NFL Championship Games - A History NFL championship games 1933-2002
NFL championship games - a history

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Championship Games
(including pre-championships dating back to 1920)

1920-32 ... one League only, National Football League.
1933-49 ... two Divisions, Eastern and Western.
1950-52 ... two Divisions plus National Conferences.
1953-59 ... two Divisions, Eastern and Western Conferences.
1960-69 ... two Leagues, National Football League and American Football League.
1970- ...... one League of two Conferences, AFC and NFC.

End of season play-offs were introduced in 1933, and the Super Bowl commenced in 1967.

AFC Championship Games
(HOME TEAM IN CAPS)

2009 - INDIANAPOLIS 30, NYJets 17

2008 - PITTSBURGH 23, Baltimore 14

2007 - NEW ENGLAND 21, San Diego 12

2006 - INDIANAPOLIS 38, New England 34

2005 - Pittsburgh 34, DENVER 17

2004 - New England 41, PITTSBURGH 27

2003 - NEW ENGLAND 24, Indianapolis 14

2002 - OAKLAND 41, Tennessee 24

2001 - New England 24, PITTSBURGH 17

2000 - Baltimore 16, OAKLAND 3

1999 - Tennessee 33, JACKSONVILLE 14

1998 - DENVER 23, NY Jets 10

1997 - Denver 24, PITTSBURGH 21

1996 - NEW ENGLAND 20, Jacksonville 6

1995 - PITTSBURGH 20, Indianapolis 16

1994 - San Diego 17, PITTSBURGH 13

1993 - BUFFALO 30, Kansas City 13

1992 - Buffalo 29, MIAMI 10

1991 - BUFFALO 10, Denver 7

1990 - BUFFALO 51, LA Raiders 3

1989 - DENVER 37, Cleveland 21

1988 - CINCINNATI 21, Buffalo 10

1987 - DENVER 38, Cleveland 33

1986 - Denver 23, CLEVELAND 20 (OT)

1985 - New England 31, MIAMI 14

1984 - MIAMI 45, Pittsburgh 28

1983 - LA RAIDERS 30, Seattle 14

1982 - MIAMI 14, NY Jets 0

1981 - CINCINNATI 27, San Diego 7

1980 - Oakland 34, SAN DIEGO 27

1979 - PITTSBURGH 27, Houston 13

1978 - PITTSBURGH 34, Houston 5

1977 - DENVER 20, Oakland 17

1976 - OAKLAND 24, Pittsburgh 7

1975 - PITTSBURGH 16, Oakland 10

1974 - Pittsburgh 24, OAKLAND 13

1973 - MIAMI 27, Oakland 10

1972 - Miami 21, PITTSBURGH 17

1971 - MIAMI 21, Baltimore 0

1970 - BALTIMORE 27, Oakland 17

AFL Championship Games
(HOME TEAM in caps)

1969 - Kansas City 17, OAKLAND 7

1968 - NY JETS 27, Oakland 23

1967 - OAKLAND 40, Houston 7

1966 - Kansas City 31, BUFFALO 7

1965 - Buffalo 23, SAN DIEGO 0

1964 - BUFFALO 20, San Diego 7

1963 - SAN DIEGO 51, Boston 10

1962 - Dallas Texans 20, HOUSTON 17

1961 - Houston 10, SAN DIEGO 3

1960 - HOUSTON 24, LA Chargers 16

NFC Championship Games
(HOME TEAM IN CAPS)

2009 - NEW ORLEANS 31, Minneapolis 28

2008 - ARIZONA 32, Philadelphia 25

2007 - NY Giants 23, GREEN BAY 20

2006 - CHICAGO 39, New Orleans 14

2005 - SEATTLE 34, Carolina 14

2004 - PHILADELPHIA 27, Atlanta 10

2003 - Carolina 14, PHILADELPHIA 3

2002 - Tampa Bay 27, PHILADELPHIA 10

2001 - ST LOUIS 29, Philadelphia 24

2000 - NY GIANTS 41, Minneosta 0

1999 - ST LOUIS 11, Tampa Bay 6

1998 - Atlanta 30, MINNESOTA 27 (OT)

