NFC East

NFC East
Conference National Football Conference
League National Football League
Sport American football
Founded 1967 (as the NFL Eastern Conference Capitol Division)
Country United States
No. of teams 4
Most recent NFC East champion(s) Philadelphia Eagles (10 titles)
Most NFC East titles Dallas Cowboys (22 titles)

The NFC East is a division of the National Football League (NFL)'s National Football Conference (NFC). It currently has four members: the Philadelphia Eagles, the New York Giants, the Dallas Cowboys, and the 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 on the capital of the United States, Washington, D.C. In 1967 and 1969 the teams in the NFL Capitol Division were Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington and the expansion team New Orleans Saints, which had been replaced by the New York Giants for the 1968 season. As of 2018, the division is the only one in the league in which all four teams have at least one Super Bowl win.


Previously, although the St. Louis Rams were geographically farther east than Dallas before moving back to Los Angeles, the Cowboys remained in the NFC East despite being the only team located in the Central Time Zone and the Rams stayed in the NFC West because of long-standing rivalries: the Cowboys with all three other teams in the East, and the Rams with the San Francisco 49ers in the West.

The NFC East teams have combined to be the most successful division in the NFL since the 1970 NFL merger with 21 NFC Championship wins and 13 Super Bowl victories, the highest marks of any division in the NFL. Each of the current NFC East's four teams has won at least four NFL Championships during their existence. The division features a number of prominent rivalries such as the Cowboys–Redskins rivalry and Eagles–Giants rivalry. Because the division's teams are in some of the United States' largest media markets (New York No. 1, Philadelphia, No. 4, Dallas-Fort Worth No. 5, and Washington No. 8), the NFC East receives a high amount of coverage from national sports media outlets.[1] In the early 1990s the division claimed four consecutive Super Bowl champions, all 4 against the Buffalo Bills, with the Giants and Redskins respectively winning back-to-back in Super Bowls XXV and XXVI; and the Cowboys winning twice after in Super Bowls XXVII and XXVIII. Those same three teams won seven out of ten Super Bowls, from 1986-87 to 1995-96 (the 49ers won the other three during that span).

The Philadelphia Eagles are the only NFC East team to actually play in the city of the team's naming, Philadelphia.[2] The other three teams play in suburbs of the major cities they are named after. The Dallas Cowboys play in Arlington, Texas.[3] The Washington Redskins play in Landover, Maryland[4] and the New York Giants play in East Rutherford, New Jersey,[5] where they share a stadium with the New York Jets. Somewhat analogously, all four teams in the AFC East do not play within the boundaries of their metro areas’ main cities.

The NFC East can also be called the most valuable NFL division. All four teams in the division are in the top ten of most valuable NFL franchises (Cowboys #1; Giants #3; Redskins #4; Eagles #10).[6] The next closest division is the AFC North, which is not completed until the 26th ranked Cincinnati Bengals.[7]

Division lineups

Place cursor over year for division champ or Super Bowl team.

NFL Eastern Conference
Capitol Division
NFC East Division[B]
67[A] 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 00 01
Dallas Cowboys
Philadelphia Eagles
Washington Redskins
N.O. Saints NY Giants N.O. Saints New York Giants
  St. Louis Cardinals[C] Phoenix Cardinals Arizona Cardinals[D]
NFC East Division [D]
02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
Dallas Cowboys
Philadelphia Eagles
Washington Redskins
New York Giants
     Team not in division      Division Won Super Bowl      Division Won NFC Championship
A The Eastern Conference was divided into the Capitol and Century Divisions. Dallas, Philadelphia, and Washington moved in. Also, the New Orleans Saints joined the league.
B The Capitol Division became the National Football Conference East division (called "NFC East"). New Orleans realigned to the NFC West. The Giants and Cardinals are added from the Century Division.
C St. Louis moved to Phoenix in 1988. The team changed its name from Phoenix Cardinals to the Arizona Cardinals in 1994.
D Arizona moved to the NFC West when the league realigned into 8 four-team divisions before the 2002 season.

