NFC West

NFC West
Conference National Football Conference
League National Football League
Sport American football
Founded 1967 (as the NFL Western Conference Coastal Division)
Country United States
Teams
No. of teams 4
Championships
Most recent NFC West champion(s) Los Angeles Rams (16th title)
Most NFC West titles San Francisco 49ers (19 titles)

The NFC West is a division of the National Football League (NFL)'s National Football Conference (NFC). It currently has four members: the Arizona Cardinals, the Los Angeles Rams, the San Francisco 49ers, and the Seattle Seahawks.

The division was formed in 1967 as the National Football League Coastal Division, keeping with the theme of having all of the league's divisions starting with the letter "C." The division was so named because its teams were fairly close to the coasts of the United States, although they were on opposite coasts, making for long travel between division rivals. The NFL Coastal Division had four members: Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Colts, Los Angeles Rams, and San Francisco 49ers. Los Angeles and San Francisco occupied the West Coast, while Baltimore and Atlanta occupied the East Coast.

After the AFL–NFL merger in 1970, the division was renamed the NFC West. The Baltimore Colts moved to the AFC East and were replaced by the New Orleans Saints. In 1976, the newly formed Seattle Seahawks spent one season in this division before moving to the AFC West. Except for that one year, the division remained the same until 1995 with the addition of the new Carolina Panthers team. And even though the Rams moved to St. Louis that same year, they remained in this division (despite the Dallas Cowboys of the NFC East being located further west), leaving just one team on the West Coast.

The 2002 re-alignment changed the entire look of the NFC West. The Falcons, Panthers, and Saints moved into the NFC South; while the Cardinals moved in from the NFC East. The Rams remained in the West, preserving the historical rivalry with the 49ers that has existed since 1950, and thus had been the only team in the division that was located east of the Rocky Mountains until 2015. With the Rams' return to Los Angeles in 2016, the entire NFC West is now located west of the Rockies for the first time in its history (and is the only division in the whole NFL to have that distinction). Three of the four teams are in the Pacific Time Zone, with Arizona being the exception.

In 2010, the NFC West became the first division in NFL history to have a champion with a losing record, after the 2010 Seattle Seahawks won the division title with a record of 7–9. They were joined in this distinction in 2014 by the Carolina Panthers, who won the NFC South with a record of 7–8–1.

Since the end of the 2016 NFL regular season, the 49ers lead the division with a record of 560–464–16 (107–132–1 since re-alignment) with five Super Bowl titles and an overall playoff record of 31–21. The Rams hold a record of 544–554–21 (87–152–1 since re-alignment) with three Super Bowl appearances and one win to go with a 19–24 overall playoffs record. The Cardinals hold a 111–128-1 record since joining the NFC West (542–732–40 overall) and a loss in Super Bowl XLIII, currently with a 7–9 playoff record, 5-4 as a member of the NFC West. The Seahawks hold a record of 137–102-1 since joining the NFC West (325–318-1 overall), with three Super Bowl appearances, winning Super Bowl XLVIII to go with a playoff record of 16–14; they are currently 13–9 in the playoffs as a member of the NFC West, having gone 3–5 while in the AFC West. Since re-alignment, the Seahawks have led the division in wins, division titles, and playoff appearances.

Division lineups

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

NFL Western Conference
Coastal Division
NFC West Division[B]
1900s2000s
67[A] 68 69 70[B] 71 72 73 74 75 76[C] 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95[D] 96 97 98 99 00 01
Atlanta Falcons
Los Angeles Rams St. Louis Rams
Baltimore Colts New Orleans Saints
San Francisco 49ers
  Seattle
Seahawks
  Carolina Panthers
NFC West Division[E]
2000s
02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Arizona Cardinals
St. Louis Rams Los Angeles Rams [F]
San Francisco 49ers
Seattle Seahawks
     Team not in division      Division Won Super Bowl      Division Won NFC Championship      Division Won NFL Championship, Lost Super Bowl III
A The Western Conference was divided into the Coastal and Central divisions. Atlanta moved in from the Eastern Conference. Also joining the Coastal Division were Baltimore, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
B The Coastal Division was renamed the National Football Conference West division (or NFC West for short), due to the AFL–NFL merger. Baltimore moved to the AFC East division. New Orleans moved in from Capitol Division (now the NFC East)
C Seattle was enfranchised in 1976. Moved to the AFC West in 1977.
D In 1995, Carolina is enfranchised and the Rams move to St. Louis, Missouri.
E For the 2002 season, the league realigned to have eight (8) four-team divisions. Seattle returns to the NFC West. Arizona joins the West. Atlanta, Carolina, and New Orleans moved to the new NFC South.
F Prior to the 2016 season, the Rams moved back to Los Angeles.

