NFL 2020 The NFC East champion will be the fifth to reach the postseason with a losing record
The NFC East has been by far the worst division in the NFL in 2020. He has not yet defined his divisional champion, who will start between Giants, Cowboys y Washington, but Whoever the winner will have a losing mark something that had only been seen on four previous occasions.
The first two teams to qualify with records below .500 came in 1982, the season of the strike. The Lions in the NFC and the Browns in the AFC they got their ticket at 4-5, before losing in the wild-card round 27-10 to the Raiders and 31-7 to Washington.
It took 28 years before another team with a losing record qualified. Were the Seahawks de 2010, who won the NFC West in the final game of the season, beating a rookie Sam Bradford’s Rams despite using Charlie Whitehurst como QB. Despite finishing 7-9, the divisional title allowed them host the wild card game against the 11-5 Saints And there was one of the unforgettable moments of the Playoffs: he Beast Quake, Marshawn Lynch’s carry that sealed the victory.
Seattle would be eliminated in the divisional round at Chicago, 35-24.
The last team with a losing mark were the 2014 Carolina Panthers. They finished 7-8-1 and the schedule smiled at them, as they faced Arizona, which finished 11-5, but lost Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton, so they had to start Ryan Lindley. Carolina won 27-16 before losing in Seattle 31-17.
There is also 10 teams that have qualified 8-8 and none have even made it to the conference finalAlthough four of the last five won in the wild-card round, the only one not being the 2006 Giants. San Diego and Denver both won at home in defined overtime games, including Tim Tebow’s game against the Steelers.
- 1985 Browns: lost 24-21 to Miami in the divisional round
- 1990 Saints: Lost 16-6 to Chicago in the wild card round
- 1991 Jets: lost 1-70 to the Oilers in the wild-card round
- 1998 Cowboys: Lost 27-10 to Vikings in wild-card round
- 1999 Lions: Lost 27-13 to Washington in wild-card round
- 2004 Vikings: Won 31-17 at Green Bay in wild card round, lost 27-14 at Philadelphia in divisional round.
- 2004 Rams: Won 27-20 at Seattle in wild-card round, lost 47-17 at Atlanta in divisional round
- 2006 Giants: lost 23-20 at Philadelphia in divisional round
- 2008 Chargers: won 23-17 in wild-card round against Colts, lost 35-24 at Pittsburgh in divisional round
- 2011 Broncos: beat Pittsburgh 29-23 in wild card round, lost 45-10 at New England
The Giants They need to beat Dallas and Washington lose. If so, it would be the first 6-10 team to qualify, making them the worst team in Playoff history. Washington and Dallas, with a win, would finish 7-9.