NFL teams ranked by playoff appearances all time 2020

The Dallas Cowboys, one of the most iconic and popular teams in the National Football League, has had the most playoff appearances to its name with 33. The team has made it to the Super Bowl eight times, winning five of those championship games. However, since the start of the new millennium another team, the New England Patriots, have been much more successful. As of the year 2000, the Patriots have made the playoffs 17 times, winning the NFL championship game Super Bowl six times.

100 years of history

The origins of the NFL date back to 1920 when the American Professional Football Association was formed as a pro football league. The league renamed itself to the NFL two years later and the first playoff game was in 1933. Since then the league has played out its postseason in a single game elimination tournament. In its current format six out of the 32 teams in the NFL qualify for the playoffs each season.

Most successful team of the past 20 years

Even though the New England Patriots have made the playoffs ‘only’ 27 times, the team is the most successful in the National Football League in many ways. The Patriots have won the most playoff games of all-time (37), they own the highest playoff winning percentage and have won the most Super Bowls with six (tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers). Most of this success has come over the past 20 years under the guidance of head coach Bill Belichick and with the all-time great Tom Brady as quarterback.

Teams ranked by playoff appearances in NFL history as of 2019-20 playoffs

Number of playoff appearances
Dallas Cowboys 33
Green Bay Packers 33
New York Giants 32
Pittsburgh Steelers 31
Minnesota Vikings 30
Los Angeles Rams 29
Cleveland Browns 28
Indianapolis Colts 28
New England Patriots 27
Philadelphia Eagles 27
San Francisco 49ers 27
Chicago Bears 26
Washington Redskins 24
Miami Dolphins 23
Tennessee Titans 23
Denver Broncos 22
Kansas City Chiefs22
Oakland Raiders 22
Buffalo Bills 19
Los Angeles Chargers 19
Seattle Seahawks 18
Detroit Lions 17
Atlanta Falcons 14
Cincinnati Bengals 14
New York Jets 14
New Orleans Saints 13
Baltimore Ravens 12
Arizona Cardinals 10
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10
Carolina Panthers 8
Jacksonville Jaguars 7
Houston Texans 6
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Release date

January 2020

Region

United States

Survey time period

as of January 2020

Supplementary notes

Arizona Cardinals: Chicago Cardinals, 1920-1959; St. Louis Cardinals 1960-1987; Phoenix Cardinals, 1988-1993; Arizona Cardinals, 1994-present
Chicago Bears: Decatur Staleys, 1920; Chicago Staleys, 1921; Chicago Bears, 1922-present
Detroit Lions: Portsmouth Spartans, 1930-1933; Detroit Lions, 1934-present
Indianapolis Colts: Baltimore Colts, 1953-1983; Indianapolis Colts, 1984-present
Kansas City Chiefs: Dallas Texans, 1960-1962; Kansas City Chiefs, 1963-present
Los Angeles Rams: Cleveland Rams, 1937-1942, 1944-1945; Suspended operations, 1943; Los Angeles Rams, 1946-1994; St. Louis Rams, 1995-2015
New England Patriots: Boston Patriots, 1960-1970; New England Patriots, 1971-present
New York Jets: New York Titans, 1960-1962; New York Jets, 1963-present
Philadelphia Eagles: Phil-Pitt, 1943
Pittsburgh Steelers: Pittsburgh Pirates, 1933-1939; Pittsburgh Steelers, 1940-present; Phil-Pitt, 1943; Card-Pitt, 1944
San Diego Chargers: Los Angeles Chargers, 1960; San Diego Chargers 1961-present
Tennessee Titans: Houston Oilers, 1960-1996; Tennessee Oilers 1997-1998; Tennessee Titans, 1999-present
Washington Redskins: Boston Braves, 1932; Boston Redskins, 1933-1936; Washington Redskins, 1937-present

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