List of NFL franchise post-season droughts

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 2017 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 12 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 began playing during the season in which the Super Bowl was first played. The seven (7) other clubs (Cardinals, Lions, 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 that 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, Since returning 19 years ago they have only made playoffs once. While Baltimore Ravens are considered to be 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

Post-season droughts

Updated through the end of the 2017 NFL season.

^ Longest drought in team history
Playoff Droughts [1][2]
Team Last appearance in post-season Seasons
Cleveland Browns ^2002 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 15
Tampa Bay Buccaneers2007 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 10
New York Jets2010 AFC Championship Game 7
Chicago Bears2010 NFC Championship Game 7
Los Angeles Chargers2013 AFC Divisional Playoffs 4
San Francisco 49ers2013 NFC Championship Game 4
Baltimore Ravens2014 AFC Divisional Playoffs 3
Indianapolis Colts2014 AFC Championship Game 3
Cincinnati Bengals2015 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 2
Washington Redskins2015 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 2
Arizona Cardinals2015 NFC Championship Game 2
Denver BroncosSuper Bowl 50 2
Miami Dolphins2016 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 1
Oakland Raiders2016 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 1
New York Giants2016 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 1
Detroit Lions2016 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 1
Houston Texans2016 AFC Divisional Playoffs 1
Dallas Cowboys2016 NFC Divisional Playoffs 1
Seattle Seahawks2016 NFC Divisional Playoffs 1
Green Bay Packers2016 NFC Championship Game 1
2017 Playoff Teams
Buffalo Bills2017 AFC Wild Card Playoffs
Kansas City Chiefs2017 AFC Wild Card Playoffs
Carolina Panthers2017 NFC Wild Card Playoffs
Los Angeles Rams2017 NFC Wild Card Playoffs
Tennessee Titans2017 AFC Divisional Playoffs
Pittsburgh Steelers2017 AFC Divisional Playoffs
New Orleans Saints2017 NFC Divisional Playoffs
Atlanta Falcons2017 NFC Divisional Playoffs
Jacksonville Jaguars2017 AFC Championship Game
Minnesota Vikings2017 NFC Championship Game
Philadelphia EaglesSuper Bowl LII
New England PatriotsSuper Bowl LII

Playoff game victory droughts

Updated through the 2017 NFL season.
Sortable table, click on header arrows.

^ Longest drought in team history
Most consecutive losses in team history
¤ Tied for most consecutive losses in team history
♣ ♣ 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 27♦ 81990 Divisional - Los Angeles Raiders
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 Lions1991 NFC Divisional Playoffs* 26♣ ♣ 91991 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 22♦ 51995 Divisional - Pittsburgh
1996 Wild Card - Jacksonville
1998 Wild Card - Miami
1999 Wild Card - Tennessee
2017 Wild Card - Jacksonville
Cleveland Browns [a]1994 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 20**21994 Divisional - Pittsburgh
2002 Wild Card - Pittsburgh[a]
Miami Dolphins ^2000 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 174 ¤2000 Divisional - Oakland
2001 Wild Card - Baltimore
2008 Wild Card - Baltimore
2016 Wild Card - Pittsburgh
Oakland Raiders ^2002 AFC Championship* 152 ¤2002 Super Bowl - Tampa Bay
2016 Wild Card - Houston
Tampa Bay BuccaneersSuper Bowl XXXVII* 1522005 Wild Card - Washington
2007 Wild Card - New York Giants
Los Angeles Rams2004 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 1322004 Divisional - Atlanta
2017 Wild Card - Atlanta
Washington Redskins2005 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 124 ¤2005 Divisional - Seattle
2007 Wild Card - Seattle
2012 Wild Card - Seattle
2015 Wild Card - Green Bay
New York Jets2010 AFC Divisional Playoffs 712010 AFC Championship - Pittsburgh
Chicago Bears2010 NFC Divisional Playoffs* 712010 NFC Championship - Green Bay
New York GiantsSuper Bowl XLVI 612016 Wild Card - Green Bay
Los Angeles Chargers2013 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 412013 Divisional - Denver
San Francisco 49ers2013 NFC Divisional Playoffs 412013 NFC Championship - Seattle
Baltimore Ravens2014 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 312014 Divisional - New England
Dallas Cowboys2014 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 322014 Divisional - Green Bay
2016 Divisional - Green Bay
Indianapolis Colts2014 AFC Divisional Playoffs 312014 AFC Championship - New England
Kansas City Chiefs2015 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 232015 Divisional - New England
2016 Divisional - Pittsburgh
2017 Wild Card - Tennessee
Arizona Cardinals2015 NFC Divisional Playoffs* 212015 NFC Championship - Carolina
Carolina Panthers2015 NFC Championship* 222015 Super Bowl - Denver
2017 Wild Card - New Orleans
Denver BroncosSuper Bowl 50* 203-game win streak
Houston Texans2016 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 112016 Divisional - New England
Seattle Seahawks2016 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 112016 Divisional - Atlanta
Pittsburgh Steelers2016 AFC Divisional Playoffs 122016 AFC Championship - New England
2017 Divisional - Jacksonville
Green Bay Packers2016 NFC Divisional Playoffs 112016 NFC Championship - Atlanta
2017 Playoff Winners
Tennessee Titans2017 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 012017 Divisional - New England
Atlanta Falcons2017 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 012017 Divisional - Philadelphia
New Orleans Saints2017 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 012017 Divisional - Minnesota
Jacksonville Jaguars2017 AFC Divisional Playoffs 012017 AFC Championship - New England
Minnesota Vikings2017 NFC Divisional Playoffs* 012017 NFC Championship - Philadelphia
New England Patriots2017 AFC Championship* 01Super Bowl LII - Philadelphia
Philadelphia EaglesSuper Bowl LII* 003-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.
a Franchise dormant 1996–1998. Since returning team is 0-1 in playoffs.

AFC/NFC Championship game appearance droughts

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

^ Longest drought in team history
Tied for longest drought in team history
Drought Reference [1]
Seasons Team Last appearance
in Conference Championship Game
Result
29Cincinnati Bengals ^1988 AFCWon vs. Buffalo
26Washington Redskins ^1991 NFCWon vs. Detroit
26Detroit Lions ^1991 NFCLost vs. Washington
25Miami Dolphins ^1992 AFCLost vs. Buffalo
25 [d]Cleveland Browns ^1989 AFCLost vs. Denver
24Buffalo Bills ^1993 AFCWon vs. Kansas City
24Kansas City Chiefs 1993 AFCLost vs. Buffalo
22Dallas Cowboys ^1995 NFCWon vs. Green Bay
16Houston Texans ^Never [c]
16Los Angeles Rams ^ [a]2001 NFCWon vs. Philadelphia
15Tampa Bay Buccaneers2002 NFCWon vs. Philadelphia
15Oakland Raiders ^2002 AFCWon vs. Tennessee
15Tennessee Titans2002 AFCLost vs. Oakland
10Los Angeles Chargers [b]2007 AFCLost vs. New England
8New Orleans Saints2009 NFCWon vs. Minnesota
7New York Jets2010 AFCLost vs. Pittsburgh
7Chicago Bears2010 NFCLost vs. Green Bay
6New York Giants2011 NFCWon vs. San Francisco
5Baltimore Ravens2012 AFCWon vs. New England
4San Francisco 49ers2013 NFCLost vs. Seattle
3Indianapolis Colts2014 AFCLost vs. New England
3Seattle Seahawks2014 NFCWon vs. Green Bay
2Denver Broncos2015 AFCWon vs. New England
2Arizona Cardinals2015 NFCLost vs. Carolina
2Carolina Panthers2015 NFCWon vs. Arizona
1Pittsburgh Steelers2016 AFCLost vs. New England
1Green Bay Packers2016 NFCLost vs. Atlanta
1Atlanta Falcons2016 NFCWon vs. Green Bay
2017 Conference Finalists
0Jacksonville Jaguars2017 AFCLost vs. New England
0Minnesota Vikings2017 NFCLost vs. Philadelphia
0Philadelphia Eagles2017 NFCWon vs. Minnesota
0New England Patriots2017 AFCWon vs. Jacksonville
  • a The Los Angeles Rams last appeared in the NFC Championship game as the St. Louis Rams.
  • b The Los Angeles Chargers last appeared in the AFC Championship game as the San Diego Chargers.
  • c The Texans first played in the 2002 season.
  • d The Browns were dormant from 1996–1998. Since returning 19 years ago, the Browns have never played in an AFC Championship Game.

