Carolina ended 7-9. Cincinnati won its final seven games and made the playoffs at 8-6.
The Chiefs lost five in a row after winning the 2015 season opener, but from 1–5 won 10 straight to clinch a wild-card spot.
Several calculators put the Falcons’ playoff chances at less than 1 percent.
Atlanta’s remaining schedule includes six division games against the Saints, Panthers and Buccaneers; a travel date against the undefeated 49ers; and the last home game of the season against the Jaguars.
The 2008 Chargers started 4–8, but finished with four straight wins, winning their division with an 8–8 record. They remain the only team in NFL history to make the playoffs without having a winning record at any point of the season.
The 2010 Seahawks (7-9) won their division and the 2014 Panthers (7-8-1) made the postseason with losing records. (Carolina clinched a wild card spot despite a six-game losing streak during the regular season.)
What if they don’t win again?
Since the league expanded the schedule to 16 games in 1978, two teams — Detroit (2008) and Cleveland (2017) —have gone winless, just 10 teams have gone 1-15 and only 32 teams finished 2-14.