‘One & Out’ in the NFL playoffs

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Five teams that made the playoffs this season had a quick exit from the postseason. Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Green Bay and Pittsburgh each played only one game in the playoffs this season because they lost their first playoff game… a “one and out” experience.

Here’s a look at the teams/franchises that have had the most “one and out” in the NFL playoffs during the Super Bowl era (since 1966).

Playoff seasons with ‘One & Out”

12          Dallas, Indianapolis/Baltimore Colts, Minnesota

11          Kansas City

10          Miami, Tennessee/Houston Oilers

9           Detroit, St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams

8           Cleveland, Denver, New England, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh

7           Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati

6           Atlanta, Green Bay, New York Giants, New York Jets, San Francisco, Tampa Bay

5           New Orleans, San Diego, Seattle, Washington

3            Arizona/St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders

2           Baltimore Ravens, Jacksonville

1           Carolina

0           Houston Texans

Did you know? Three NFL franchises experienced three straight “One & Out” postseasons. Detroit went one and out in the playoffs in 1993, 1994 and 1995; the Baltimore Colts went one and out in 1975, 1976 and 1977; and Philadelphia went one and out in 1988, 1989 and 1990.

Did you know… Part Two? The Indianapolis Colts have the most “one and out” appearances in the NFL playoffs since 2000. The Colts have been one and out six times since 2000. The Green Bay Packers, New York Giants and Tampa Bay Bucs have each been one and out four times since 2000.

Did you know… Part Three? Nine teams have been “one and out” in more than 50% of their playoff appearances in the Super Bowl era. They are: Atlanta-six one and out in 11 playoffs… Cincinnati-seven one and out in 10 playoffs… Cleveland-eight one and out in 14 playoffs… Detroit-nine one and out in 10 playoffs… Indianapolis-12 one and out in 20 playoffs… Kansas City-11 one and out in 15 playoffs… New Orleans-five one and out in nine playoffs… Tampa Bay-six one and out in 10 playoffs… Tennesse Titans/Houston Oilers-10 one and out in 18 playoffs.

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