Super Bowl or NFL Championship appearance droughts

Last appearance in Super Bowl or
NFL Championship[1][3]
Seasons Team Last appearance
in Super Bowl
NFL
Season
Result
60Detroit Lions 1957 NFL Championship Game1957Won vs. Cleveland
49New York Jets Super Bowl III1968Won vs. Baltimore Colts
48Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl IV1969Won vs. Minnesota
45 [e]Cleveland Browns 1969 NFL Championship Game1969Lost vs. Minnesota
41Minnesota Vikings Super Bowl XI1976Lost vs. Oakland
33Miami Dolphins Super Bowl XIX1984Lost vs. San Francisco
29Cincinnati Bengals Super Bowl XXIII1988Lost vs. San Francisco
26Washington Redskins Super Bowl XXVI1991Won vs. Buffalo
24Buffalo Bills Super Bowl XXVIII1993Lost vs. Dallas
23Jacksonville Jaguars Never (enfranchised 1995)
23Los Angeles Chargers [f] Super Bowl XXIX1994Lost vs. San Francisco
22Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl XXX1995Won vs. Pittsburgh
18Tennessee Titans Super Bowl XXXIV1999Lost vs. St. Louis Rams
16Houston Texans Never (enfranchised 2002)
16Los Angeles Rams [g] Super Bowl XXXVI2001Lost vs. New England
15Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl XXXVII2002Won vs. Oakland
15Oakland Raiders Super Bowl XXXVII2002Lost vs. Tampa Bay
11Chicago Bears Super Bowl XLI2006Lost vs. Indianapolis
9Arizona Cardinals Super Bowl XLIII2008Lost vs. Pittsburgh
8New Orleans Saints Super Bowl XLIV2009Won vs. Indianapolis
8Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl XLIV2009Lost vs. New Orleans
7Green Bay Packers Super Bowl XLV2010Won vs. Pittsburgh
7Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl XLV2010Lost vs. Green Bay
6New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI2011Won vs. New England
5Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl XLVII2012Won vs. San Francisco
5San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl XLVII2012Lost vs. Baltimore Ravens
3Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl XLIX2014Lost vs. New England
2Carolina Panthers Super Bowl 502015Lost vs. Denver
2Denver Broncos Super Bowl 502015Won vs. Carolina
1Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl LI2016Lost vs. New England
Super Bowl LII teams
0New England Patriots Super Bowl LII2017Lost vs. Philadelphia
0Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl LII2017Won vs. New England


  • e The Browns were dormant from 1996–1998. Since returning 19 seasons ago, Cleveland has never appeared in a Super Bowl or NFL championship game.
  • f The Los Angeles Chargers last appeared in the Super Bowl as the San Diego Chargers.
  • g The Los Angeles Rams last appeared in the Super Bowl as the St. Louis Rams.

