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Encyclopedia > NFC North

The NFC North refers to the Northern Division of the National Football Conference of the National Football League that was created prior to the 2002 season when the league realigned divisions after expanding to 32 teams. It replaced the NFC Central, which was formed in 1970 when the National Football League and American Football League merged. The division is known as the "Black and Blue Division" for the intense rivalries and physical play. The National Football Conference is one of the two conferences of the National Football League. ... Bills Dolphins Patriots Jets Ravens Bengals Browns Steelers Texans Colts Titans Broncos Chiefs Raiders Chargers Cowboys Giants Eagles Redskins Bears Lions Packers Vikings Falcons Panthers Saints Buccaneers Jaguars Cardinals Rams 49ers Seahawks The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from... The 2002 NFL season was the 83rd regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1970 NFL season was the 51st regular season of the National Football League, and the first one after the AFL-NFL Merger. ... AFL logo The American Football League (AFL) was a professional league of American football that operated from 1960 to 1969. ...


The NFC North currently has four members: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, and Minnesota Vikings. Thus the division contains the same alignment as the original NFC Central that was created after the AFL-NFL Merger in 1970, and which originally acquired the "Black and Blue" monicker. City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National... City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ... City Green Bay, Wisconsin Team colors Dark Green, Gold, and White Head Coach Mike McCarthy Owner 111,967 stockholders Chairman Bob Harlan General manager Ted Thompson Fight song Go! You Packers! Go! League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919-1920) National Football League (1921–present) Western Division (1933-1949) National Conference (1950... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Mascot Ragnar League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970... The AFL-NFL Merger of 1970 involved the merger of the two major professional American football leagues in the United States during the time: the National Football League (NFL) and the American Football League (AFL). ...


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers became the fifth member of the NFC Central in 1977 after they spent their first year in the league as a member of the AFC West, but they were moved to the NFC South in the 2002 re-alignment. With the departure of Tampa Bay, the division is also sometimes facetiously called the "Frozen North", although two of its four teams, Detroit and Minnesota, have played their home games indoors for at least two decades. City Tampa, Florida Other nicknames The Bucs, Pewter Pirates Team colors Buccaneer Red, Pewter, Black, and Orange Head Coach Jon Gruden Owner Malcolm Glazer General manager Bruce Allen Mascot Captain Fear League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1976) AFC West (1976) National Football Conference (1977... The AFC West is a division of the National Football Leagues American Football Conference. ... The NFC South refers to the Southern Division of the National Football Conference of the National Football League that was created in 2002 when the league realigned divisions after expanding to 32 teams. ...


ESPN sportscaster Chris Berman often refers to this division as the "NFC Norris," because of its geographical similarity to the NHL's old Norris Division, now called the Central Division. ESPN (an acronym for the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network) is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... Chris Berman, ESPN Personality. ... NHL can also be an abbreviation for National Historic Landmark or Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. ... The NHLs Norris Division was formed in 1974 as part of the Prince of Wales Conference. ... The NHLs Central Division was formed in 1993 as part of the Western Conference in a league realignment. ...


