975–1979 2 1976–1977
5 Cincinnati Bengals 1976–1980 3 1978–1980
5 Washington Redskins 1977–1981 0
5 Cincinnati Bengals 1983–1987 1 1987
5 Dallas Cowboys 1986–1990 2 1988, 1989 1988, 1989
5 Houston / Tennessee Oilers 1994–1998 1 1994 1994
5 Kansas City Chiefs 1998–2002 1 2002
5 Washington Redskins 2000–2004 1 2004
5 Jacksonville Jaguars 2000–2004 0
5 New Orleans Saints 2001–2005 1 2005
5 Denver Broncos 2006–2010 1 2010
Seasons Team Drought Duration Last Place Seasons League Worst win-loss record
during drought
Division or Conference Last Place
finishes during drought
a In 1944, during World War II, Pittsburgh and the Chicago Cardinals were a combined team called Card-Pitt.
b The Cleveland Rams suspended operations in the 1943 season due to World War II.

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

This is a sortable table of all 32 current NFL teams. Ten teams have multiple losing streaks where they lost an equal number of post season games before breaking the drought.

Updated through the 2016 regular season.

0^0 Denotes active drought
Team Streak lasted Last win Games Lost Playoff Losses Score Opponent Next win
Arizona Cardinals 51 years 1947
Championship
4 1948 NFL Champ.
1974 Div.
1975 Div.
1982 1st 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 Champ.
2008 Wild Card
2010 Div.
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 Div.
2003 Wild Card
2006 Div.
10–27
17–20
6–15
Steelers
Titans
Colts
2008 Wild Card
Buffalo Bills^ 21 years 1995
Wild Card
4 1995 Div.
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 Champ.
2008 Div.
2013 Div.
14–34
13–33
10–23
Seahawks
Cardinals
49ers
2014 Wild Card
Chicago Bears 12 years 1994
Wild Card
3 1994 Div.
2001 Div.
2005 Div.
15–44
19–33
21–29
49ers
Eagles
Panthers
2006 Divisional
Cincinnati Bengals^ 26 years 1990
Wild Card
8 1990 Div.
2005 Wild Card
2009 Wild Card
2011 Wild Card
2012 Wild Card
2013 Wild Card
2014 Wild Card
2015 Wild Card
10–20
17–31
14–24
10–31
13–19
10–27
10–26
16–18
Raiders
Steelers
Jets
Texans
Texans
Chargers
Colts
Steelers
TBD
Cleveland Browns 17 years 1969 Divisional 6 1969 NFL Champ.
1971 Div.
1972 Div.
1980 Div.
1982 1st Round
1985 Div.
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 Div.
1998 Wild Card
1999 Wild Card
2003 Wild Card
2006 Wild Card
2007 Div.
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 Div.
1979 Wild Card
1983 Wild Card
1984 Div.
10–27
10–33
7–13
7–31
17–24
Cowboys
Steelers
Oilers
Seahawks
Steelers
1986 Divisional
Detroit Lions^ 25 years 1991
Divisional
9 1991 NFC Champ.
1993 Wild Card
1994 Wild Card
1995 Wild Card
1997 Wild Card
1999 Wild Card
2011 Wild Card
2014 Wild Card
2016 Wild Card
10–41
24–28
12–16
37–58
10–20
13–27
28–45
20–24
6-26
Redskins
Packers
Packers
Eagles
Buccaneers
Redskins
Saints
Cowboys
Seahawks
TBD
Green Bay Packers
005 (2 loss) 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 Div.
2002 Wild Card
17–45
7–27
Rams
Falcons
2003 Wild Card
4 years 2003
Wild Card
2 2003 Div.
2004 Wild Card
17–20 (OT)
17–31
Eagles
Vikings
2007 Divisional
3 years 2007
Divisional
2 2007 NFC Champ.
2009 Wild Card
20–23 (OT)
45–51 (OT)
Giants
Cardinals
2010 Wild Card
2 years 2012
Wild Card
2 2012 Div.
2013 Wild Card
31–45
20–23
49ers
49ers
2014 Divisional
Houston Texans 4 years 2012 Wild Card 2 2012 Divisional
2015 Wild Card
28–41
0–30
Patriots
Chiefs
2016 Wild Card
Indianapolis Colts
002 (5 loss) streaks
24 years 1971
Divisional
5 1971 AFC Champ.
1975 Div.
1976 Div.
1977 Div.
1987 Div.
0–21
10–28
14–40
31–37 (2 OT)
21–38
Dolphins
Steelers
Steelers
Raiders
Browns
1995 Wild Card
8 years 1995
Divisional
5 1995 AFC Champ.
1996 Wild Card
1999 Div.
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 (2 loss) streaks
2 years 1996
Divisional
2 1996 AFC Champ.
1997 Wild Card
6–20
17–42
Patriots
Broncos
1998 Wild Card
8 years 1999
Divisional
2 1999 AFC Champ.
2005 Wild Card
14–33
3–28
Titans
Patriots
2007 Wild Card
Kansas City Chiefs 21 years 1993
Divisional
8 1993 AFC Champ.
1994 Wild Card
1995 Div.
1997 Div.
2003 Div.
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
2015 Wild Card
Los Angeles Chargers 13 years 1994
AFC Championship
4 Super Bowl XXIX
1995 Wild Card
2004 Wild Card
2006 Div.
26–49
20–35
17–20 (OT)
21–24
49ers
Colts
Jets
Patriots
2007 Wild Card