Super Bowl win droughts

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

Drought References[1][3]
Seasons Team Last Super Bowl crown
(1966–present)
NFL
Season
Last League Championship crown
Before 1970 Merger
(1920–1969)
Seasons
52Arizona Cardinals[a]Never1947 NFL Championship70
52Detroit LionsNever1957 NFL Championship60
52Tennessee Titans[b]Never1961 AFL Championship56
52Los Angeles ChargersNever1963 AFL Championship54
52Buffalo BillsNever1965 AFL Championship52
49Cleveland Browns [d]Never1964 NFL Championship50
52Minnesota VikingsNever1969 NFL Championship[c]48
52Atlanta FalconsNever (enfranchised 1966)
50Cincinnati BengalsNever (enfranchised 1968)
49New York Jets [e]Super Bowl III1968
48Kansas City Chiefs [e]Super Bowl IV1969
44Miami DolphinsSuper Bowl VIII1973
34Oakland Raiders [f]Super Bowl XVIII1983
32Chicago BearsSuper Bowl XX1985
26Washington RedskinsSuper Bowl XXVI1991
23Jacksonville JaguarsNever (enfranchised 1995)
23Carolina PanthersNever (enfranchised 1995)
23San Francisco 49ersSuper Bowl XXIX1994
22Dallas CowboysSuper Bowl XXX1995
18Los Angeles Rams [g]Super Bowl XXXIV1999
16Houston TexansNever (enfranchised 2002)
15Tampa Bay BuccaneersSuper Bowl XXXVII2002
11Indianapolis ColtsSuper Bowl XLI2006
9Pittsburgh SteelersSuper Bowl XLIII2008
8New Orleans SaintsSuper Bowl XLIV2009
7Green Bay PackersSuper Bowl XLV2010
6New York GiantsSuper Bowl XLVI2011
5Baltimore RavensSuper Bowl XLVII2012
4Seattle SeahawksSuper Bowl XLVIII2013
2Denver BroncosSuper Bowl 502015
1New England PatriotsSuper Bowl LI2016
Defending champion
0Philadelphia EaglesSuper Bowl LII2017
  • 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 Browns suspended operations from 1996–1998. Since returning to the league, they have never appeared in or won a Super Bowl.
  • 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

Division Last Super Bowl crown Seasons
AFC SouthXLI — Colts11
NFC SouthXLIV — Saints8
NFC NorthXLV — Packers7
AFC NorthXLVII — Ravens5
NFC WestXLVIII — Seahawks4
AFC West50 — Broncos2
AFC EastLI — Patriots1
NFC EastLII — Eagles0

Cities/regions awaiting first Super Bowl crown

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

Last city to leave list: Philadelphia, 2017 season
City/region Seasons waited Conference Title(s) Team(s) Notes
Detroit52NoneDetroit Lions (1966–present)Played in the 1991 NFC Championship Game. Last NFL Championship won in 1957.
Buffalo521990, 1991, 1992, 1993Buffalo Bills (1966–present)Played in Super Bowls XXV, XXVI, XXVII, and XXVIII. Last AFL Championship won in 1965 (pre-merger). Buffalo's previous NFL franchise, the Buffalo All-Americans, claimed an unrecognized 1921 championship.
Atlanta521998, 2016Atlanta Falcons (1966–present)Played in Super Bowls XXXIII and LI.
Minneapolis–St. Paul521969, 1973, 1974, 1976Minnesota Vikings (1966–present)Played in Super Bowls IV, VIII, IX, and XI. NFL Championship won in 1969 was last title before formal AFL–NFL merger later in 1970. Previous NFL team, the Minneapolis Marines / Red Jackets, also never won an NFL title.
Cincinnati501981, 1988Cincinnati Bengals (1968–present)Played in Super Bowls XVI and XXIII. Previous NFL team, the Cincinnati Celts, never won an NFL title.
Cleveland49NoneCleveland Browns (19661995, 1999–present)Played in the 1986, 1987, and 1989 AFC Championship Games. Last NFL Championship won in 1964 (pre-merger).
Houston47None31 Oilers seasons (19661996) and 16 Texans seasons (2002–present)Played in the 1978 and 1979 AFC Championship Games. The Oilers franchise in Houston won the AFL Championship in 1960 and 1961 (pre-merger).
Phoenix302008Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals (1988–present)Played in Super Bowl XLIII.
Jacksonville23NoneJacksonville Jaguars (1995–present)Played in the 1996, 1999 and 2017 AFC Championship Games.
Charlotte232003, 2015Carolina Panthers (1995–present)Played in Super Bowls XXXVIII and 50.
Nashville211999Tennessee Oilers/Titans (1997–present)Played in Super Bowl XXXIV.