Division champions

Season Team Record Playoff Results
NFC Central
1970 Minnesota Vikings 12-2-0 Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1971 Minnesota Vikings 11-3-0 Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1972 Green Bay Packers 10-4-0 Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1973 Minnesota Vikings 12-2-0 Lost Super Bowl VIII
1974 Minnesota Vikings 10-4-0 Lost Super Bowl IX
1975 Minnesota Vikings 12-2-0 Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1976 Minnesota Vikings 11-2-1 Lost Super Bowl XI
1977 Minnesota Vikings 9-5-0 Lost NFC Championship Game
1978 Minnesota Vikings 8-7-1 Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1979 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10-6-0 Lost NFC Championship Game
1980 Minnesota Vikings 9-7-0 Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1981 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9-7-0 Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1982+ Green Bay Packers 5-3-1 Lost NFC Second Round
1983 Detroit Lions 9-7-0 Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1984 Chicago Bears 10-6-0 Lost NFC Championship Game
1985 Chicago Bears 15-1-0 Won Super Bowl XX
1986 Chicago Bears 14-2-0 Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1987 Chicago Bears 11-4-0 Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1988 Chicago Bears 12-4-0 Lost NFC Championship Game
1989 Minnesota Vikings 10-6-0 Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1990 Chicago Bears 11-5-0 Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
1991 Detroit Lions 12-4-0 Lost NFC Championship Game
1992 Minnesota Vikings 11-5-0 Lost NFC Wild Card Playoffs
1993 Detroit Lions 10-6-0 Lost NFC Wild Card Playoffs
1994 Minnesota Vikings 10-6-0 Lost NFC Wild Card Playoffs
1995 Green Bay Packers 11-5-0 Lost NFC Championship Game
1996 Green Bay Packers 13-3-0 Won Super Bowl XXXI
1997 Green Bay Packers 13-3-0 Lost Super Bowl XXXII
1998 Minnesota Vikings 15-1-0 Lost NFC Championship Game
1999 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 11-5-0 Lost NFC Championship Game
2000 Minnesota Vikings 11-5-0 Lost NFC Championship Game
2001 Chicago Bears 13-3-0 Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
NFC North
2002 Green Bay Packers 12-4-0 Lost NFC Wild Card Playoffs
2003 Green Bay Packers 10-6-0 Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
2004 Green Bay Packers 10-6-0 Lost NFC Wild Card Playoffs
2005 Chicago Bears 11-5-0 Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs
2006 Chicago Bears 13-2-0* To be determined
  • 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, Green Bay had the best record of the division teams.
  • The Chicago Bears clinched the 2006 Division Championship on December 3, 2006. Record on the season is not final.

