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Thursday, February 05, 2009
Playoff Droughts Updated

Here's something I did a few years ago on the NFL teams that have had the longest wait for a playoff appearance, playoff win, Super Bowl appearance and Super Bowl win, updated as of this season.

Longest Wait for a Playoff Appearance:
Never made the playoffs (years missed in parentheses): Texans (7)
1999 Bills, Lions
2002 49ers, Browns, Raiders
2004 Rams
2005 Bengals, Broncos
2006 Jets, Chiefs, Bears, Saints
2007 Patriots, Jaguars, Cowboys, Packers, Seahawks, Bucs, Redskins
2008 Titans, Steelers, Dolphins, Chargers, Colts, Ravens, Giants, Panthers, Vikings, Cardinals, Falcons, Eagles

Longest Wait for a Playoff Win
Never won a playoff game (years missed in parentheses): Texans (7)
1990 Bengals
1991 Lions
1993 Chiefs
1994 Browns
1995 Bills
2000 Dolphins
2001 Ravens
2002 49ers, Bucs, Raiders
2003 Titans
2004 Falcons, Jets, Rams, Vikings
2005 Panthers, Redskins, Broncos
2006 Colts, Saints, Bears
2007 Seahawks, Jaguars, Giants, Packers, Patriots,
2008 Cardinals, Chargers, Ravens, Eagles, Steelers

Longest Wait for a Super Bowl Appearance
Never Appeared (years missed in parentheses): Lions (43), Saints (42), Browns (40), Jaguars (14) and Texans (7)

1968 Jets
1969 Chiefs
1976 Vikings
1984 Dolphins
1988 Bengals
1991 Redskins
1993 Bills
1994 Chargers, 49ers
1995 Cowboys
1997 Packers
1998 Broncos, Falcons
1999 Titans
2000 Giants, Ravens
2001 Rams
2002 Bucs, Raiders
2003 Panthers
2004 Patriots
2005 Seahawks
2006 Colts, Bears
2007 Patriots, Giants
2008 Steelers, Cardinals

Longest Wait for a SuperBowl Win
Never Won (years missed in parentheses): Cardinals (43), Vikings (43), Lions (43), Chargers (43), Falcons (43), Titans/Oilers (43), Eagles (43), Bills (43), Saints (42), Bengals (41), Browns (40), Seahawks (33), Panthers (14), Jaguars (14) and Texans (7)
1968 Jets
1969 Chiefs
1973 Dolphins
1983 Raiders
1985 Bears
1991 Redskins
1994 49ers
1995 Cowboys
1996 Packers
1998 Broncos
1999 Rams
2000 Ravens
2002 Bucs
2004 Patriots
2006 Colts
2007 Giants
2008 Steelers

Note: Years given are the year as of the beginning of the NFL season. Per numerous league rulings the current Cleveland Browns are the same team that played in Cleveland until 1995, and they are considered to have gone dormant as a franchise for three seasons.

Observations: In the last ten years, every team has made the playoffs at least once with the exception of Houston, which has only been in existence for seven of those years. In the past 12 seasons, over half (18) of the NFL teams have made it to the Super Bowl. Joe Montana led Kansas City to two playoff wins in 1993; aside from those games the Chiefs have not won a postseason game since Super Bowl IV.
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