Division champions

SeasonTeamRecordPlayoff Results
NFL Coastal
1967Los Angeles Rams11–1–2Lost NFL Conference Playoffs
1968Baltimore Colts13–1Won NFL Conference Playoffs
Won NFL Championship Game
Lost Super Bowl III
1969Los Angeles Rams11–3Lost NFL Conference Playoffs
NFC West
1970San Francisco 49ers10–3–1Won Divisional Game
Lost NFC Championship Game
1971San Francisco 49ers9–5Won Divisional Game
Lost NFC Championship Game
1972San Francisco 49ers8–5–1Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1973Los Angeles Rams12–2Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1974Los Angeles Rams10–4Won Divisional Game
Lost NFC Championship Game
1975Los Angeles Rams12–2Won Divisional Game
Lost NFC Championship Game
1976Los Angeles Rams10–3–1Won Divisional Game
Lost NFC Championship Game
1977Los Angeles Rams10–4Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1978Los Angeles Rams12–4Won Divisional Game
Lost NFC Championship Game
1979Los Angeles Rams9–7Won Divisional Game
Won NFC Championship Game
Lost Super Bowl XIV
1980Atlanta Falcons12–4Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1981San Francisco 49ers13–3Won Divisional Game
Won NFC Championship Game
Won Super Bowl XVI
1982*Atlanta Falcons5–4Lost NFC First Round
1983San Francisco 49ers10–6Won Divisional Game,
Lost NFC Championship Game
1984San Francisco 49ers15–1Won Divisional Game
Won NFC Championship Game
Won Super Bowl XIX
1985Los Angeles Rams11–5Won Divisional Game
Lost NFC Championship Game
1986San Francisco 49ers10–5–1Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1987San Francisco 49ers13–2Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1988San Francisco 49ers10–6Won Divisional Game
Won NFC Championship Game
Won Super Bowl XXIII
1989San Francisco 49ers14–2Won Divisional Game
Won NFC Championship Game
Won Super Bowl XXIV
1990San Francisco 49ers14–2Won Divisional Game
Lost NFC Championship Game
1991New Orleans Saints11–5Lost NFC Wild Card Playoffs
1992San Francisco 49ers14–2Won Divisional Game
Lost NFC Championship Game
1993San Francisco 49ers10–6Won Divisional Game
Lost NFC Championship Game
1994San Francisco 49ers13–3Won Divisional Game (Bears) 44-15
Won NFC Championship Game (Cowboys) 38-28
Won Super Bowl XXIX (vs. Chargers) 49-26
1995San Francisco 49ers11–5Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs (Packers) 17-27
1996Carolina Panthers12–4Won Divisional Game (Cowboys) 26-17
Lost NFC Championship Game (at Packers) 13-30
1997San Francisco 49ers13–3Won Divisional Game (Vikings) 38-22
Lost NFC Championship Game (Packers) 10-23
1998Atlanta Falcons14–2Won Divisional Game (49ers) 20-18
Won NFC Championship Game (at Vikings) 30-27 (OT)
Lost Super Bowl XXXIII (vs. Broncos) 19-34
1999St. Louis Rams13–3Won Divisional Game (Vikings) 49-37
Won NFC Championship Game (Buccaneers) 11-6
Won Super Bowl XXXIV (vs. Titans) 23-16
2000New Orleans Saints10–6Won NFC Wild Card Playoffs (Rams) 31-28
Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs (at Vikings) 16-34
2001St. Louis Rams14–2Won Divisional Game (Packers) 45-17
Won NFC Championship Game (Eagles) 29-24
Lost Super Bowl XXXVI (vs. Patriots) 17-20

Following 2001, the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, and New Orleans Saints left the NFC West to join the newly formed NFC South. The Arizona Cardinals joined the NFC West from the NFC East, and the Seattle Seahawks joined from the AFC West to combine with the San Francisco 49ers and the St. Louis Rams to create the new NFC West.

