List of NFL franchise post-season droughts

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

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

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

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

Active post-season droughts[edit]

Updated through the 2013 season.

0^0Longest drought in team History
00Tied for Longest drought in team history
Playoff Droughts [1][2]
TeamLast appearance in post-seasonSeasons
Buffalo Bills ^1999 AFC Wild Card Playoffs14
Cleveland Browns ^2002 AFC Wild Card Playoffs11
Oakland Raiders ^Super Bowl XXXVII11
St. Louis Rams2004 NFC Divisional Playoffs9
Tampa Bay Buccaneers2007 NFC Wild Card Playoffs6
Jacksonville Jaguars ^2007 AFC Divisional Playoffs6
Miami Dolphins2008 AFC Wild Card Playoffs5
Tennessee Titans2008 AFC Divisional Playoffs5
Arizona Cardinals2009 NFC Divisional Playoffs4
Dallas Cowboys2009 NFC Divisional Playoffs4
Chicago Bears2010 NFC Championship Game3
New York Jets2010 AFC Championship Game3
Detroit Lions2011 NFC Wild Card Playoffs2
Pittsburgh Steelers2011 AFC Wild Card Playoffs2
New York GiantsSuper Bowl XLVI2
Washington Redskins2012 NFC Wild Card Playoffs1
Minnesota Vikings2012 NFC Wild Card Playoffs1
Houston Texans2012 AFC Divisional Playoffs1
Atlanta Falcons2012 NFC Championship Game1
Baltimore RavensSuper Bowl XLVII1
2013 Playoff Teams
Kansas City Chiefs2013 AFC Wild Card Playoffs
Cincinnati Bengals2013 AFC Wild Card Playoffs
Philadelphia Eagles2013 NFC Wild Card Playoffs
Green Bay Packers2013 NFC Wild Card Playoffs
San Diego Chargers2013 AFC Divisional Playoffs
Indianapolis Colts2013 AFC Divisional Playoffs
New Orleans Saints2013 NFC Divisional Playoffs
Carolina Panthers2013 NFC Divisional Playoffs
New England Patriots2013 AFC Championship Game
San Francisco 49ers2013 NFC Championship Game
Denver BroncosSuper Bowl XLVIII
Seattle SeahawksSuper Bowl XLVIII

Active playoff game victory droughts[edit]

Updated through the 2013 season.

0^0Longest drought in team History
00Tied for Longest drought in team history
Drought Reference [1]
TeamLast playoff game winSeasonsSubsequent Seasons
with Playoff Losses
Cincinnati Bengals ^1990 AFC Wild Card Playoffs2305: 2005, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013
Detroit Lions1991 NFC Divisional Playoffs*2206: 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2011
Kansas City Chiefs1993 AFC Divisional Playoffs2007: 1994, 1995, 1997, 2003, 2006, 2010, 20130
Buffalo Bills ^1995 AFC Wild Card Playoffs1803: 1996, 1998, 1999
Cleveland Browns1994 AFC Wild Card Playoffs16**01: 2002
Miami Dolphins ^2000 AFC Wild Card Playoffs1302: 2001, 2008
Oakland Raiders ^2002 AFC Championship*1100:
Tampa Bay BuccaneersSuper Bowl XXXVII*1102: 2005, 2007
Tennessee Titans2003 AFC Wild Card Playoffs1002: 2007, 2008
St. Louis Rams2004 NFC Wild Card Playoffs900:
Washington Redskins2005 NFC Wild Card Playoffs802: 2007, 2012
Carolina Panthers ^2005 NFC Divisional Playoffs802: 2008, 2013
Jacksonville Jaguars2007 AFC Wild Card Playoffs600:
Philadelphia Eagles2008 NFC Divisional Playoffs503: 2009, 2010, 2013
Arizona Cardinals2009 NFC Wild Card Playoffs400:
Dallas Cowboys2009 NFC Wild Card Playoffs400:
Minnesota Vikings2009 NFC Divisional Playoffs*401: 2012
Chicago Bears2010 NFC Divisional Playoffs*300:
New York Jets2010 AFC Divisional Playoffs300:
Pittsburgh Steelers2010 AFC Championship Game*301: 2011
New York GiantsSuper Bowl XLVI200:
Houston Texans2012 AFC Wild Card Playoffs100:
Green Bay Packers2012 NFC Wild Card Playoffs101: 2013
Atlanta Falcons2012 NFC Divisional Playoffs*100:
Baltimore RavensSuper Bowl XLVII100:
2013 Playoff Winners
Indianapolis Colts2013 AFC Wild Card Playoffs0
San Diego Chargers2013 AFC Wild Card Playoffs0
New Orleans Saints2013 NFC Wild Card Playoffs0
New England Patriots2013 AFC Divisional Playoffs*0
San Francisco 49ers2013 NFC Divisional Playoffs0
Denver Broncos2013 AFC Championship Game*0
Seattle SeahawksSuper Bowl XLVIII*0


