- The Washington Times
Monday, January 24, 2022

The success this season of the Cincinnati Bengals — one of the NFL’s worst teams over the last 30 years — should give Washington Football Team fans hope.

On the other hand, the Bengals’ playoff win Saturday put an unwelcome spotlight on Washington’s ongoing ineptitude.

With the Bengals advancing to their first AFC title game since the 1989 season, the Washington Football Team now has the NFL’s longest active streak without a championship game appearance, tied with the Detroit Lions.

Washington and Detroit have both gone 30 seasons since making it to the championship game. In the 1991 postseason, the Joe Gibbs-led Burgundy and Gold beat the Barry Sanders-led Lions 41-10 in the NFC title game. Washington would go on to beat the Buffalo Bills 37-24 in the Super Bowl.

Washington and Detroit aren’t the only teams that haven’t been to a title game in a long time. The Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins have each gone 29 seasons without making it to a championship game. The Browns’ last appearance was in 1989, while the Dolphins’ last AFC title game was in 1992. Cleveland’s streak is only 29 years because it was without a team for three seasons between 1996 to 1998. 

If there’s any silver lining for Washington fans about this not-so-fun fact, it’s that the Dallas Cowboys are now in the top (or bottom) five. The Cowboys’ last championship game appearance was 26 seasons ago in 1995. 

• Jacob Calvin Meyer can be reached at jmeyer@washingtontimes.com.

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