The way the Detroit Lions season ended can certainly be classified as misery and, well, misery loves company.
The Lions got a little company when the Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals got knocked out of the playoffs in disappointing fashion. In doing so, both teams kept the Lions from a dubious distinction.
In the case of the Chiefs, they have now lost eight straight playoff games, giving them the NFL’s longest playoff losing streak. Prior to Wild Card weekend, the Lions and Chiefs shared the streak at seven games.
For the Lions, that streak includes playoff losses in 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, and 2011 marking 22 seasons since their last playoff win. Thanks to the Bengals poor showing against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, the Bengals keep the NFL’s longest playoff win drought in terms of years at 23.
But hey, the Chiefs and Bengals at least had opportunities to end their streaks. That’s more than can be said for the Lions and staying out of the “lead spot” is hardly consolation.