NFL: Worst Teams to Make the Postseason (.500 or Losing Record)
Will the NFC South produce a playoff team with a losing record this year? If so, it would be only the second time – since 1920 – that has happened during a full season.
And as of now, the one and only team to make the playoffs with a losing record was the 2010 Seattle Seahawks. They won the NFC West with a 7-9 mark and even made it to their second round.
The strike-shortened 1982 season also produced an under-.500 playoff team, the Cleveland Browns. Only nine games were played that season, however.
What about a .500 record? Another 10 teams got in at 8-8.
That’s it. All together, in all those playoff rounds (and plain old title games from the start) over all those years, only 12 teams (including the technically-included ’82 Browns) have made the postseason with a record of 8-8 or worse.
And none of those made it past their second round.
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|SEASON||TEAM||W-L||PLACE||PLAYOFF SLOT||FINAL POSTSEASON RESULT|
|1.||1982^||Cleveland Browns||4-5||3rd AFC Central||WC3||Lost Wild Card Round to Los Angeles Raiders|
|2.||1985||Cleveland Browns||8-8||1st AFC Central||DW||Lost Division Round to Miami Dolphins**|
|3.||1990||New Orleans Saints||8-8||2nd NFC West||WC3||Lost Wild Card Round to Chicago Bears|
|4.||1991||New York Jets||8-8||2nd AFC East||WC3||Lost Wild Card Round to Houston Oilers|
|5.||1999||Dallas Cowboys||8-8||2nd NFC East||WC2||Lost Wild Card Round to Minnesota Vikings|
|6.||1999||Detroit Lions||8-8||3rd NFC Central||WC3||Lost Wild Card Round to Washington Redskins|
|7.||2004||Minnesota Vikings||8-8||2nd NFC North||WC2||Lost Division Round to Philadelphia Eagles*|
|8.||2004||St. Louis Rams||8-8||2nd NFC West||WC1||Lost Division Round to Atlanta Falcons*|
|9.||2006||New York Giants||8-8||3rd NFC East||WC2||Lost Wild Card Round to Philadelphia Eagles|
|10.||2008||San Diego Chargers||8-8||1st AFC West||DW||Lost Division Round to Pittsburgh Steelers*|
|11.||2010||Seattle Seahawks||7-9||1st NFC West||DW||Lost Division Round to Chicago Bears*|
|12.||2011||Denver Broncos||8-8||1st AFC West||DW||Lost Division Round to New England Patriots*|
DW = Division Winner, WC = Wild Card
^ Strike-shortened season
* Won first round, lost second round
** First round was a bye, lost second round
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