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The AFC East is a division of the National Football League's American Football Conference. It has four members: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, and New York Jets. They are all former members of the American Football League (AFL).

The division has its roots in the AFL's Eastern Division, which featured all of the above teams as well as the Houston Oilers. The division was absorbed nearly intact with the AFL-NFL Merger in 1970, but Houston was removed and replaced by the closer Baltimore Colts. Despite relocating to Indianapolis, Indiana in 1984, the Colts continued to play in the AFC East until the 2002 re-alignment when they were moved to the AFC South.

Although Miami is farther south than the home cities of the other three teams, all of which are in the Northeast, all four AFC East teams have historical rivalries among them, dating from their years in the AFL during the 1960s. None of the AFC East teams play within the central city of their metropolitan area. The Patriots play in the Boston suburb of Foxborough, Massachusetts; the Jets play in East Rutherford, New Jersey; the Dolphins play in Miami Gardens, Florida; and the Bills play 7 games in Orchard Park, New York and 1 in Toronto, Ontario. Also Miami has a large population of former residents of the northeast, especially the New York Metro area, thus making Miami a "northeastern city" in some manner.

AFC East
Conference American Football Conference
League National Football League
Sport American football
Founded 1960 (as the American Football League Eastern Division)
Teams
No. of teams 4
Championships
Most recent AFC East champions New England Patriots
Most AFC East titles New England Patriots (19 titles, have won 8 straight AFC East Titles)

Division champions Edit

  • A players' strike in 1982 reduced the regular season to 9 games. Thus, the league used a special 16-team playoff tournament just for this year. Division standings were ignored, Miami had the best record of the division teams.
Season Team Record Playoff Results
1970 Baltimore Colts 11-2-1 Won Super Bowl V
1971 Miami Dolphins 10-3-1 Lost Super Bowl VI
1972 Miami Dolphins 14-0 Won Super Bowl VII
1973 Miami Dolphins 12-2 Won Super Bowl VIII
1974 Miami Dolphins 11-3 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
1975 Baltimore Colts 10-4 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
1976 Baltimore Colts 11-3 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
1977 Baltimore Colts 10-4 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
1978 New England Patriots 11-5 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
1979 Miami Dolphins 10-6 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
1980 Buffalo Bills 11-5 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
1981 Miami Dolphins 11-4-1 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
1982+ Miami Dolphins 7-2 Lost Super Bowl XVII
1983 Miami Dolphins 12-4 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
1984 Miami Dolphins 14-2 Lost Super Bowl XIX
1985 Miami Dolphins 12-4 Lost AFC Championship Game
1986 New England Patriots 11-5 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
1987 Indianapolis Colts 9-6 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
1988 Buffalo Bills 12-4 Lost AFC Championship Game
1989 Buffalo Bills 9-7 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
1990 Buffalo Bills 13-3 Lost Super Bowl XXV
1991 Buffalo Bills 13-3 Lost Super Bowl XXVI
1992 Miami Dolphins 11-5 Lost AFC Championship Game
1993 Buffalo Bills 12-4 Lost Super Bowl XXVIII
1994 Miami Dolphins 10-6 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
1995 Buffalo Bills 10-6 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
1996 New England Patriots 11-5 Lost Super Bowl XXXI
1997 New England Patriots 10-6 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
1998 New York Jets 12-4 Lost AFC Championship Game
1999 Indianapolis Colts 13-3 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
2000 Miami Dolphins 11-5 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
2001 New England Patriots 11-5 Won Super Bowl XXXVI
2002 New York Jets 9-7 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
2003 New England Patriots 14-2 Won Super Bowl XXXVIII
2004 New England Patriots 14-2 Won Super Bowl XXXIX
2005 New England Patriots 10-6 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
2006 New England Patriots 12-4 Lost AFC Championship Game
2007 New England Patriots 16-0 Lost Super Bowl XLII
2008 Miami Dolphins 11-5 Lost AFC Wild Card Playoffs
2009 New England Patriots 10-6 Lost AFC Wild Card Playoffs
2010 New England Patriots 14-2 Lost AFC Divional Playoffs
2011 New England Patriots 13-3

Lost Super Bowl XLVI

Wild Card qualifiersEdit

Since 1970
Season Team Record Playoff Results
1970 Miami Dolphins 10-4 Lost AFC Divisional playoffs
1971 Baltimore Colts 10-4 Lost Conference Championship
1972 None -- --
1973 None -- --
1974 Buffalo Bills 9-5 Lost AFC Divisional playoffs
1975 None -- --
1976 New England Patriots 11-3 Lost AFC Divisional playoffs
1977 None -- --
1978 Miami Dolphins 11-5 Lost AFC Wild Card playoffs
1979 None -- --
1980 None -- --
1981 Buffalo Bills 10-6 Lost AFC Divisional playoffs
1981 New York Jets 10-5 Lost AFC Wild Card playoffs
1982 None* -- --
1983 None -- --
1984 None -- --
1985 New England Patriots 11-5 Lost Super Bowl XX
1985 New York Jets 11-5 Lost AFC Wild Card playoffs
1986 New York Jets 10-6 Lost AFC Divisional playoffs
1987 None -- --
1988 None -- --
1989 None -- --
1990 Miami Dolphins 11-5 Lost AFC Divisional playoffs
1991 New York Jets 8-8 Lost AFC Wild Card playoffs
1992 Buffalo Bills 11-5 Lost Super Bowl XXVII
1993 None -- --
1994 New England Patriots 10-6 Lost AFC Wild Card playoffs
1995 Indianapolis Colts 9-7 Lost AFC Championship
1995 Miami Dolphins 9-7 Lost AFC Wild Card playoffs
1996 Buffalo Bills 10-6 Lost AFC Wild Card playoffs
1996 Indianapolis Colts 9-7 Lost AFC Wild Card playoffs
1997 Miami Dolphins 9-7 Lost AFC Wild Card playoffs
1998 Buffalo Bills 10-6 Lost AFC Wild Card playoffs
1998 Miami Dolphins 10-6 Lost AFC Divisional playoffs
1998 New England Patriots 9-7 Lost AFC Wild Card playoffs
1999 Buffalo Bills 11-5 Lost AFC Wild Card playoffs
1999 Miami Dolphins 9-7 Lost AFC Divisional playoffs
2000 Indianapolis Colts 10-6 Lost AFC Wild Card playoffs
2001 Miami Dolphins 11-5 Lost AFC Wild Card playoffs
2001 New York Jets 10-6 Lost AFC Wild Card playoffs
2002 None -- --
2003 None -- --
2004 New York Jets 10-6 Lost AFC Divisional playoffs
2005 None -- --
2006 New York Jets 10-6 Lost AFC Wild Card playoffs
2007 None --

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2008 None --

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2009 New York Jets 9-7 Lost AFC Championship Game
2010 New York Jets 11-5 Lost AFC Championship Game

* - A players' strike in 1982 reduced the regular season to nine games. Thus, the league used a special 16-team playoff tournament just for this year. Division standings were ignored.

Total playoff berthsEdit

Team Championships Playoff Berths
New England Patriots 19 24
Miami Dolphins 13 23
Buffalo Bills 11 18
New York Jets 4 13
Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts1 6 10
Houston Oilers 4 5

1 Known as the Baltimore Colts before 1984. Realigned into the AFC South during the 2002 NFL season.

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