1986–87 NFL playoffs

1986–87 NFL Playoffs

1986–87 NFL playoffs

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The NFL playoffs following the 1986 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXI.

Note: As per the rules of the NFL playoffs prior to the 1990 season (notwithstanding the strike-shortened 1982 season), the New York Giants (the NFC one seed) did not play the Washington Redskins (the four seed) in the Divisional playoff round because both teams were in the same division.


Wild Card playoffs

December 28, 1986

AFC: New York Jets 35, Kansas City Chiefs 15

After Week Eleven in the 1986 NFL season, the Jets possessed the NFL best 10-1 record. After a strangely difficult 31-16 home win against the then winless 0-10 Indianapolis Colts, the NY Jets proceeded to lose five straight blow out games, bookended with a 45-3 thumping by the then 5-6 Miami Dolphins on ABC Monday Night Football and a 52-21 loss by the then 9-6 Cincinnati Bengals. During this five game losing streak, the Jets were outscored by their opponents by aggregate point total of 183 to 61. To make the playoffs the Bengals needed a loss by the NE Patriots in Week Sixteen on ABC Monday Night Football against the Miami Dolphins in the final professional football game at the Miami Orange Bowl. Conversely, the hottest AFC team at the end of the season was the 10-6 Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks finished the season with an AFC best five game winning streak, but were left out of the playoffs because of a disastrous three game skid where the Seahawks were defeated by eventual playoff participants NY Jets 38-7,...
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