SeasonTeamRecordPlayoff Results
NFC West
2002San Francisco 49ers10–6Won Wild Card Playoffs (Giants) 39–38
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Buccaneers) 6–31
2003St. Louis Rams12–4Lost Divisional Playoffs (Panthers) 23–29 (2OT)
2004Seattle Seahawks9–7Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Rams) 20–27
2005Seattle Seahawks13–3Won Divisional Playoffs (Redskins) 20–10
Won NFC Championship (Panthers) 34–14
Lost Super Bowl XL (vs. Steelers) 10–21
2006Seattle Seahawks9–7Won Wild Card Playoffs (Cowboys) 21–20
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Bears) 24–27 (OT)
2007Seattle Seahawks10–6Won Wild Card Playoffs (Redskins) 35–14
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Packers) 20–42
2008Arizona Cardinals9–7Won Wild Card Playoffs (Falcons) 30–24
Won Divisional Playoffs (at Panthers) 33–13
Won NFC Championship (Eagles) 32–25
Lost Super Bowl XLIII (vs. Steelers) 23–27
2009Arizona Cardinals10–6Won Wild Card Playoffs (Packers) 51–45 (OT)
Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs (at Saints) 14–45
2010Seattle Seahawks7–9Won NFC Wild Card Playoffs (Saints) 41–36
LostNFC Divisional Playoffs (at Bears) 35-24
2011San Francisco 49ers13–3Won Divisional Playoffs (Saints) 36–32
Lost NFC Championship (Giants) 17–20 (OT)
2012San Francisco 49ers11–4–1Won Divisional Playoffs (Packers) 45–31
Won NFC Championship (at Falcons) 28–24
Lost Super Bowl XLVII (vs. Ravens) 31–34
2013Seattle Seahawks13–3Won Divisional Playoffs (Saints) 23–15
Won NFC Championship (49ers) 23–17
Won Super Bowl XLVIII (vs. Broncos) 43–8
2014Seattle Seahawks12–4Won Divisional Playoffs (Panthers) 31–17
Won NFC Championship (Packers) 28–22 (OT)
Lost Super Bowl XLIX (vs. Patriots) 24–28
2015Arizona Cardinals13–3Won Divisional Playoffs (Packers) 26–20 (OT)
Lost NFC Championship (at Panthers) 15–49
2016Seattle Seahawks10–5–1Won NFC Wild Card Playoffs (Lions) 26-6
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Falcons) 20–36
2017Los Angeles Rams11-5Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Falcons) 26-13

*A players' strike in 1982 reduced the regular season to nine games. Thus, the league used a special sixteen-team playoff tournament for that year only. Division standings were ignored, and Atlanta had the best record of the division teams.

Wild Card qualifiers

SeasonTeamRecordPlayoff Results
1978Atlanta Falcons9–7Won Wild Card Playoffs (Eagles) 14–13
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Cowboys) 20–27
1980Los Angeles Rams11–5Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Cowboys) 13–34
1983Los Angeles Rams9–7Won Wild Card Playoffs (at Cowboys) 24–17
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Redskins) 7–51
1984Los Angeles Rams10–6Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Giants) 13–16
1985San Francisco 49ers10–6Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Giants) 3–17
1986Los Angeles Rams10–6Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Redskins) 7–19
1987New Orleans Saints12–3Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Vikings) 10–44
1988Los Angeles Rams10–6Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Vikings) 17–28
1989Los Angeles Rams11–5Won Wild Card and Divisional Games
Lost NFC Championship Game
1990New Orleans Saints8–8Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Bears) 6–16
1991Atlanta Falcons10–6Won NFC Wild Card Playoffs
Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1992New Orleans Saints12–4Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Eagles) 20–36
1995Atlanta Falcons9–7Lost NFC Wild Card Playoffs (at Packers) 20–37
1996San Francisco 49ers12–4Won Wild Card Playoffs (Eagles) 14–0
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Packers) 14–35
1998San Francisco 49ers12–4Won Wild Card Playoffs (Packers) 30–27
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Falcons) 18–20
2000St. Louis Rams10–6Lost NFC Wild Card Playoffs (at Saints) 28–31
2001San Francisco 49ers12–4Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Packers) 15–25
2003Seattle Seahawks10–6Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Packers) 27–33 (OT)
2004St. Louis Rams8–8Won Wild Card Playoffs (at Seahawks) 27–20
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Falcons) 17–47
2012Seattle Seahawks11–5Won Wild Card Playoffs (at Redskins) 24–14
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Falcons) 28–30
2013San Francisco 49ers12–4Won Wild Card Playoffs (at Packers) 23–20
Won Divisional Playoffs (at Panthers) 23–10
Lost NFC Championship (at Seahawks) 17–23
2014Arizona Cardinals11–5Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Panthers) 16–27
2015Seattle Seahawks10–6Won NFC Wild Card Playoffs (at Vikings) 10–9
Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs (at Panthers) 24–31

