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The NFC East is a division of the National Football League's National Football Conference. It currently has four members: the Philadelphia Eagles, the New York Giants, the Dallas Cowboys, and Washington Redskins.

The division was formed in 1967 as the National Football League Capitol Division, keeping with the theme of having all of the league's divisions starting with the letter "C." The division was so named because it was centered around the capital of the United States, Washington, DC. In 1967 and 1969 the teams in the NFL Capitol Division were Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington and the expansion New Orleans Saints. The New York Giants replaced the Saints in 1968; the Giants took the place of the Saints permanently with the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, which led to the division's current name. With the merger, it also added the St. Louis Cardinals from the old Century Division. Despite relocating to Arizona in 1988, the Cardinals continued to play in the NFC East until the 2002 re-alignment when they were moved to the NFC West.

Although the St. Louis Rams are geographically farther east than Dallas, the Cowboys remained in the NFC East and the Rams stayed in the NFC West because of long-standing rivalries: the Cowboys with all three other teams in the East (especially the Cowboys–Redskins rivalry), and the Rams with the San Francisco 49ers in the West.

NFC East teams have a combined 19 Super Bowl appearances and eleven wins, the highest marks of any division in the NFL. Each of the current NFC East's four teams has won at least three Super Bowls during their existence, however only Philadelphia has yet to win a championship in the Super Bowl era. Given the division members histories and intense rivalries, many sports analysts and fans regard the NFC East as the toughest division in the NFL. In the early 1990s the division claimed four consecutive Super Bowl champions, as the Cowboys won two and the Giants and Redskins took one each, all against the Buffalo Bills (those same three teams won seven out of ten Super Bowls, from 1987-1996).

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Division champions

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As NFL Capitol Division

Season Team Record Playoff Results
NFL Capitol
1967 Dallas Cowboys 9-5-0 Lost NFL Championship
1968 Dallas Cowboys 12-2-0 Lost NFL Divisional Playoffs
1969 Dallas Cowboys 11-2-1 Lost NFL Divisional Playoffs

As NFC East

Season Team Record Playoff Results
1970 Dallas Cowboys 10-4-0 Lost Super Bowl V
1971 Dallas Cowboys 11-3-0 Won Super Bowl VI
1972 Washington Redskins 11-3-0 Lost Super Bowl VII
1973 Dallas Cowboys 10-4-0 Lost NFC Championship Game
1974 St. Louis Cardinals 10-4-0 Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1975 St. Louis Cardinals 11-3-0 Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1976 Dallas Cowboys 11-3-0 Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1977 Dallas Cowboys 12-2-0 Won Super Bowl XII
1978 Dallas Cowboys 12-4-0 Lost Super Bowl XIII
1979 Dallas Cowboys 11-5-0 Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1980 Philadelphia Eagles 12-4-0 Lost Super Bowl XV
1981 Dallas Cowboys 12-4-0 Lost NFC Championship Game
1982* Washington Redskins 8-1-0 Won Super Bowl XVII
1983 Washington Redskins 14-2-0 Lost Super Bowl XVIII
1984 Washington Redskins 11-5-0 Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1985 Dallas Cowboys 10-6-0 Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1986 New York Giants 14-2-0 Won Super Bowl XXI
1987 Washington Redskins 11-4-0 Won Super Bowl XXII
1988 Philadelphia Eagles 10-6-0 Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1989 New York Giants 12-4-0 Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1990 New York Giants 13-3-0 Won Super Bowl XXV
1991 Washington Redskins 14-2-0 Won Super Bowl XXVI
1992 Dallas Cowboys 13-3-0 Won Super Bowl XXVII
1993 Dallas Cowboys 12-4-0 Won Super Bowl XXVIII
1994 Dallas Cowboys 12-4-0 Lost NFC Championship Game
1995 Dallas Cowboys 12-4-0 Won Super Bowl XXX
1996 Dallas Cowboys 10-6-0 Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1997 New York Giants 10-5-1 Lost NFC Wild Card Playoffs
1998 Dallas Cowboys 10-6-0 Lost NFC Wild Card Playoffs
1999 Washington Redskins 10-6-0 Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
2000 New York Giants 12-4-0 Lost Super Bowl XXXV
2001 Philadelphia Eagles 11-5-0 Lost NFC Championship Game
2002 Philadelphia Eagles 12-4-0 Lost NFC Championship Game
2003 Philadelphia Eagles 12-4-0 Lost NFC Championship Game
2004 Philadelphia Eagles 13-3-0 Lost Super Bowl XXXIX
2005 New York Giants 11-5-0 Lost NFC Wild Card Playoffs
2006 Philadelphia Eagles 10-6-0 Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
2007 Dallas Cowboys 13-3-0 Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
2008 New York Giants 12-4-0 Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
2009 Dallas Cowboys 11-5-0
  • * 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; Washington had the best record of the division teams and won the Super Bowl

