NFL 2017: Division Titles Always Up For Grabs
NFL 2017: Division Titles Always Up For Grabs

Unpredictable NFL? It sure seems that way! And this season should be no different. In the 15 seasons since realignment in 2002, 28 different teams have won division titles.

"I think it's a huge significance in terms of consistency and it's something that we really do take great pride in because of the implications for the playoffs. That's what it's all about. The division allows you to have a home game in the playoffs."

-- Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll

 

Teams That Have Won Their Divisions Since Realignment in 2002

Team Division Titles Playoff Berths
Source: NFL
New England1313
Indianapolis912
Green Bay912
Seattle811
Pittsburgh710
Denver68
Philadelphia68
Carolina56
LA Chargers56
Baltimore48
Cincinnati47
Atlanta47
Dallas46
Houston44
NY Giants37
Kansas City36
New Orleans35
Minnesota35
Arizona34
San Francisco34
Chicago33
Tampa Bay33
Tennessee24
Washington24
NY Jets15
LA Rams12
Miami12
Oakland12

 

From Worst To First

Competitive balance, one of the hallmarks of the NFL, gives fans hope entering each season.

For the 13th time in the past 14 seasons, at least one team fi nished in first place in its division the season after finishing in last or tied for last place. In fact, of the 44 teams in NFL history to go from "worst-to-first," 21 of them have done so in the past 14 years (2003-16), including an NFL-record three such teams in 2005 and 2006.

After finishing in last place in the division in 2015, the Dallas Cowboys won 13 games to claim the NFC East crown and the best record in the NFC. After losing the season opener, the Cowboys won nine consecutive games and qualifi ed for playoffs for the second time in three seasons.

 

Season Team Record Prior Record
*Tied for last place **Won Super Bowl (Source: NFL)
2003Carolina11-57-9
2003Kansas City*13-38-8
2004Atlanta11-55-11
2004San Diego*12-44-12
2005Chicago11-55-11
2005New York Giants*11-56-10
2005Tampa Bay11-55-11
2006Baltimore*13-36-10
2006New Orleans10-63-13
2006Philadelphia10-66-10
2007Tampa Bay9-74-12
2008Miami11-51-15
2009New Orleans**13-38-8
2010Kansas City10-64-12
2011Denver8-84-12
2011Houston*10-66-10
2012Washington10-65-11
2013Carolina*12-47-9
2013Philadelphia10-64-12
2015Washington9-74-12
2016Dallas13-34-12

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