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

Season results

(#) Denotes team that won the Super Bowl
(#) Denotes team that won the NFC/NFL Championship, but lost Super Bowl
(#) Denotes team that qualified for the NFL Playoffs
SeasonTeam (record)
1st2nd3rd4th5th
1967Los Angeles[a]
(11–1–2)
Baltimore (11–1–2)San Francisco (7–7)Atlanta (1–12–1)
1968Baltimore[b] (13–1)Los Angeles (10–3–1)San Francisco (7–6–1)Atlanta (2–12)
1969Los Angeles (11–3)Baltimore (8–5–1)Atlanta (6–8)San Francisco (4–8–2)
The Coastal Division became the NFC West.
1970San Francisco
(10–3–1)
Los Angeles (9–4–1)Atlanta (4–8–2)New Orleans (2–11–1)
1971San Francisco (9–5)Los Angeles (8–5–1)Atlanta (7–6–1)New Orleans (4–8–2)
1972San Francisco (8–5–1)Atlanta (7–7)Los Angeles (6–7–1)New Orleans (2–11–1)
1973Los Angeles (12–2)Atlanta (9–5)San Francisco (5–9)New Orleans (5–9)
1974Los Angeles (10–4)San Francisco (6–8)New Orleans (5–9)Atlanta (3–11)
1975(2) Los Angeles (12–2)San Francisco (5–9)Atlanta (4–10)New Orleans (2–12)
1976(3) Los Angeles
(10–3–1)
San Francisco (8–6)Atlanta (4–10)New Orleans (4–10)Seattle (2–12)
1977(2) Los Angeles (10–4)Atlanta (7–7)San Francisco (5–9)New Orleans (3–11)
1978(1) Los Angeles (12–4)(4) Atlanta (9–7)New Orleans (7–9)San Francisco (2–14)
1979(3) Los Angeles (9–7)New Orleans (8–8)Atlanta (6–10)San Francisco (2–14)
1980(1) Atlanta (12–4)(5) Los Angeles (11–5)San Francisco (6–10)New Orleans (1–15)
1981(1) San Francisco
(13–3)
Atlanta (7–9)Los Angeles (6–10)New Orleans (4–12)
1982[c](5) Atlanta (5–4)New Orleans (4–5)San Francisco (3–6)L.A. Rams (2–7)
1983(2) San Francisco
(10–6)
(5) L.A. Rams (9–7)New Orleans (8–8)Atlanta (7–9)
1984(1) San Francisco
(15–1)
(4) L.A. Rams (10–6)New Orleans (7–9)Atlanta (4–12)
1985(2) L.A. Rams (11–5)(5) San Francisco
(10–6)
New Orleans (5–11)Atlanta (4–12)
1986(3) San Francisco
(10–5–1)
(5) L.A. Rams (10–6)Atlanta (7–8–1)New Orleans (7–9)
1987(1) San Francisco
(13–2)
(4) New Orleans
(12–3)
L.A. Rams (6–9)Atlanta (3–12)
1988(2) San Francisco
(10–6)
(5) L.A. Rams (10–6)New Orleans (10–6)Atlanta (5–11)
1989(1) San Francisco
(14–2)
(5) L.A. Rams (11–5)New Orleans (9–7)Atlanta (3–13)
1990(1) San Francisco
(14–2)
(6) New Orleans (8–8)L.A. Rams (5–11)Atlanta (5–11)
1991(3) New Orleans
(11–5)
(6) Atlanta (10–6)San Francisco (10–6)L.A. Rams (3–13)
1992(1) San Francisco
(14–2)
(4) New Orleans
(12–4)
Atlanta (6–10)L.A. Rams (6–10)
1993(2) San Francisco
(10–6)
New Orleans (8–8)Atlanta (6–10)L.A. Rams (5–11)
1994(1) San Francisco
(13–3)
New Orleans (7–9)Atlanta (7–9)L.A. Rams (4–12)
1995(2) San Francisco
(11–5)
(6) Atlanta (9–7)St. Louis (7–9)Carolina (7–9)New Orleans (7–9)
1996(2) Carolina (12–4)(4) San Francisco
(12–4)
St. Louis (6–10)Atlanta (3–13)New Orleans (3–13)
1997(1) San Francisco
(13–3)
Carolina (7–9)Atlanta (7–9)New Orleans (6–10)St. Louis (5–11)
1998(2) Atlanta (14–2)(4) San Francisco
(12–4)
New Orleans (6–10)Carolina (4–12)St. Louis (4–12)