Division title droughts

Listed according to seasons waited. Updated through the 2017 season.

^ Longest drought in team history
Franchise Most recent
division title
Year Seasons
Cleveland Browns^AFC Central198925**
Detroit Lions^NFC Central199324
Buffalo Bills^AFC East199522
Oakland Raiders^AFC West200215
New York JetsAFC East200215
Tampa Bay BuccaneersNFC South200710
Miami Dolphins^AFC East20089
Tennessee TitansAFC South20089
Los Angeles ChargersAFC West20098
Chicago BearsNFC North20107
New York GiantsNFC East20116
Baltimore RavensAFC North20125
San Francisco 49ersNFC West20125
Indianapolis ColtsAFC South20143
Cincinnati BengalsAFC North20152
Denver BroncosAFC West20152
Washington RedskinsNFC East20152
Carolina PanthersNFC South20152
Arizona CardinalsNFC West20152
Houston TexansAFC South20161
Dallas CowboysNFC East20161
Green Bay PackersNFC North20161
Atlanta FalconsNFC South20161
Seattle SeahawksNFC West20161
2017 Division Champions
New England PatriotsAFC East2017
Pittsburgh SteelersAFC North2017
Jacksonville JaguarsAFC South2017
Kansas City ChiefsAFC West2017
Philadelphia EaglesNFC East2017
Minnesota VikingsNFC North2017
New Orleans SaintsNFC South2017
Los Angeles RamsNFC West2017


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

Historical team droughts

Closest approaches without winning the Super Bowl

Counted from the first Super Bowl season, 1966, to present. Updated through Super Bowl LII.

Last team to leave this list: 2017 Philadelphia Eagles
Team Wild Card appearances1 Divisional Round appearances2 Conference Championship Game appearances3 Super Bowl appearances Fewest wins short of
Super Bowl title
Minnesota Vikings1221941 win short: 1969, 1973, 1974, 1976
Buffalo Bills710541 win short: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993
Cincinnati Bengals86221 win short: 1982, 1988
Atlanta Falcons710421 win short: 1998, 2016
Carolina Panthers47421 win short: 2003, 2015
Los Angeles Chargers610411 win short: 1994
Tennessee Titans1313411 win short: 1999
Arizona Cardinals46211 win short: 2008
Cleveland Browns3862 wins short: 1968, 1969, 1986, 1987, 1989
Jacksonville Jaguars6532 wins short: 1996, 1999, 2017
Detroit Lions8312 wins short: 1991
Houston Texans433 wins short: 2011, 2012, 2016

NFL Championship Game in which neither team had previously won a championship

In these instances, the matchup ensured that one team would win the first NFL or AFL playoff championship in its history.

Drought Continues Thru 2017
^ Both Teams in 1st Title game
Beginning at Playoff Era (1933)
Season -
Super Bowl #
WonLostNumber of years till
drought ended
1981 - XVI ^San Francisco 49ersCincinnati Bengals36
1971 - VIDallas CowboysMiami Dolphins1
1963 AFLSan Diego ChargersBoston Patriots38
1960 AFL ^Houston OilersLos Angeles Chargers3
1947 ^Chicago CardinalsPhiladelphia Eagles1
1936 ^Green Bay PackersBoston Redskins1
1933 ^Chicago BearsNew York Giants1

Playoff droughts of 5 plus seasons

Updated through the 2017 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.


