What NFL team has the longest absence from appearing in either a Super Bowl or NFL Championship Game?
The Detroit Lions last won a NFL championship in 1957, which gives the Lions the longest NFL championship drought. Also, the Lions are the only franchise to finish a full (non strike shortened) regular season with no wins or ties since the NFL move to sixteen season games in 1978, going 0–16 during the 2008 NFL season. Lastly, the Lions are one of four current teams, and the only one in the NFC, to have never played in a Super Bowl Championship game.
The Detroit Lions began play in 1928 as an independent professional team. With the 2015 season, the Lions have played 86 seasons in the National Football League (NFL).