NFC Championship Game Records: Full list of results, facts, and more

Let's examine the records and results across the 50+ year history of the NFC Championship Game since it began in 1970.

Which teams hold the various records for the NFC Championship Game, and what are the results of all 51 games that have taken place since 1970?

Who has been to the most NFC Championship Games?

The San Francisco 49ers have played in the most NFC title games than any other team (17 after facing the Rams in 2022). The 49ers played for the NFC title 10 times between 1981 and 1997, and they’re now playing their fifth title game since 2011.

The 49ers also hold the record for the most NFC Championship Games hosted with 10. However, the Eagles hold the record for consecutive games hosted with three when they hosted the Buccaneers, Panthers, and Falcons in consecutive years between the 2002-03 and 2004-05 seasons.

Most consecutive appearances

The record for the most consecutive appearances in the title game is tied between two teams at four. The Cowboys have managed to do it twice. They went to four consecutive title games between 1971 and 1974 as well as 1992-1995. The Eagles accomplished the same feat between 2002 and 2005.

What team has lost the most NFC Championship Games?

The 49ers may have got to the most NFC title games, but they have also lost the most with nine. The Cowboys, Rams, and Vikings are second with six losses — no other team has more than four. The Rams, Cowboys, and Eagles hold the record for the most consecutive losses with three.

The Detroit Lions (0-1) are the only NFC team to have never won a title game. They are also the only current NFC team to have never hosted a title game.

Most victories and consecutive victories

The Cowboys hold the record for the most victories with 8. They are also in a tie with five other teams for the most consecutive NFC title game victories with two, which has been achieved eight times. The Cowboys have done it three times, with the Vikings, 49ers, Packers, Seahawks, and Washington going back-to-back once.

Only one team has won all of their games played in the NFC Championship Game. That is the New York Giants, who have a perfect 5-0 record.

NFC Championship Game results

  • 1971 | Dallas Cowboys 17, San Francisco 49ers 10
  • 1972 | Dallas Cowboys 14, San Francisco 49ers 3
  • 1973 | Washington Football Team 26, Dallas Cowboys 3
  • 1974 | Minnesota Vikings 27, Dallas Cowboys 10
  • 1975 | Minnesota Vikings 14, Los Angeles Rams 10
  • 1976 | Dallas Cowboys 37, Los Angeles Rams 7
  • 1977 | Minnesota Vikings 24, Los Angeles Rams 13
  • 1978 | Dallas Cowboys 23, Minnesota Vikings 6
  • 1979 | Dallas Cowboys 28, Los Angeles Rams 0
  • 1980 | Los Angeles Rams 9, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0
  • 1981 | Philadelphia Eagles 20, Dallas Cowboys 7
  • 1982 | San Francisco 49ers 28, Dallas Cowboys 27
  • 1983 | Washington Football Team 31, Dallas Cowboys 17
  • 1984 | Washington Football Team 24, San Francisco 49ers 21
  • 1985 | San Francisco 49ers 23, Chicago Bears 0
  • 1986 | Chicago Bears 24, Los Angeles Rams 0
  • 1987 | New York Giants 17, Washington Football Team 0
  • 1988 | Washington Football Team 17, Minnesota Vikings 10
  • 1989 | San Francisco 49ers 28, Chicago Bears 3
  • 1990 | San Francisco 49ers 20, Los Angeles Rams 3
  • 1991 | New York Giants 15, San Francisco 49ers 13
  • 1992 | Washington Football Team 41, Detroit Lions 10
  • 1993 | Dallas Cowboys 30, San Francisco 49ers 20
  • 1994 | Dallas Cowboys 38, San Francisco 49ers 21
  • 1995 | San Francisco 49ers 38, Dallas Cowboys 28
  • 1996 | Dallas Cowboys 38, Green Bay Packers 27
  • 1997 | Green Bay Packers 30, Carolina Panthers 13
  • 1998 | Green Bay Packers 23, San Francisco 49ers 10
  • 1999 | Atlanta Falcons 30, Minnesota Vikings 27

The 2000s to present

  • 2000 | St. Louis Rams 11, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6
  • 2001 | New York Giants 41, Minnesota Vikings 0
  • 2002 | St. Louis Rams 29, Philadelphia Eagles 24
  • 2003 | Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27, Philadelphia Eagles 10
  • 2004 | Carolina Panthers 14, Philadelphia Eagles 3
  • 2005 | Philadelphia Eagles 27, Atlanta Falcons 10
  • 2006 | Seattle Seahawks 34, Carolina Panthers 14
  • 2007 | Chicago Bears 39, New Orleans Saints 14
  • 2008 | New York Giants 23, Green Bay Packers 20
  • 2009 | Arizona Cardinals 32, Philadelphia Eagles 25
  • 2010 | New Orleans Saints 31, Minnesota Vikings 28
  • 2011 | Green Bay Packers 21, Chicago Bears 14
  • 2012 | New York Giants 20, San Francisco 49ers 17
  • 2013 | San Francisco 49ers 28, Atlanta Falcons 24
  • 2014 | Seattle Seahawks 23, San Francisco 49ers 17
  • 2015 | Seattle Seahawks 28, Green Bay Packers 22
  • 2016 | Carolina Panthers 49, Arizona Cardinals 15
  • 2017 | Atlanta Falcons 44, Green Bay Packers 21
  • 2018 | Philadelphia Eagles 38, Minnesota Vikings 7
  • 2019 | Los Angeles Rams 26, New Orleans Saints 23
  • 2020 | San Francisco 49ers 37, Green Bay Packers 20
  • 2021 | Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31, Green Bay Packers 26

Other NFC Championship Game team records of note

  • Largest margin of victory: 41
    Giants 41, Vikings 0 | Jan. 14, 2001
  • Most points scored by either team: 49
    Panthers 49, Cardinals 15 | Jan. 24, 2016
  • Most points by losing team: 28
    Cowboys 28, 49ers 38 | Jan. 15, 1995
    Vikings 28, Saints 31 | Jan. 24, 2010
  • Fewest points scored by either team: 0
    Rams 0, Cowboys 28 | Jan. 7, 1979
    Buccaneers 0, Rams 9 | Jan. 6, 1980
    Bears 0, 49ers 23 | Jan. 6, 1985
    Rams 0, Bears 24 | Jan. 12, 1986
    Washington 0, Giants 17 | Jan. 11, 1987
    Vikings 0, Giants 41 | Jan. 14, 2001
  • Fewest points scored by winning team: 9
    Rams 9, Buccaneers 0 | Jan. 6, 1980
  • Most total points scored: 66
    49ers 38, Cowboys 28 | Jan. 15, 1995
  • Fewest total points scored: 9
    Rams 9, Buccaneers 0 | Jan. 6, 1980
  • Longest NFC Championship Game drought: 29
    Detroit Lions and Washington (last appearance 1991)

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