^ 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 19461970 41950, 1952, 19601961 1961
25 Chicago / St. Louis Cardinals 19491973 51951, 19531954, 1957, 1959 1953, 1954, 1957 tie, 1959 tie
24 Pittsburgh Steelers 19481971 51955, 1965, 19671969 1965, 1969 tie
20 New Orleans Saints 19671986 91967, 19701972, 1975, 1977, 19801981, 1986 1975 tie, 1980
17 Denver Broncos 19601976 81960, 19631967, 19701971 1960, 1963, 1964, 1965 tie, 1967
17 Philadelphia Eagles 19611977 719621963, 19681970, 1972, 1975 1968 tie
17 New York Giants 19641980 91964, 1966, 1971, 19731974, 19761978, 1980 1964, 1966, 1974 tie
17 Buffalo Bills 20002016 820012002, 20082013
16 Detroit Lions 19361951 41942, 19461948 1942, 1946, 1948
15 Chicago Cardinals 19321946 101933, 19351936, 19381940, 19431946 1933, 1938 tie, 1939, 1943, 1944 tie[a], 1945
15 Green Bay Packers 19451959 41949, 1953, 1957, 1958 1957 tie, 1958
15 St. Louis / Phoenix / Arizona Cardinals 19831997 719851986, 19901992, 1995, 1997
15 ^ Cleveland Browns 20032017 1320032006, 20082009, 20112017 2015 tie, 2016, 2017
14 Pittsburgh Pirates / Steelers 19331946 719331934, 19381939, 1941, 19441945 1938 tie, 1941, 1944 tie[a]
14 Philadelphia Eagles 19331946 519351937, 1940, 1942 1935, 1936, 1940
14 Kansas City Chiefs 19721985 519771979, 1983, 1985 1977 tie
14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19831996 81983, 19851986, 1989, 1991, 19931995 1983 tie, 1985 tie, 1986
14 Cincinnati Bengals 19912004 619911993, 1998, 20012002 1993, 1998 tie, 2002
13 Chicago Bears 19641976 519691970, 19721974 1969 tie
13 San Diego Chargers 19661978 319721973, 1975 1975 tie
13 Oakland Raiders 20032015 620042007, 20132014 2003 tie, 2006
12 Detroit Lions 19581969 21966, 1968
12 San Francisco 49ers 19581969 319631964, 1969 1963
12 Boston / New England Patriots 19641975 41967, 1970, 1972, 1975 1970
12 Atlanta Falcons 19661977 319671968, 1974 1967, 1968 tie
12 St. Louis / Los Angeles Rams 20052016 620072009, 2011, 20132014 2009, 2011 tie
11 Los Angeles Rams 19561966 41956, 1959, 1962, 1965 1959 tie, 1962
11 New York Jets 19701980 11980
11 Detroit Lions 19711981 11979 1979 tie
11 Detroit Lions 20002010 620012003, 2006, 20082009 2008
10 Philadelphia Eagles 19501959 21956, 1958 1956
10 Green Bay Packers 19831992 11988
10 Seattle Seahawks 19891998 419921994, 1996 1992 tie
10 ^ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20082017 72009, 20112015, 2017 2014 tie
9 Green Bay Packers 19731981 21976, 1980