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

Active AFC/NFC Championship game appearance droughts[edit]

Updated through the 2013 season.

0^0Longest drought in team History
00Tied for Longest drought in team history
Drought Reference [1]
TeamLast AFC/NFC Championship
game appearance
Seasons
Cincinnati Bengals ^1988 AFC25
Washington Redskins ^1991 NFC22
Detroit Lions ^1991 NFC22
Miami Dolphins ^1992 AFC21
Cleveland Browns ^1989 AFC21**
Kansas City Chiefs1993 AFC20
Buffalo Bills ^1993 AFC20
Dallas Cowboys ^1995 NFC18
Jacksonville Jaguars ^1999 AFC14
Houston Texans ^Never*12
St. Louis Rams ^2001 NFC12
Tampa Bay Buccaneers2002 NFC11
Oakland Raiders ^2002 AFC11
Tennessee Titans2002 AFC11
Carolina Panthers ^2005 NFC8
San Diego Chargers2007 AFC6
Philadelphia Eagles2008 NFC5
Arizona Cardinals2008 NFC5
Indianapolis Colts2009 AFC4
Minnesota Vikings2009 NFC4
New Orleans Saints2009 NFC4
Pittsburgh Steelers2010 AFC3
New York Jets2010 AFC3
Chicago Bears2010 NFC3
Green Bay Packers2010 NFC3
New York Giants2011 NFC2
Baltimore Ravens2012 AFC1
Atlanta Falcons2012 NFC1
2013 Participants
New England Patriots2013 AFC
Denver Broncos2013 AFC
San Francisco 49ers2013 NFC
Seattle Seahawks2013 NFC


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

Active Super Bowl appearance droughts[edit]

Updated through the 2013 season.

Last appearance in Super Bowl or
NFL Championship[1][3]
TeamLast appearanceSeasons
Detroit LionsNFL Championship Game, 195756
New York JetsSuper Bowl III45
Kansas City ChiefsSuper Bowl IV44
Cleveland Browns*NFL Championship Game, 196941*
Minnesota VikingsSuper Bowl XI37
Miami DolphinsSuper Bowl XIX29
Cincinnati BengalsSuper Bowl XXIII25
Washington RedskinsSuper Bowl XXVI22
Buffalo BillsSuper Bowl XXVIII20
Jacksonville JaguarsNever (enfranchised 1995)19
San Diego ChargersSuper Bowl XXIX19
Dallas CowboysSuper Bowl XXX18
Atlanta FalconsSuper Bowl XXXIII15
Tennessee TitansSuper Bowl XXXIV14
Houston TexansNever (enfranchised 2002)12
St. Louis RamsSuper Bowl XXXVI12
Tampa Bay BuccaneersSuper Bowl XXXVII11
Oakland RaidersSuper Bowl XXXVII11
Carolina PanthersSuper Bowl XXXVIII10
Philadelphia EaglesSuper Bowl XXXIX9
Chicago BearsSuper Bowl XLI7
Arizona CardinalsSuper Bowl XLIII5
New Orleans SaintsSuper Bowl XLIV4
Indianapolis ColtsSuper Bowl XLIV4
Pittsburgh SteelersSuper Bowl XLV3
Green Bay PackersSuper Bowl XLV3
New York GiantsSuper Bowl XLVI2
New England PatriotsSuper Bowl XLVI2
San Francisco 49ersSuper Bowl XLVII1
Baltimore RavensSuper Bowl XLVII1
Super Bowl XLVIII Teams
Denver BroncosSuper Bowl XLVIII
Seattle SeahawksSuper Bowl XLVIII


