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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

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

Season Winning team Score Losing team Score Location Stadium
1970-71 Dallas Cowboys (1) 17 San Francisco 49ers 10 San Francisco, California Kezar Stadium
1971-72 Dallas Cowboys (2) 14 San Francisco 49ers 3 Irving, Texas 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, Texas (2) Texas Stadium (2)
1974-75 Minnesota Vikings (2) 14 Los Angeles Rams 10 Bloomington, Minnesota Metropolitan Stadium (2)
1975-76 Dallas Cowboys (3) 37 Los Angeles Rams 7 Los Angeles, California Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
1976-77 Minnesota Vikings (3) 24 Los Angeles Rams 13 Bloomington, Minnesota (3) Metropolitan Stadium (3)
1977-78 Dallas Cowboys (4) 23 Minnesota Vikings 6 Irving, Texas (3) Texas Stadium (3)
1978-79 Dallas Cowboys (5) 28 Los Angeles Rams 0 Los Angeles, California (2) Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (2)
1979-80 Los Angeles Rams (1) 9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0 Tampa, Florida Tampa Stadium
1980-81 Philadelphia Eagles (1) 20 Dallas Cowboys 7 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Veterans Stadium
1981-82 San Francisco 49ers (1) 28 Dallas Cowboys 27 San Francisco, California (2) Candlestick Park
1982-83 Washington Redskins (2) 31 Dallas Cowboys 17 Washington, D.C. (2) RFK Stadium (2)
1983-84 Washington Redskins (3) 24 San Francisco 49ers 21 Washington, D.C. (3) RFK Stadium (3)
1984-85 San Francisco 49ers (2) 23 Chicago Bears 0 San Francisco, California (3) Candlestick Park (2)
1985-86 Chicago Bears (1) 24 Los Angeles Rams 0 Chicago, Illinois Soldier Field
1986-87 New York Giants (1) 17 Washington Redskins 0 East Rutherford, New Jersey Giants Stadium
1987-88 Washington Redskins (4) 17 Minnesota Vikings 10 Washington, D.C. (4) RFK Stadium (4)
1988-89 San Francisco 49ers (3) 28 Chicago Bears 3 Chicago, Illinois (2) Soldier Field (2)
1989-90 San Francisco 49ers (4) 30 Los Angeles Rams 3 San Francisco, California (4) Candlestick Park (3)
1990-91 New York Giants (2) 15 San Francisco 49ers 13 San Francisco, California (5) Candlestick Park (3)
1991-92 Washington Redskins (5) 41 Detroit Lions 10 Washington, D.C. (5) RFK Stadium (5)
1992-93 Dallas Cowboys (6) 30 San Francisco 49ers 20 San Francisco, California (6) Candlestick Park (5)
1993-94 Dallas Cowboys (7) 38 San Francisco 49ers 21 Irving, Texas (4) Texas Stadium (4)
1994-95 San Francisco 49ers (5) 38 Dallas Cowboys 28 San Francisco, California (7) Candlestick Park (6)
1995-96 Dallas Cowboys (8) 38 Green Bay Packers 27 Irving, Texas (5) Texas Stadium (5)
1996-97 Green Bay Packers (1) 30 Carolina Panthers 13 Green Bay, Wisconsin Lambeau Field
1997-98 Green Bay Packers (2) 23 San Francisco 49ers 10 San Francisco, California (8) 3Com Park (7)
1998-99 Atlanta Falcons (1) 30a[›] Minnesota Vikings 27 Minneapolis, Minnesota (3) Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
1999-00 St. Louis Rams (2) 11 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6 St. Louis, Missouri Trans World Dome
2000-01 New York Giants (3) 41 Minnesota Vikings 0 East Rutherford, New Jersey (2) Giants Stadium (2)
2001-02 St. Louis Rams (3) 29 Philadelphia Eagles 24 St. Louis, Missouri (2) Edward Jones Dome (2)
2002-03 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1) 27 Philadelphia Eagles 10 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2) Veterans Stadium (2)
2003-04 Carolina Panthers (1) 14 Philadelphia Eagles 3 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (3) Lincoln Financial Field
2004-05 Philadelphia Eagles (2) 27 Atlanta Falcons 10 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (4) Lincoln Financial Field (2)
2005-06 Seattle Seahawks (1) 34 Carolina Panthers 14 Seattle, Washington Qwest Field
2006-07 Chicago Bears (2) 39 New Orleans Saints 14 Chicago, Illinois (3) Soldier Field (3)
2007-08 New York Giants (4) 23a[›] Green Bay Packers 20 Green Bay, Wisconsin (2) Lambeau Field (2)
2008-09 Arizona Cardinals (1) 32 Philadelphia Eagles 25 Glendale, Arizona University of Phoenix Stadium
2009-10 New Orleans Saints (1) 31a[›] Minnesota Vikings 28 New Orleans, Louisiana Louisiana Superdome
2010-11 Green Bay Packers (3) 32 Chicago Bears 25 Chicago, Illinois (4) Soldier Field (4)
2011-12 New York Giants (5) 23a[›] San Francisco 49ers 20 San Francisco, California (9) Candlestick Park (8)
2012-13 San Francisco 49ers (6) 28 Atlanta Falcons 24 Atlanta, Georgia Georgia Dome
2013-14 Seattle Seahawks (2) 23 San Francisco 49ers 17 Seattle, Washington (2) CenturyLink Field (2)
2014-15 Seattle Seahawks (3) 28a[›] Green Bay Packers 22 Seattle, Washington (3) CenturyLink Field (3)
2015-16 Carolina Panthers (2) 49 Arizona Cardinals 15 Charlotte, North Carolina Bank of America Stadium
2016-17 Atlanta Falcons (2) 44 Green Bay Packers 21 Atlanta, Georgia (2) Georgia Dome (2)
2017-18 Philadelphia Eagles (3) 38 Minnesota Vikings 7 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (5) Lincoln Financial Field (3)
2018-19 Los Angeles Rams (4) 26a[›] New Orleans Saints 23 New Orleans, Louisiana (2) Mercedes-Benz Superdome (2)
2019-20 San Francisco 49ers (7) 37 Green Bay Packers 20 Santa Clara, California Levi's Stadium
2020-21 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2) 31 Green Bay Packers 26 Green Bay, Wisconsin (3) Lambeau Field (3)
2021-22 Los Angeles Rams (5) 20 San Francisco 49ers 17 Inglewood, California SoFi Stadium

^ a: Sudden-death overtime.

NFC Championship Game appearances 1970-present

Num Team W L PCT PF PA Last
appearance
17 San Francisco 49ers 7 10 .412 361 329 2021
14 Dallas Cowboys 8 6 .571 317 264 1995
11 Los Angeles Rams 5 6 .455 128 227 2021
9 Minnesota Vikings 3 6 .333 136 175 2017
9 Green Bay Packers 3 6 .333 184 207 2020
7 Philadelphia Eagles 3 4 .429 147 126 2017
6 Washington Commanders 5 1 .833 139 78 1991
5 New York Giants 5 0 1.000 119 50 2011
5 Chicago Bears 2 3 .400 80 86 2010
4 Atlanta Falcons 2 2 .500 108 103 2016
4 Carolina Panthers 2 2 .500 90 82 2015
4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 2 .500 64 56 2020
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

  • 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

File:Nfc-championship.jpg

NFC Championship logo, 2001-2005

References

  • Time Almanac 2004

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