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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. All 32 active NFL teams have qualified for and won a game in the playoffs. 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 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 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 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 years ago, they have only made the playoffs twice, while the 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 2020-21 playoffs ''

Playoff game victory droughts

Updated through the 2020-21 playoffs
Sortable table, click on header arrows.

AFC/NFC Championship game appearance droughts

This is also a list of the last time a particular club won a Divisional playoff game. * The Washington Football Team last appeared in the NFC Championship game as the Washington Redskins. *The Browns were dormant from 1996–1998. Since returning years ago, the Browns have never played in an AFC Championship Game. * The Las Vegas Raiders last appeared in the AFC Championship game as the Oakland Raiders. * The Los Angeles Chargers last appeared in the AFC Championship game as the San Diego Chargers.

Super Bowl or NFL Championship appearance droughts

* The Browns were dormant from 1996–1998. Since returning seasons ago, Cleveland has never appeared in a Super Bowl. * The Washington Football Team last appeared in the Super Bowl as the Washington Redskins. * The Los Angeles Chargers last appeared in the Super Bowl as the San Diego Chargers. * The Las Vegas Raiders last appeared in the Super Bowl as the Oakland Raiders.

Super Bowl win droughts

This list also counts all seasons since a team last won the league championship. * Team won as the Chicago Cardinals in 1947. * Team won as the Houston Oilers in 1961. * Team won as the San Diego Chargers in 1963. * Browns suspended operations from 1996–1998. Since returning to the league years ago, they have never appeared in or won a Super Bowl. * Team won Super Bowl XVIII as the Los Angeles Raiders. * Team won Super Bowl XXXVI as the Washington Redskins * Team won Super Bowl XXXIV as the St. Louis Rams .

Super Bowl crown droughts by division



Cities/regions awaiting first Super Bowl crown

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



Division title droughts

Listed according to seasons waited. Updated through the 2020 season.
**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 the 2020-21 playoffs.''

* First round in 1982 playoffs for Minnesota, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Los Angeles Chargers, Arizona, Cleveland, Detroit * Second round in 1982 playoffs for Minnesota, Los Angeles Chargers

Longest NFL / AFL / Super Bowl championship droughts through history

This list only shows droughts of 30 or more seasons for teams. A championship is listed as winning an NFL Championship (1920—1969), AFL Championship (1960—1969), and Super Bowl Championship (1966—present). Active droughts are listed in bold type. * Year does not indicate a title won, but rather the team's first year of existence.

Longest NFL / AFL / Super Bowl championship appearance droughts through history

This list only shows droughts of 20 or more seasons for teams. A championship appearance is listed as appearing in an NFL Championship (1932—1969), AFL Championship (1960—1969), or Super Bowl Championship (1966—present). Active droughts are listed in bold type. * Year does not indicate an appearance, but rather the team's first year in the NFL.

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

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

Super Bowl Game in which neither team had previously won a Super Bowl

In these instances, the matchup ensured that one team would win the first Super Bowl championship in its history.

Playoff droughts of 5 plus seasons

:''Updated through the 2020 season.''
:Sort by clicking on desired column heading. :Teams grouped together when sorting - :Arizona, Phoenix, St. Louis and Chicago Cardinals :Indianapolis and Baltimore Colts :Los Angeles, St. Louis and Cleveland Rams :Tennessee Titans, Houston Oilers and Tennessee Oilers :Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders
: In 1944, during World War II, Pittsburgh and the Chicago Cardinals were a combined team called Card-Pitt. : 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 2020–21 NFL playoffs.

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 (aka the Playoff Bowl; 1960-1969) is considered an exhibition game for the purpose of this list.
Updated through the 2020–21 NFL playoffs.

See also

*List of NFL franchise post-season streaks *List of current National Football League consecutive playoff appearances *List of last undefeated NFL teams by season

References

{{NFL Franchise post-season droughts Franchise post-season droughts NFL non-appearance Category:American football records and statistics