City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Mascot Ragnar League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970... The NFL playoffs following the 1970 NFL season led up to Super Bowl V. This was the first playoff tournament after the AFL-NFL Merger. ... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Mascot Ragnar League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970... The NFL playoffs following the 1971 NFL season led up to Super Bowl VI. // Divisional playoffs December 25, 1971 AFC: Miami Dolphins 27, Kansas City Chiefs 24 (2OT) at Municipal Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri TV: NBC In the longest NFL game ever played, Miami kicker Garo Yepremian kicked the winning... City Green Bay, Wisconsin Team colors Dark Green, Gold, and White Head Coach Mike McCarthy Owner 111,967 stockholders Chairman Bob Harlan General manager Ted Thompson Fight song Go! You Packers! Go! League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919-1920) National Football League (1921–present) Western Division (1933-1949) National Conference (1950... The NFL playoffs for the 1972-73 season led up to Super Bowl VII. // Divisional playoff round December 23, 1972 AFC: Pittsburgh Steelers 13, Oakland Raiders 7 at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Steelers Running back Franco Harris scored the winning touchdown on what became known as the Immaculate Reception. ... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Mascot Ragnar League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970... Date January 13, 1974 Stadium Rice Stadium City Houston, Texas MVP Larry Csonka, Running back Favorite Dolphins by 7 National Anthem Charley Pride Coin toss Game referee Halftime show University of Texas at Austin Band Attendance 71,882 TV in the United States Network CBS Announcers Ray Scott, Pat Summerall... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Mascot Ragnar League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970... Date January 12, 1975 Stadium Tulane Stadium City New Orleans, Louisiana MVP Franco Harris, Running back Favorite Steelers by 3 National Anthem Grambling State University Band Coin toss Game referee Halftime show Tribute to Duke Ellington with Mercer Ellington and Grambling State University Band Attendance 80,997 TV in the... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Mascot Ragnar League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970... The NFL playoffs for the 1975-76 season led up to Super Bowl X. // Divisional playoff round December 27, 1975 AFC: Pittsburgh Steelers 28, Baltimore Colts 10 at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania The Steelers defense forced 4 turnovers and held the Colts to 154 total yards of offense. ... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Mascot Ragnar League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970... Date January 9, 1977 Stadium Rose Bowl Stadium City Pasadena, California MVP Fred Biletnikoff, Wide Receiver Favorite Raiders by 4 1/2 National anthem Vikki Carr (America the Beautiful) Coin toss Game referee Referee Jim Tunney Halftime show Disney presents Its A Small World with the Los Angeles Unified... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Mascot Ragnar League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970... The NFL playoffs following the 1977 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XII. Due to Christmas, the Divisional playoff games were held in a span of three days. ... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Mascot Ragnar League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970... The NFL playoffs following the 1978 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XIII. This was the first year that the playoffs expanded to a ten-team tournament, adding a second wild card team (a fifth seed) from each conference. ... City Tampa, Florida Other nicknames The Bucs, Pewter Pirates Team colors Buccaneer Red, Pewter, Black, and Orange Head Coach Jon Gruden Owner Malcolm Glazer General manager Bruce Allen Mascot Captain Fear League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1976) AFC West (1976) National Football Conference (1977... The NFL playoffs following the 1979 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XIV. // Playoff seeds Seed AFC NFC 1 San Diego Chargers (West winner) Dallas Cowboys (East winner) 2 Pittsburgh Steelers (Central winner) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Central winner) 3 Miami Dolphins (East winner) Los Angeles Rams (Central winner) 4... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Mascot Ragnar League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970... The NFL playoffs following the 1980 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XV. Note: The San Diego Chargers (the AFC 1 seed) did not play the Oakland Raiders (the 4 seed) in the Divisional playoff round because both teams were in the same division. ... City Tampa, Florida Other nicknames The Bucs, Pewter Pirates Team colors Buccaneer Red, Pewter, Black, and Orange Head Coach Jon Gruden Owner Malcolm Glazer General manager Bruce Allen Mascot Captain Fear League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1976) AFC West (1976) National Football Conference (1977... The NFL playoffs for the 1981-82 season led up to Super Bowl XVI. // Wild card round December 27, 1981 AFC: Buffalo Bills 31, New York Jets 27 at Shea Stadium, New York City The Bills jumped to a 24-0, but needed Bill Simpsons interception at their own... City Green Bay, Wisconsin Team colors Dark Green, Gold, and White Head Coach Mike McCarthy Owner 111,967 stockholders Chairman Bob Harlan General manager Ted Thompson Fight song Go! You Packers! Go! League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919-1920) National Football League (1921–present) Western Division (1933-1949) National Conference (1950... The NFL playoffs following the 1982 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XVII. A players strike reduced the regular season to nine games. ... City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ... The NFL playoffs following the 1983 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XVIII. Due to Christmas, the two wild card playoff games were played in a span of three days. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National... The NFL playoffs following the 1984 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XIX. The two wild card games were held on different days because both venues were in the Pacific Standard Time Zone. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National... Date January 26, 1986 Stadium Louisiana Superdome City New Orleans, Louisiana MVP Richard Dent, Defensive end Favorite Bears by 10 National anthem Wynton Marsalis Coin toss Bart Starr representing previous Super Bowl MVPs Referee Red Cashion Halftime show Up with People presents Beat of the Future Attendance 73,818 TV... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National... The NFL playoffs following the 1986 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXI. Note: The New York Giants (the NFC 1 seed) did not play the Washington Redskins (the 4 seed) in the Divisional playoff round because both teams were in the same division. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National... The NFL playoffs following the 1987 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXII. // Wild Card playoffs January 3, 1988 NFC: Minnesota Vikings 44, New Orleans Saints 10 at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana Game time: 12:30 p. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National... The NFL playoffs following the 1988 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXIII. Due to Christmas, the two wild card playoff games were held in a span of three days. ... