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NFL Teams with the Longest Consecutive Playoff Appearance Streaks, All-Time

The Dallas Cowboys Went To The Playoffs 17 Of 18 Seasons

The Dallas Cowboys Went To The Playoffs 17 Of 18 Seasons

No NFL team – going back to 1920 – has made the postseason 10 times in a row. The Dallas Cowboys of the late 1970′s and Peyton Manning‘s Indianapolis Colts of the 2000′s went to the playoffs nine consecutive times. That’s the most.

The record could have been more, a lot more. The Cowboys made the postseason in the years 1966-1973, missed 1974, then picked up again between 1975-1983. Had they made it in 1974, that would have been 18 years in a row.

The San Francisco 49ers pulled a similar feat, hitting the playoffs between 1983-1990 and again between 1992-1998. Had they gone in 1991, too, it would have been 16 straight seasons.

Now those are some postseason dynasties.

Below find every team with at least six consecutive postseason appearances. It’s happened 16 times, but by only 12 teams. The Cowboys are on there three times.

The 2014 Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots could be next on the list. They’re sitting on a streak of five right now.

  TEAM CONSECUTIVE POSTSEASON APPEARANCES SEASONS SUPER BOWL/NFL CHAMPIONSHIP WINS DURING STREAK
1. Dallas Cowboys 9 1975-1983 1977 (XII)
1. Indianapolis Colts 9 2002-2010 2006 (XLI)
3. Dallas Cowboys 8 1966-1973 1971 (VI)
3. Pittsburgh Steelers 8 1972-1979 1974 (IX), 1975 (X), 1978 (XIII), 1979 (XIV)
3. San Francisco 49ers 8 1983-1990 1984 (XIX), 1988 (XXIII), 1989 (XXIV)
3. Los Angeles Rams 8 1973-1980 None
7. San Francisco 49ers 7 1992-1998 1994 (XXIX)
7. Houston Oilers 7 1987-1993 None
9. Buffalo Bills 6 1988-1993 None
9. Cleveland Browns 6 1950-1955 1950, 1954, 1955
9. Dallas Cowboys 6 1991-1996 1992 (XXVII), 1993 (XXVIII), 1995 (XXX)
9. Green Bay Packers 6 1993-1998 1996 (XXXI)
9. Kansas City Chiefs 6 1990-1995 None
9. Minnesota Vikings 6 1973-1978 None
9. Oakland Raiders 6 1972-1977 1976 (XI)
9. Pittsburgh Steelers 6 1992-1997 None

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National Football League’s Retired Numbers By Team

Chicago Bears (14)      
3 Bronko Nagurski FB 1930-1937, 1943
5 George McAfee HB-DB 1940, 1941, 1945-1950
7 George Halas END 1920-1928  
28 Willie Galimore HB 1957-1963  
34 Walter Payton RB 1975-1987  
40 Gale Sayers RB 1965-1971  
41 Brian Piccolo RB 1966-1969  
42 Sid Luckman QB 1939-1950  
51 Dick Butkus LB 1965-1973  
56 Bil Hewitt END 1932-1939, 1943
61 Bill George LB 1952-1965  
66 Bulldog Turner C 1940-1952  
77 Red Grange HB 1925, 1929-1934
89 Mike Ditka TE 1961-1966  
         
New York Giants (12)      
1 Ray Flaherty END-DE 1928, 1929, 1931-1935
4 Tuffy Leemans FB 1936-1943  
7 Mel Hein C 1931-1945  
11 Phil Simms QB 1979-1981, 1983-1993
14 Ward Cuff K-WB 1937-1945  
14 Y.A. Tittle QB 1961-1964  
16 Frank Gifford HB-WR 1952-1960, 1962-1964
32 Al Blozis T 1942-1944  
40 Joe Morrison HB-WR 1959-1972  
42 Charlie Conerly QB 1948-1961  
50 Ken Strong FB 1933-1935, 1939, 1944-1947
56 Lawrence Taylor LB 1981-1993  
         
San Francisco 49ers (12)      
8 Steve Young QB 1987-1999  
12 John Brodie QB 1957-1973  
16 Joe Montana QB 1979-1990, 1992
34 Joe Perry FB 1948-1960, 1963
37 Jimmy Johnson DB 1961-1976  
39 Hugh McElhenny HB 1952-1960  
42 Ronnie Lott DB 1981-1990  
70 Charlie Krueger DT 1959-1973  
73 Leo Nomellini DT 1950-1963  
79 Bob St. Clair T 1953-1963  
80 Jerry Rice WR 1985-2000  
87 Dwight Clark WR 1979-1987  
         
