NFC West

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NFC West
ConferenceNational Football Conference
LeagueNational Football League
SportAmerican Football
Founded1967 (as the NFL Western Conference Coastal Division)
No. of teams
Most recent champion(s) (6th title)
Most titles (19 titles)
 
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NFC West
ConferenceNational Football Conference
LeagueNational Football League
SportAmerican Football
Founded1967 (as the NFL Western Conference Coastal Division)
No. of teams
Most recent champion(s) (6th title)
Most titles (19 titles)

The NFC West is a division of the National Football League's National Football Conference. It currently has four members: Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams, San Francisco 49ers, and Seattle Seahawks.

The division was formed in 1967 as the National Football League Coastal Division, keeping with the theme of having all of the league's divisions starting with the letter "C." The division was so named because its teams were fairly close to the coasts of the United States, although they were on opposite coasts, making for long travel between division rivals. The NFL Coastal Division had four members: Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Colts, Los Angeles Rams, and San Francisco 49ers. Los Angeles and San Francisco occupied the West Coast, while Baltimore and Atlanta occupied the East Coast.

After the AFL-NFL Merger in 1970, the division was renamed the NFC West. The Baltimore Colts moved to the AFC East and were replaced by the New Orleans Saints. In 1976, the newly formed Seattle Seahawks spent one season in this division before moving to the AFC West. Except for that one year, the division remained the same until 1995 with the addition of the new Carolina Panthers team. And even though the Rams moved to St. Louis that same year, they remained in this division (despite the Dallas Cowboys of the NFC East being located further west), leaving just one team on the West Coast.

The 2002 re-alignment changed the entire look of the NFC West. The Falcons, Panthers, and Saints moved into the NFC South, while the Cardinals and Seahawks moved in. The Rams remained in the West, preserving the historical rivalry with the 49ers that has existed since 1950, and thus are currently the only team in the division that is located east of the Rocky Mountains (the Rams had played in Los Angeles from 1946–1994, thus contributing to the rivalry with the 49ers).

In 2010, the NFC West became the first division in NFL history to have a champion with a losing record, after the 2010 Seattle Seahawks won the division title with a record of 7-9.

Entering 2013 the 49ers lead the division with a record of 535-428-16 with five Super Bowl titles and an overall playoff record of 29-20. The Rams hold a record of 520-514-21 with three Super Bowl appearances and one win to go with a 19-24 overall playoff record. The Cardinals hold a 501-710-39 record and a loss in Super Bowl XLIII with a 6-7 playoff record. The Seahawks hold a record of 280-300, and loss in Super Bowl XL to go with a playoff record of 9-12; they are 6-7 in the playoffs as a member of the NFC West, having gone 3-5 while in the AFC West.

Division lineups[edit]

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

Years
NFL Western Conference
Coastal Division
NFC West Division[B]
67[A]686970[B]717273747576[C]77787980818283848586878889909192939495[D]969798990001
San Francisco 49ers
Los Angeles RamsSt. Louis Rams
Atlanta Falcons
Baltimore ColtsNew Orleans Saints
 Seattle
Seahawks
 Carolina Panthers
NFC West Division[E]
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San Francisco 49ers
St. Louis Rams
Arizona Cardinals
Seattle Seahawks
     Team not in division      Division Won Super Bowl      Division Won NFC Championship      Division Won NFL Championship, Lost Super Bowl III
A The Western Conference was divided into the Coastal and Central divisions. Atlanta moved in from the Eastern Conference. Also joining the Coastal Division were Baltimore, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
B The Coastal Division is renamed the National Football Conference West division (or NFC West for short), due to the AFL-NFL Merger. Baltimore moved to the AFC East division. New Orleans moved in from Capitol Division (now the NFC East)
C Seattle was enfranchised in 1976. Moved to the AFC West in 1977.
D In 1995, Carolina is enfranchised and the Rams move to St. Louis
E For the 2002 season, the league realigns to have 8 four-team divisions. Seattle returns to the NFC West. Arizona joins the West. Atlanta, Carolina, and New Orleans moved to the new NFC South.

Division champions[edit]

