NFC East

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NFC East
ConferenceNational Football Conference
LeagueNational Football League
SportAmerican Football
Founded1967 (as the NFL Eastern Conference Capitol Division)
No. of teams
Most recent champion(s)Philadelphia Eagles (13th title)
Most titlesDallas Cowboys (21 titles)
 
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NFC East
ConferenceNational Football Conference
LeagueNational Football League
SportAmerican Football
Founded1967 (as the NFL Eastern Conference Capitol Division)
No. of teams
Most recent champion(s)Philadelphia Eagles (13th title)
Most titlesDallas Cowboys (21 titles)

The NFC East is a division of the National Football League's National Football Conference. It currently has four members: the Philadelphia Eagles, the New York Giants, the Dallas Cowboys, and the Washington Redskins.

The division was formed in 1967 as the National Football League Capitol Division, keeping with the theme of having all of the league's divisions starting with the letter "C." The division was so named because it was centered around the capital of the United States, Washington, DC. In 1967 and 1969 the teams in the NFL Capitol Division were Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington and the expansion New Orleans Saints, which had been replaced by the New York Giants for the 1968 season.

History[edit]

Although the St. Louis Rams are geographically farther east than Dallas, the Cowboys remained in the NFC East and the Rams stayed in the NFC West because of long-standing rivalries: the Cowboys with all three other teams in the East, and the Rams with the San Francisco 49ers in the West.

The NFC East teams have combined to be the most successful division in the NFL since the 1970 NFL merger with 20 NFC Championship wins and 12 Super Bowl victories, the highest marks of any division in the NFL. Each of the current NFC East's four teams has won at least three NFL titles during their existence; however, only Philadelphia has yet to win a championship in the Super Bowl era. The division features a number of prominent rivalries such as the Cowboys–Redskins rivalry and Eagles–Giants rivalry. Because the division's teams are in some of the United States' largest media markets (New York No. 1, Philadelphia, No. 4, Dallas-Fort Worth No. 5, and Washington No. 8), the NFC East receives a high amount of coverage from national sports media outlets.[1] In the early 1990s the division claimed four consecutive Super Bowl champions, as the Cowboys won two and the Giants and Redskins took one each, all against the Buffalo Bills (those same three teams won eight out of eleven Super Bowls, from 1986–1996).

The Eagles are the only division team to play in the city they are named after:

All the AFC East teams also play in the suburbs (in fact, the New York Jets share a stadium with the Giants). The only two teams not from either East division to do so are the NFC West San Francisco 49ers, who started playing in the San Francisco Bay area suburb Santa Clara in 2014, and the Arizona Cardinals, a former NFC East team also playing in the NFC West (they originally played in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe, but moved to another suburb, Glendale, in 2006).

Division lineups[edit]

Place cursor over year for division champ or Super Bowl team.

Years
NFL Eastern Conference
Capitol Division
NFC East Division[B]
67[A]68697071727374757677787980818283848586878889909192939495969798990001
Dallas Cowboys
Philadelphia Eagles
Washington Redskins
New Orleans SaintsN Y GiantsNew Orleans SaintsNew York Giants
 St. Louis Cardinals[C]Phoenix CardinalsArizona Cardinals[D]
NFC East Division [D]
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Dallas Cowboys
Philadelphia Eagles
Washington Redskins
New York Giants
     Team not in division      Division Won Super Bowl      Division Won NFC Championship
A The Eastern Conference is divided into the Capitol and Century Divisions. Dallas, Philadelphia, and Washington moved in. Also, the New Orleans Saints are enfranchised.
B The Capitol Division became the National Football Conference East division (called "NFC East"). New Orleans realigns to the NFC West. The Giants and Cardinals are added from the Century Division.
C St. Louis moved to Phoenix in 1988. The team changed its name from Phoenix Cardinals to the Arizona Cardinals in 1994.
D Arizona moved to the NFC West when the league realigned into 8 four team divisions before the 2002 season.

Division champions[edit]

As NFL Capitol Division[edit]

SeasonTeamRecordPlayoff Results
NFL Capitol
1967Dallas Cowboys9–5–0Lost NFL Championship
1968Dallas Cowboys12–2–0Lost NFL Divisional Playoffs
1969Dallas Cowboys11–2–1Lost NFL Divisional Playoffs

There was one division sweep of the Capitol Division, 1969 Cowboys 6-0[2]

As NFC East[edit]