1999(1) St. Louis (13–3)Carolina (8–8)Atlanta (5–11)San Francisco (4–12)New Orleans (3–13)
2000(3) New Orleans
(10–6)
(6) St. Louis (10–6)Carolina (7–9)San Francisco (6–10)Atlanta (4–12)
2001(1) St. Louis (14–2)(5) San Francisco
(12–4)
New Orleans (7–9)Atlanta (7–9)Carolina (1–15)
2002(4) San Francisco
(10–6)
St. Louis (7–9)Seattle (7–9)Arizona (5–11)
2003(2) St. Louis (12–4)(5) Seattle (10–6)San Francisco (7–9)Arizona (4–12)
2004(4) Seattle (9–7)(5) St. Louis (8–8)Arizona (6–10)San Francisco (2–14)
2005(1) Seattle (13–3)St. Louis (6–10)Arizona (5–11)San Francisco (4–12)
2006(4) Seattle (9–7)St. Louis (8–8)San Francisco (7–9)Arizona (5–11)
2007(3) Seattle (10–6)Arizona (8–8)San Francisco (5–11)St. Louis (3–13)
2008(4) Arizona (9–7)San Francisco (7–9)Seattle (4–12)St. Louis (2–14)
2009(4) Arizona (10–6)San Francisco (8–8)Seattle (5–11)St. Louis (1–15)
2010(4) Seattle (7–9)St. Louis (7–9)San Francisco (6–10)Arizona (5–11)
2011(2) San Francisco
(13–3)
Arizona (8–8)Seattle (7–9)St. Louis (2–14)
2012(2) San Francisco
(11–4–1)
(5) Seattle (11–5)St. Louis (7–8–1)Arizona (5–11)
2013(1) Seattle (13–3)(5) San Francisco
(12–4)
Arizona (10–6)St. Louis (7–9)
2014(1) Seattle (12–4)(5) Arizona (11–5)San Francisco (8–8)St. Louis (6–10)
2015(2) Arizona (13–3)(6) Seattle (10–6)St. Louis (7–9)San Francisco (5–11)
2016(3) Seattle (10–5–1)Arizona (7–8–1)Los Angeles (4–12)San Francisco (2–14)
2017(3) L.A. Rams (11–5)Seattle (9–7)Arizona (8–8)San Francisco (6–10)
Notes and Tiebreakers
  • a Los Angeles won the Coastal Division based on better point differential in head-to-head games (net 24 points) vs. Baltimore. The Rams and Colts played to a 24–24 tie in Baltimore in October before the Rams won 34–10 on the season's final Sunday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The result would be the same under the modern tiebreaker, which relies first on head-to-head record (Los Angeles won the head-to-head series, 1–0–1).
  • b The Baltimore Colts won the NFL Championship, but lost to the AFL's New York Jets in Super Bowl II.
  • c Due to player strikes, the league shortened the 1982 season's games and realigned all the teams into conferences. The records for the division teams are based on what it would have looked like if they were still in the division.

See also

Total playoff berths

(Current NFC West teams' records 1967–2016)
TeamDivision
Championships
Playoff
Berths
Super Bowl
Appearances
Super Bowl
Wins
San Francisco 49ers119 (3)25 (4)6 (1)5 (0)
St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams116 (2)27 (3)3 (0)1 (0)
Seattle Seahawks281131
St. Louis/Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals23410

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1Numbers since re-alignment in parenthesis
2These numbers only reflect the Seahawks & Cardinals' time as members of the NFC West.

References

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