Fans like to talk about how their mediocre team was actually this close to making the playoffs.A lot of the time, it’s wishful thinking.
But for some reason, lots of NFL teams really were a play or two away from being the playoffs this year.
Bill Simmons brought up the Chargers and the Raiders on his podcast this week.
So we took a look at the rest of the One-Play-Away teams.
This one is by far the most ridiculous.
The Chargers were about to kick the game-winning field goal with less than a minute to go against the Chiefs.
And then Rivers fumbled, the game went into OT, and the Chargers lost a game they would have won if Rivers simply held onto the pigskin.
As much of a disaster as the Eagles were this year, they would have been in the playoffs in Mark Sanchez and the Jets had beaten the Giants in Week 16.
Down six points with 5:39 left, the Jets had a first-down on the 50 yard-line.
If Sanchez manages to drive them into the endzone there, the Birds would be in the playoffs.
Instead, he went 3 and out.
The AFC Wild Card race was a gigantic mess. But in the end, New York would be in if they beat the Giants and Dolphins the last two weeks.
Last week, the Jets were driving down 16-10 late in the game when Sanchez threw a pick at the Dolphins 10 yard line.
If they can score there, and hold on for a 17-16, they're in.
Not exactly One Play Away, but still close.
Jason Garrett drew the scorn of Cowboys fans everywhere when he managed to ice his own kicker against the Cardinals.
But one week later, it was Giants coach Tom Coughlin who iced the Cowboy's Dan Bailey.
Bailey seemingly sent the game to OT and gave the Cowboys another chance to clinch the NFC East crown. But it turned out Coughlin had called a timeout, and he (of course) missed the next attempt.
The Chicago Bears would be a scary team right now if Jay Cutler didn't go all-out to tackle a defender in Week 11
Cutler threw a pick with 10 minutes left in the Bears' game against the Chargers.
To his credit, he hustled back down field and nudged Antoine Cason out of bounds before he could score a TD.
To his discredit, he broke his thumb on the tackle and the Bears sunk like a rock.
The Oakland Raiders just needed Chaz Schilens not fall down on third down against the Lions in Week 15
The Raiders were cruising along against the Lions.
But right before the two-minute warning, Chaz Schilens slipped and couldn't catch and 3rd-and-two pass from Carson Palmer.
The Raiders pinned the Lions deep, but Stafford led them down the field for the heart-stopping 28-27 win.
If Oakland simply converts that 3rd-and-two, they're in the playoffs, and Tebow's out.
OK this one's a stretch, but all the Tennessee Titans had to do was beat the Dan Orlovsky and Colts in Week 15 and they'd be in
It was one of the more surprising results of the season.
The Titans looked frisky after two-straight wins, and the Colts had just lost their 13th-straight game.
But Indy jumped up and notched the upset at home, and Tennessee has to be kicking themselves that all they had to do was show up and win that game.
When you add it all up, 19 of the 32 NFL teams were either in the playoffs or remarkably close to making the playoffs.
That's kind of nuts.
But these teams weren't: Washington, Minnesota, Carolina, Tampa Bay, Arizona, Seattle, St. Louis, Miami, Buffalo, Cleveland, Jacksonville, Indianapolis, Kansas City
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