From 1993 to 2015, the New York Islanders lost eight consecutive playoff series, beginning with a loss in the conference finals to Montreal in 1993, and culminating in a heartbreaking, 7-game series loss last year to Washington. Last night, the Isles came from behind and defeated Florida, to win the series, four games to two.
So the streak stopped at eight for the Islanders; as it turns out, the longest streaks for consecutive playoff losses in NFL history is also at eight, with two of those streaks being active.
The Detroit Lions became the last time to beat the ’90s Cowboys before Dallas became a dynasty; that remains the last playoff win in franchise history for Detroit, as the Lions have dropped eight consecutive playoff games since, to seven different teams:
Perhaps more famously, the Bengals have had a similar streak of playoff frustration. Cincinnati beat Oakland in the game that ultimately ended Bo Jackson’s career; Cincinnati didn’t even make the playoffs for another 15 years after that game. The Bengals made the playoffs and lost at home in ’05 and ’09, before turning into one of the better teams in the NFL during the last five seasons… until January:
The Bengals and Lions enter 2016 on 8-game playoff losing streaks; that’s where the Chiefs were a few months ago, too. In Kansas City’s case, the antidote was Brian Hoyer:
Kansas City, Cincinnati, and Detroit all failed to win a single playoff game between 1994 and 2014, while every other NFL team won at least one playoff game. No other NFL franchise has lost even seven straight playoff games, although five other franchises lost six straight: Cleveland (thru 1985), Dallas (through 2007), Minnesota (through 1996), the Giants (through 1950), and the Seahawks (through 2004).