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 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, four (4) are expansion franchises younger than the Super Bowl itself (Bengals, Panthers, Jaguars, and Texans). 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 68 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 2015 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 16
Oakland Raiders ^ Super Bowl XXXVII 13
Cleveland Browns ^ 2002 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 13
Los Angeles Rams 2004 NFC Divisional Playoffs 11
Jacksonville Jaguars ^ 2007 AFC Divisional Playoffs 8
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2007 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 8
Tennessee Titans 2008 AFC Divisional Playoffs 7
Miami Dolphins ^ 2008 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 7
New York Jets 2010 AFC Championship Game 5
Chicago Bears 2010 NFC Championship Game 5
New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI 4
Atlanta Falcons 2012 NFC Championship Game 3
Philadelphia Eagles 2013 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 2
San Diego Chargers 2013 AFC Divisional Playoffs 2
New Orleans Saints 2013 NFC Divisional Playoffs 2
San Francisco 49ers 2013 NFC Championship Game 2
Detroit Lions 2014 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 1
Baltimore Ravens 2014 AFC Divisional Playoffs 1
Dallas Cowboys 2014 NFC Divisional Playoffs 1
Indianapolis Colts 2014 AFC Championship Game 1
2015 Playoff Teams
Cincinnati Bengals 2015 AFC Wild Card Playoffs
Houston Texans 2015 AFC Wild Card Playoffs
Minnesota Vikings 2015 NFC Wild Card Playoffs
Washington Redskins 2015 NFC Wild Card Playoffs
Pittsburgh Steelers 2015 AFC Divisional Playoffs
Kansas City Chiefs 2015 AFC Divisional Playoffs
Green Bay Packers 2015 NFC Divisional Playoffs
Seattle Seahawks 2015 NFC Divisional Playoffs
New England Patriots 2015 AFC Championship Game
Arizona Cardinals 2015 NFC Championship Game
Denver Broncos Super Bowl 50
Carolina Panthers Super Bowl 50

At 16 seasons, the Bills' playoff drought is also the longest in major North American professional sports.[3]

Playoff game victory droughts[edit]

Updated through the 2015 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
Streak Playoff Losses - Teams
Cincinnati Bengals ^ 1990 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 25 8 ♣ ♣ 8 1990 Divisional - Oakland
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* 24 8 ♣ ♣ 8 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
Buffalo Bills ^ 1995 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 20 4 ♦ 4 1995 Divisional - Pittsburgh
1996 Wild Card - Jacksonville
1998 Wild Card - Miami
1999 Wild Card - Tennessee
Cleveland Browns ^ 1994 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 18** 2 1994 Divisional - Pittsburgh
2002 Wild Card - Pittsburgh
Miami Dolphins ^ 2000 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 15 3 2000 Divisional - Oakland
2001 Wild Card - Baltimore
2008 Wild Card - Baltimore
Oakland Raiders ^ 2002 AFC Championship* 13 1 2002 Super Bowl - Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl XXXVII* 13 2 2005 Wild Card - Washington
2007 Wild Card - New York Giants
Tennessee Titans 2003 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 12 3 ¤ 2003 Divisional - New England
2007 Wild Card - San Diego
2008 Divisional - Baltimore
Los Angeles Rams 2004 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 11 1 2004 Divisional - Atlanta
Washington Redskins 2005 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 10 4 ¤ 2005 Divisional - Seattle
2007 Wild Card - Seattle
2012 Wild Card - Seattle
2015 Wild Card - Green Bay
Jacksonville Jaguars ^ 2007 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 8 1 2007 Divisional - New England
Philadelphia Eagles 2008 NFC Divisional Playoffs 7 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* 6 3 2009 NFC Championship - New Orleans
2012 Wild Card - Green Bay
2015 Wild Card - Seattle
New York Jets 2010 AFC Divisional Playoffs 5 1 2010 AFC Championship - Pittsburgh
Chicago Bears 2010 NFC Divisional Playoffs* 5 1 2010 NFC Championship - Green Bay
New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI 4 0 2021 4 game win streak
Houston Texans 2012 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 3 2 ♦ 2 2012 Divisional - New England
2015 Wild Card - Kansas City
Atlanta Falcons 2012 NFC Divisional Playoffs* 3 1 2012 NFC Championship - San Francisco
San Diego Chargers 2013 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 2 1 2013 Divisional - Denver
New Orleans Saints 2013 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 2 1 2013 Divisional - Seattle
San Francisco 49ers 2013 NFC Divisional Playoffs 2 1 2013 NFC Championship - Seattle
Baltimore Ravens 2014 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 1 1 2014 Divisional - New England
Dallas Cowboys 2014 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 1 1 2014 Divisional - Green Bay
Indianapolis Colts 2014 AFC Divisional Playoffs 1 1 2014 AFC Championship - New England
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Kansas City Chiefs 2015 AFC Wild Card Playoffs .75 1 2015 Divisional - New England
Pittsburgh Steelers 2015 AFC Wild Card Playoffs .75 1 2015 Divisional - Denver
Seattle Seahawks 2015 NFC Wild Card Playoffs .75 1 2015 Divisional - Carolina
Green Bay Packers 2015 NFC Wild Card Playoffs .75 1 2015 Divisional - Arizona
New England Patriots 2015 AFC Divisional Playoffs* .75 1 2015 AFC Championship - Denver
Arizona Cardinals 2015 NFC Divisional Playoffs* .75 1 2015 NFC Championship - Carolina
Carolina Panthers 2015 NFC Championship* .75 1 Super Bowl 50 - Denver
Denver Broncos Super Bowl 50* .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 1996-1998.

