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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. Those franchise which have never made certain points in playoffs and are listed by the date they entered the leagues.

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Longest active post-season drought

Team Last appearance in post-season Seasons
Buffalo Bills 1999 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 10
Detroit Lions 1999 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 10
Houston Texans never (franchise started in 2002) 8
Cleveland Browns 2002 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 7
San Francisco 49ers 2002 NFC Divisional Playoffs 7
Oakland Raiders 2002 Super Bowl XXXVII 7
St. Louis Rams 2004 NFC Divisional Playoffs 5
Denver Broncos 2005 AFC Conference Championships 4
Kansas City Chiefs 2006 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 3
Chicago Bears 2006 Super Bowl XLI 3
Washington Redskins 2007 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2007 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 2
Seattle Seahawks 2007 NFC Divisional Playoffs 2
Jacksonville Jaguars 2007 AFC Divisional Playoffs 2
Atlanta Falcons 2008 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 1
Miami Dolphins 2008 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 1
Tennessee Titans 2008 AFC Divisional Playoffs 1
Carolina Panthers 2008 NFC Divisional Playoffs 1
New York Giants 2008 NFC Divisional Playoffs 1
Pittsburgh Steelers 2008 Super Bowl XLIII 1
Cincinnati Bengals 2009 AFC Wild Card Playoffs --
Philadelphia Eagles 2009 NFC Wild Card Playoffs --
New England Patriots 2009 AFC Wild Card Playoffs --
Green Bay Packers 2009 NFC Wild Card Playoffs --
Baltimore Ravens N/A --
New York Jets N/A --
San Diego Chargers N/A --
Indianapolis Colts N/A --
Dallas Cowboys N/A --
Minnesota Vikings N/A --
New Orleans Saints N/A --
Arizona Cardinals N/A --

Longest active playoff game victory drought

Team Last playoff game win # of games won Seasons
Cincinnati Bengals 1990 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 1 19
Detroit Lions 1991 NFC Divisional Playoffs 1* 18
Kansas City Chiefs 1993 AFC Divisional Playoffs 2 16
Cleveland Browns 1994 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 1 15
Buffalo Bills 1995 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 1 14
Miami Dolphins 2000 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 1 9
Houston Texans none (franchise started in 2002) n/a 8
San Francisco 49ers 2002 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 1 7
Oakland Raiders 2002 AFC Conference Championships 2* 7
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2002 Super Bowl XXXVII 3* 7
Tennessee Titans 2003 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 1 6
Minnesota Vikings 2004 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 1 5
St. Louis Rams 2004 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 1 5
Atlanta Falcons 2004 NFC Divisional Playoffs 1* 5
Washington Redskins 2005 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 1 4
Carolina Panthers 2005 NFC Divisional Playoffs 2 4
Denver Broncos 2005 AFC Divisional Playoffs 1* 4
New Orleans Saints 2006 NFC Divisional Playoffs 1* 3
Chicago Bears 2006 NFC Conference Championships 2* 3
Indianapolis Colts 2006 Super Bowl XLI 4 3
Seattle Seahawks 2007 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 1 2
Jacksonville Jaguars 2007 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 1 2
Green Bay Packers 2007 NFC Divisional Playoffs 1* 2
New England Patriots 2007 AFC Conference Championships 2* 2
New York Giants 2007 Super Bowl XLII 4 2
San Diego Chargers 2008 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 1 1
Philadelphia Eagles 2008 NFC Divisional Playoffs 2 1
Pittsburgh Steelers 2008 Super Bowl XLIII 3* 1
New York Jets 2009 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 1 --
Dallas Cowboys 2009 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 1 --
Baltimore Ravens 2008 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 1 --
Arizona Cardinals 2008 NFC Wild Card Playoffs 1 --

(*): Franchise rewarded a bye in the Wild Card round.