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

Active Super Bowl win droughts[edit]

This list also counts all seasons since last league championship.

Updated through the 2013 season.

Drought References[1][3]
TeamLast Super Bowl crown
(1966–present)
SeasonsLast League Championship crown
Before 1970 Merger
(1920-1969)
Seasons
Arizona Cardinals[a]Never481947 NFL Championship66
Detroit LionsNever481957 NFL Championship56
Philadelphia EaglesNever481960 NFL Championship53
Tennessee Titans[b]Never481961 AFL Championship52
San Diego ChargersNever481963 AFL Championship50
Buffalo BillsNever481965 AFL Championship48
Cleveland Browns [d]Never451964 NFL Championship46
Minnesota VikingsNever481969 NFL Championship[c]44
Atlanta FalconsNever (enfranchised 1966)48
Cincinnati BengalsNever (enfranchised 1968)46
New York Jets[e]Super Bowl III451968 AFL Championship[c]45
Kansas City Chiefs[e]Super Bowl IV441969 AFL Championship[c]44
Miami DolphinsSuper Bowl VIII40
Oakland Raiders[f]Super Bowl XVIII30
Chicago BearsSuper Bowl XX28
Washington RedskinsSuper Bowl XXVI22
Jacksonville JaguarsNever (enfranchised 1995)19
Carolina PanthersNever (enfranchised 1995)19
San Francisco 49ersSuper Bowl XXIX19
Dallas CowboysSuper Bowl XXX18
Denver BroncosSuper Bowl XXXIII15
St. Louis RamsSuper Bowl XXXIV14
Houston TexansNever (enfranchised 2002)12
Tampa Bay BuccaneersSuper Bowl XXXVII11
New England PatriotsSuper Bowl XXXIX9
Indianapolis ColtsSuper Bowl XLI7
Pittsburgh SteelersSuper Bowl XLIII5
New Orleans SaintsSuper Bowl XLIV4
Green Bay PackersSuper Bowl XLV3
New York GiantsSuper Bowl XLVI2
Baltimore RavensSuper Bowl XLVII1
Defending Champion
Seattle SeahawksSuper Bowl XLVIII

Active Super Bowl crown droughts by division[edit]

Updated through the 2013 season.

DivisionLast Super Bowl crownSeasons
AFC WestXXXIII — Broncos15
AFC EastXXXIX — Patriots9
AFC SouthXLI ——– Colts7
NFC SouthXLIV —– Saints4
NFC NorthXLV —–– Packers3
NFC EastXLVI —– Giants2
AFC NorthXLVII —– Ravens1
NFC WestXLVIII — Seahawks

Cities/regions awaiting first Super Bowl crown[edit]