SeasonTeamRecordPlayoff Results
NFL Coastal
1967Los Angeles Rams11-1-2Lost NFL Conference Playoffs
1968Baltimore Colts13-1-0Won NFL Conference and Championship Games, Lost Super Bowl III
1969Los Angeles Rams11-3-0Lost NFL Conference Playoffs
NFC West
1970San Francisco 49ers10-3-1Won Divisional Game, Lost NFC Championship Game
1971San Francisco 49ers9-5-0Won Divisional Game, Lost NFC Championship Game
1972San Francisco 49ers8-5-1Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1973Los Angeles Rams12-2-0Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1974Los Angeles Rams10-4-0Won Divisional Game, Lost NFC Championship Game0
1975Los Angeles Rams12-2-0Won Divisional Game, Lost NFC Championship Game
1976Los Angeles Rams10-3-1Won Divisional Game, Lost NFC Championship Game
1977Los Angeles Rams10-4-0Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1978Los Angeles Rams12-4-0Won Divisional Game, Lost NFC Championship Game
1979Los Angeles Rams9-7-0Won Divisional and NFC Championship Games, Lost Super Bowl XIV0
1980Atlanta Falcons12-4-0Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1981San Francisco 49ers13-3-0Won Divisional, NFC Championship Games, and Super Bowl XVI
1982*Atlanta Falcons5-4-0Lost NFC First Round
1983San Francisco 49ers10-6-0Won Divisional Game, Lost NFC Championship Game
1984San Francisco 49ers15-1-0Won Divisional, NFC Championship Games, and Super Bowl XIX
1985Los Angeles Rams11-5-0Won Divisional Game, Lost NFC Championship Game
1986San Francisco 49ers10-5-1Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1987San Francisco 49ers13-2-0Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1988San Francisco 49ers10-6-0Won Divisional, NFC Championship Games, and Super Bowl XXIII
1989San Francisco 49ers14-2-0Won Divisional, NFC Championship Games, and Super Bowl XXIV
1990San Francisco 49ers14-2-0Won Divisional Game, Lost NFC Championship Game
1991New Orleans Saints11-5-0Lost NFC Wild Card Playoffs
1992San Francisco 49ers14-2-0Won Divisional Game, Lost NFC Championship Game
1993San Francisco 49ers10-6-0Won Divisional Game, Lost NFC Championship Game
1994San Francisco 49ers13-3-0Won Divisional, NFC Championship Games, and Super Bowl XXIX
1995San Francisco 49ers11-5-0Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1996Carolina Panthers12-4-0Lost NFC Championship Game
1997San Francisco 49ers13-3-0Won Divisional Game, Lost NFC Championship Game
1998Atlanta Falcons14-2-0Lost Super Bowl XXXIII
1999St. Louis Rams13-3-0Won Divisional, NFC Championship Games, and Super Bowl XXXIV
2000New Orleans Saints10-6-0Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
2001St. Louis Rams14-2-0Won Divisional and NFC Championship Games, Lost Super Bowl XXXVI
2002San Francisco 49ers10-6-0Won Wild Card Game, Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
2003St. Louis Rams12-4-0Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
2004Seattle Seahawks9-7-0Lost NFC Wild Card Playoffs
2005Seattle Seahawks13-3-0Won Divisional and NFC Championship Games, Lost Super Bowl XL
2006Seattle Seahawks9-7-0Won NFC Wild Card Playoffs, Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
2007Seattle Seahawks10-6-0Won NFC Wild Card Playoffs, Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
2008Arizona Cardinals9-7-0Won Wild Card, Divisional and NFC Championship Games, Lost Super Bowl XLIII0
2009Arizona Cardinals10-6-0Won Wild Card Game, Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
2010Seattle Seahawks7-9-0Won NFC Wild Card Playoffs, Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
2011San Francisco 49ers13-3-0Won Divisional Game, Lost NFC Championship Game
2012San Francisco 49ers11-4-1Won Divisional and NFC Championship Games, Lost Super Bowl XLVII
2013Seattle Seahawks13-3-0Won Divisional, NFC Championship Games, and Super Bowl XLVIII

*A players' strike in 1982 reduced the regular season to nine games. Thus, the league used a special sixteen-team playoff tournament for that year only. Division standings were ignored, and Atlanta had the best record of the division teams.

Wild Card qualifiers[edit]

SeasonTeamRecordPlayoff Results
1978Atlanta Falcons9-7-0Won NFC Wild Card Playoffs, Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1980Los Angeles Rams11-5-0Lost NFC Wild Card Playoffs
1983Los Angeles Rams9-7-0Won NFC Wild Card Playoffs, Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1984Los Angeles Rams10-6-0Lost NFC Wild Card Playoffs
1985San Francisco 49ers10-6-0Lost NFC Wild Card Playoffs
1986Los Angeles Rams10-6-0Lost NFC Wild Card Playoffs
1987New Orleans Saints12-3-0Lost NFC Wild Card Playoffs
1988Los Angeles Rams10-6-0Lost NFC Wild Card Playoffs
1989Los Angeles Rams11-5-0Won Wild Card and Divisional Games, Lost NFC Championship Game0
1990New Orleans Saints8-8-0Lost NFC Wild Card Playoffs
1991Atlanta Falcons10-6-0Won NFC Wild Card Playoffs, Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1992New Orleans Saints12-4-0Lost NFC Wild Card Playoffs
1995Atlanta Falcons9-7-0Lost NFC Wild Card Playoffs
1996San Francisco 49ers12-4-0Won NFC Wild Card Playoffs, Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1998San Francisco 49ers12-4-0Won NFC Wild Card Playoffs, Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
2000St. Louis Rams10-6-0Lost NFC Wild Card Playoffs
2001San Francisco 49ers12-4-0Lost NFC Wild Card Playoffs
2003Seattle Seahawks10-6-0Lost NFC Wild Card Playoffs
2004St. Louis Rams8-8-0Won NFC Wild Card Playoffs, Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
2012Seattle Seahawks11-5-0Won NFC Wild Card Playoffs, Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
2013San Francisco 49ers12-4-0Won NFC Wild Card and Divisional Games, Lost NFC Championship Game

*A players' strike in 1982 reduced the regular season to nine games. Thus, the league used a special sixteen-team playoff tournament for that year only. Division standings were ignored.

See also[edit]

Total playoff berths[edit]

(Current NFC West teams' records 1967-2012)
TeamDivision
Championships
Playoff
Berths
Super Bowl
Appearances
Super Bowl
Wins
San Francisco 49ers192465
St. Louis Rams132131
Seattle Seahawks16821
Arizona Cardinals12210

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1These numbers only reflect the Seahawks & Cardinals' time as a member of the NFC West.

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