Division champions

As NFL Capitol Division

SeasonTeamRecordPlayoff Results
NFL Capitol
1967Dallas Cowboys9–5Lost NFL Championship
1968Dallas Cowboys12–2Lost NFL Divisional Playoffs
1969Dallas Cowboys11–2–1Lost NFL Divisional Playoffs

There was one division sweep of the Capitol Division, 1969 Cowboys 6-0[8]

As NFC East

SeasonTeamRecordPlayoff Results
1970Dallas Cowboys10–4Lost Super Bowl V
1971Dallas Cowboys11–3Won Super Bowl VI
1972Washington Redskins11–3Lost Super Bowl VII
1973Dallas Cowboys10–4Lost NFC Championship Game
1974St. Louis Cardinals10–4Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1975St. Louis Cardinals11–3Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1976Dallas Cowboys11–3Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1977Dallas Cowboys12–2Won Super Bowl XII
1978Dallas Cowboys12–4Lost Super Bowl XIII
1979Dallas Cowboys11–5Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1980Philadelphia Eagles12–4Lost Super Bowl XV
1981Dallas Cowboys12–4Lost NFC Championship Game
1982Washington Redskins8–1Won Super Bowl XVII*
1983Washington Redskins14–2Lost Super Bowl XVIII
1984Washington Redskins11–5Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1985Dallas Cowboys10–6Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1986New York Giants14–2Won Super Bowl XXI
1987Washington Redskins11–4Won Super Bowl XXII++
1988Philadelphia Eagles10–6Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1989New York Giants12–4Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1990New York Giants13–3Won Super Bowl XXV
1991Washington Redskins14–2Won Super Bowl XXVI
1992Dallas Cowboys13–3Won Super Bowl XXVII
1993Dallas Cowboys12–4Won Super Bowl XXVIII
1994Dallas Cowboys12–4Lost NFC Championship Game
1995Dallas Cowboys12–4Won Super Bowl XXX
1996Dallas Cowboys10–6Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1997New York Giants10–5–1Lost NFC Wild Card Playoffs
1998Dallas Cowboys10–6Lost NFC Wild Card Playoffs
1999Washington Redskins10–6Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
2000New York Giants12–4Lost Super Bowl XXXV
2001Philadelphia Eagles11–5Lost NFC Championship Game
NFC East
2002Philadelphia Eagles12–4Lost NFC Championship Game
2003Philadelphia Eagles12–4Lost NFC Championship Game
2004Philadelphia Eagles13–3Lost Super Bowl XXXIX
2005New York Giants11–5Lost NFC Wild Card Playoffs
2006Philadelphia Eagles10–6Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
2007Dallas Cowboys13–3Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
2008New York Giants12–4Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
2009Dallas Cowboys11–5Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
2010Philadelphia Eagles10–6Lost NFC Wild Card Playoffs
2011New York Giants9–7Won Super Bowl XLVI
2012Washington Redskins10–6Lost NFC Wild Card Playoffs
2013Philadelphia Eagles10–6Lost NFC Wild Card Playoffs
2014Dallas Cowboys12–4Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
2015Washington Redskins9–7Lost NFC Wild Card Playoffs
2016Dallas Cowboys13–3Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
2017Philadelphia Eagles13–3Won Super Bowl LII
  • * 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 1987 Redskins are the only NFC 3rd Seed to win the Super Bowl.[9]
  • ^ The 2007 Dallas Cowboys were defeated by division rival and NFC 5th Seed New York Giants, who ultimately won Super Bowl XLII.
  • # The 2011 New York Giants are the only sub-10-win team to win the Super Bowl (other than the 1982 Redskins listed above), as well as the only team to win the Super Bowl as the NFC's 4th Seed.[9]

All four teams in the NFC East have won the Super Bowl. The Cowboys lead with five, followed by the Giants with four, the Redskins with three, and the Eagles with one. In overall NFL history, however, the Giants lead with eight league championships, followed by the Redskins and Cowboys with five each, then the Eagles with four.