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

Current NFL cities/regions only

Last city to leave list - Seattle, 2013 season
City/regionSeasons waitedConference Title(s)Team(s)Notes
Detroit48NoneDetroit Lions (1966-)Reached the 1991 NFC Championship Game
Philadelphia481980, 2004Philadelphia Eagles (1966-)Reached Super Bowls XV and XXXIX
Buffalo481990, 1991, 1992, 1993Buffalo Bills (1966-)Reached Super Bowls XXV, XXVI, XXVII, and XXVIII
San Diego481994San Diego Chargers (1966-)Reached Super Bowl XXIX
Atlanta481998Atlanta Falcons (1966-)Reached Super Bowl XXXIII
Minneapolis-St. Paul481969, 1973, 1974, 1976Minnesota Vikings (1966-)Reached Super Bowls IV, VIII, IX, and XI
Cincinnati461981, 1988Cincinnati Bengals (1968-)Reached Super Bowls XVI, XXIII
Cleveland45NoneCleveland Browns (1966-)Reached the 1986, 1987, and 1989 AFC Championship Game
Houston43NoneIncludes 31 Oilers seasons and the Texans (2002-)Reached the 1978 and 1979 AFC Championship Games
Phoenix262008Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals (1988-)Reached Super Bowl XLIII
Jacksonville19NoneJacksonville Jaguars (1995-)Reached the 1996 and 1999 AFC Championship Games
Charlotte192003Carolina Panthers (1995-)Reached Super Bowl XXXVIII
Nashville161999Tennessee Oilers/Titans (1998-)Reached Super Bowl XXXIV

Active division title droughts[edit]

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

0^0Longest drought in team History
Droughts through 2013 Season [1][2]
Franchise0 0 Most recent0 0
division title
0Year0Seasons
Cleveland Browns^AFC Central198921**
Detroit Lions^NFC Central199320
Buffalo Bills^AFC East199518
Jacksonville Jaguars^AFC Central199914
Oakland Raiders^AFC West200211
New York JetsAFC East200211
St. Louis RamsNFC West200310
Tampa Bay BuccaneersNFC South20076
Miami DolphinsAFC East20085
Tennessee TitansAFC South20085
San Diego ChargersAFC West20094
Minnesota VikingsNFC North20094
Arizona CardinalsNFC West20094
Dallas CowboysNFC East20094
Kansas City ChiefsAFC West20103
Chicago BearsNFC North20103
Pittsburgh SteelersAFC North20103
New Orleans SaintsNFC South20112
New York GiantsNFC East20112
Houston TexansAFC South20121
Washington RedskinsNFC East20121
Atlanta FalconsNFC South20121
Baltimore RavensAFC North20121
San Francisco 49ersNFC West20121
2013 Division Champions
New England PatriotsAFC East2013
Cincinnati BengalsAFC North2013
Indianapolis ColtsAFC South2013
Denver BroncosAFC West2013
Philadelphia EaglesNFC East2013
Green Bay PackersNFC North2013
Carolina PanthersNFC South2013
Seattle SeahawksNFC West2013


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

Historical Team Droughts[edit]

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

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Updated through the 2013 season.

