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NFC Championship Game
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NFC Championship logo
First played 1970
Trophy George Halas
Current champions Arizona Cardinals

The 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 receives the George Halas Trophy and advances to face the winner of the AFC Championship Game in the Super Bowl. The Arizona Cardinals are the current NFC Champions.

The first NFC Championship Game was played in 1970 after the merger between the NFL and the American Football League. The game ultimately replaced the NFL Championship game which had taken place prior to the merger and for the first four years of the merged league. The NFC ultimately represented the original NFL as it contained all of the NFL teams with the exception of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Colts, and Cleveland Browns, who were moved to the AFC following the merger to make the number of teams in each conference even. The NFC was formed with the remaining teams that played in the NFL before the merger. When the Arizona Cardinals appeared in the 2008 NFC Championship game against the eagles, They were the last remaining nfc team to appear in one. Every team in the NFC has played in at least one NFC Championship game.

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Playoff structure

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.

George Halas Trophy

The George Halas Trophy should not be confused with the Newspaper Enterprise Association's George S. Halas Trophy which was awarded to the NFL's defensive player of the year from 1966 to 1996 or the Pro Football Writers Association's George S. Halas Courage Award.

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 DC RFK Stadium
1973–74 Minnesota Vikings (1) 27 Dallas Cowboys 10 Irving, Texas Texas Stadium
1974–75 Minnesota Vikings (2) 14 Los Angeles Rams 10 Bloomington, Minnesota Metropolitan Stadium
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 Metropolitan Stadium
1977–78 Dallas Cowboys (4) 23 Minnesota Vikings 6 Irving, Texas Texas Stadium
1978–79 Dallas Cowboys (5) 28 Los Angeles Rams 0 Los Angeles, California Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
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 Candlestick Park
1982–83 Washington Redskins (2) 31 Dallas Cowboys 17 Washington DC RFK Stadium
1983–84 Washington Redskins (3) 24 San Francisco 49ers 21 Washington DC RFK Stadium
1984–85 San Francisco 49ers (2) 23 Chicago Bears 0 San Francisco, California Candlestick Park
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 DC RFK Stadium
1988–89 San Francisco 49ers (3) 28 Chicago Bears 3 Chicago, Illinois Soldier Field
1989–90 San Francisco 49ers (4) 30 Los Angeles Rams 3 San Francisco, California Candlestick Park
1990–91 New York Giants (2) 15 San Francisco 49ers 13 San Francisco, California Candlestick Park
1991–92 Washington Redskins (5) 41 Detroit Lions 10 Washington DC RFK Stadium
1992–93 Dallas Cowboys (6) 30 San Francisco 49ers 20 San Francisco, California Candlestick Park
1993–94 Dallas Cowboys (7) 38 San Francisco 49ers 21 Irving, Texas Texas Stadium
1994–95 San Francisco 49ers (5) 38 Dallas Cowboys 28 San Francisco, California Candlestick Park
1995–96 Dallas Cowboys (8) 38 Green Bay Packers 27 Irving, Texas Texas Stadium
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 Candlestick Park
1998–99 Atlanta Falcons (1) 30a[›] Minnesota Vikings 27 Minneapolis, Minnesota Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
1999–00 St. Louis Rams (2) 11 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6 St. Louis, Missouri Edward Jones Dome
2000–01 New York Giants (3) 41 Minnesota Vikings 0 East Rutherford, New Jersey Giants Stadium
2001–02 St. Louis Rams (3) 29 Philadelphia Eagles 24 St. Louis, Missouri Edward Jones Dome
2002–03 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1) 27 Philadelphia Eagles 10 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Veterans Stadium
2003–04 Carolina Panthers (1) 14 Philadelphia Eagles 3 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Lincoln Financial Field
2004–05 Philadelphia Eagles (2) 27 Atlanta Falcons 10 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Lincoln Financial Field
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 Soldier Field
2007–08 New York Giants (4) 23a[›] Green Bay Packers 20 Green Bay, Wisconsin Lambeau Field
2008–09 Arizona Cardinals (1) 32 Philadelphia Eagles 25 Glendale, Arizona University of Phoenix Stadium

^ a: Sudden-death overtime.

