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List of NFL Teams to Make Playoffs With Losing Record

By David Hayes
NFL teams to make the playoffs with a losing record include the 2020 Washington Football Team.
NFL teams to make the playoffs with a losing record include the 2020 Washington Football Team. / Mitchell Leff/Getty Images
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While it has proven extremely rare, the NFL's postseason format does still allow for teams without a winning record to make the postseason, which has been most recently evidenced by the 2020 Washington Football Team.

The Washington Football Team head into the 2021 NFL Playoff bracket sporting an NFC East crown and home-field advantage over the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL Wild Card Round, but they aren't the only ones to ever pull this off.

Keeping that in mind, here's a look at every NFL team to ever make the NFL Playoffs with a losing record, including the 2020 Washington Football Team.

NFL Teams to Make Playoffs With a Losing Record (5)

1. 1982 Detroit Lions (4-5)

Result: First-Round Loss

2. 1982 Cleveland Browns (4-5)

Result: First-Round Loss

3. 2010 Seattle Seahawks (7-9)

Result: Second-Round Loss

4. 2014 Carolina Panthers (7-9)

Result: Second-Round Loss

5. 2020 Washington Football Team (7-9)

Result: TBD


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David Hayes is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David Hayes also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username DavidWHayes. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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