0^0Denotes active drought
TeamStreak lastedLast winGames LostPlayoff GamesScoreOpponentNext win
Arizona Cardinals51 years1947
Championship
41948 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 Falcons8 years2004
Divisional
42004 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 Ravens7 years2001
Wild Card
32001 Divisional
2003 Wild Card
2006 Divisional
10-27
17-20
6-15
Steelers
Titans
Colts
2008 Wild Card
Buffalo Bills^18 years1995
Wild Card
41995 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 years2005
Divisional
32005 NFC Championship
2008 Divisional
2013 Divisional
14-34
13-33
10-23
Seahawks
Cardinals
49ers
TBD
Chicago Bears12 years1994
Wild Card
31994 Divisional
2001 Divisional
2005 Divisional
15-44
19-33
21-29
49ers
Eagles
Panthers
2006 Divisional
Cincinnati Bengals^23 years1990
Wild Card
61990 Divisional
2005 Wild Card
2009 Wild Card
2011 Wild Card
2012 Wild Card
2013 Wild Card
10-20
17-31
14-24
10-31
13-19
10-27
Raiders
Steelers
Jets
Texans
Texans
Chargers
TBD
Cleveland Browns17 years1969 Divisional61969 NFL Championship
1971 Divisional
1972 Wild Card
1980 Divisional
1982 First Round
1985 Divisional
7-27
3-20
14-20
12-14
10-27
21-24
Vikings
Colts
Dolphins
Raiders
Raiders
Dolphins
1986 Divisional
Dallas Cowboys13 years1996
Wild Card
61996 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 Broncos9 years1977
Conference
Championship
5Super Bowl XII
1978 Divisional
1979 Wild Card
1983 Wild Card
1984 Divisional
10-27
10-33
7-13
7-31
17-24
Cowboys
Steelers
Oilers
Seahawks
Steelers
1986 Divisional
Detroit Lions^22 years1991
Divisional
71991 NFC Championship
1993 Wild Card
1994 Wild Card
1995 Wild Card
1997 Wild Card
1999 Wild Card
2011 Wild Card
10-41
24-28
12-16
37-58
10-20
13-27
28-45
Redskins
Packers
Packers
Eagles
Buccaneers
Redskins
Saints
TBD
Green Bay Packers^4 years1997 Conference
Championship
2Super Bowl XXXII
1998 Wild Card
24-31
27-30
Broncos
49ers
2001 Wild Card
2 years2001
Wild Card
22001 Divisional
2002 Wild Card
17-45
7-27
Rams
Falcons
2003 Wild Card
4 years2003
Wild Card
22003 Divisional
2004 Wild Card
17-20 (OT)
17-31
Eagles
Vikings
2007 Divisional
3 years2007
Divisional
22007 NFC Championship
2009 Wild Card
20-23 (OT)
45-51 (OT)
Giants
Cardinals
2010 Wild Card
1 year2012
Wild Card
22012 Divisional
2013 Wild Card
31-45
20-23
49ers
49ers
TBD
Houston Texans^1 year2011 Wild Card12011 Divisional13-20Ravens2012 Wild Card
1 year2012 Wild Card12012 Divisional28-41PatriotsTBD
Indianapolis Colts24 years1971
Divisional
51971 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 years1995
Divisional
51995 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 Jaguars2 years1996
Divisional
21996 AFC Championship
1997 Wild Card
6-20
17-42
Patriots
Broncos
1998 Wild Card
8 years1999
Divisional
21999 AFC Championship
2005 Wild Card
14-33
3-28
Titans
Patriots
2007 Wild Card
Kansas City Chiefs^20 years1993
Divisional
81993 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 Dolphins9 years1973
Super Bowl
41974 Divisional
1978 Wild Card
1979 Divisional
1981 Divisional
26-28
9-17
14-34
38-41 (OT)
Raiders
Oilers
Steelers
Chargers
1982 Wild Card
Minnesota Vikings9 years1988
Wild Card
61988 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 Patriots22 years1963
Divisional
41963 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 Saints32 yearsNo
Playoff
Wins
till 2000
41987 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 Giants18 years1938
Championship
61939 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 Jets14 years1968
Super Bowl III
21969 AFL Divisional
1981 Wild Card
6-13
27-31
Chiefs
Bills
1982 First Round
4 years1982 Second Round21982 AFC Championship
1985 Wild Card
0-14
14-26
Dolphins
Patriots
1986 Wild Card
12 years1986 Wild Card21986 Divisional
1991 Wild Card
20-23 (2OT)
10-17
Browns
Oilers
1998 Divisional
4 years1998 Divisional21998 AFC Championship
2001 Wild Card
10-23
24-38
Broncos
Raiders
2002 Wild Card
5 years2004
Wild Card
22004 Divisional
2006 Wild Card
17-20 (OT)
16-37
Steelers
Patriots
2009 Wild Card
Oakland Raiders3 years1970
Divisional
21970 AFC Championship
1972 Divisional
17-27
7-13
Colts
Steelers
1973
Divisional
7 years1983
Super Bowl XVIII
21984 Wild Card
1985 Divisional
7-13
20-27
Seahawks
Patriots
1990 Divisional
3 years1990 Divisional21990 AFC Championship
1991 Wild Card
3-51
6-10
Bills
Chiefs
1993 Wild Card
Philadelphia Eagles12 years1980
Conference
Championship
5Super 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 Steelers5 years1989
Wild Card
31989 Divisional
1992 Divisional
1993 Wild Card
23-24
3-24
24-27
Broncos
Bills
Chiefs
1994 Divisional
San Diego Chargers13 years1994
Conference
Championship
4Super 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 49ers4 years1984
Super Bowl XIX
31985 Wild Card
1986 Divisional
1987 Divisional
3-17
3-49
24-36
Giants
Giants
Vikings
1988 Divisional
Seattle Seahawks21 years1984
Wild Card
61984 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 Rams23 years1951
Championship
51952 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 Buccaneers18 years1979
Divisional
31979 NFC Championship
1981 Divisional
1982 First Round
0-9
0-38
17-30
Rams
Cowboys
Cowboys
1997 Wild Card
3 years1999
Divisional
31999 NFC Championship
2000 Wild Card
2001 Wild Card
6-11
3-21
9-31
Rams
Eagles
Eagles
2002 Divisional
Tennessee Titans^17 years1961 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 years1988
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 years1991
Wild Card
3[Hou]1991 Divisional
1992 Wild Card
1993 Divisional
24-26
38-41 (OT)
20-28
Broncos
Bills
Chiefs
1999
Wild Card
10 years2003
Wild Card
32003 Divisional
2007 Wild Card
2008 Divisional
14-17
6-17
10-13
Patriots
Chargers
Ravens
TBD
Washington Redskins10 years1972
Conference
Championship
4Super Bowl VII
1973 Divisional
1974 Divisional
1976 Divisional
7-14
20-27
10-19
20-35
Dolphins
Vikings
Rams
Vikings
1982 Wild Card
TeamStreak lastedLast winGames LostPlayoff GamesScoreOpponentNext win