Kansas City Chiefs (10)      
3 Jan Stenerud K 1967-1979  
16 Len Dawson QB 1963-1975  
18 Emmitt Thomas DB 1966-1978  
28 Abner Haynes HB 1960-1964 Dallas Texans (1960-1962)
33 Stone Johnson KR-RB DNP*  
36 Mack Lee Hill FB-HB 1964, 1965  
58 Derrick Thomas LB 1989-1999  
63 Willie Lanier LB 1967-1977  
78 Bobby Bell LB 1963-1974  
86 Buck Buchanan DT 1963-1975  
         
Philadelphia Eagles (9)      
5 Donovan McNabb QB 1999-2009  
15 Steve Van Buren KR-HB 1944-1951  
20 Brian Dawkins DB 1996-2008  
40 Tom Brookshier DB 1953, 1956-1961
44 Pete Retzlaff TE 1956-1966  
60 Chuck Bednarik LB-C 1949-1962  
70 Al Wistert T 1943-1951  
92 Reggie White DE 1985-1992  
99 Jerome Brown DT 1987-1991  
         
Indianapolis Colts (8)      
18 Peyton Manning QB 1998-2010  
19 Johnny Unitas QB 1956-1972 Baltimore Colts
22 Buddy Young HB 1953-1955 Baltimore Colts
24 Lenny Moore HB 1956-1967 Baltimore Colts
70 Art Donovan DT 1950, 1953-1961 Baltimore Colts
77 Jim Parker T 1957-1967 Baltimore Colts
82 Raymond Berry END 1955-1967 Baltimore Colts
89 Gino Marchetti DE 1953-1966 Baltimore Colts
         
St. Louis Rams (8)      
7 Bob Waterfield QB 1945-1952 Cleveland Rams (1945), L.A. Rams (1946-1952)
28 Marshall Faulk RB 1999-2005  
29 Eric Dickerson RB 1983-1987 L.A. Rams
74 Merlin Olsen DT 1962-1976 L.A. Rams
75 Deacon Jones DE 1961-1971 L.A. Rams
78 Jackie Slater T 1976-1995 L.A. Rams (1976-1994)
80 Isaac Bruce WR 1994-2007 L.A. Rams (1994)
85 Jack Youngblood DE 1971-1984 L.A. Rams
         
New England Patriots (7)      
20 Gino Cappelletti K-WR 1960-1970 Boston Patriots
40 Mike Haynes DB 1976-1982  
57 Steve Nelson LB 1974-1987  
73 John Hannah G 1973-1985  
78 Bruce Armstrong T-G 1987-2000  
79 Jim Hunt DT 1960-1970 Boston Patriots
89 Bob Dee DE 1960-1967 Boston Patriots
         
Detroit Lions (6)      
7 Dutch Clark TB 1931, 1932, 1934-1938 Portsmouth Spartans (1931, 1932)
20 Barry Sanders RB 1989-1998  
22 Bobby Layne QB 1950-1958  
37 Doak Walker K-HB 1950-1955  
56 Joe Schmidt LB 1953-1965  
85 Chuck Hughes WR 1970, 1971  
         
Minnesota Vikings (6)      
10 Fran Tarkenton QB 1961-1966, 1972-1978
53 Mick Tingelhoff C 1962-1978  
70 Jim Marshall DE 1961-1979  
77 Korey Stringer T 1995-2000  
80 Cris Carter WR 1990-2001  
88 Alan Page DT 1967-1978  
         
Tennessee Titans (6)      
1 Warren Moon QB 1984-1993 Houston Oilers
34 Earl Campbell RB 1978-1984 Houston Oilers
43 Jim Norton P-DB 1960-1968 Houston Oilers
63 Mike Munchak G 1982-1993 Houston Oilers
65 Elvin Bethea DE 1968-1983 Houston Oilers
74 Bruce Matthews G-C 1983-2001 Houston Oilers (1983-1996), Tennessee Oilers (1997, 1998)
         
Arizona Cardinals (5)      
8 Larry Wilson DB 1960-1972 St. Louis Cardinals
40 Pat Tillman DB 1998-2001  
77 Stan Mauldin T 1946-1948 Chicago Cardinals
88 J.V. Cain TE-WR 1974-1977 St. Louis Cardinals
99 Marshall Goldberg RB 1939-1948 Chicago Cardinals
         
Cleveland Browns (5)      
14 Otto Graham QB 1946-1955  
32 Jim Brown RB 1957-1965  
45 Ernie Davis RB DNP*  
46 Don Fleming DB 1960-1962  
76 Lou Groza K-T 1946-1967  
         
Green Bay Packers (5)      
3 Tony Canadeo HB 1941-1944, 1946-1952
14 Don Hutson K-END 1935-1945  
15 Bart Starr QB 1956-1971  
66 Ray Nitschke LB 1958-1972  
92 Reggie White DE 1993-1998, 2000
         
