Sports Illustrated's Doug Farrar and Chris Burke discuss the anxiety level for AFC teams that are currently 0-2


Sports Illustrated's Doug Farrar and Chris Burke discuss the anxiety level for NFC teams that are currently 0-2


It's Still Early

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, 23 teams started 0-2 and still qualified for the postseason.

Last season, the Carolina Panthers started the season 0-2 and went on to win the NFC South after finishing 12-4, becoming the first team since the 2003 Philadelphia Eagles to earn a first-round bye after an 0-2 start.

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. The 2007 New York Giants started 0-2 before winning Super Bowl XLII.

0-2 or worse NFL teams since 1990 to qualify for the playoffs:

Season Team Start Advanced To
Source: NFL
1990Houston Oilers0-2Wild Card Playoffs
1990Philadelphia Eagles0-2Wild Card Playoffs
1990New Orleans Saints0-2Wild Card Playoffs
1991Atlanta Falcons0-2Wild Card Playoffs
1992San Diego Chargers0-4Divisional Playoffs
1993Pittsburgh Steelers0-2Wild Card Playoffs
1993Dallas Cowboys0-2Won Super Bowl XXVIII
1994New England Patriots0-2Wild Card Playoffs
1995Detroit Lions0-3Wild Card Playoffs
1996New England Patriots0-2Lost Super Bowl XXXI
1998Arizona Cardinals0-2Divisional Playoffs
1998Buffalo Bills0-3Wild Card Playoffs
1998New York Jets0-2Championship Game
2001New England Patriots0-2Won Super Bowl XXXVI
2002Atlanta Falcons0-2Divisional Playoffs
2002Pittsburgh Steelers0-2Divisional Playoffs
2003Philadelphia Eagles0-2Championship Game
2006Kansas City Chiefs0-2Wild Card Playoffs
2007New York Giants0-2Won Super Bowl XLII
2008Miami Dolphins0-2Wild Card Playoffs
2008Minnesota Vikings0-2Wild Card Playoffs
2008San Diego Chargers0-2Divisional Playoffs
2013Carolina Panthers0-2Divisional Playoffs


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