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NFL Playoffs - Longest Active Playoff Droughts

Currently, no team has missed the playoffs in more consecutive seasons than the New York Jets (11).

Longest Active NFL Playoff Droughts

In the table below, you will see the full list of teams that missed the playoffs last season and how long their active playoff drought is.

Franchise# of seasons
New York Jets11
Denver Broncos6
Detroit Lions5
Miami Dolphins5
New York Giants5
Atlanta Falcons4
Carolina Panthers4
Jacksonville Jaguars4
Los Angeles Chargers3
Houston Texans2
Minnesota Vikings2
New Orleans Saints1
Seattle Seahawks1
Baltimore Ravens1
Cleveland Browns1
Indianapolis Colts1
Chicago Bears1
Washington Football Team1

Longest Active NFL Playoff Streaks

Due to the parity in the NFL, it's difficult to sustain postseason success. There is only one team with a streak of more than three consecutive playoff appearances.

With that said, here are the longest active streaks of NFL teams qualifying for the postseason:

Franchise# of seasons
Kansas City Chiefs7
Buffalo Bills3
Green Bay Packers3
Tennessee Titans3
Los Angeles Rams2
Pittsburgh Steelers2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers2
Arizona Cardinals1
Cincinnati Bengals1
Dallas Cowboys1
Las Vegas Raiders1
New England Patriots1
Philadelphia Eagles1
San Francisco 49ers1

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