Next time you’re looking for excuses as to why your team failed this season, take a look at the Green Bay Packers, a team that made the playoffs despite having the most games lost to injury in the NFL this season.

Not just the Packers, but the Washington Redskins, who come second on this list, also made the playoffs. The Packers have lost 83 games to injury to their starting players, while the Redskins, who were knocked out in the Wild Card Playoffs against the Seattle Seahawks partially because of an injury to their quarterback, Robert Griffin III, follow with 75 games lost to injury.

The Dallas Cowboys, who once again failed to secure a spot in the postseason, missing out on the final day of the season in a do or die kind of game, rank third in the NFL and have at least some excuse to why it was the third year in a row without making the playoffs. However, there’s much more to it than injuries, as their Defensive Coordinator, Rob Ryan, was fired, not something Cowboys players are really supportive of.

Seven of the 12 teams that made the playoffs were in the lower half of games lost to injury this season, San Francisco and Seattle in the bottom two. You need luck on your side, not to mention ability, in order to go through an NFL season unscathed, and every Super Bowl champion has a bit of fortune to thank for. The 49ers lost only 8 games to injury this season; the Seattle Seahawks only 11.

Sometimes it’s not the total number of injuries, but who the injury happens to. The Philadelphia Eagles, projected to win the NFC East by many (for a second consecutive season) finished with an abysmal 4-12 after starting 3-1. Their biggest problem was a crumbling offensive line that just couldn’t get fixed, as tackle Jason Peters missed the entire season. That injury was part of 63 games missed by Eagles starters this season, costing Andy Reid, among other things, his job.

Full Injury List

TeamMade PlayoffsGames16g IRKey injurygames
1. San FranciscoYes8171WR Mario Manningham4
2. SeattleYes11130G James Carpenter5
3. New Orleans 20111LB Jonathan Vilma4
4. Chicago 2372G Chilo Rachal6
5. Miami 23163CB Richard Marshall12
6. HoustonYes24111LB Brian Cushing11
7. MinnesotaYes24121WR Percy Harvin7
8. St. Louis 24101C Scott Wells9
9. New EnglandYes2770G Logan Mankins6
10. AtlantaYes33102CB Brent Grimes15
11. NY Giants 3891S Kenny Phillips9
12. San Diego 4296OT Jared Gaither12
13. BaltimoreYes4682LB Ray Lewis10
14. NY Jets 4793CB Darrelle Revis14
15. Oakland 4781CB Shawntee Spencer14
16. Tampa Bay 48124G Davin Joseph16
17. Arizona 4973OT Levi Brown16
18. Cleveland 4984LB Chris Gocong16
19. Tennessee 5175C Eugene Amano16
20. DenverYes5294DT Ty Warren15
21. Pittsburgh 5285S Troy Polamalu9
22. Buffalo 55105WR David Nelson15
23. CincinnatiYes56103LB Thomas Howard15
24. Kansas City 5654C Rodney Hudson13
25. Philadelphia 6366OT Jason Peters16
26. Carolina 6566CB Chris Gamble12
27. IndianapolisYes6652G Seth Olsen11
28. Detroit 69106HB Jahvid Best16
29. Jacksonville 6976G Will Rackley16
30. Cowboys 7185S Barry Church13
31. WashingtonYes75134OT Jammal Brown16
32. Green BayYes8384LB Desmond Bishop16
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