Los Angeles Rams 23 years 1951
Championship
5 1952 Nat. Conf.
1955 NFL Champ.
1967 NFL W Conf.
1969 NFL W Conf.
1973 Div.
21–31
14–38
7–28
20–23
16–27
Lions
Browns
Packers
Vikings
Cowboys
1974 Divisional
Miami Dolphins
002 (4 loss) streaks
9 years 1973
Super Bowl
4 1974 Div.
1978 Wild Card
1979 Div.
1981 Div.
26–28
9–17
14–34
38–41 (OT)
Raiders
Oilers
Steelers
Chargers
1982 First Round
16 years 2000
Wild Card
4 2000 Div.
2001 Wild Card
2008 Wild Card
2016 Wild Card
0–27
3–20
9–27
12–30
Raiders
Ravens
Ravens
Steelers
TBD
Minnesota Vikings 9 years 1988
Wild Card
6 1988 Div.
1989 Div.
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 Champ.
1976 Div.
1978 Div.
1982 1st 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 Champ.
1941 NFL Champ.
1943 East Div.
1944 NFL Champ.
1946 NFL Champ.
1950 Am. Conf.
0–27
9–37
0–28
7–14
14–24
3–8
Packers
Bears
Redskins
Packers
Bears
Browns
1956 Championship
New York Jets
005 (2 loss) streaks
14 years 1968
Super Bowl III
2 1969 AFL Div.
1981 Wild Card
6–13
27–31
Chiefs
Bills
1982 First Round
4 years 1982 2nd Round 2 1982 AFC Champ.
1985 Wild Card
0–14
14–26
Dolphins
Patriots
1986 Wild Card
12 years 1986 Wild Card 2 1986 Div.
1991 Wild Card
20–23 (2 OT)
10–17
Browns
Oilers
1998 Divisional
4 years 1998 Divisional 2 1998 AFC Champ.
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
004 (2 loss) streaks
3 years 1970
Divisional
2 1970 AFC Champ.
1972 Div.
17–27
7–13
Colts
Steelers
1973 Divisional
7 years 1983
Super Bowl XVIII
2 1984 Wild Card
1985 Div.
7–13
20–27
Seahawks
Patriots
1990 Divisional
3 years 1990 Divisional 2 1990 AFC Champ.
1991 Wild Card
3–51
6–10
Bills
Chiefs
1993 Wild Card
14 years 2002 AFC Championship 2 Super Bowl XXXVIII
2016 Wild Card
24-41
14-27
Bucs
Texans
TBD
Philadelphia Eagles 12 years 1980
Conference
Championship
5 Super Bowl XV
1981 Wild Card
1988 Div.
1989 Wild Card
1990 Wild Card
10–27
21–27
12–20
7–21
6–20
Raiders
Giants
Bears
Rams
Redskins
1992 Wild Card
Pittsburgh Steelers
002 (3 loss) streaks
5 years 1989
Wild Card
3 1989 Div.
1992 Div.
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
2015 Wild Card
San Francisco 49ers 4 years 1984
Super Bowl XIX
3 1985 Wild Card
1986 Div.
1987 Div.
3–17
3–49
24–36
Giants
Giants
Vikings
1988 Divisional
Seattle Seahawks 21 years 1984
Wild Card
6 1984 Div.
1987 Wild Card
1988 Div.
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
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
002 (3 loss) streaks
18 years 1979
Divisional
3 1979 NFC Champ.
1981 Div.
1982 1st Round
0–9
0–38
17–30
Rams
Cowboys
Cowboys
1997 Wild Card
3 years 1999
Divisional
3 1999 NFC Champ.
2000 Wild Card
2001 Wild Card
6–11
3–21
9–31
Rams
Eagles
Eagles
2002 Divisional
Tennessee Titans^
004 (3 loss) streaks
17 years 1961 AFL
Championship
3[Hou] 1962 AFL Champ.
1967 AFL Champ.
1969 AFL Div.
17–20 (2 OT)
7–40
7–56
Dallas Texans
Raiders
Raiders
1978 Wild Card
3 years 1988
Wild Card
3[Hou] 1988 Div.
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
13 years 2003
Wild Card
3 2003 Div.
2007 Wild Card
2008 Div.
14–17
6–17
10–13
Patriots
Chargers
Ravens
TBD
Washington Redskins
002 (4 loss) streaks
10 years 1972
NFC Championship
4 Super Bowl VII
1973 Div.
1974 Div.
1976 Div.
7–14
20–27
10–19
20–35
Dolphins
Vikings
Rams
Vikings
1982 First Round
11 years 2005
Wild Card
4 2005 Div.
2007 Wild Card
2012 Wild Card
2015 Wild Card
10–20
14–35
14–24
18–35
Seahawks
Seahawks
Seahawks
Packers
TBD
Team Streak lasted Last win Games Lost Playoff Games Score Opponent Next win
  • Hou These three streaks occurred when the team was known as the Houston Oilers.

Longest post-season droughts in team history[edit]

Updated through the 2016 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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Season Index". pro-football-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 10, 2012. 
  2. ^ "NFL Playoff Picture". National Football League. November 5, 2015. Retrieved November 5, 2015. 
  3. ^ Rodak, Mike (September 26, 2015). "Bills now have longest playoff drought among major sports". ESPN. Retrieved November 5, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Super Bowl List". pro-football-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 10, 2012.