There have been two division sweeps of the NFC East Division, the 1998 Dallas Cowboys (8–0) and the 2004 Philadelphia Eagles (6–0).[8]

Wild Card qualifiers

SeasonTeamRecordPlayoff Results
NFC East
1971Washington Redskins9–4–1Lost Divisional Playoffs
1972Dallas Cowboys10–4Lost NFC Championship Game
1973Washington Redskins10–4Lost Divisional Playoffs
1974Washington Redskins10–4Lost Divisional Playoffs
1975Dallas Cowboys10–4Lost Super Bowl X
1976Washington Redskins10–4Lost Divisional Playoffs
1978Philadelphia Eagles9–7Lost Wild Card Playoffs
1979Philadelphia Eagles11–5Lost Divisional Playoffs
1980Dallas Cowboys12–4Lost NFC Championship Game
1981Philadelphia Eagles
New York Giants
Lost Wild Card Playoffs
Lost Divisional Playoffs
1982+Dallas Cowboys
St. Louis Cardinals
Lost NFC Championship Game
Lost NFC First Round
1983Dallas Cowboys12–4Lost Wild Card Playoffs
1984New York Giants9–7Lost Divisional Playoffs
1985New York Giants10–6Lost Divisional Playoffs
1986Washington Redskins12–4Lost NFC Championship Game
1989Philadelphia Eagles11–5Lost Wild Card Playoffs
1990Washington Redskins
Philadelphia Eagles
Lost Divisional Playoffs
Lost Wild Card Playoffs
1991Dallas Cowboys11–5Lost Divisional Playoffs
1992Philadelphia Eagles
Washington Redskins
Lost Divisional Playoffs
Lost Divisional Playoffs
1993New York Giants11–5Lost Divisional Playoffs
1995Philadelphia Eagles10–6Lost Divisional Playoffs
1996Philadelphia Eagles10–6Lost Wild Card Playoffs
1998Arizona Cardinals9–7Lost Divisional Playoffs
1999Dallas Cowboys8–8Lost Wild Card Playoffs
2000Philadelphia Eagles11–5Lost Divisional Playoffs
NFC East
2002New York Giants10–6Lost Wild Card Playoffs
2003Dallas Cowboys10–6Lost Wild Card Playoffs
2005Washington Redskins10–6Lost Divisional Playoffs
2006Dallas Cowboys
New York Giants
Lost Wild Card Playoffs
Lost Wild Card Playoffs
2007New York Giants
Washington Redskins
Won Super Bowl XLII**
Lost Wild Card Playoffs
2008Philadelphia Eagles9–6–1Lost NFC Championship Game
2009Philadelphia Eagles11–5Lost Wild Card Playoffs
2016New York Giants11–5Lost Wild Card Playoffs
  • + A players' strike in 1982 reduced the regular season to nine games, so the league used a special 16-team playoff tournament just for this year.
  • ** The 2007 New York Giants are the only NFC East team to win a Super Bowl as a Wild Card team, and the only NFL team in history to win the Super Bowl as a 5th Seed in either Conference.[9]

Total playoff berths

(NFC East records 1967-2017)
Super Bowl
Super Bowl
Dallas Cowboys223285
Philadelphia Eagles102131
Washington Redskins91853
New York Giants81554
Arizona Cardinals12400

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NFC EastDivision
Super Bowl
Totals- 1967-201751892213
1These numbers only reflect the Cardinals' time as a member of the NFC East, as the team realigned to the NFC West after the 2001 season.

See also


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  6. "Sports Money: 2017 NFL Valuations". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-04-02.
  7. Ozanian, Mike (September 5, 2012). "Dallas Cowboys Lead NFL With $2.1 Billion Valuation". Forbes. Retrieved 2016-11-30.
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  9. 1 2 3 "Graphic: Which NFL Playoff Seeds Succeed?".
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