9 Baltimore / Indianapolis Colts 19781986 41978 - 1979, 1982, 1986 1981 tie, 1982
9 San Diego Chargers 19831991 41984, 1986, 1989, 1991
9 Los Angeles / St. Louis Rams 19901998 619911994, 19971998
9 Arizona Cardinals 19992007 42000, 20022003, 2006 2003 tie
9 Houston Texans 20022010 520022003, 20052007 2005
9 Jacksonville Jaguars 20082016 420082009, 2012, 2016 2012 tie
8 New York Titans / Jets 19601967 219621963
8 Houston Oilers 19701977 41970, 19721973, 1976 1972, 1973
8 San Francisco 49ers 19731980 219781979 1978, 1979 tie
8 Atlanta Falcons 19831990 719831985, 19871990 1987
8 San Diego Chargers 19962003 519971998, 20002001, 2003 2000, 2003 tie
8 San Francisco 49ers 20032010 220042005 2004
8 Tennessee Titans 20092016 32010, 20142015 2014 tie, 2015 tie
7 Cleveland Rams 19371944 [b] 21937, 1941 1937
7 San Francisco 49ers 19501956 0
7 Oakland Raiders 19601966 219611962 1961, 1962
7 Minnesota Vikings 19611967 31961, 19661967
7 Buffalo Bills 19671973 21968, 1971
7 Cleveland Browns 19731979 319741975, 1977
7 Seattle Seahawks 19761982 31976, 19801981
7 Detroit Lions 19841990 11987
7 New England Patriots 19871993 21990, 1992 1990, 1992 tie
7 Indianapolis Colts 19881994 21991, 1993 1991
7 New Orleans Saints 19931999 319951996, 1999
7 Miami Dolphins 20092015 12015
7 ^ Chicago Bears 20112017 420142017
7 ^ New York Jets 20112017 32014, 20162017
6 Chicago Bears 19571962 0
6 Dallas Cowboys 19601965 11960 1960
6 St. Louis Cardinals 19761981 21979, 1981
6 Houston Oilers 19811986 419831986 1983 tie
6 Buffalo Bills 19821987 219841985 1984, 1985 tie
6 Philadelphia Eagles 19821987 11984
6 New York Jets 19921997 319941996 1995, 1996
6 Washington Redskins 19931998 219931994
6 Los Angeles / Oakland Raiders 19941999 0
6 Chicago Bears 19952000 419972000
6 Carolina Panthers 19972002 220012002 2001
6 Miami Dolphins 20022007 32004, 20062007 2007
5 New York Giants 19511955 0
5 Chicago Bears 19511955 0
5 Baltimore Colts 19531957 11954
5 Cleveland Browns 19591963 0
5 Buffalo Bills 19751979 219761977
5 Cincinnati Bengals 19761980 319781980
5 Washington Redskins 19771981 0
5 Cincinnati Bengals 19831987 11987
5 Dallas Cowboys 19861990 21988, 1989 1988, 1989
5 Houston / Tennessee Oilers 19941998 11994 1994
5 Kansas City Chiefs 19982002 12002
5 Washington Redskins 20002004 12004
5 Jacksonville Jaguars 20002004 0
5 New Orleans Saints 20012005 12005
5 Denver Broncos 20062010 12010
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

