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The AFC East is a division of the National Football League's American Football Conference. It has four members: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots (representing Boston, formerly known as the Boston Patriots through 1970), and New York Jets (formerly nicknamed the Titans through 1962). They are all former members of the American Football League (AFL), three of which are charter members of the AFL (the Dolphins were an AFL expansion team in 1966).

The division was formed in 1960 as the AFL's Eastern Division. The Bills, Patriots, and (New York) Titans were joined by the Houston Oilers in the original alignment, with the Dolphins joining in 1966. The division was absorbed nearly intact with the AFL-NFL Merger in 1970, but Houston was moved to the AFC Central (formerly the NFL Century Division, now the AFC North) and replaced by the closer Baltimore Colts (from the NFL Coastal Division, which became the NFC West). Despite relocating to Indianapolis, Indiana in 1984, the Colts continued to play in the AFC East until the 2002 re-alignment when they were moved to the AFC South (the successor franchise to the Oilers, the Tennessee Titans, is also in the AFC South).

Although Miami is farther south than the home cities of the other three teams, all of which are in the Northeast, all four AFC East teams have historical rivalries among them, dating from their years in the AFL during the 1960s.

None of the AFC East teams currently play within the central city of their metropolitan area:

All of the teams are coached by a 1st or second generation member of the Bill Parcells Coaching Tree, the Patriots have Bill Belichick, the Dolphins have Tony Sparano, the Jets had Eric Mangini (who served as an assistant with both Belichick and Parcells) and the Bills had Dick Jauron (fired on November 17, 2009), who served as an assistant with former Parcells assistant Tom Coughlin.

Parcells himself coached the Patriots (1993-6) and the Jets (1997-9) and is currently Vice President of Football Operations for the Dolphins.

ESPN's Chris Berman often calls this division the "AFC Adams" due to its geographical similarity to the old Adams Division of the NHL, now known as the Northeast Division.

Division champions

Season Team Record Playoff Results
1960 Houston Oilers 10-4-0 Won AFL Championship Game
1961 Houston Oilers 10-3-1 Won AFL Championship Game
1962 Houston Oilers 11-3-0 Lost AFL Championship Game
1963 Boston Patriots 7-6-1 Lost AFL Championship Game
1964 Buffalo Bills 12-2-0 Won AFL Championship Game
1965 Buffalo Bills 10-3-1 Won AFL Championship Game
1966 Buffalo Bills 9-4-1 Lost AFL Championship Game
1967 Houston Oilers 9-4-1 Lost AFL Championship Game
1968 New York Jets 11-3-0 Won Super Bowl III
1969 New York Jets 10-4-0 Lost Inter-Divisional Playoffs
1970 Baltimore Colts 11-2-1 Won Super Bowl V
1971 Miami Dolphins 10-3-1 Lost Super Bowl VI
1972 Miami Dolphins 14-0-0 Won Super Bowl VII
1973 Miami Dolphins 12-2-0 Won Super Bowl VIII
1974 Miami Dolphins 11-3-0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
1975 Baltimore Colts 10-4-0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
1976 Baltimore Colts 11-3-0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
1977 Baltimore Colts 10-4-0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
1978 New England Patriots 11-5-0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
1979 Miami Dolphins 10-6-0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
1980 Buffalo Bills 11-5-0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
1981 Miami Dolphins 11-4-1 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
1982+ Miami Dolphins 7-2-0 Lost Super Bowl XVII
1983 Miami Dolphins 12-4-0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
1984 Miami Dolphins 14-2-0 Lost Super Bowl XIX
1985 Miami Dolphins 12-4-0 Lost AFC Championship Game
1986 New England Patriots 11-5-0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
1987 Indianapolis Colts 9-6-0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
1988 Buffalo Bills 12-4-0 Lost AFC Championship Game
1989 Buffalo Bills 9-7-0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
1990 Buffalo Bills 13-3-0 Lost Super Bowl XXV
1991 Buffalo Bills 13-3-0 Lost Super Bowl XXVI
1992 Miami Dolphins 11-5-0 Lost AFC Championship Game
1993 Buffalo Bills 12-4-0 Lost Super Bowl XXVIII
1994 Miami Dolphins 10-6-0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
1995 Buffalo Bills 10-6-0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
1996 New England Patriots 11-5-0 Lost Super Bowl XXXI
1997 New England Patriots 10-6-0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
1998 New York Jets 12-4-0 Lost AFC Championship Game
1999 Indianapolis Colts 13-3-0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
2000 Miami Dolphins 11-5-0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
2001 New England Patriots 11-5-0 Won Super Bowl XXXVI
2002 New York Jets 9-7-0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
2003 New England Patriots 14-2-0 Won Super Bowl XXXVIII
2004 New England Patriots 14-2-0 Won Super Bowl XXXIX
2005 New England Patriots 10-6-0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
2006 New England Patriots 12-4-0 Lost AFC Championship Game
2007 New England Patriots 16-0-0 Lost Super Bowl XLII
2008 Miami Dolphins 11-5-0 Lost AFC Wild Card Playoffs
2009 New England Patriots 10-6-0 Lost AFC Wild Card Playoffs
  •  ! - The Patriots and Bills each finished with identical 7-6-1 records in the regular season. The Patriots would win the ensuing playoff game for the right to represent the East in the AFL Championship Game.
  • + - A players' strike in 1982 reduced the regular season to nine games. Thus, the league used a special 16-team playoff tournament just for this year. Division standings were ignored, Miami had the best record of the division teams.

Wild Card qualifiers

Since 1969
  • 1969 - Houston Oilers
  • 1970 - Miami Dolphins
  • 1971 - Baltimore Colts
  • 1972 - None
  • 1973 - None
  • 1974 - Buffalo Bills
  • 1975 - None
  • 1976 - New England Patriots
  • 1977 - None
  • 1978 - Miami Dolphins
  • 1979 - None
  • 1980 - None
  • 1981 - Buffalo Bills, New York Jets
  • 1982 - *
  • 1983 - None
  • 1984 - None
  • 1985 - New England Patriots, New York Jets
  • 1986 - New York Jets
  • 1987 - None
  • 1988 - None
  • 1989 - None
  • 1990 - Miami Dolphins
  • 1991 - New York Jets
  • 1992 - Buffalo Bills
  • 1993 - None
  • 1994 - New England Patriots
  • 1995 - Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins
  • 1996 - Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts
  • 1997 - Miami Dolphins
  • 1998 - Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots
  • 1999 - Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins
  • 2000 - Indianapolis Colts
  • 2001 - Miami Dolphins, New York Jets
  • 2002 - None
  • 2003 - None
  • 2004 - New York Jets
  • 2005 - None
  • 2006 - New York Jets
  • 2007 - None
  • 2008 - None
  • 2009 - New York Jets

* - A players' strike in 1982 reduced the regular season to nine games. Thus, the league used a special 16-team playoff tournament just for this year. Division standings were ignored.

Total playoff berths

Team Division Championships Playoff Berths Super Bowl championships
Miami Dolphins 14 22 2
New England Patriots 12 16 3
Buffalo Bills 111 18 0
Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts2 6 10 23
Houston Oilers4 4 5 0
New York Jets 4 12 1

1 The Bills tied the Patriots for their 1963 regular season division title, but lost the ensuing playoff game.
2 Known as the Baltimore Colts before 1984. Realigned into the AFC South beginning with the 2002 NFL season.
3 Won Super Bowl V as member of AFC East.
4 Realigned into the AFC Central in 1970, and into the AFC South in 2002. Known as Tennessee Oilers from 1997-98, and Tennessee Titans since 1999.

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