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The AFC North refers to the Northern Division of the American Football Conference of the National Football League that was created in the Division Realignment of 2002. It replaced the AFC Central division. It's current members are: Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, and Cincinnati Bengals.

Division championsEdit

Season Team Record Playoff Results
NFL Century
1967 Cleveland Browns 9–5–0 Lost NFL Divisional Playoffs
1968 Cleveland Browns 10–4–0 Lost NFL Championship
1969 Cleveland Browns 10–3–1 Lost NFL Championship
AFC Central
1970 Cincinnati Bengals 8–6–0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
1971 Cleveland Browns 9–5–0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
1972 Pittsburgh Steelers 11–3–0 Lost AFC Championship Game
1973 Cincinnati Bengals 10–4–0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
1974 Pittsburgh Steelers 10–3–1 Won Super Bowl IX
1975 Pittsburgh Steelers 12–2–0 Won Super Bowl X
1976 Pittsburgh Steelers 10–4–0 Lost AFC Championship Game
1977 Pittsburgh Steelers 9–5–0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
1978 Pittsburgh Steelers 14–2–0 Won Super Bowl XIII
1979 Pittsburgh Steelers 12–4–0 Won Super Bowl XIV
1980 Cleveland Browns 11–5–0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
1981 Cincinnati Bengals 12–4–0 Lost Super Bowl XVI
1982+ Cincinnati Bengals 7–2–0 Lost AFC First Round
1983 Pittsburgh Steelers 10–6–0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
1984 Pittsburgh Steelers 9–7–0 Lost AFC Championship Game
1985 Cleveland Browns 8–8–0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
1986 Cleveland Browns 12–4–0 Lost AFC Championship Game
1987 Cleveland Browns 10–5–0 Lost AFC Championship Game
1988 Cincinnati Bengals 12–4–0 Lost Super Bowl XXIII
1989 Cleveland Browns 9–6–1 Lost AFC Championship Game
1990 Cincinnati Bengals 9–7–0 Lost Divisional Playoffs
1991 Houston Oilers 11–5–0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
1992 Pittsburgh Steelers 11–5–0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
1993 Houston Oilers 12–4–0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
1994 Pittsburgh Steelers 12–4–0 Lost AFC Championship Game
1995 Pittsburgh Steelers 11–5–0 Lost Super Bowl XXX
1996 Pittsburgh Steelers 10–6–0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
1997 Pittsburgh Steelers 11–5–0 Lost AFC Championship Game
1998 Jacksonville Jaguars 11–5–0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
1999 Jacksonville Jaguars 14–2–0 Lost AFC Championship Game++
2000 Tennessee Titans 13–3–0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs++
2001 Pittsburgh Steelers 13–3–0 Lost AFC Championship Game
AFC North
2002 Pittsburgh Steelers 10–5–1 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
2003 Baltimore Ravens 10–6–0 Lost AFC Wild Card Playoffs
2004 Pittsburgh Steelers 15–1–0 Lost AFC Championship Game
2005 Cincinnati Bengals 11–5–0 Lost AFC Wild Card Playoffs++
2006 Baltimore Ravens 13–3–0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
2007 Pittsburgh Steelers 10–6–0 Lost AFC Wild Card playoffs
2008 Pittsburgh Steelers 12–4–0 Won Super Bowl XLIII
2009 Cincinnati Bengals 10–6–0 Lost AFC Wild Card playoffs
2010 Pittsburgh Steelers 12–4–0 Lost Super Bowl XLV
2011 Baltimore Ravens 12–4–0 Lost AFC Championship Game
2012 Baltimore Ravens 10–6–0 Won Super Bowl XLVII

+ A players' strike in 1982 reduced the regular season to nine games. Because of the strike, the league used for its playoffs a special 16-team "Super Bowl Tournament" just for this year. Division standings were not formally acknowledged (although every division wound up sending at least one team to the playoffs); Cincinnati had the best record of the division teams.

++ Loss came against another AFC Central/AFC North team.

Wild Card qualifiersEdit

Season Team Record Playoff Results
AFC Central
1972 Cleveland Browns 10-4-0 Lost Divisional Playoffs
1973 Pittsburgh Steelers 10-4-0 Lost Divisional Playoffs
1975 Cincinnati Bengals 11-3-0 Lost Divisional Playoffs
1978 Houston Oilers 10-6-0 Lost AFC Championship Game++
1979 Houston Oilers 11-5-0 Lost AFC Championship Game++
1980 Houston Oilers 11-5-0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs
1982+ Pittsburgh Steelers
Cleveland Browns
6-3-0
4-5-0
Lost AFC First Round
Lost AFC First Round
1987 Houston Oilers 9-6-0 Lost Divisional Playoffs
1988 Cleveland Browns
Houston Oilers
10-6-0
10-6-0
Lost Wild Card Playoffs++
Lost Divisional Playoffs
1989 Houston Oilers
Pittsburgh Steelers
9-7-0
9-7-0
Lost Wild Card Playoffs++
Lost Divisional Playoffs
1990 Houston Oilers 9-7-0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs++
1992 Houston Oilers 10-6-0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs
1993 Pittsburgh Steelers 9-7-0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs
1994 Cleveland Browns 11-5-0 Lost Divisional Playoffs++
1996 Jacksonville Jaguars 9-7-0 Lost AFC Championship Game
1997 Jacksonville Jaguars 11-5-0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs
1999 Tennessee Titans 13-3-0 Lost Super Bowl XXXIV
2000 Baltimore Ravens 12–4–0 Won Super Bowl XXXV
2001 Baltimore Ravens 10–6–0 Lost Divisional Playoffs++
AFC North
2002 Cleveland Browns 9–7–0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs++
2005 Pittsburgh Steelers 11–5–0 Won Super Bowl XL
2008 Baltimore Ravens 11–5–0 Lost AFC Championship Game++
2009 Baltimore Ravens 9–7–0 Lost Divisional Playoffs
2010 Baltimore Ravens 12–4–0 Lost Divisional Playoffs++
2011 Pittsburgh Steelers
Cincinnati Bengals
12–4–0
9–7–0
Lost Wild Card Playoffs
Lost Wild Card Playoffs
2012 Cincinnati Bengals 10–6–0 Lost 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.

++ Loss came against another AFC Central/AFC North team.

See alsoEdit

Total playoff berthsEdit

2012 season in progress

Teams With
Division Titles
Division
Championships
Playoff
Berths
AFC
Titles
Super Bowl
Wins
Pittsburgh Steelers[1] 20 26 8 6
Cleveland Browns[2] 9 15 0 0
Cincinnati Bengals[3] 8 11 2 0
Baltimore Ravens[4] 4 9 2 2
Tennessee Titans*[5] 3 12 1 0
Jacksonville Jaguars*[6] 2 4 0 52

ReferencesEdit

  1. Charter member of division in 1967.
  2. This refers to the team that the league officially views as one continuous franchise that entered the division in 1967, suspended operations from 1996–1998, and resumed play in 1999.
  3. Moved in from the AFL West in 1970.
  4. This refers to the team that the league officially views as an expansion team that began play in 1996.
  5. Moved in from the AFL East in 1970. Known as the Houston Oilers until 1996, as the Tennessee Oilers in 1997 and 1998, and the Tennessee Titans since 1999. Realigned into the AFC South in 2002.
  6. Realigned into the AFC South in 2002.


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