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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 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 14 teams that have never won the Super Bowl, 6 are expansion franchises younger than the Super Bowl itself (Falcons, Bengals. Seahawks, Panthers, Jaguars, and Texans), while 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 62 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.

Longest active post-season droughtEdit

Team Last appearance in post-season Seasons
Buffalo Bills 1999 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 12
Cleveland Browns 2002 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 9
Oakland Raiders 2002 Super Bowl XXXVII 9
St. Louis Rams 2004 NFC Divisional Playoffs 7
Washington Redskins 2007 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 4
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2007 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 4
Jacksonville Jaguars 2007 AFC Divisional Playoffs 4
Miami Dolphins 2008 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 3
Tennessee Titans 2008 AFC Divisional Playoffs 3
Carolina Panthers 2008 NFC Divisional Playoffs 3
Arizona Cardinals 2009 NFC Divisional Playoffs 2
Dallas Cowboys 2009 NFC Divisional Playoffs 2
San Diego Chargers 2009 AFC Divisional Playoffs 2
Minnesota Vikings 2009 NFC Championship Game 2
Indianapolis Colts 2010 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 1
Kansas City Chiefs 2010 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 1
Philadelphia Eagles 2010 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 1
Seattle Seahawks 2010 NFC Divisional Playoffs 1
Chicago Bears 2010 NFC Championship Game 1
New York Jets 2010 AFC Championship Game 1
Atlanta Falcons 2011 NFC Wild Card Playoffs --
Cincinnati Bengals 2011 AFC Wild Card Playoffs --
Detroit Lions 2011 NFC Wild Card Playoffs --
Pittsburgh Steelers 2011 AFC Wild Card Playoffs --
Denver Broncos 2011 AFC Divisional Playoffs --
Green Bay Packers 2011 NFC Divisional Playoffs --
Houston Texans 2011 AFC Divisional Playoffs --
New Orleans Saints 2011 NFC Divisional Playoffs --
Baltimore Ravens 2011 AFC Championship Game --
San Francisco 49ers 2011 NFC Championship Game --
New York Giants 2011 Super Bowl XLVI --
New England Patriots 2011 Super Bowl XLVI --

Longest active playoff game victory droughtEdit

Team Last playoff game win Seasons
Cincinnati Bengals 1990 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 21
Detroit Lions 1991 NFC Divisional Playoffs* 20
Kansas City Chiefs 1993 AFC Divisional Playoffs 18
Cleveland Browns 1994 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 17**
Buffalo Bills 1995 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 16
Miami Dolphins 2000 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 11
Oakland Raiders 2002 AFC Championship* 9
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2002 Super Bowl XXXVII* 9
Tennessee Titans 2003 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 8
St. Louis Rams 2004 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 7
Atlanta Falcons 2004 NFC Divisional Playoffs* 7
Washington Redskins 2005 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 6
Carolina Panthers 2005 NFC Divisional Playoffs 6
Jacksonville Jaguars 2007 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 4
San Diego Chargers 2008 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 3
Philadelphia Eagles 2008 NFC Divisional Playoffs 3
Dallas Cowboys 2009 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 2
Arizona Cardinals 2009 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 2
Minnesota Vikings 2009 NFC Divisional Playoffs* 2
Indianapolis Colts 2009 AFC Championship Game* 2
Seattle Seahawks 2010 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 1
Chicago Bears 2010 NFC Divisional Playoffs* 1
New York Jets 2010 AFC Divisional Playoffs 1
Pittsburgh Steelers 2010 AFC Championship Game* 1
Green Bay Packers 2010 Super Bowl XLV 1
Denver Broncos 2011 AFC Wild Card Playoffs --
Houston Texans 2011 AFC Wild Card Playoffs --
New Orleans Saints 2011 NFC Wild Card Playoffs --
San Francisco 49ers 2011 NFC Divisional Playoffs* --
Baltimore Ravens 2011 AFC Divisional Playoffs* --
New England Patriots 2011 AFC Championship Game* --
New York Giants 2011 Super Bowl XLVI --