New York Jets (5)      
12 Joe Namath QB 1965-1976  
13 Don Maynard WR 1960-1973 New York Titans (1960-1962)
28 Curtis Martin RB 1998-2005  
73 Joe Klecko DT 1977-1987  
90 Dennis Byrd DT 1989-1992  
         
Atlanta Falcons (4)      
10 Steve Bartowski QB 1975-1985  
31 William Andrews RB 1979-1983, 1986
57 Jeff Van Note C 1969-1986  
60 Tommy Nobis LB 1966-1976  
         
Seattle Seahawks (4)      
12 The Fans 12TH MAN 1976-present  
71 Walter Jones T 1997-2008  
80 Steve Largent WR 1976-1989  
96 Cortez Kennedy DT 1990-2000  
         
Denver Broncos (3)      
7 John Elway QB 1983-1998  
18 Frank Tripucka QB 1960-1963  
44 Floyd Little RB 1967-1975  
         
Miami Dolphins (3)      
12 Bob Griese QB 1967-1980  
13 Dan Marino QB 1983-1999  
39 Larry Csonka RB 1968-1974, 1979
         
New Orleans Saints (3)      
8 Archie Manning QB 1971-1975, 1977-1982
31 Jim Taylor FB 1967  
81 Doug Atkins DE 1967-1969  
         
San Diego Chargers (3)      
17 Dan Fouts QB 1973-1987  
19 Lance Alworth WR 1962-1970  
55 Junior Seau LB 1990-2002  
         
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2)      
63 Lee Roy Selmon DE 1976-1984  
99 Warren Sapp DT 1995-2003  
         
Buffalo Bills (1)      
12 Jim Kelly QB 1986-1996  
         
Carolina Panthers (1)      
51 Sam Mills LB 1995-1997  
         
Cincinnati Bengals (1)      
54 Bob Johnson C 1968-1979  
         
Pittsburgh Steelers (1)      
70 Ernie Stautner DT 1950-1963  
         
Washington Redskins (1)      
33 Sammy Baugh TB-QB 1937-1952  
         
Baltimore Ravens (0)      
         
Dallas Cowboys (0)      
         
Houston Texans (0)      
         
Jacksonville Jaguars (0)      
         
Oakland Raiders (0)      

 

The 20 Most Liked American Sports Teams on Facebook

The Los Angeles Lakers Are The Facebook Champions With 20 Million Likes

The Los Angeles Lakers Are The Facebook Champions With 20 Million Likes

The New England Patriots received their five-millionth Facebook like today, which got me wondering – what exactly does that mean? Is it good? Where does that number of likes fit in amongst other NFL teams – or MLB, NBA and NHL teams, for that matter?

Ninth overall…and third amongst football teams. The Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers have more.

But the world of Facebook likes is ruled at the top by basketball, you see. Four NBA teams – the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat and Boston Celtics – swipe the most likes of all. The Lakers have four times as many likes as the Patriots, in fact – over 20 million.

Why is that? Is it because the NBA’s fanbase is more social-media connected or savvy? Is it because NBA basketball has a greater global reach than any of the four North American sports? Everybody plays b-ball.

NFL football, though, is just huge and it’s spread out. The game is at its peak of popularity – and still peaking, yet. Eight NBA teams make the top 20 most Facebook-liked American sports teams, but 10 NFL teams make it, including seven in the bottom half.

Baseball? The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox squeeze in there at fifth and tenth, respectively.

Hockey? Not one. The Chicago Blackhawks make the NHL’s first appearance in 30th with 2.13M likes.

Click on the team’s link below to visit its official Facebook page. Numbers are rounded and as of the date of this post.

TEAM FACEBOOK LIKES LEAGUE/SPORT
1. Los Angeles Lakers 20.09M NBA Basketball
2. Chicago Bulls 14.51M NBA Basketball
3. Miami Heat 13.46M NBA Basketball
4. Boston Celtics 8.29M NBA Basketball
5. New York Yankees 7.60M MLB Baseball
6. Dallas Cowboys 6.71M NFL Football
7. Pittsburgh Steelers 5.61M NFL Football
8. New York Knicks 5.12M NBA Basketball
9. New England Patriots 5.00M NFL Football
10. Boston Red Sox 4.67M MLB Baseball
11. Oklahoma City Thunder 4.39M NBA Basketball
12. Green Bay Packers 4.22M NFL Football
13. San Antonio Spurs 3.82M NBA Basketball
14. New Orleans Saints 3.71M NFL Football
15. Chicago Bears 3.60M NFL Football
16. Dallas Mavericks 3.50M NBA Basketball
17. New York Giants 3.35M NFL Football
18. San Francisco 49ers 3.23M NFL Football
19. Denver Broncos 2.92M NFL Football
20. Philadelphia Eagles 2.61M NFL Football

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