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Mascot Ragnar League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970... The NFL playoffs for the 1989-90 season led up to Super Bowl XXIV. This was the last season in which the NFL used a 10-team playoff format. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National... The NFL playoffs following the 1990 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXV. The league expanded its playoff system from a 10-team to a 12-team tournament. ... City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ... The NFL playoffs following the 1991 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXVI. // Wild Card playoffs December 28, 1991 AFC: Kansas City Chiefs 10, Los Angeles Raiders 6 at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri Game time: 12:30 p. ... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Mascot Ragnar League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970... The NFL playoffs following the 1992 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXVII. // at Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota Game time: 12:30 p. ... City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ... The NFL playoffs following the 1993 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXVIII. // at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri Game time: 12:30 p. ... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Mascot Ragnar League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970... The NFL playoffs following the 1994 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXIX. // Wild Card playoffs December 31, 1994 NFC: Green Bay Packers 16, Detroit Lions 12 at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin Game time: 12:30 pm EST/11:30 am CST Game weather: 31 °F (partly cloudy... City Green Bay, Wisconsin Team colors Dark Green, Gold, and White Head Coach Mike McCarthy Owner 111,967 stockholders Chairman Bob Harlan General manager Ted Thompson Fight song Go! You Packers! Go! League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919-1920) National Football League (1921–present) Western Division (1933-1949) National Conference (1950... The NFL playoffs following the 1995 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXX. // Wild Card playoffs December 30, 1995 AFC: Buffalo Bills 37, Miami Dolphins 22 at Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, New York Game time: 12:30 pm EST Game weather: 30 °F (cloudy) TV announcers (ABC): Brent Musburger... City Green Bay, Wisconsin Team colors Dark Green, Gold, and White Head Coach Mike McCarthy Owner 111,967 stockholders Chairman Bob Harlan General manager Ted Thompson Fight song Go! You Packers! Go! League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919-1920) National Football League (1921–present) Western Division (1933-1949) National Conference (1950... Date January 26, 1997 Stadium Louisiana Superdome City New Orleans, Louisiana MVP Desmond Howard, Kick Returner/Punt Returner Favorite Packers by 14 National anthem Luther Vandross Coin toss Past Super Bowl winning coaches: Hank Stram, Mike Ditka, Tom Flores, Tom Landry, Chuck Noll, George Seifert Referee Gerald Austin Halftime show... City Green Bay, Wisconsin Team colors Dark Green, Gold, and White Head Coach Mike McCarthy Owner 111,967 stockholders Chairman Bob Harlan General manager Ted Thompson Fight song Go! You Packers! Go! League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919-1920) National Football League (1921–present) Western Division (1933-1949) National Conference (1950... Date January 25, 1998 Stadium Qualcomm Stadium City San Diego MVP Terrell Davis, Running back Favorite Packers by 11 1/2 National anthem Jewel Coin toss Joe Gibbs, Doug Williams, Eddie Robinson Referee Ed Hochuli Halftime show Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, and The Four Tops Attendance 68... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Mascot Ragnar League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970... The NFL playoffs following the 1998 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXXIII. // Wild Card playoffs January 2, 1999 AFC: Miami Dolphins 24, Buffalo Bills 17 at Pro Player Stadium, Miami, Florida Game time: 12:30 pm EST Game weather: 80 °F (Partly cloudy) TV announcers (ABC): Al Michaels... City Tampa, Florida Other nicknames The Bucs, Pewter Pirates Team colors Buccaneer Red, Pewter, Black, and Orange Head Coach Jon Gruden Owner Malcolm Glazer General manager Bruce Allen Mascot Captain Fear League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1976) AFC West (1976) National Football Conference (1977... The NFL playoffs following the 1999 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXXIV. // at Adelphia Coliseum, Nashville, Tennessee Game time: 12:30 p. ... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Mascot Ragnar League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970... The NFL playoffs following the 2000 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXXV. // at Pro Player Stadium, Miami, Florida Game time: 12:30 p. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National... The NFL playoffs following the 2001 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXXVI. For the first time, the NFL scheduled prime time playoff games for the first two rounds in an attempt to attract more television viewers. ... City Green Bay, Wisconsin Team colors Dark Green, Gold, and White Head Coach Mike McCarthy Owner 111,967 stockholders Chairman Bob Harlan General manager Ted Thompson Fight song Go! You Packers! Go! League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919-1920) National Football League (1921–present) Western Division (1933-1949) National Conference (1950... The NFL playoffs following the 2002 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXXVII. Prior to the 2002-03 season, the league realigned the teams into eight divisions (four in each conference). ... City Green Bay, Wisconsin Team colors Dark Green, Gold, and White Head Coach Mike McCarthy Owner 111,967 stockholders Chairman Bob Harlan General manager Ted Thompson Fight song Go! You Packers! Go! League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919-1920) National Football League (1921–present) Western Division (1933-1949) National Conference (1950... The NFL playoffs following the 2003 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXXVIII. Beginning with the 2003-04 season, the NFL changed the rules regarding officials for playoffs games. ... City Green Bay, Wisconsin Team colors Dark Green, Gold, and White Head Coach Mike McCarthy Owner 111,967 stockholders Chairman Bob Harlan General manager Ted Thompson Fight song Go! You Packers! Go! League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919-1920) National Football League (1921–present) Western Division (1933-1949) National Conference (1950... The NFL playoffs following the 2004 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXXIX. // Wild Card playoffs Saturday January 8, 2005 NFC: St. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National... The National Football League playoffs following the 2005 regular season led up to Super Bowl XL, which was played in Detroit, Michigan on Sunday, February 5, 2006. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National... The 2006 NFL season is the 87th season of the National Football League, the major professional American football league in the United States. ... December 3 is the 337th (in leap years the 338th) day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Wild Card qualifiers