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
27 Cincinnati Bengals ^ 1988 AFC Won vs. Buffalo
24 Washington Redskins ^ 1991 NFC Won vs. Detroit
24 Detroit Lions ^ 1991 NFC Lost vs. Washington
23 Miami Dolphins ^ 1992 AFC Lost vs. Buffalo
23** Cleveland Browns ^ 1989 AFC Lost vs. Denver
22 Buffalo Bills ^ 1993 AFC Won vs. Kansas City
22 Kansas City Chiefs 1993 AFC Lost vs. Buffalo
20 Dallas Cowboys ^ 1995 NFC Won vs. Green Bay
16 Jacksonville Jaguars ^ 1999 AFC Lost vs. Tennessee
14 Houston Texans ^ 1985Never* y
14 Los Angeles Rams ^ 2001 NFC Won vs. Philadelphia
13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2002 NFC Won vs. Philadelphia
13 Oakland Raiders ^ 2002 AFC Won vs. Tennessee
13 Tennessee Titans 2002 AFC Lost vs. Oakland
8 San Diego Chargers 2007 AFC Lost vs. New England
7 Philadelphia Eagles 2008 NFC Lost vs. Arizona
6 New Orleans Saints 2009 NFC Won vs. Minnesota
6 Minnesota Vikings 2009 NFC Lost vs. New Orleans
5 Pittsburgh Steelers 2010 AFC Won vs. New York Jets
5 New York Jets 2010 AFC Lost vs. Pittsburgh
5 Chicago Bears 2010 NFC Lost vs. Green Bay
4 New York Giants 2011 NFC Won vs. San Francisco
3 Baltimore Ravens 2012 AFC Won vs. New England
3 Atlanta Falcons 2012 NFC Lost vs. San Francisco
2 San Francisco 49ers 2013 NFC Lost vs. Seattle
1 Indianapolis Colts 2014 AFC Lost vs. New England
1 Seattle Seahawks 2014 NFC Won vs. Green Bay
1 Green Bay Packers 2014 NFC Lost vs. Seattle
.75 Z2015 Conference Finalists 2015 z
.5 New England Patriots 2015 AFC Lost vs. Denver
.5 Denver Broncos 2015 AFC Won vs. New England
.5 Arizona Cardinals 2015 NFC Lost vs. Carolina
.5 Carolina Panthers 2015 NFC Won vs. Arizona


