After 17 weeks of action, the 2012 NFL playoffs schedule is set. Three teams clinched playoff berths on Sunday afternoon in a wild day of football that saw two teams back into the playoffs thanks to losses by other teams.
The Denver Broncos lost to the Kansas City Chiefs but backdoored their way into the playoffs thanks to an Oakland Raiders loss. The Cincinnati Bengals lost to the Baltimore Ravens but backdoored their way into the playoffs thanks to said Broncos loss. The New York Giants wrapped up a crazy weekend by claiming the NFC East with a Sunday Night Football win over the Dallas Cowboys.
This year's playoff field features an impressive mix of recent champions and perennial losers. The Green Bay Packers are back to defend their title. The Saints, Steelers and Giants are recent Lombardi winners looking to recapture the trophy.
On the other side, the Lions (1999) and 49ers (2002) snapped two of the longer active playoff droughts and the Texans will be making their first ever playoff appearance. Most importantly, there is a chance we will get an opportunity to bet on Jake Delhomme in a Texans playoff game.
As the 12 teams prepare for the NFL's second season, here is a rundown of each team's most recent playoff appearance as well as their last Super Bowl title.
Green Bay Packers
Last Playoff Appearance: 2010 - The Packers captured their fourth Lombardi Trophy as they defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 in Super Bowl XLV
Last Super Bowl Win: Super Bowl XLV, vs. Steelers, 2010
Playoff Record: 29-16
San Francisco 49ers
Last Playoff Appearance: 2002 - The 49ers pulled off the biggest comeback in postseason history as they defeated the New York Giants 39-38 in the wild card round. They lost in the divisional round to the eventual Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Last Super Bowl Win: Super Bowl XXIX, vs. Chargers, 1994
Playoff Record: 26-18
New Orleans Saints
Last Playoff Appearance: 2010 - The 11-5 Saints had to travel in the wild card round to the 7-9 Seattle Seahawks who had claimed the NFC West. The Saints lost 41-36, with the game arguably clinched on Marshawn Lynch's epic 67-yard touchdown run. Their last playoff victory came in 2009 when they defeated the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV.
Last Super Bowl Win: Super Bowl XLIV, vs. Colts, 2009
Playoff Record: 5-7
New York Giants
Last Playoff Appearance: 2008 - The Giants secured a first round bye but gave up 13 unanswered points in losing 23-11 to the Philadelphia Eagles in the divisional championship round. Their last playoff victory came in 2007 when they defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.
Last Super Bowl Win: Super Bowl XLII, vs. Patriots, 2007
Playoff Record: 20-24
Last Playoff Appearance: 2010 - The Falcons clinched a first round bye with a 13-3 record, but lost 48-21 to the Green Bay Packers, who would go on to win Super Boxl XLV. Their last playoff victory was a 2004 divisional round victory over the St. Louis Rams.
Last Super Bowl Win: The Falcons have never won the Super Bowl. They made one appearance in Super Bowl XXXIII, losing to the Broncos.
Playoff Record: 6-10
Last Playoff Appearance: 1999 - The 8-8 Lions claimed a wild card berth, losing 27-13 to the Washington Redskins in the wild card round. Their last playoff victory came in 1991 over the Dallas Cowboys. Prior to that they had not won a playoff game since the 1957 NFL championship game.
Last Super Bowl Win: The Lions have never won or appeared in a Super Bowl. They did win the 1957 NFL Championship Game with a 59-14 victory over the Cleveland Browns.
Playoff Record: 7-10
New England Patriots
Last Playoff Appearance: 2010 - The Patriots secured a first round bye courtesy of a 14-2 record and then lost their divisional championship round matchup with the New York Jets, 28-21. Their last playoff victory came in 2007 when they defeated the San Diego Chargers in the AFC title game before losing the Super Bowl to the New York Giants.
Last Super Bowl Win: Super Bowl XXXIX, vs. Eagles, 2004
Playoff Record: 21-15
Last Playoff Appearance: 2010 - The Ravens entered as a wild card and defeated the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. They then lost their division championship round matchup at the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Last Super Bowl Win: Super Bowl XXXV, vs. Giants, 2000
Playoff Record: 9-6
Last Playoff Appearance: First playoff appearance in franchise history
Last Super Bowl Win: First playoff appearance in franchise history
Playoff Record: 0-0
Last Playoff Appearance: 2005 - The Broncos earned a first round bye and defeated the New England Patriots 27-13 in the divisional championship round. They lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC championship game.
Last Super Bowl Win: Super Bowl XXXIII, vs. Falcons, 1998
Playoff Record: 17-15
Last Playoff Appearance: 2010 - The Steelers earned a first round bye and defeated the Baltimore Ravens in the division championship round, followed by the New York Jets in the AFC championship game. They lost to the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV.
Last Super Bowl Win: Super Bowl XLIII, vs. Cardinals, 2008
Playoff Record: 33-20
Last Playoff Appearance: 2009 - The Bengals won the AFC North, but lost their playoff opener 24-14 to the New York Jets. The Bengals last playoff win came in 1990 when they defeated the Houston Oilers in the wild card round. They followed that up with a loss to the Los Angeles Raiders in the divisional championship round.
Last Super Bowl Win: The Bengals have never won the Super Bowl. They have made two appearances in the Super Bowl, losing both to the San Francisco 49ers in 1988 and 1981.
Playoff Record: 5-9