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Top 15 Recent NFL Teams We Can’t Believe Didn’t Win A Championship

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In under two weeks, the NFL playoffs will be upon us. Championship hopes that began in OTA’s and summer camp will be put on the line for 12 teams, ranging from some who have already won this decade (New England and Seattle, step right up) to those hoping to finally break through like the Miami Dolphins.

Wait, Miami’s in the playoffs???

Already, teams like the Patriots, Packers, and Cowboys figure to be frontrunners to be holding the Lombardi Trophy in Houston on February 5, but history has shown that frontrunners aren’t always the best ones to pick in the playoffs. Unlike any other sport, the NFL postseason is truly a crapshoot; it isn’t out of the realm of possibility that a Wild Card team can be the same team that captures a Super Bowl victory (hello, New York Giants). All it takes really, is a team getting hot at the right time. Single-game elimination makes it easier for fluke teams to break through and makes it easier for amazing teams to get eliminated, due to one bad outing.

Today, let’s take a look at 15 recent playoff teams that we still can’t believe, for one reason or another, just couldn’t get it done in the postseason.

Today, let’s take a look at 15 recent playoff teams that we still can’t believe, for one reason or another, just couldn’t get it done in the postseason.

15. 2010 New York Jets

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Remember when Rex Ryan managed to find his inner Jim Jones and was flying high as the coach of the New York Jets? Few stars were as bright as the former Ravens’ defensive coordinator’s after a 2010 season that saw the team appear on Hard Knocks, dominate the NFL with a ground ‘n’ pound approach which led to 11 wins and a second straight AFC Championship Game.

And for as strong as the AFC was in 2010 (the Jets were the sixth seed with an 11-5 record), this Darrelle Revis-led team were maybe the third-best team in the AFC on paper – and I say that with no bias in the world. Between that insane defense and Mark Sanchez playing competently, it took one of Ben Roethlisberger’s best Pittsburgh Steelers teams to finally knock the Jets back to life.

And now, Rex just got fired from his second head coaching job in three years and the Jets have one winning season since that AFC Championship Game in Pittsburgh. He’s gone from Jim Jones and flying high to Jim Jones, killing everyone around him in sight with his own stupidity.

14. 2004 Philadelphia Eagles

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How did an offense with Donovan McNabb, Brian Westbrook, and Terrell Owens never win a championship in their lone two seasons together? Well, let’s just say that Terrell Owens was an absolute team killer – and not in the way the Eagles expected where he’d tear up a defense like it was no one’s business. Alright, that did happen, but Owens also killed the team’s chemistry with selfishness.

McNabb also was hurt during the Super Bowl against the Patriots, but that gets forgotten about because of Lord Owens the Selfish. This is one of the more frustrating teams on this list, though, because this was full of players one could root for on a team that people were rooting for. Unlike the Patriots or Cowboys who had previous success and had legitimate reasons for fans to hate them (looking at you, Spygate).

13. 2007 Dallas Cowboys

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Another NFC East team, except one that people may have had more incentive to root against; these were the Cowboys, after all, and who was their number one wide receiver? Lord Owens the Selfish in what was his final Pro Bowl and All-Pro season before becoming a journeyman for his final three seasons in the league.

Featuring the league’s second-best offense, second-year starter and former undrafted rookie Tony Romo threw for 4,211 yards and 36 touchdowns while running backs Marion Barber and Julius Jones combined for 1,563 yards; the duo averaged 4.25 yards a carry altogether, helping the offense score 20 or more points in their first 14 games of the season. How did this team lose to the New York Giants in the divisional round?

12. 2008 Carolina Panthers

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Like the 2007 Dallas Cowboys, the 2008 Carolina Panthers had some of their playoff hopes dashed by the New York Giants – though theirs came in the fight for home-field advantage throughout the postseason, something that ended up not mattering since both lost in the second round. Regardless, I think plenty of people expected these Panthers to have a serious case for the Super Bowl, with a ground ‘n’ pound offense led by DeAngelo Williams and rookie Jonathan Stewart.

Then, Jake Delhomme collapsed, throwing for a 6-7 TD-INT ratio in his final eight games before totally imploding against the Arizona Cardinals in the playoffs. That night, Delhomme threw five interceptions, putting the Panthers in a position they could never come back from. The franchise went into a tailspin following that game, and didn’t recover until Cam Newton rose to become one of the NFL’s biggest stars.

11. 2006 New Orleans Saints

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I know what some of you are thinking: how could arguably the second-greatest season in New Orleans Saints history — and at the time, the greatest — possibly be unappreciated? The answer is simple: people only really think of one play from the 2006 Saints because the 2009 team was the one that achieved victory in the Super Bowl.

That one play, though, wasn’t a kickoff return by Reggie Bush or a long touchdown by Drew Brees. No, it was something from a 29-year-old special teamer who once was a member of the XFL.

Brees, fresh off a shoulder injury that led to the Miami Dolphins infamously passing up on him, has averaged 4,856 passing yards, a 35-15 TD-INT ratio, and a 68% completion percentage. Oh, and he won Super Bowl XLIV against the Colts. Not bad!