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

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
58 Detroit Lions 1957 NFL Championship Game 1957 Won vs. Cleveland
47 New York Jets Super Bowl III 1968 Won vs. Baltimore Colts
46 Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl IV 1969 Won vs. Minnesota
43* Cleveland Browns* 1969.1 1969 NFL Championship Game 1969 Lost vs. Minnesota
39 Minnesota Vikings Super Bowl XI 1976 Lost vs. Oakland
31 Miami Dolphins Super Bowl XIX 1984 Lost vs. San Francisco
27 Cincinnati Bengals Super Bowl XXIII 1988 Lost vs. San Francisco
24 Washington Redskins Super Bowl XXVI 1991 Won vs. Buffalo
22 Buffalo Bills Super Bowl XXVIII 1993 Lost vs. Dallas
21 Jacksonville Jaguars Never (enfranchised 1995) Y
21 San Diego Chargers Super Bowl XXIX 1994 Lost vs. San Francisco
20 Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl XXX 1995 Won vs. Pittsburgh
17 Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl XXXIII 1998 Lost vs. Denver
16 Tennessee Titans Super Bowl XXXIV 1999 Lost vs. St. Louis Rams
14 Houston Texans Never (enfranchised 2002) Y
14 Los Angeles Rams Super Bowl XXXVI 2001 Lost vs. New England
13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl XXXVII 2002 Won vs. Oakland
13 Oakland Raiders Super Bowl XXXVII 2002 Lost vs. Tampa Bay
11 Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl XXXIX 2004 Lost vs. New England
9 Chicago Bears Super Bowl XLI 2006 Lost vs. Indianapolis
7 Arizona Cardinals Super Bowl XLIII 2008 Lost vs. Pittsburgh
6 New Orleans Saints Super Bowl XLIV 2009 Won vs. Indianapolis
6 Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl XLIV 2009 Lost vs. New Orleans
5 Green Bay Packers Super Bowl XLV 2010 Won vs. Pittsburgh
5 Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl XLV 2010 Lost vs. Green Bay
4 New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI 2011 Won vs. New England
3 Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl XLVII 2012 Won vs. San Francisco
3 San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl XLVII 2012 Lost vs. Baltimore Ravens
1 Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl XLIX 2014 Lost vs. New England
1 New England Patriots Super Bowl XLIX 2014 Won vs. Seattle
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.5 Carolina Panthers Super Bowl 50 2015 Lost vs. Denver
.5 Denver Broncos Super Bowl 50 2015 Won vs. Carolina


(*): Cleveland's drought does not include three seasons (1996–98) where the franchise was dormant
(†): The Rams' loss to the New England Patriots were as the St. Louis Rams.

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
50 Arizona Cardinals[a] Never 1947 NFL Championship 68
50 Detroit Lions Never 1957 NFL Championship 58
50 Philadelphia Eagles Never 1960 NFL Championship 55
50 Tennessee Titans[b] Never 1961 AFL Championship 54
50 San Diego Chargers Never 1963 AFL Championship 52
50 Buffalo Bills Never 1965 AFL Championship 50
47 Cleveland Browns [d] Never 1964 NFL Championship 48
50 Minnesota Vikings Never 1969 NFL Championship[c] 46
50 Atlanta Falcons Never (enfranchised 1966)
48 Cincinnati Bengals Never (enfranchised 1968)
47 New York Jets[e] Super Bowl III 1968
46 Kansas City Chiefs[e] Super Bowl IV 1969
42 Miami Dolphins Super Bowl VIII 1973
32 Oakland Raiders[f] Super Bowl XVIII 1983
30 Chicago Bears Super Bowl XX 1985
24 Washington Redskins Super Bowl XXVI 1991
21 Jacksonville Jaguars Never (enfranchised 1995)
21 Carolina Panthers Never (enfranchised 1995)
21 San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl XXIX 1994
20 Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl XXX 1995
16 Los Angeles Rams[g] Super Bowl XXXIV 1999
14 Houston Texans Never (enfranchised 2002)
13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl XXXVII 2002
9 Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl XLI 2006
7 Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl XLIII 2008
6 New Orleans Saints Super Bowl XLIV 2009
5 Green Bay Packers Super Bowl XLV 2010
4 New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI 2011
3 Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl XLVII 2012
2 Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII 2013
1 New England Patriots Super Bowl XLIX 2014
Defending Champion
Denver Broncos Super Bowl 50 2015
  • 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]