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 2017 season.

^ Denotes active drought
Team Streak lasted Last win Games Lost Playoff Losses Score Opponent Next win
Arizona Cardinals 51 years1947
Championship
41948 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 years2001
Wild Card
3 2001 Div.
2003 Wild Card
2006 Div.
10–27
17–20
6–15
Steelers
Titans
Colts
2008 Wild Card
Buffalo Bills^ 22 years1995
Wild Card
5 1995 Div.
1996 Wild Card
1998 Wild Card
1999 Wild Card
2017 Wild Card
21–40
27–30
17–24
16–22
3–10
Steelers
Jaguars
Dolphins
Titans
Jaguars
TBD
Carolina Panthers 8 years2005
Divisional
3 2005 NFC Champ.
2008 Div.
2013 Div.
14–34
13–33
10–23
Seahawks
Cardinals
49ers
2014 Wild Card
Chicago Bears 12 years1994
Wild Card
3 1994 Div.
2001 Div.
2005 Div.
15–44
19–33
21–29
49ers
Eagles
Panthers
2006 Divisional
Cincinnati Bengals^ 27 years1990
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 years1969 Divisional6 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 years1996
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 years1977
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^ 26 years1991
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
5 (2 loss) streaks
4 years1997 Conference
Championship
2 Super Bowl XXXII
1998 Wild Card
24–31
27–30
Broncos
49ers
2001 Wild Card
2 years2001
Wild Card
2 2001 Div.
2002 Wild Card
17–45
7–27
Rams
Falcons
2003 Wild Card
4 years2003
Wild Card
2 2003 Div.
2004 Wild Card
17–20 (OT)
17–31
Eagles
Vikings
2007 Divisional
3 years2007
Divisional
2 2007 NFC Champ.
2009 Wild Card
20–23 (OT)
45–51 (OT)
Giants
Cardinals
2010 Wild Card
2 years2012
Wild Card
2 2012 Div.
2013 Wild Card
31–45
20–23
49ers
49ers
2014 Divisional
Houston Texans 4 years2012 Wild Card22012 Divisional
2015 Wild Card
28–41
0–30
Patriots
Chiefs
2016 Wild Card
Indianapolis Colts
2 (5 loss) streaks
24 years1971
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 years1995
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
2 (2 loss) streaks
2 years1996
Divisional
2 1996 AFC Champ.
1997 Wild Card
6–20
17–42
Patriots
Broncos
1998 Wild Card
8 years1999
Divisional
2 1999 AFC Champ.
2005 Wild Card
14–33
3–28
Titans
Patriots
2007 Wild Card
Kansas City Chiefs 21 years1993
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 years1994
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 years1951
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 ^
2 (4 loss) streaks
9 years1973
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
17 years2000
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 years1988
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 years1963
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 years1967 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 years1938
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
5 (2 loss) streaks
14 years1968
Super Bowl III
2 1969 AFL Div.
1981 Wild Card
6–13
27–31
Chiefs
Bills
1982 First Round
4 years1982 2nd Round2 1982 AFC Champ.
1985 Wild Card
0–14
14–26
Dolphins
Patriots
1986 Wild Card
12 years1986 Wild Card2 1986 Div.
1991 Wild Card
20–23 (2 OT)
10–17
Browns
Oilers
1998 Divisional
4 years1998 Divisional2 1998 AFC Champ.
2001 Wild Card
10–23
24–38
Broncos
Raiders
2002 Wild Card
5 years2004
Wild Card
2 2004 Divisional
2006 Wild Card
17–20 (OT)
16–37
Steelers
Patriots
2009 Wild Card
Oakland Raiders ^
4 (2 loss) streaks
3 years1970
Divisional
2 1970 AFC Champ.
1972 Div.
17–27
7–13
Colts
Steelers
1973 Divisional
7 years1983
Super Bowl XVIII
2 1984 Wild Card
1985 Div.
7–13
20–27
Seahawks
Patriots
1990 Divisional
3 years1990 Divisional2 1990 AFC Champ.
1991 Wild Card
3–51
6–10
Bills
Chiefs
1993 Wild Card
15 years2002 AFC Championship2 Super Bowl XXXVIII
2016 Wild Card
24-41
14-27
Bucs
Texans
TBD
Philadelphia Eagles 12 years1980
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
2 (3 loss) streaks
5 years1989
Wild Card
3 1989 Div.
1992 Div.
1993 Wild Card
23–24
3–24
24–27
Broncos
Bills
Chiefs
1994 Divisional
4 years2010 AFC Championship3Super Bowl XLV
2011 Wild Card
2014 Wild Card
25–31
23–29
17–30
Packers
Broncos
Ravens
2015 Wild Card
San Francisco 49ers4 years1984
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 years1984
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
2 (3 loss) streaks
18 years1979
Divisional
3 1979 NFC Champ.
1981 Div.
1982 1st Round
0–9
0–38
17–30
Rams
Cowboys
Cowboys
1997 Wild Card
3 years1999
Divisional
3 1999 NFC Champ.
2000 Wild Card
2001 Wild Card
6–11
3–21
9–31
Rams
Eagles
Eagles
2002 Divisional
Tennessee Titans
4 (3 loss) streaks
17 years1961 AFL
Championship
3 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 years1988
Wild Card
3 1988 Div.
1989 Wild Card
1990 Wild Card
10–17
23–26 (OT)
14–41
Bills
Steelers
Bengals
1991 Wild Card
8 years1991
Wild Card
3 1991 Divisional
1992 Wild Card
1993 Divisional
24–26
38–41 (OT)
20–28
Broncos
Bills
Chiefs
1999 Wild Card
13 years2003
Wild Card
3 2003 Div.
2007 Wild Card
2008 Div.
14–17
6–17
10–13
Patriots
Chargers
Ravens
2017 Wild Card
Washington Redskins ^
2 (4 loss) streaks
10 years1972
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
12 years2005
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

Longest post-season droughts in team history

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 (1960-1969) is considered an exhibition game for the purpose of this list.

Updated through the 2017 season.

^ Denotes active streak

See also

References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "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. 1 2 "Super Bowl List". pro-football-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 10, 2012.
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