Longest post-season droughts in team history[edit]

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

0^0Denotes active streak
TeamLongest streak with
no post-season appearances
SeasonsLongest streak with
no post-season victories
Seasons
Arizona Cardinals1949–1973251948–199750
Pittsburgh Steelers1948–1971241933–197139
Detroit Lions1936–1951161958–199033
New Orleans Saints1967–1986201967–199933
Washington Redskins1946–1970251944–197128
Indianapolis Colts1978–198691972–199423
Cincinnati Bengals^1991–2004141991–2013^23
St. Louis Rams1956–1966111952–197322
New York Giants1964–1980171959–198022
New England Patriots1964–1975121964–198421
Kansas City Chiefs1972–1985141970–199021
San Francisco 49ers1958–1969121950–196920
Chicago Bears1964–1976131964–198320
Seattle Seahawks1989–1998101985–200420
Philadelphia Eagles1961–1977171961–197818
Buffalo Bills^2000–2013^141996–2013^18
Denver Broncos1960–1976171960–197617
Tampa Bay Buccaneers1983–1996141980–199617
Green Bay Packers1945–1959151945–196016
Tennessee Titans1970–197781962–197716
San Diego Chargers1966–1978131964–197916
Cleveland Browns^2003–2013^111970–1985;
1995, 1999–2013^
16
New York Jets1970–1980111969–198113
Atlanta Falcons1966–1977121966–1977;
1979–1990
12
Dallas Cowboys1960–1965†61997–200812
Miami Dolphins^2002–200762001–2013^13
Oakland Raiders^2003–2013^112003–2013^11
Houston Texans2002–201092002–20109
Minnesota Vikings1961–196771961–1968;
1989–1996
8
Carolina Panthers^1997–200262006–2013^8
Jacksonville Jaguars^2008–2013^62000–20067
Baltimore Ravens1996–199942002–20076

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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