When a team reaches the NFL playoffs they know that they have to be as close to flawless as possible. They only get one shot but things don’t always go their way. Even the best NFL players and coaches have sullied their names with poor performances at the worst possible time.
Today we’re going to take a look at 30 brutal NFL postseason defeats that sullied careers. Some of these defeats were terrible because they were blowouts. Others were very close and arguably all the more painful because of that. There are all kinds of players on this list, from quarterbacks to kickers, but all of them tarnished their careers to a degree because of one terrible moment or display. Check out the list below via Yardbreaker.
30. Donovan McNabb
The Eagles suffered a third consecutive NFC Championship game defeat in 2003. They came into the postseason strong as the number-one ranked seed. After suffering multiple agonies, their fans expected them to put everything together and go for glory. Unfortunately, their quarterback McNabb didn’t read the memo as he failed to show up in the NFC Championship game. They needed him well to perform but he didn’t.
Philly played the Carolina Panthers and were big favorites to win. However, McNabb sullied his image with a dreadful display. He threw not one, but three pick-sixes, and all of them to Ricky Manning. His 19.3 passer rating showed how bad he was on the day. It was performances like these that prevent fans from considering McNabb as a top-tier quarterback.