Season Team Record Playoff Results
NFC Central
1970 Detroit Lions 10-4-0 Lost Divisional Playoffs
1971 None -- --
1972 None -- --
1973 None -- --
1974 None -- --
1975 None -- --
1976 None -- --
1977 Chicago Bears 9-5-0 Lost Divisional Playoffs
1978 None -- --
1979 Chicago Bears 10-6-0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs
1980 None -- --
1981 None -- --
1982+ Minnesota Vikings
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Detroit Lions
5-4-0
5-4-0
4-5-0
Lost NFC Second Round
Lost NFC First Round
Lost NFC First Round
1983 None -- --
1984 None -- --
1985 None -- --
1986 None -- --
1987 Minnesota Vikings 8-7-0 Lost NFC Championship Game
1988 Minnesota Vikings 11-5-0 Lost Divisional Playoffs
1989 None -- --
1990 None -- --
1991 Chicago Bears 11-5-0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs
1992 None -- --
1993 Minnesota Vikings
Green Bay Packers
9-7-0
9-7-0
Lost Wild Card Playoffs
Lost Divisional Playoffs
1994 Detroit Lions
Chicago Bears
Green Bay Packers
9-7-0
9-7-0
9-7-0
Lost Wild Card Playoffs
Lost Divisional Playoffs
Lost Divisional Playoffs
1995 Detroit Lions 10-6-0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs
1996 Minnesota Vikings 9-7-0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs
1997 Detroit Lions
Minnesota Vikings
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
9-7-0
9-7-0
10-6-0
Lost Wild Card Playoffs
Lost Divisional Playoffs
Lost Divisional Playoffs
1998 Green Bay Packers 11-5-0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs
1999 Detroit Lions
Minnesota Vikings
8-8-0
10-6-0
Lost Wild Card Playoffs
Lost Divisional Playoffs
2000 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10-6-0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs
2001 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Green Bay Packers
9-7-0
12-4-0
Lost Wild Card Playoffs
Lost Divisional Playoffs
NFC North
2002 None -- --
2003 None -- --
2004 Minnesota Vikings 8-8-0 Lost Divisional Playoffs
2005 None -- --
  • 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, Green Bay had the best record of the division teams.