1997 - Green Bay 23, SAN FRANCISCO 10

1996 - GREEN BAY 30, Carolina 13

1995 - DALLAS 38, Green Bay 27

1994 - SAN FRANCISCO 38, Dallas 28

1993 - DALLAS 38, San Francisco 21

1992 - Dallas 30, SAN FRANCISCO 20

1991 - WASHINGTON 41, Detroit 10

1990 - NY Giants 15, SAN FRANCISCO 13

1989 - SAN FRANCISCO 30, LA Rams 3

1988 - San Francisco 28, CHICAGO BEARS 3

1987 - WASHINGTON 17, Minnesota 10

1986 - NY GIANTS 17, Washington 0

1985 - CHICAGO BEARS 24, LA Rams 0

1984 - SAN FRANCISCO 23, Chicago Bears 0

1983 - WASHINGTON 24, San Francisco 21

1982 - WASHINGTON 31, Dallas 17

1981 - SAN FRANCISCO 28, Dallas 27

1980 - PHILADELPHIA 20, Dallas 7

1979 - LA Rams 9, TAMPA BAY 0

1978 - Dallas 28, LA RAMS 0

1977 - DALLAS 23, Minnesota 6

1976 - MINNESOTA 24, LA Rams 13

1975 - Dallas 37, LA RAMS 7

1974 - MINNESOTA 14, LA Rams 10

1973 - Minnesota 27, DALLAS 10

1972 - WASHINGTON 26, Dallas 3

1971 - DALLAS 14, San Francisco 3

1970 - Dallas 17, SAN FRANCISCO 10


NFL Championships

1969 - MINNESOTA 27, Cleveland 7

1968 - Baltimore 34, CLEVELAND 0

1967 - GREEN BAY 21, Dallas 17

1966 - Green Bay 34, DALLAS 27

1965 - GREEN BAY 23, Cleveland 12

1964 - CLEVELAND 27, Baltimore 0

1963 - CHICAGO BEARS 14, NY Giants 10

1962 - Green Bay 16, NY GIANTS 7

1961 - GREEN BAY 37, NY Giants 0

1960 - PHILADELPHIA 17, Green Bay 13

1959 - BALTIMORE 31, NY Giants 16

1958 - Baltimore 23, NY GIANTS 17 (OT)

1957 - DETROIT 59, Cleveland 14

1956 - NY GIANTS 47, Chicago Bears 7

1955 - Cleveland 38, LA RAMS 14

1954 - CLEVELAND 56, Detroit 10

1953 - DETROIT 17, Cleveland 16

1952 - Detroit 17, CLEVELAND 7

1951 - LA RAMS 24, Cleveland 17

1950 - CLEVELAND 30, LA Rams 28

1949 - Philadelphia 14, LA RAMS 0

1948 - PHILADELPHIA 7, Chicago Cardinals 0

1947 - CHICAGO CARDINALS 28, Philadelphia 21

1946 - Chicago Bears 24, NY GIANTS 14

1945 - CLEVELAND RAMS 15, Washington 14

1944 - Green Bay 14, NY GIANTS 7

1943 - CHICAGO BEARS 41, Washington 21

1942 - WASHINGTON 14, Chicago Bears 6

1941 - CHICAGO BEARS 37, NY Giants 9

1940 - Chicago Bears 73, WASHINGTON 0

1939 - GREEN BAY 27, NY Giants 0

1938 - NY GIANTS 23, Green Bay 17

1937 - Washington 28, CHICAGO BEARS 21

1936 - Green Bay 21, BOSTON REDSKINS 6

1935 - DETROIT 26, NY Giants 7

1934 - NY GIANTS 30, Chicago Bears 13 - View Trophy

1933 - CHICAGO BEARS 23, NY Giants 21

Pre Championship Era

1932 - Chicago Bears

1931 - Green Bay Packers

1930 - Green Bay Packers

1929 - Green Bay Packers

1928 - Providence Steam Roller

1927 - New York Giants

1926 - Frankford Yellow Jackets

1925 - Chicago Cardinals

1924 - Cleveland Bulldogs

1923 - Canton Bulldogs

1922 - Canton Bulldogs

1921 - Chicago Staleys

1920 - Akron Pros

The first professional football game in the United States took place in 1895 in the town of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, between a team representing Latrobe and a team from Jeannette, Pennsylvania. In the following years many professional teams were formed, including the Duquesnes of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; the Olympics of McKeesport, Pennsylvania; the Bulldogs of Canton, Ohio; and the team of Massillon, Ohio. Noted college players who took up the professional game during its early years include Willie Heston (formerly at the University of Michigan), Fritz Pollard (Brown University), and Jim Thorpe (Carlisle Indian School).

In 1960 the Packers reached the NFL championship game but lost to the Philadelphia Eagles. Nevertheless, the game signaled the rise of the Green Bay franchise under head coach Vince Lombardi. An intimidating and motivating individual, Lombardi led Green Bay to the NFL title the following year and added two more NFL championships in 1962 and 1965.

Seeing that a profit could be made from professional football, Texas businessman Lamar Hunt formed the American Football League (AFL) in 1960 as a rival to the NFL. Teams in the new league included the Houston Oilers, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Oakland Raiders, and the New York Jets. The two leagues fought bitterly for players, media attention, and profits. Standouts in the new league such as Jack Kemp, Lance Alworth, and Joe Namath helped the AFL establish itself on par with the NFL.

In 1966 the two leagues agreed on a merger plan. The first AFL-NFL World Championship Game, featuring the AFL-champion Chiefs and the NFL-champion Packers, was played in January 1967. The Packers won the contest, later renamed Super Bowl I, 35-10. In 1968 the Packers defeated the AFL’s Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl II, but the game validated the AFL’s talent. In 1969 the AFL’s Jets defeated the Colts in a huge upset in Super Bowl III. In 1970, the leagues merged into two 13-team conferences under the NFL name. The Browns, Colts, and Pittsburgh Steelers joined the 10 AFL teams to form the AFC, and the remaining NFL teams formed the NFC.