SeasonTeamRecordPlayoff Results
1970Dallas Cowboys10–4–0Lost Super Bowl V
1971Dallas Cowboys11–3–0Won Super Bowl VI
1972Washington Redskins11–3–0Lost Super Bowl VII
1973Dallas Cowboys10–4–0Lost NFC Championship Game
1974St. Louis Cardinals10–4–0Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1975St. Louis Cardinals11–3–0Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1976Dallas Cowboys11–3–0Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1977Dallas Cowboys12–2–0Won Super Bowl XII
1978Dallas Cowboys12–4–0Lost Super Bowl XIII
1979Dallas Cowboys11–5–0Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1980Philadelphia Eagles12–4–0Lost Super Bowl XV
1981Dallas Cowboys12–4–0Lost NFC Championship Game
1982*Washington Redskins8–1–0Won Super Bowl XVII
1983Washington Redskins14–2–0Lost Super Bowl XVIII
1984Washington Redskins11–5–0Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1985Dallas Cowboys10–6–0Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1986New York Giants14–2–0Won Super Bowl XXI
1987Washington Redskins11–4–0Won Super Bowl XXII
1988Philadelphia Eagles10–6–0Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1989New York Giants12–4–0Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1990New York Giants13–3–0Won Super Bowl XXV
1991Washington Redskins14–2–0Won Super Bowl XXVI
1992Dallas Cowboys13–3–0Won Super Bowl XXVII
1993Dallas Cowboys12–4–0Won Super Bowl XXVIII
1994Dallas Cowboys12–4–0Lost NFC Championship Game
1995Dallas Cowboys12–4–0Won Super Bowl XXX
1996Dallas Cowboys10–6–0Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1997New York Giants10–5–1Lost NFC Wild Card Playoffs
1998Dallas Cowboys10–6–0Lost NFC Wild Card Playoffs
1999Washington Redskins10–6–0Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
2000New York Giants12–4–0Lost Super Bowl XXXV
2001Philadelphia Eagles11–5–0Lost NFC Championship Game
2002Philadelphia Eagles12–4–0Lost NFC Championship Game
2003Philadelphia Eagles12–4–0Lost NFC Championship Game
2004Philadelphia Eagles13–3–0Lost Super Bowl XXXIX
2005New York Giants11–5–0Lost NFC Wild Card Playoffs
2006Philadelphia Eagles10–6–0Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
2007Dallas Cowboys13–3–0Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
2008New York Giants12-4-0Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
2009Dallas Cowboys11–5–0Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
2010Philadelphia Eagles10–6–0Lost NFC Wild Card Playoffs
2011New York Giants9–7–0Won Super Bowl XLVI
2012Washington Redskins10–6–0Lost NFC Wild Card Playoffs
2013Philadelphia Eagles10–6–0Lost NFC Wild Card Playoffs

The Philadelphia Eagles remain the only team in the NFC East not to win a Super Bowl. The Cowboys lead with five, followed by the Giants with four, and the Redskins with three. In overall NFL history, however, the Giants lead with eight league championships, followed by the Redskins and Cowboys with five each, then the Eagles with three.

There have been two division sweeps of the NFC East Division, the 1998 Dallas Cowboys (8-0) and the 2004 Philadelphia Eagles (6-0).[3]

Wild Card qualifiers[edit]

SeasonTeamRecordPlayoff Results
NFC East
1971Washington Redskins9-4-1Lost Divisional Playoffs
1972Dallas Cowboys10-4-0Lost NFC Championship Game
1973Washington Redskins10-4-0Lost Divisional Playoffs
1974Washington Redskins10-4-0Lost Divisional Playoffs
1975Dallas Cowboys10-4-0Lost Super Bowl X
1976Washington Redskins10-4-0Lost Divisional Playoffs
1978Philadelphia Eagles9-7-0Lost Wild Card Playoffs
1979Philadelphia Eagles11-5-0Lost Divisional Playoffs
1980Dallas Cowboys12-4-0Lost NFC Championship Game
1981Philadelphia Eagles
New York Giants
10-6-0
9-7-0
Lost Wild Card Playoffs
Lost Divisional Playoffs
1982+Dallas Cowboys
St. Louis Cardinals
6-3-0
5-4-0
Lost NFC Championship Game
Lost NFC First Round
1983Dallas Cowboys12-4-0Lost Wild Card Playoffs
1984New York Giants9-7-0Lost Divisional Playoffs
1985New York Giants10-6-0Lost Divisional Playoffs
1986Washington Redskins12-4-0Lost NFC Championship Game
1989Philadelphia Eagles11-5-0Lost Wild Card Playoffs
1990Washington Redskins
Philadelphia Eagles
10-6-0
10-6-0
Lost Divisional Playoffs
Lost Wild Card Playoffs
1991Dallas Cowboys11-5-0Lost Divisional Playoffs
1992Philadelphia Eagles
Washington Redskins
10-6-0
9-7-0
Lost Divisional Playoffs
Lost Divisional Playoffs
1993New York Giants11-5-0Lost Divisional Playoffs
1995Philadelphia Eagles10-6-0Lost Divisional Playoffs
1996Philadelphia Eagles10-6-0Lost Wild Card Playoffs
1998Arizona Cardinals9-7-0Lost Divisional Playoffs
1999Dallas Cowboys8-8-0Lost Wild Card Playoffs
2000Philadelphia Eagles11-5-0Lost Divisional Playoffs
NFC East
2002New York Giants10-6-0Lost Wild Card Playoffs
2003Dallas Cowboys10-6-0Lost Wild Card Playoffs
2005Washington Redskins10-6-0Lost Divisional Playoffs
2006Dallas Cowboys
New York Giants
9-7-0
8-8-0
Lost Wild Card Playoffs
Lost Wild Card Playoffs
2007New York Giants
Washington Redskins
10-6-0
9-7-0
Won Super Bowl XLII
Lost Wild Card Playoffs
2008Philadelphia Eagles9-6-1Lost NFC Championship Game
2009Philadelphia Eagles11-5-0Lost Wild Card Playoffs

+ A players' strike in 1982 reduced the regular season to nine games, so the league used a special 16-team playoff tournament just for this year.

See also[edit]

Total playoff berths[edit]

(NFC East records 1967-2013)
TeamDivision
Championships
Playoff
Berths
Super Bowl
Appearances
Super Bowl
Championships
Dallas Cowboys202985
Philadelphia Eagles91920
New York Giants81554
Washington Redskins81753
Arizona Cardinals12400

To sort table above, click button to right of heading.

NFC EastDivision
Championships
Playoff
Berths
NFC
Championships
Super Bowl
Championships
Totals- 1967-201347852012
1These numbers only reflect the Cardinals' time as a member of the NFC East,
as the team realigned to the NFC West before the 2002 season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.tvb.org/media/file/TVB_Market_Profiles_Nielsen_Household_DMA_RANKS.pdf
  2. ^ http://www.nfl.com
  3. ^ http://www.nfl.com