City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ... The NFL playoffs following the 1970 NFL season led up to Super Bowl V. This was the first playoff tournament after the AFL-NFL Merger. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National... The NFL playoffs following the 1977 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XII. Due to Christmas, the Divisional playoff games were held in a span of three days. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National... The NFL playoffs following the 1979 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XIV. // Playoff seeds Seed AFC NFC 1 San Diego Chargers (West winner) Dallas Cowboys (East winner) 2 Pittsburgh Steelers (Central winner) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Central winner) 3 Miami Dolphins (East winner) Los Angeles Rams (Central winner) 4... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Mascot Ragnar League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970... City Tampa, Florida Other nicknames The Bucs, Pewter Pirates Team colors Buccaneer Red, Pewter, Black, and Orange Head Coach Jon Gruden Owner Malcolm Glazer General manager Bruce Allen Mascot Captain Fear League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1976) AFC West (1976) National Football Conference (1977... City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ... The NFL playoffs following the 1982 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XVII. A players strike reduced the regular season to nine games. ... The NFL playoffs following the 1982 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XVII. A players strike reduced the regular season to nine games. ... The NFL playoffs following the 1982 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XVII. A players strike reduced the regular season to nine games. ... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Mascot Ragnar League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970... The NFL playoffs following the 1987 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXII. // Wild Card playoffs January 3, 1988 NFC: Minnesota Vikings 44, New Orleans Saints 10 at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana Game time: 12:30 p. ... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Mascot Ragnar League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970... The NFL playoffs following the 1988 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXIII. Due to Christmas, the two wild card playoff games were held in a span of three days. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National... The NFL playoffs following the 1991 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXVI. // Wild Card playoffs December 28, 1991 AFC: Kansas City Chiefs 10, Los Angeles Raiders 6 at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri Game time: 12:30 p. ... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Mascot Ragnar League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970... City Green Bay, Wisconsin Team colors Dark Green, Gold, and White Head Coach Mike McCarthy Owner 111,967 stockholders Chairman Bob Harlan General manager Ted Thompson Fight song Go! You Packers! Go! League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919-1920) National Football League (1921–present) Western Division (1933-1949) National Conference (1950... The NFL playoffs following the 1993 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXVIII. // at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri Game time: 12:30 p. ... The NFL playoffs following the 1993 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXVIII. // at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri Game time: 12:30 p. ... City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National... City Green Bay, Wisconsin Team colors Dark Green, Gold, and White Head Coach Mike McCarthy Owner 111,967 stockholders Chairman Bob Harlan General manager Ted Thompson Fight song Go! You Packers! Go! League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919-1920) National Football League (1921–present) Western Division (1933-1949) National Conference (1950... The NFL playoffs following the 1994 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXIX. // Wild Card playoffs December 31, 1994 NFC: Green Bay Packers 16, Detroit Lions 12 at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin Game time: 12:30 pm EST/11:30 am CST Game weather: 31 °F (partly cloudy... The NFL playoffs following the 1994 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXIX. // Wild Card playoffs December 31, 1994 NFC: Green Bay Packers 16, Detroit Lions 12 at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin Game time: 12:30 pm EST/11:30 am CST Game weather: 31 °F (partly cloudy... The NFL playoffs following the 1994 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXIX. // Wild Card playoffs December 31, 1994 NFC: Green Bay Packers 16, Detroit Lions 12 at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin Game time: 12:30 pm EST/11:30 am CST Game weather: 31 °F (partly cloudy... City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ... The NFL playoffs following the 1995 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXX. // Wild Card playoffs December 30, 1995 AFC: Buffalo Bills 37, Miami Dolphins 22 at Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, New York Game time: 12:30 pm EST Game weather: 30 °F (cloudy) TV announcers (ABC): Brent Musburger... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Mascot Ragnar League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970... The NFL playoffs following the 1996 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXXI. // Wild-card round December 28, 1996 AFC: Jacksonville Jaguars 30, Buffalo Bills 27 at Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, New York Game Weather: 52 degrees (cloudy) TV announcers (ABC): Mike Patrick and Joe Theismann Aired at 1... City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Mascot Ragnar League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970... City Tampa, Florida Other nicknames The Bucs, Pewter Pirates Team colors Buccaneer Red, Pewter, Black, and Orange Head Coach Jon Gruden Owner Malcolm Glazer General manager Bruce Allen Mascot Captain Fear League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1976) AFC West (1976) National Football Conference (1977... The NFL playoffs following the 1997 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXXII. // Wild Card playoffs December 27, 1997 NFC: Minnesota Vikings 23, New York Giants 22 at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey Game time: 12:30 pm EST Game weather: 46 °F (Rain and snow) TV announcers... The NFL playoffs following the 1997 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXXII. // Wild Card playoffs December 27, 1997 NFC: Minnesota Vikings 23, New York Giants 22 at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey Game time: 12:30 pm EST Game weather: 46 °F (Rain and snow) TV announcers... The NFL playoffs following the 1997 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXXII. // Wild Card playoffs December 27, 1997 NFC: Minnesota Vikings 23, New York Giants 22 at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey Game time: 12:30 pm EST Game weather: 46 °F (Rain and snow) TV announcers... City Green Bay, Wisconsin Team colors Dark Green, Gold, and White Head Coach Mike McCarthy Owner 111,967 stockholders Chairman Bob Harlan General manager Ted Thompson Fight song Go! You Packers! Go! League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919-1920) National Football League (1921–present) Western Division (1933-1949) National Conference (1950... The NFL playoffs following the 1998 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXXIII. // Wild Card playoffs January 2, 1999 AFC: Miami Dolphins 24, Buffalo Bills 17 at Pro Player Stadium, Miami, Florida Game time: 12:30 pm EST Game weather: 80 °F (Partly cloudy) TV announcers (ABC): Al Michaels... City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Mascot Ragnar League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970... The NFL playoffs following the 1999 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXXIV. // at Adelphia Coliseum, Nashville, Tennessee Game time: 12:30 p. ... The NFL playoffs following the 1999 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXXIV. // at Adelphia Coliseum, Nashville, Tennessee Game time: 12:30 p. ... City Tampa, Florida Other nicknames The Bucs, Pewter Pirates Team colors Buccaneer Red, Pewter, Black, and Orange Head Coach Jon Gruden Owner Malcolm Glazer General manager Bruce Allen Mascot Captain Fear League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1976) AFC West (1976) National Football Conference (1977... The NFL playoffs following the 2000 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXXV. // at Pro Player Stadium, Miami, Florida Game time: 12:30 p. ... City Tampa, Florida Other nicknames The Bucs, Pewter Pirates Team colors Buccaneer Red, Pewter, Black, and Orange Head Coach Jon Gruden Owner Malcolm Glazer General manager Bruce Allen Mascot Captain Fear League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1976) AFC West (1976) National Football Conference (1977... City Green Bay, Wisconsin Team colors Dark Green, Gold, and White Head Coach Mike McCarthy Owner 111,967 stockholders Chairman Bob Harlan General manager Ted Thompson Fight song Go! You Packers! Go! League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919-1920) National Football League (1921–present) Western Division (1933-1949) National Conference (1950... The NFL playoffs following the 2001 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXXVI. For the first time, the NFL scheduled prime time playoff games for the first two rounds in an attempt to attract more television viewers. ... The NFL playoffs following the 2001 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXXVI. For the first time, the NFL scheduled prime time playoff games for the first two rounds in an attempt to attract more television viewers. ... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Mascot Ragnar League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970... The NFL playoffs following the 2004 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXXIX. // Wild Card playoffs Saturday January 8, 2005 NFC: St. ...

Total playoff berths

Team Championships Playoff Berths
Minnesota Vikings 14 22
Chicago Bears 9 13
Green Bay Packers 8 11
Detroit Lions 3 9
Tampa Bay Buccaneers1 3 7

1 Realigned into the NFC South during the 2002 NFL season. City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Mascot Ragnar League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National... City Green Bay, Wisconsin Team colors Dark Green, Gold, and White Head Coach Mike McCarthy Owner 111,967 stockholders Chairman Bob Harlan General manager Ted Thompson Fight song Go! You Packers! Go! League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919-1920) National Football League (1921–present) Western Division (1933-1949) National Conference (1950... City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ... City Tampa, Florida Other nicknames The Bucs, Pewter Pirates Team colors Buccaneer Red, Pewter, Black, and Orange Head Coach Jon Gruden Owner Malcolm Glazer General manager Bruce Allen Mascot Captain Fear League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1976) AFC West (1976) National Football Conference (1977... The NFC South refers to the Southern Division of the National Football Conference of the National Football League that was created in 2002 when the league realigned divisions after expanding to 32 teams. ... The 2002 NFL season was the 83rd regular season of the National Football League. ...

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