The National Football Conference (NFC) Championship Game is one of the two semi-final playoff matches of the National Football League, the largest professional American football league in the United States. The game is played on the penultimate Sunday in January and determines the champion of the National Football Conference. The winner of this game will face the AFC champion in the Super Bowl. To get to the the NFC championship game the two teams must have beaten a team in the Divisonal round or if they were a wild card, the wild card round.

Playoff structure[edit | edit source]

For more details on this topic, see NFL playoffs.

At the end of each football season, a series of playoff games involving the top six teams in the NFC are conducted, consisting of the four division champions and two wild card teams. The two teams remaining play in the NFC Championship game.

List of Championship Games[edit | edit source]

Season Winning team Score Losing team Score Location Stadium
1970-71 Dallas Cowboys (1) 17 San Francisco 49ers 10 San Francisco Kezar Stadium
1971-72 Dallas Cowboys (2) 14 San Francisco 49ers 3 Irving, TX Texas Stadium
1972-73 Washington Redskins (1) 26 Dallas Cowboys 3 Washington, D.C. RFK Stadium
1973-74 Minnesota Vikings (1) 27 Dallas Cowboys 10 Irving, TX Texas Stadium
1974-75 Minnesota Vikings (2) 14 Los Angeles Rams 10 Bloomington, MN Metropolitan Stadium
1975-76 Dallas Cowboys (3) 37 Los Angeles Rams 7 Los Angeles LA Coliseum
1976-77 Minnesota Vikings (3) 24 Los Angeles Rams 13 Bloomington, MN Metropolitan Stadium
1977-78 Dallas Cowboys (4) 23 Minnesota Vikings 6 Irving, TX Texas Stadium
1978-79 Dallas Cowboys (5) 28 Los Angeles Rams 0 Los Angeles LA Coliseum
1979-80 Los Angeles Rams (1) 9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0 Tampa Tampa Stadium
1980-81 Philadelphia Eagles (1) 20 Dallas Cowboys 7 Philadelphia Veterans Stadium
1981-82 San Francisco 49ers (1) 28 Dallas Cowboys 27 San Francisco Candlestick Park
1982-83 Washington Redskins (2) 31 Dallas Cowboys 17 Washington, D.C. RFK Stadium
1983-84 Washington Redskins (3) 24 San Francisco 49ers 21 Washington, D.C. RFK Stadium
1984-85 San Francisco 49ers (2) 23 Chicago Bears 0 San Francisco Candlestick Park
1985-86 Chicago Bears (1) 24 Los Angeles Rams 0 Chicago Soldier Field
1986-87 New York Giants (1) 17 Washington Redskins 0 East Rutherford, NJ Giants Stadium
1987-88 Washington Redskins (4) 17 Minnesota Vikings 10 Washington, D.C. RFK Stadium
1988-89 San Francisco 49ers (3) 28 Chicago Bears 3 Chicago Soldier Field
1989-90 San Francisco 49ers (4) 30 Los Angeles Rams 3 San Francisco Candlestick Park
1990-91 New York Giants (2) 15 San Francisco 49ers 13 San Francisco Candlestick Park
1991-92 Washington Redskins (5) 41 Detroit Lions 10 Washington, D.C. RFK Stadium
1992-93 Dallas Cowboys (6) 30 San Francisco 49ers 20 San Francisco Candlestick Park
1993-94 Dallas Cowboys (7) 38 San Francisco 49ers 21 Irving, TX Texas Stadium
1994-95 San Francisco 49ers (5) 38 Dallas Cowboys 28 San Francisco Candlestick Park
1995-96 Dallas Cowboys (8) 38 Green Bay Packers 27 Irving, TX Texas Stadium
1996-97 Green Bay Packers (1) 30 Carolina Panthers 13 Green Bay, WI Lambeau Field
1997-98 Green Bay Packers (2) 23 San Francisco 49ers 10 San Francisco Candlestick Park
1998-99 Atlanta Falcons (1) 30a[›] Minnesota Vikings 27 Minneapolis Metrodome
1999-00 St. Louis Rams (2) 11 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6 St. Louis Trans World Dome
2000-01 New York Giants (3) 41 Minnesota Vikings 0 East Rutherford, NJ Giants Stadium
2001-02 St. Louis Rams (3) 29 Philadelphia Eagles 24 St. Louis Edward Jones Dome
2002-03 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1) 27 Philadelphia Eagles 10 Philadelphia Veterans Stadium
2003-04 Carolina Panthers (1) 14 Philadelphia Eagles 3 Philadelphia Lincoln Financial Field
2004-05 Philadelphia Eagles (2) 27 Atlanta Falcons 10 Philadelphia Lincoln Financial Field
2005-06 Seattle Seahawks (1) 34 Carolina Panthers 14 Seattle Qwest Field
2006-07 Chicago Bears (2) 39 New Orleans Saints 14 Chicago Soldier Field
2007-08 New York Giants (4) 23a[›] Green Bay Packers 20 Green Bay, WI Lambeau Field
2008-09 Arizona Cardinals (1) 32 Philadelphia Eagles 25 Glendale, Arizona U of Phoenix Stadium
2009-10 New Orleans Saints (1) 31a[›] Minnesota Vikings 28 New Orleans Superdome
2010-11 Green Bay Packers (3) 32 Chicago Bears 25 Chicago Soldier Field
2011-12 New York Giants (5) 23a[›] San Francisco 49ers 20 San Francisco Candlestick Park
2012-13 San Francisco 49ers (6) 28 Atlanta Falcons 24 Atlanta Georgia Dome
2013-14 Seattle Seahawks (2) 23 San Francisco 49ers 17 Seattle CenturyLink Field
2014-15 Seattle Seahawks (3) 28a[›] Green Bay Packers 22 Atlanta CenturyLink Field
2015-16 Carolina Panthers (2) 49 Arizona Cardinals 15 Charlotte Bank of America Stadium

