The 50 Worst Regular-Season NFL Collapses in the Past 19 Years

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The 50 Worst Regular-Season NFL Collapses in the Past 19 Years
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Over the years in NFL history, there have been some teams that began the season with tremendous confidence and looked like a sure-fire bet to make the postseason, only to experience an epic collapse down the stretch run.

To qualify for consideration as one of the teams that have experienced these epic meltdowns in December, the team had to start out with a reasonably strong starting point. So, we are going to go back in history to look for teams that began with a record of 5-0, 5-1, 5-2, 6-0, 6-2, 7-3, 8-4 and 9-3 that all failed to make the playoffs.

We are even experiencing some second-half collapses in the 2011 season that will qualify for the list. These are the years that the players and fans of these teams relive, and shake their heads and wonder why. Of course, if the team made the postseason, then there is no collapse, because once you are in the playoffs, anything can happen.

If you do not see your team listed, it is because they have not experienced any second-half collapses after a hot start since the 1993 season. But there are a total of 50 teams that did. On to the presentation.

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