Seven different Divisions the last seven years
Division Last Super Bowl crown Seasons
AFC South XLI — Colts 9
NFC South XLIV — Saints 6
NFC North XLV — Packers 5
NFC East XLVI — Giants 4
AFC North XLVII — Ravens 3
NFC West XLVIII — Seahawks 2
AFC East XLIX — Patriots 1
AFC West 50 — Broncos 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 50 None Detroit Lions (1966–) Played in the 1991 NFC Championship Game
Philadelphia 50 1980, 2004 Philadelphia Eagles (1966–) Played in Super Bowls XV and XXXIX
Buffalo 50 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 Buffalo Bills (1966–) Played in Super Bowls XXV, XXVI, XXVII, and XXVIII
San Diego 50 1994 San Diego Chargers (1966–) Played in Super Bowl XXIX
Atlanta 50 1998 Atlanta Falcons (1966–) Played in Super Bowl XXXIII
Minneapolis-St. Paul 50 1969, 1973, 1974, 1976 Minnesota Vikings (1966–) Played in Super Bowls IV, VIII, IX, and XI
Cincinnati 48 1981, 1988 Cincinnati Bengals (1968–) Played in Super Bowls XVI and XXIII
Cleveland 47 None Cleveland Browns (1966–) Played in the 1986, 1987, and 1989 AFC Championship Games
Houston 45 None Includes 31 Oilers seasons (19661996) and the Texans (2002–) Played in the 1978 and 1979 AFC Championship Games
Phoenix 28 2008 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals (1988–) Played in Super Bowl XLIII
Jacksonville 21 None Jacksonville Jaguars (1995–) Played in the 1996 and 1999 AFC Championship Games
Charlotte 21 2003, 2015 Carolina Panthers (1995–) Played in Super Bowls XXXVIII and 50
Nashville 19 1999 Tennessee Oilers/Titans (1997–) Played in Super Bowl XXXIV

Division title droughts[edit]

Listed according to seasons waited. Updated through the 2015 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 23**
Detroit Lions^ NFC Central 1993 22
Buffalo Bills^ AFC East 1995 20
Jacksonville Jaguars^ AFC Central 1999 16
Oakland Raiders^ AFC West 2002 13
New York Jets AFC East 2002 13
Los Angeles Rams NFC West 2003 12
Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFC South 2007 8
Miami Dolphins AFC East 2008 7
Tennessee Titans AFC South 2008 7
San Diego Chargers AFC West 2009 6
Chicago Bears NFC North 2010 5
Kansas City Chiefs AFC West 2010 5
New York Giants NFC East 2011 4
New Orleans Saints NFC South 2011 4
Atlanta Falcons NFC South 2012 3
Baltimore Ravens AFC North 2012 3
San Francisco 49ers NFC West 2012 3
Philadelphia Eagles NFC East 2013 2
Pittsburgh Steelers AFC North 2014 1
Indianapolis Colts AFC South 2014 1
Dallas Cowboys NFC East 2014 1
Green Bay Packers NFC North 2014 1
Seattle Seahawks NFC West 2014 1
2015 Division Champions
New England Patriots AFC East 2015
Cincinnati Bengals AFC North 2015
Houston Texans AFC South 2015
Denver Broncos AFC West 2015
Washington Redskins NFC East 2015
Minnesota Vikings NFC North 2015
Carolina Panthers NFC South 2015
Arizona Cardinals NFC West 2015


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

Historical team droughts[edit]

Droughts of 5 plus seasons[edit]

Playoff appearance droughts up to and including the 2015–16 NFL playoff teams

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
16 Detroit Lions 1936–1951 4 1942, 1946–1948 1942, 1946, 1948
16 ^ Buffalo Bills 2000–2015 8 2001–2002, 2008–2013
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
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
13 ^ Cleveland Browns 2003–2015 11 2003–2006, 2008–2009, 2011–2015 2015 tie
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
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
11 ^ St. Louis Rams 2005–2015 6 2007–2009, 2011, 2013–2014 2009, 2011 tie
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
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 ^ Jacksonville Jaguars 2008–2015 3 2008–2009, 2012 2012 tie
8 ^ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2008–2015 6 2009, 2011–2015 20142014 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
7 ^ Tennessee Titans 2009–2015 3 2010, 2014–2015 20142014 tie, 2015 tie
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
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
5 ^ Chicago Bears 2011–2015 2 2014–2015
5 ^ New York Jets 2011–2015 1 2014
Seasons Team Drought Duration Last Place Seasons League Last Place
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. 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 2015 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^ 20 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^ 25 years 1990
Wild Card
8 1990 Divisional
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 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^ 24 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^ 3 years 2012 Wild Card 2 2012 Divisional
2015 Wild Card
28-41
0-30
Patriots
Chiefs
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
2015 Wild Card
Los Angeles 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
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
2015 Wild Card
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
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
12 years 2003
Wild Card
3 2003 Divisional
2007 Wild Card
2008 Divisional
14-17
6-17
10-13
Patriots
Chargers
Ravens
TBD
Washington Redskins
002 streaks
10 years 1972
NFC 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
10 years 2005
Wild Card
4 2005 Divisional
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 the Houston Oilers.

Longest post-season droughts in team history[edit]

Updated through the 2015 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.