^ a: Sudden-death overtime.

NFC Championship Game appearances 1970-present[edit | edit source]

Num Team W L PCT PF PA Last
appearance
14 Dallas Cowboys 8 6 .571 317 264 1995
14 San Francisco 49ers 6 8 .429 272 245 2012
9 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams 3 6 .333 82 187 2001
8 Minnesota Vikings 3 5 .375 136 175 2009
6 Washington Redskins 5 1 .833 139 78 1991
6 Philadelphia Eagles 2 4 .300 109 119 2008
5 Green Bay Packers 3 2 .600 121 98 2010
5 Chicago Bears 2 3 .500 80 86 2010
5 New York Giants 5 0 1.000 119 50 2011
4 Carolina Panthers 2 2 .333 41 67 2015
3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 2 .333 33 30 2002
3 Atlanta Falcons 1 2 .333 64 92 2012
3 Seattle Seahawks b[›] 3 0 1.000 34 14 2014
2 New Orleans Saints 1 1 .500 45 67 2009
2 Arizona Cardinals 1 1 1.000 32 25 2015
1 Detroit Lions 0 1 .000 10 41 1991

^ b: The Seattle Seahawks were members of the AFC from 1977 until 2002, and hold a combined 1-1 record between both Conference Championship Games.

NFC Championship Game records[edit | edit source]

  • Most Victories: 8 - Dallas Cowboys (1970, 1971, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1992, 1993, 1995)
  • Most Appearances: 14 - Dallas Cowboys (1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995), San Francisco 49ers (1970, 1971, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997, 2011, 2012)
  • Most Consecutive Appearances: 4 - Dallas Cowboys twice (1970, 1971, 1972, 1973), (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995) Philadelphia Eagles (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004)
  • Most Victories Without a Loss: 5 - New York Giants (1987, 1991, 2001, 2008, 2011)
  • Most NFC Championships hosted: 9 - San Francisco 49ers (1970, 1981, 1984, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1997, 2011)
  • Most points scored: 41 - Washington Redskins (1991), New York Giants (2000)
  • Fewest points scored, winning team: 9*[›] - Los Angeles Rams (1979)
  • Most points scored, losing team: 28 - Dallas Cowboys (1994)
  • Most aggregate points scored: 66 - San Francisco 49ers (38) vs. Dallas Cowboys (28) (1994)
  • Fewest aggregate points scored: 9* - Los Angeles Rams (9) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0) (1979)
  • Current NFC teams which have never appeared in an NFC Championship Game: 0
  • Current NFC teams which have never won an NFC Championship Game: Detroit Lions (0-1)

^ *: Conference Championship record

See also[edit | edit source]

File:Nfc-championship.jpg

NFC Championship logo, 2001-2005

References[edit | edit source]

  • Time Almanac 2004

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