Longest active Conference Championships game appearance drought

Team Last AFC/NFC Conference Championships
game appearance
Season
Cincinnati Bengals 1988 AFC Conference Championships 20
Cleveland Browns 1989 AFC Conference Championships 19
Detroit Lions 1991 NFC Conference Championships 17
Washington Redskins 1991 NFC Conference Championships 17
Miami Dolphins 1992 AFC Conference Championships 16
Kansas City Chiefs 1993 AFC Conference Championships 15
Buffalo Bills 1993 AFC Conference Championships 15
Dallas Cowboys 1995 NFC Conference Championships 13
San Francisco 49ers 1997 NFC Conference Championships 11
New York Jets 1998 AFC Conference Championships 10
Jacksonville Jaguars 1999 AFC Conference Championships 9
Minnesota Vikings 2000 NFC Conference Championships 8
St. Louis Rams 2001 NFC Conference Championships 7
Houston Texans Never (franchise started in 2002) 6
Oakland Raiders 2002 AFC Conference Championships 6
Tennessee Titans 2002 AFC Conference Championships 6
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2002 NFC Conference Championships 6
Atlanta Falcons 2004 NFC Conference Championships 4
Denver Broncos 2005 AFC Conference Championships 3
Carolina Panthers 2005 NFC Conference Championships 3
Seattle Seahawks 2005 NFC Conference Championships 3
New Orleans Saints 2006 NFC Conference Championships 2
Chicago Bears 2006 NFC Conference Championships 2
Indianapolis Colts 2006 AFC Conference Championships 2
Green Bay Packers 2007 NFC Conference Championships 1
New England Patriots 2007 AFC Conference Championships 1
San Diego Chargers 2007 AFC Conference Championships 1
New York Giants 2007 NFC Conference Championships 1
Arizona Cardinals 2008 NFC Conference Championships --
Baltimore Ravens 2008 AFC Conference Championships --
Philadelphia Eagles 2008 NFC Conference Championships --
Pittsburgh Steelers 2008 AFC Conference Championships --

Longest active Super Bowl appearance drought

Team Last League Championship game
Pre-Super Bowl era
(1920-1965)
Seasons
Detroit Lions NFL Championship Game, 1957 51
Cleveland Browns NFL Championship Game, 1965 43
Team Last appearance
Super Bowl
(1966-present)
Seasons
New Orleans Saints Never (franchise started in 1967) 42
New York Jets Super Bowl III 40
Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl IV 39
Minnesota Vikings Super Bowl XI 32
Miami Dolphins Super Bowl XIX 24
Cincinnati Bengals Super Bowl XXIII 20
Washington Redskins Super Bowl XXVI 17
Buffalo Bills Super Bowl XXVIII 14
San Diego Chargers Super Bowl XXIX 13
San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl XXIX 13
Jacksonville Jaguars Never (franchise started in 1995) 12
Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl XXX 12
Green Bay Packers Super Bowl XXXII 11
Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl XXXIII 10
Denver Broncos Super Bowl XXXIII 10
Tennessee Titans Super Bowl XXXIV 9
Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl XXXV 8
St. Louis Rams Super Bowl XXXVI 7
Houston Texans Never (franchise started in 2002) 6
Oakland Raiders Super Bowl XXXVII 6
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl XXXVII 6
Carolina Panthers Super Bowl XXXVIII 5
Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl XXXIX 4
Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl XL 3
Chicago Bears Super Bowl XLI 2
Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl XLI 2
New York Giants Super Bowl XLII 1
New England Patriots Super Bowl XLII 1
Arizona Cardinals Super Bowl XLIII --
Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl XLIII --

Note: Super Bowl I took place January 15, 1967 after the 1966 regular season.

Longest active Super Bowl or NFL/AFL Championship crown drought

Team Last League Championship crown
Pre-Super Bowl era
(1920-1965)
Seasons
Arizona Cardinals* 1947 NFL Championship 61
Detroit Lions 1957 NFL Championship 51
Philadelphia Eagles 1960 NFL Championship 48
Minnesota Vikings Never (franchise started in 1961) 47
Tennessee Titans** 1961 AFL Championship 47
San Diego Chargers 1963 AFL Championship 45
Cleveland Browns 1964 NFL Championship 44
Buffalo Bills 1965 AFL Championship 43
Team Last Super Bowl crown
(1966-present)
Seasons
Atlanta Falcons Never (franchise started in 1966) 43
New Orleans Saints Never (franchise started in 1967) 42
Cincinnati Bengals Never (franchise started in 1968) 41
New York Jets Super Bowl III 41
Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl IV 40
Miami Dolphins Super Bowl VIII 36
Seattle Seahawks Never (franchise started in 1976) 32
Oakland Raiders*** Super Bowl XVIII 25
Chicago Bears Super Bowl XX 23
Washington Redskins Super Bowl XXVI 17
San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl XXIX 14
Carolina Panthers Never (franchise started in 1995) 13
Jacksonville Jaguars Never (franchise started in 1995) 13
Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl XXX 13
Green Bay Packers Super Bowl XXXI 11
Denver Broncos Super Bowl XXXIII 10
St. Louis Rams Super Bowl XXXIV 9
Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl XXXV 8
Houston Texans Never (franchise started in 2002) 7
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl XXXVII 6
New England Patriots Super Bowl XXXIX 4
Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl XLI 2
New York Giants Super Bowl XLII 1
Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl XLIII --

Note: Super Bowl I took place January 15, 1967 at the end of the 1966 season.
(*): Team in Chicago in 1947.
(**): Team known as Houston Oilers in 1961.
(***): Team in Los Angeles when it won Super Bowl XVIII.

