The NFL expanded the playoff field this season, with 14 of the league’s 32 teams playing beyond Week 17. The league has steadily expanded the postseason since the first Super Bowl was played more than half of a century ago. As more teams get added to the playoffs, it gives franchises a chance to add to their total number of playoff wins.
Despite this year’s postseason expansion it still takes three or four wins to claim the Lombardi Trophy, depending on if a team got a first-round bye. It’s possible that at the conclusion of this postseason, we could have a new No. 1 team in playoff victories. As the postseason gets underway, here’s a look at the four teams with the most wins in the NFL playoffs.
New England Patriots — 37 wins
Statista has ranked all 32 franchises in order of playoff wins, and the Patriots sit at the top of the list with 37. The majority of those have come over the last 20 years as the team won all six of their Super Bowl titles during the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era.
That duo combined to accrue 30 of the wins, helping to solidify them as the greatest quarterback-coach combination in NFL history. But the Patriots’ record could be in jeopardy because they’re not in the playoffs and can’t add to the total, and there are a couple of teams in the postseason that could catch them.
Pittsburgh Steelers — 36 wins
The Steelers are tied with the Patriots with six Super Bowl titles but have one fewer playoff wins overall. They last claimed a Super Bowl title 12 years ago, and fans of one of the most successful NFL franchises in history are probably anxious for the team to earn another ring.
With a win in the Wild Car round, the Steelers could tie the Patiors. If the Steelers can manage to run the table and get four wins, not only would they pass the Patriots with their seventh title, but they would also pass the Patriots for most postseason wins in NFL history.
Dallas Cowboys — 35 wins
The Cowboys are the opposite of the Patriots, as very few of Dallas’ playoff victories have come in recent times. In fact, the Cowboys have won just three playoff games since the turn of the century and their last Super Bowl title came 25 years ago, which is also the last time they won more than one game in a single postseason.
The Cowboys’ greatest postseason success came in the ’70s, when they won 14 games. They also won two Super Bowls in that decade, with their other three titles coming in the ’90s. With the Cowboys not in the playoffs this year, they won’t be able to add to their total number of wins.
Green Bay Packers — 35 wins
It’s been 10 years since the Packers won their last Super Bowl, which was the franchise’s fourth, and the team that plays in the city dubbed Titletown is looking to add to that total.
The top seed in the NFC, the Packers have a first-round bye and need just three wins to hold up the trophy named for their former coach. If the Packers do win the Super Bowl, those three victories would give them the most playoff wins of any team.
As the best team in the NFC during the regular season, the Packers are one of the championship favorites this season with Aaron Rodgers looking to earn his second Super Bowl ring, which would likely make him a solid bet to get enshrined in Canton after he hangs up his cleats in a few years.
All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference