Eagles are the kings of the NFL Wild Card… but not this year!
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In 1970, the National Football League added a new element to their playoffs: the wild card team. Since that season, every team except the Houston Texans has been a benefactor of a Wild Card berth.
Here’s a quick look at which teams have made the most playoff appearances as a Wild Card team since 1970.
9: Dallas, New York Jets
8: Miami, St. Louis Rams
7: Washington, Denver, New York Giants, Minnesota,
6: Indianapolis, Buffalo, Oakland, Kansas City, Green Bay
5: Detroit, Atlanta, Baltimore
4: Cleveland, Pittsburgh, New England, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, New Orleans, Jacksonville
3: Tampa Bay
1: Cincinnati, San Diego, Carolina
0: Houston Texans
Here’s a few more stats re: NFL Wild Card teams…
* The Baltimore Ravens have been an AFC Wild Card in each of the last three seasons.
* These teams have not been a Wild Card team in this century (year listed is their last apperarance as a Wild Card team): Cincinnati, 1975; Oakland, 1993; Chicago, 1994; San Diego, 1995; Arizona, 1998; New England, 1998; Detroit 1999; Buffalo, 1999.
* These teams have had the most appearances as a Wild Card team in the NFL playoffs since 1990: Philadelphia (7), Green Bay (6), Miami (6), New York Jets (6).