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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 structureEdit

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 GamesEdit

Season Winning team Score Losing team Score Location Stadium
1970-71Dallas Cowboys (1) 17 San Francisco 49ers10San FranciscoKezar Stadium
1971-72Dallas Cowboys (2) 14 San Francisco 49ers3Irving, TX Texas Stadium
1972-73Washington Redskins (1) 26Dallas Cowboys3Washington, D.C.RFK Stadium
1973-74Minnesota Vikings (1) 27 Dallas Cowboys10Irving, TXTexas Stadium
1974-75Minnesota Vikings (2) 14Los Angeles Rams10Bloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium
1975-76Dallas Cowboys (3) 37 Los Angeles Rams7Los AngelesLA Coliseum
1976-77Minnesota Vikings (3) 24Los Angeles Rams13Bloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium
1977-78Dallas Cowboys (4) 23Minnesota Vikings6Irving, TXTexas Stadium
1978-79Dallas Cowboys (5) 28Los Angeles Rams0Los AngelesLA Coliseum
1979-80Los Angeles Rams (1) 9Tampa Bay Buccaneers0TampaTampa Stadium
1980-81Philadelphia Eagles (1) 20Dallas Cowboys7PhiladelphiaVeterans Stadium
1981-82San Francisco 49ers (1) 28Dallas Cowboys27San FranciscoCandlestick Park
1982-83Washington Redskins (2) 31Dallas Cowboys17Washington, D.C.RFK Stadium
1983-84Washington Redskins (3) 24San Francisco 49ers21Washington, D.C.RFK Stadium
1984-85San Francisco 49ers (2) 23Chicago Bears0San FranciscoCandlestick Park
1985-86Chicago Bears (1) 24Los Angeles Rams0ChicagoSoldier Field
1986-87New York Giants (1) 17Washington Redskins0East Rutherford, NJGiants Stadium
1987-88Washington Redskins (4) 17Minnesota Vikings10Washington, D.C.RFK Stadium
1988-89San Francisco 49ers (3) 28Chicago Bears3ChicagoSoldier Field
1989-90San Francisco 49ers (4) 30Los Angeles Rams3San FranciscoCandlestick Park
1990-91New York Giants (2) 15San Francisco 49ers13San FranciscoCandlestick Park
1991-92Washington Redskins (5) 41Detroit Lions10Washington, D.C.RFK Stadium
1992-93Dallas Cowboys (6) 30San Francisco 49ers20San FranciscoCandlestick Park
1993-94Dallas Cowboys (7) 38San Francisco 49ers21Irving, TXTexas Stadium
1994-95San Francisco 49ers (5) 38Dallas Cowboys28San FranciscoCandlestick Park
1995-96Dallas Cowboys (8) 38Green Bay Packers27Irving, TXTexas Stadium
1996-97Green Bay Packers (1) 30Carolina Panthers13Green Bay, WILambeau Field
1997-98Green Bay Packers (2) 23San Francisco 49ers10San FranciscoCandlestick Park
1998-99Atlanta Falcons (1) 30a[›]Minnesota Vikings27MinneapolisMetrodome
1999-00St. Louis Rams (2) 11Tampa Bay Buccaneers6St. LouisTrans World Dome
2000-01New York Giants (3) 41Minnesota Vikings0East Rutherford, NJGiants Stadium
2001-02St. Louis Rams (3) 29Philadelphia Eagles24St. LouisEdward Jones Dome
2002-03Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1) 27Philadelphia Eagles10PhiladelphiaVeterans Stadium
2003-04Carolina Panthers (1) 14Philadelphia Eagles3PhiladelphiaLincoln Financial Field
2004-05Philadelphia Eagles (2) 27Atlanta Falcons10PhiladelphiaLincoln Financial Field
2005-06Seattle Seahawks (1) 34Carolina Panthers14SeattleQwest Field
2006-07Chicago Bears (2) 39New Orleans Saints14ChicagoSoldier Field
2007-08New York Giants (4) 23a[›]Green Bay Packers20Green Bay, WILambeau Field
2008-09Arizona Cardinals (1) 32Philadelphia Eagles25Glendale, ArizonaU of Phoenix Stadium
2009-10New Orleans Saints (1) 31a[›]Minnesota Vikings28New OrleansSuperdome
2010-11Green Bay Packers (3) 32Chicago Bears25ChicagoSoldier Field
2011-12New York Giants (5) 23a[›]San Francisco 49ers20San FranciscoCandlestick Park
2012-13San Francisco 49ers (6) 28Atlanta Falcons24AtlantaGeorgia Dome
2013-14Seattle Seahawks (2) 23San Francisco 49ers17SeattleCenturyLink Field
2014-15Seattle Seahawks (3) 28a[›]Green Bay Packers22AtlantaCenturyLink Field
2015-16Carolina Panthers (2) 49Arizona Cardinals15CharlotteBank of America Stadium

^ a: Sudden-death overtime.

NFC Championship Game appearances 1970-present Edit

NumTeamWLPCTPFPALast
appearance
14Dallas Cowboys86.5713172641995
14San Francisco 49ers 68.4292722452012
9Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams36.333821872001
8Minnesota Vikings35.3751361752009
6Washington Redskins51.833139781991
6Philadelphia Eagles24.3001091192008
5Green Bay Packers32.600121982010
5Chicago Bears23.50080862010
5New York Giants501.000119502011
4Carolina Panthers22.33341672015
3Tampa Bay Buccaneers12.33333302002
3Atlanta Falcons12.33364922012
3Seattle Seahawks b[›] 301.00034142014
2New Orleans Saints11.50045672009
2Arizona Cardinals111.00032252015
1Detroit Lions01.00010411991

^ 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 recordsEdit

  • 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 alsoEdit

File:Nfc-championship.jpg

ReferencesEdit

  • Time Almanac 2004

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