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

Longest active Conference Championship game appearance droughtEdit

Team Last AFC/NFC Championship
game appearance
Seasons
Cincinnati Bengals 1988 AFC Championship Game 23
Cleveland Browns 1989 AFC Championship Game 22
Detroit Lions 1991 NFC Championship Game 20
Washington Redskins 1991 NFC Championship Game 20
Miami Dolphins 1992 AFC Championship Game 19
Kansas City Chiefs 1993 AFC Championship Game 18
Buffalo Bills 1993 AFC Championship Game 18
Dallas Cowboys 1995 NFC Championship Game 16
Jacksonville Jaguars 1999 AFC Championship Game 12
St. Louis Rams 2001 NFC Championship Game 10
Houston Texans Never (franchise started in 2002) 10
Oakland Raiders 2002 AFC Championship Game 9
Tennessee Titans 2002 AFC Championship Game 9
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2002 NFC Championship Game 9
Atlanta Falcons 2004 NFC Championship Game 7
Denver Broncos 2005 AFC Championship Game 6
Carolina Panthers 2005 NFC Championship Game 6
Seattle Seahawks 2005 NFC Championship Game 6
San Diego Chargers 2007 AFC Championship Game 4
Philadelphia Eagles 2008 NFC Championship Game 3
Arizona Cardinals 2008 NFC Championship Game 3
Minnesota Vikings 2009 NFC Championship Game 2
Indianapolis Colts 2009 AFC Championship Game 2
New Orleans Saints 2009 NFC Championship Game 2
Chicago Bears 2010 NFC Championship Game 1
New York Jets 2010 AFC Championship Game 1
Green Bay Packers 2010 NFC Championship Game 1
Pittsburgh Steelers 2010 AFC Championship Game 1
San Francisco 49ers 2011 NFC Championship Game --
New England Patriots 2011 AFC Championship Game --
Baltimore Ravens 2011 AFC Championship Game --
New York Giants 2011 NFC Championship Game --

Longest active Super Bowl appearance droughtEdit

Team Last League Championship game
Pre-Super Bowl era
(1920-1965)
Seasons
Detroit Lions NFL Championship Game, 1957 54
Cleveland Browns * NFL Championship Game, 1965 46
Team Last appearance
Super Bowl
(1966-present)
Seasons
New York Jets Super Bowl III 43
Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl IV 42
Minnesota Vikings Super Bowl XI 35
Miami Dolphins Super Bowl XIX 27
Cincinnati Bengals Super Bowl XXIII 23
Washington Redskins Super Bowl XXVI 20
Buffalo Bills Super Bowl XXVIII 18
San Diego Chargers Super Bowl XXIX 17
San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl XXIX 17
Jacksonville Jaguars Never (franchise started in 1995) 16
Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl XXX 16
Denver Broncos Super Bowl XXXIII 13
Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl XXXIII 13
Tennessee Titans Super Bowl XXXIV 12
Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl XXXV 11
St. Louis Rams Super Bowl XXXVI 10
Houston Texans Never (franchise started in 2002) 9
Oakland Raiders Super Bowl XXXVII 9
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl XXXVII 9
Carolina Panthers Super Bowl XXXVIII 8
Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl XXXIX 7
Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl XL 6
Chicago Bears Super Bowl XLI 5
Arizona Cardinals Super Bowl XLIII 3
New Orleans Saints Super Bowl XLIV 2
Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl XLIV 2
Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl XLV 1
Green Bay Packers Super Bowl XLV 1
New England Patriots Super Bowl XLVI -
New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI -

Notes: Super Bowl I took place January 15, 1967 after the 1966 regular season. Cleveland's last appearance in a NFL championship game was the 1969 NFL Championship (Super Bowl era).

Longest active Super Bowl or NFL/AFL Championship crown droughtEdit

Team Last League Championship crown
Pre-Super Bowl era
(1920-1965)
Seasons
Arizona Cardinals* 1947 NFL Championship 64
Detroit Lions 1957 NFL Championship 54
Philadelphia Eagles 1960 NFL Championship 51
Minnesota Vikings** Never (franchise started in 1961) 50
Tennessee Titans*** 1961 AFL Championship 50
San Diego Chargers 1963 AFL Championship 48
Cleveland Browns 1964 NFL Championship 47
Buffalo Bills 1965 AFL Championship 46
Team Last Super Bowl crown
(1966-present)
Seasons
Atlanta Falcons Never (franchise started in 1966) 45
Cincinnati Bengals Never (franchise started in 1968) 43
New York Jets Super Bowl III 43
Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl IV 42
Miami Dolphins Super Bowl VIII 38
Seattle Seahawks Never (franchise started in 1976) 36
Oakland Raiders**** Super Bowl XVIII 28
Chicago Bears Super Bowl XX 26
Washington Redskins Super Bowl XXVI 20
San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl XXIX 17
Carolina Panthers Never (franchise started in 1995) 17
Jacksonville Jaguars Never (franchise started in 1995) 17
Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl XXX 16
Denver Broncos Super Bowl XXXIII 13
St. Louis Rams Super Bowl XXXIV 12
Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl XXXV 11
Houston Texans Never (franchise started in 2002) 10
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl XXXVII 9
New England Patriots Super Bowl XXXIX 7
Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl XLI 5
Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl XLIII 3
New Orleans Saints Super Bowl XLIV 2
Green Bay Packers Super Bowl XLV 1
New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI -

Note: Super Bowl I took place January 15, 1967 at the end of the 1966 season. </br>(*): Team in Chicago in 1947. </br>(**): Minnesota won 1969 NFL Championship Game (during Super Bowl era) </br>(***): Team known as Houston Oilers in 1961. </br>(****): Team in Los Angeles when it won Super Bowl XVIII.

Cities/regions awaiting first Super Bowl crownEdit

Listed according to seasons waited

Current NFL cities/regions only

City/region Seasons waited Conference Title(s) Team(s) Notes
Atlanta 46 1998 Atlanta Falcons (1966-) Reached Super Bowl XXXIII
Buffalo 46 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 Buffalo Bills (1966-) Reached Super Bowls XXV, XXVI, XXVII, and XXVIII
Detroit 46 None Detroit Lions (1966-) Reached the 1991 NFC Championship Game
Minneapolis-St. Paul 46 1969, 1973, 1974, 1976 Minnesota Vikings (1966-) Reached Super Bowls IV, VIII, IX, and XI
Philadelphia 46 1980, 2004 Philadelphia Eagles (1966-) Reached Super Bowls XV and XXXIX
San Diego 46 1994 San Diego Chargers (1966-) Reached Super Bowl XXIX
Cincinnati 44 1981, 1988 Cincinnati Bengals (1968-) Reached Super Bowls XVI and XXIII
Cleveland 42 None Cleveland Browns (1966-95, 1999-) Reached the 1968 and 1969 NFL Championship Games and 1986, 1987, and 1989 AFC Championship Games
Houston 40 None Includes the Oilers (1966-96) and the Texans (2002-) Reached the 1978 and 1979 AFC Championship Games
Seattle 36 2005 Seattle Seahawks (1976-) Reached Super Bowl XL
Phoenix 23 2008 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals (1988-) Reached Super Bowl XLIII
Charlotte 15 2003 Carolina Panthers (1995-) Reached Super Bowl XXXVIII
Jacksonville 15 None Jacksonville Jaguars (1995-) Reached the 1996 and 1999 AFC Championship Games
Nashville 13 1999 Tennessee Oilers/Titans (1997-) Reached Super Bowl XXXIV

Longest active division title droughtEdit

Listed according to seasons waited

Franchise Most recent division title Seasons
Cleveland Browns1989 (AFC Central) 19*
Detroit Lions1993 (NFC Central) 18
Buffalo Bills1995 (AFC East) 16
Jacksonville Jaguars1999 (AFC Central) 12
Washington Redskins1999 (NFC East) 12
New York Jets2002 (AFC East) 9
Oakland Raiders2002 (AFC West) 9
St. Louis Rams2003 (NFC West) 8
Tampa Bay Buccaneers2007 (NFC South) 4
Carolina Panthers2008 (NFC South) 3
Miami Dolphins2008 (AFC East) 3
Tennessee Titans2008 (AFC South) 3
Minnesota Vikings2009 (NFC North) 2
Arizona Cardinals2009 (NFC West) 2
Cincinnati Bengals2009 (AFC North) 2
Dallas Cowboys2009 (NFC East) 2
San Diego Chargers2009 (AFC West) 2
Pittsburgh Steelers2010 (AFC North) 1
Philadelphia Eagles2010 (NFC East) 1
Atlanta Falcons2010 (NFC South) 1
Seattle Seahawks2010 (NFC West) 1
Indianapolis Colts2010 (AFC South) 1
Chicago Bears2010 (NFC North) 1
Kansas City Chiefs2010 (AFC West) 1
Baltimore Ravens2011 (AFC North) --
Denver Broncos2011 (AFC West) --
Green Bay Packers2011 (NFC North) --
Houston Texans2011 (AFC South) --
New England Patriots2011 (AFC East) --
New Orleans Saints2011 (NFC South) --
New York Giants2011 (NFC East) --
San Francisco 49ers2011 (NFC West) --

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

See alsoEdit


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