The Philadelphia Eagles remain the only team in the NFC East not to win a Super Bowl. The Cowboys lead with five, followed by the Redskins and Giants, tied with three. However, the Giants hold the better winning percentage (3-1, .750), followed by the Cowboys (5-3, .625), then the Redskins (3-2, .600). The Eagles are 0-2.

Wild Card qualifiers

Since 1970
  • 1970 - None
  • 1971 - Washington Redskins
  • 1972 - Dallas Cowboys**
  • 1973 - Washington Redskins
  • 1974 - Washington Redskins
  • 1975 - Dallas Cowboys***
  • 1976 - Washington Redskins
  • 1977 - None
  • 1978 - Philadelphia Eagles
  • 1979 - Philadelphia Eagles
  • 1980 - Dallas Cowboys**
  • 1981 - New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles
  • 1982 - No Division (Just NFC Conference)*
  • 1983 - Dallas Cowboys
  • 1984 - New York Giants
  • 1985 - New York Giants
  • 1986 - Washington Redskins**
  • 1987 - None
  • 1988 - None
  • 1989 - Philadelphia Eagles
  • 1990 - Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins
  • 1991 - Dallas Cowboys
  • 1992 - Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins
  • 1993 - New York Giants
  • 1994 - None
  • 1995 - Philadelphia Eagles
  • 1996 - Philadelphia Eagles
  • 1997 - None
  • 1998 - Arizona Cardinals
  • 1999 - Dallas Cowboys
  • 2000 - Philadelphia Eagles
  • 2001 - None
  • 2002 - New York Giants
  • 2003 - Dallas Cowboys
  • 2004 - None
  • 2005 - Washington Redskins
  • 2006 - Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants
  • 2007 - New York Giants****, Washington Redskins
  • 2008 - Philadelphia Eagles**
  • 2009 - Philadelphia Eagles

* - 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.
** - advanced to that season's NFC Championship Game (the Cowboys lost to the Washington Redskins in 1972 and to the Philadelphia Eagles in 1980; the 1986 Redskins lost to the New York Giants; and the 2008 Eagles lost to the Arizona Cardinals)
*** - advanced to that season's Super Bowl
**** - won that season's Super Bowl

Total playoff berths

Team Division
Championships
Playoff
Berths
Super Bowl
Appearances
Super Bowl
Wins
Dallas Cowboys 21 27 8 (V, VI, X, XII, XIII, XXVII, XXVIII, XXX) 5 (VI, XII, XXVII, XXVIII, XXX)
New York Giants 7 14 4 (XXI, XXV, XXXV, XLII) 3 (XXI, XXV, XLII)
Philadelphia Eagles 7 16 2 (XV, XXXIX) 0
Washington Redskins 61 15 5 (VII, XVII, XVIII, XXII, XXVI) 3 (XVII, XXII, XXVI)
St. Louis/Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals2 2 3 0 0

1 Even though the Redskins had the best record in 1982, the NFL ignored division champions because of the players' strike.
2 Known as the St. Louis Cardinals until 1987, and the Phoenix Cardinals from 1988 until 1993. These numbers only reflect the Cardinals time as a member of the NFC East, as the team realigned to the NFC West before the 2002 season.


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