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September 23, 2009

So Your Team Is 0-2...Just Relax


Just because your team is 0-2 doesn't mean the season's over. Well, unless you're a Lions fan.

Nevertheless history shows that 0-2 teams advance to the playoffs more often than people might think. Since the current playoff format was instituted in 1990, 22 teams started 0-2 and still qualified for the postseason.

The 1993 Dallas Cowboys started 0-2 before winning Super Bowl XXVIII. The 0-2 New England Patriots of 1996 played in Super Bowl XXXI, and in 2001, the 0-2 Patriots won Super Bowl XXXVI. Most recently, the 2007 New York Giants started 0-2 before winning Super Bowl XLII.


Following are the 0-2 teams since 1990 to qualify for the playoffs:

YEAR

TEAM (WINLESS START)

ADVANCED TO:

1990

Houston Oilers (0-2)

Wild Card Playoffs


Philadelphia Eagles (0-2)

Wild Card Playoffs


New Orleans Saints (0-2)

Wild Card Playoffs

1991

Atlanta Falcons (0-2)

Wild Card Playoffs

1992

San Diego Chargers (0-4)

Divisional Playoffs

1993

Pittsburgh Steelers (0-2)

Wild Card Playoffs


Dallas Cowboys (0-2)

Won Super Bowl XXVIII

1994

New England Patriots (0-2)

Wild Card Playoffs

1995

Detroit Lions (0-3)

Wild Card Playoffs

1996

New England Patriots (0-2)

Lost Super Bowl XXXI

1998

Arizona Cardinals (0-2)

Divisional Playoffs


Buffalo Bills (0-3)

Wild Card Playoffs


New York Jets (0-2)

Championship Game

2001

New England Patriots (0-2)

Won Super Bowl XXXVI

2002

Atlanta Falcons (0-2)

Divisional Playoffs


Pittsburgh Steelers (0-2)

Divisional Playoffs

2003

Philadelphia Eagles (0-2)

Championship Game

2006

Kansas City Chiefs (0-2)

Wild Card Playoffs

2007

New York Giants (0-2)

Won Super Bowl XLII

2008

Miami Dolphins (0-2)

Wild Card Playoffs


Minnesota Vikings (0-2)

Wild Card Playoffs


San Diego Chargers (0-2)

Divisional Playoffs

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