Reaching the playoffs is a remarkable accomplishment by itself. Only 12 of the 32 NFL teams make the single elimination tournament each season via winning their respective division or as a Wild Card. Making it back to the playoffs appears more unyielding than what meets the eye.
But history suggests otherwise in a sport that’s driven by prolonged periods of dominance and stardom.
Baltimore is the only team that has made the playoffs each of the last five seasons. Five teams have made the playoffs four of the last five seasons, including Atlanta, Green Bay, New England, Indianapolis and Baltimore. Five teams have made the playoffs three out of the last five seasons, including Minnesota, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.
Still, eight teams have gone to the postseason twice over the last five seasons, including San Francisco, Seattle, the New York Giants, Arizona, Denver, the New York Jets, San Diego and Houston.
Though getting back to the postseason with hopes of ultimately winning the NFL’s grandest game—the Super Bowl—is rare, a number of teams have seen success in doing so over the last handful of seasons.
A pool of postseason teams from last year have a strong case to make it back in 2013.