Cities/regions awaiting first Super Bowl crown

Listed according to seasons waited

Current NFL cities/regions only

City/region Seasons waited Conference Title(s) Team(s) Notes
Atlanta 43 1998 Atlanta Falcons (1966-) Reached Super Bowl XXXIII
Buffalo 43 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 Buffalo Bills (1966-) Reached Super Bowls XXV, XXVI, XXVII, and XXVIII
Detroit 43 None Detroit Lions (1966-) Reached the 1991 NFC Championship Game
Minneapolis-St. Paul 43 1969, 1973, 1974, 1976 Minnesota Vikings (1966-) Reached Super Bowls IV, VIII, IX, and XI
Philadelphia 43 1980, 2004 Philadelphia Eagles (1966-) Reached Super Bowls XV and XXXIX
San Diego 43 1994 San Diego Chargers (1966-) Reached Super Bowl XXIX
New Orleans 42 None New Orleans Saints (1967-) Reached the 2006 NFC Championship Game
Cincinnati 41 1981, 1988 Cincinnati Bengals (1968-) Reached Super Bowls XVI and XXIII
Cleveland 39 None Cleveland Browns (1966-95, 1999-) Reached the 1968 and 1969 NFL Championship Games and 1986, 1987, and 1989 AFC Championship Games
Houston 38 None Includes the Oilers (1966-96) and the Texans (2002-) Reached the 1978 and 1979 AFC Championship Games
Seattle 32 2005 Seattle Seahawks (1976-) Reached Super Bowl XL
Phoenix 20 2008 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals (1988-) Reached Super Bowl XLIII
Charlotte 13 2003 Carolina Panthers (1995-) Reached Super Bowl XXXVIII
Jacksonville 13 None Jacksonville Jaguars (1995-) Reached the 1996 and 1999 AFC Championship Games
Nashville 11 1999 Tennessee Oilers-Titans (1997-) Reached Super Bowl XXXIV

Longest active division title drought

Listed according to seasons waited

Seasons waited Franchise Most recent division title
17* Cleveland Browns 1989 (AFC Central)
16 Detroit Lions 1993 (NFC Central)
14 Buffalo Bills 1995 (AFC East)
10 Jacksonville Jaguars 1999 (AFC Central)
10 Washington Redskins 1999 (NFC East)
8** Houston Texans None
7 New York Jets 2002 (AFC East)
7 Oakland Raiders 2002 (AFC West)
7 San Francisco 49ers 2002 (NFC West)
6 Kansas City Chiefs 2003 (AFC West)
6 St. Louis Rams 2003 (NFC West)
5 Atlanta Falcons 2004 (NFC South)
4 Denver Broncos 2005 (AFC West)
3 Philadelphia Eagles 2006 (NFC East)
3 Baltimore Ravens 2006 (AFC North)
3 Chicago Bears 2006 (NFC North)
2 Seattle Seahawks 2007 (NFC West)
2 Green Bay Packers 2007 (NFC North)
2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2007 (NFC South)
1 Carolina Panthers 2008 (NFC South)
1 Miami Dolphins 2008 (AFC East)
1 New York Giants 2008 (NFC East)
1 Pittsburgh Steelers 2008 (AFC North)
1 Tennessee Titans 2008 (AFC South)
0 Arizona Cardinals 2009 (NFC West)
0 Cincinnati Bengals 2009 (AFC North)
0 Dallas Cowboys 2009 (NFC East)
0 Indianapolis Colts 2009 (AFC South)
0 Minnesota Vikings 2009 (NFC North)
0 New England Patriots 2009 (AFC East)
0 New Orleans Saints 2009 (NFC South)
0 San Diego Chargers 2009 (AFC West)

*does not include three seasons during (1996-1998) which the franchise suspended operations; otherwise, it would be 20 seasons, not 17.

**does not indicate seasons waited from last title, but rather total seasons the franchise has been in operation.

See also

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