NFC Championship Game appearances 1970–present

Num Team W L PCT PF PA Last appearance Last championship HOME games Home wins Home losses Home Win Pct. ROAD games Road wins Road losses Road Win Pct.
14 Dallas Cowboys 8 6 .571 317 264 1995 1995 5 4 1 .800 9 4 5 .444
12 San Francisco 49ers 5 7 .417 224 198 1997 1994 8 4 4 .500 4 1 3 .250
9 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams 3 6 .333 82 187 2001 2001 4 2 2 .500 5 1 4 .250
7 Minnesota Vikings 3 4 .429 108 144 2000 1976 3 2 1 .667 4 1 3 .250
6 Washington Redskins 5 1 .833 139 78 1991 1991 5 5 0 1.000 1 0 1 .000
6 Philadelphia Eagles 2 4 .333 109 119 2008 2004 4 2 2 .500 2 0 2 .000
4 New York Giants 4 0 1.000 96 33 2007 2007 2 2 0 1.000 2 2 0 1.000
4 Green Bay Packers 2 2 .500 100 84 2007 1997 2 1 1 .500 2 1 1 .500
4 Chicago Bears 2 2 .500 66 65 2006 2006 3 2 1 .667 1 0 1 .000
3 Carolina Panthers 1 2 .333 41 67 2005 2003 0 0 0 --- 3 1 2 .333
3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 2 .333 33 30 2002 2002 1 0 1 .000 2 1 1 .500
2 Atlanta Falcons 1 1 .500 40 54 2004 1998 0 0 0 --- 2 1 1 .500
1 Arizona Cardinals 1 0 1.000 32 25 2008 2008 1 1 0 1.000 0 0 0 ---
1 Seattle Seahawksb[›] 1 0 1.000 34 14 2005 2005 1 1 0 1.000 0 0 0 ---
1 New Orleans Saints 0 1 .000 14 39 2006 N/A 0 0 0 --- 1 0 1 .000
1 Detroit Lions 0 1 .000 10 41 1991 N/A* 0 0 0 --- 1 0 1 .000

*last NFL title, 1957

^ 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 (1970-71, 1975, 1977-78, 1992-93, 1995)
  • Most Losses: 7* - San Francisco 49ers (1970–71, 1983, 1990, 1992–93, 1997)
  • Most Appearances: 14* - Dallas Cowboys (1970-73, 1975, 1977–78, 1980-82, 1992–95)
  • Most Consecutive Appearances: 4
    • Dallas Cowboys (1970–1973)
    • Dallas Cowboys (1992–1995)
    • Philadelphia Eagles (2001- 04)
  • Most Consecutive Victories: 2 - (tie)
    • Dallas Cowboys (1970–71)
    • Minnesota Vikings (1973-74)
    • Dallas Cowboys (1977–78)
    • Washington Redskins (1982–83)
    • San Francisco 49ers (1988-89)
    • Dallas Cowboys (1992–93)
    • Green Bay Packers (1996-97)
  • Most Victories Without a Loss: 4** - New York Giants (1986, 1990, 2000, 2007)
  • Most Consecutive Losses: 3* - (tie)
    • Los Angeles Rams (1974-76)
    • Dallas Cowboys (1980–82)
    • Philadelphia Eagles (2001-03)
  • Most Games Hosted: 8 - San Francisco 49ers (1970, 1981, 1984, 1989–90, 1992, 1994, 1997)
  • Most numerous matchup: 6** - Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers (1970–1971, 1981, 1992–1994)
  • Most points scored: 41 - Washington Redskins, January 12, 1992 (1991 season); New York Giants, January 14, 2001 (2000 season)
  • Largest margin of victory: 41 points - January 14, 2001 (2000 season), New York Giants (41) vs. Minnesota Vikings (0)
  • Fewest points scored, winning team: 9**[›]; January 6, 1980 (1979 season) - Los Angeles Rams vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Most points scored, losing team: 28; January 15, 1995 (1994 season) - Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers
  • Most aggregate points scored: 66; January 15, 1995 (1994 season) - San Francisco 49ers (38) vs. Dallas Cowboys (28)
  • Fewest aggregate points scored: 9**; January 6, 1980 (1979 season) - Los Angeles Rams (9) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0)
  • Longest game: 71 minutes, 52 seconds**; January 17, 1999 (1998 season) - Atlanta Falcons (30) @ Minnesota Vikings (27), OT
  • Current teams which have never won an NFC Championship
  • Longest drought without appearing in an NFC Championship Game: 17 years
    • Detroit Lions (last appearance - 1991)
    • Washington Redskins (last appearance - 1991)
  • Longest drought without an NFC Championship: 39 years*; Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints

*Tied for Conference Championship record

^ **: Conference Championship record

Media coverage

See also

NFC Championship logo, 2001–2005

References

External links

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