Today the Atlanta Falcons will host their franchise’s first ever conference championship game. Since 1967 – the year the NFL expanded to a two-round playoff tournament – there are seven franchises that have never hosted a conference title game. The Pittsburgh Steelers have hosted eleven conference championships – more than any other franchise in the NFL. The Dallas Cowboys have made the most conference championship game appearances (17).
Check out the following table for a complete tally.
NFL Conference Championship Game Appearances - (Since 1967)
Legend – CCG: conference championship game | App.: appearances
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|Franchise||CCG App.||Last||W||L||Pct.||CCG Hosted||Last||W||L||Pct.|
|Arizona (St. Louis) Cardinals||1 game||2008||1||0||1.000||1 game||2008||1||0||1.000|
|Atlanta Falcons||3 games||2012||1||1||0.500||1 game||2012||0||0||?|
|Baltimore Ravens||4 games||2012||1||2||0.333||0 games||0 (None)||0||0||0.000|
|Buffalo Bills||5 games||1993||4||1||0.800||3 games||1993||3||0||1.000|
|Carolina Panthers||3 games||2005||1||2||0.333||0 games||0 (None)||0||0||0.000|
|Chicago Bears||5 games||2010||2||3||0.400||4 games||2010||2||2||0.500|
|Cincinnati Bengals||2 games||1988||2||0||1.000||2 games||1988||2||0||1.000|
|Cleveland Browns||6 games||1989||2||4||0.333||2 games||1986||1||1||0.500|
|Dallas Cowboys||17 games||1995||9||8||0.529||7 games||1995||5||2||0.714|
|Denver Broncos||8 games||2005||6||2||0.750||5 games||2005||4||1||0.800|
|Detroit Lions||1 game||1991||0||1||0.000||0 games||0 (None)||0||0||0.000|
|Green Bay Packers||6 games||2010||4||2||0.667||3 games||2007||2||1||0.667|
|Houston Texans||0 games||0 (None)||0||0||0.000||0 games||0 (None)||0||0||0.000|
|Indianapolis (Baltimore) Colts||7 games||2009||4||3||0.571||4 games||2009||4||0||1.000|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||2 games||1999||0||2||0.000||1 game||1999||0||1||0.000|
|Kansas City Chiefs||1 game||1993||0||1||0.000||0 games||0 (None)||0||0||0.000|
|Miami Dolphins||7 games||1992||5||2||0.714||6 games||1992||4||2||0.667|
|Minnesota Vikings||10 games||2009||4||6||0.400||4 games||1998||3||1||0.750|
|New England Patriots||9 games||2012||7||1||0.875||4 games||2012||4||0||1.000|
|New Orleans Saints||2 games||2009||1||1||0.500||1 game||2009||1||0||1.000|
|New York Giants||5 games||2011||5||0||1.000||2 games||2000||2||0||1.000|
|New York Jets||4 games||2010||0||4||0.000||0 games||0 (None)||0||0||0.000|
|Oakland (Los Angeles) Raiders||11 games||2002||4||7||0.364||5 games||2002||3||2||0.600|
|Philadelphia Eagles||6 games||2008||2||4||0.333||4 games||2004||2||2||0.500|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||15 games||2010||8||7||0.533||11 games||2010||6||5||0.545|
|San Diego Chargers||4 games||2007||1||3||0.250||1 game||1980||0||1||0.000|
|San Francisco 49ers||14 games||2012||5||8||0.385||9 games||2011||4||5||0.444|
|Seattle Seahawks||2 games||2005||1||1||0.500||1 game||2005||1||0||1.000|
|St. Louis (Los Angeles) Rams||11 games||2001||3||8||0.273||4 games||2001||2||2||0.500|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||3 games||2002||1||2||0.333||1 game||1979||0||1||0.000|
|Tennessee Titans (Hou. Oilers)||4 games||2002||1||3||0.250||0 games||0 (None)||0||0||0.000|
|Washington Redskins||6 games||1991||5||1||0.833||5 games||1991||5||0||1.000|
Most consecutive conference championship game appearances: Seven. The Dallas Cowboys made it to the conference championship game every season from 1967-1973; they had a 3-4 record in the game during that stretch. The Cowboys were in 13 of the 16 conference championship games from 1967-1982… The Oakland Raiders were in five consecutive conference championship games (1-4) from 1973-1977.
Most consecutive conference championship game victories: Five. The Miami Dolphins (’71, ’72, ’73, ’82, ’84), New England Patriots (’85, ’96, ’01, ’03, ’04), and New York Giants (’86, ’90, ’00, ’07, ’11; the Giants’ only appearances) won five consecutive conference championship game appearances… The Buffalo Bills (’90, ’91, ’92, ’93) won four continuous conference championship game appearances.
Most consecutive conference championship game defeats: Six. The Los Angeles Rams (’67, ’69, ’74, ’75, ’76, ’78) lost six consecutive conference championship game appearances. The Rams lost eight out of nine conference championship games from 1967-1989 … The Dallas Cowboys (’80, ’81, ’82), Los Angeles Rams (’74, ’75, ’76), Oakland Raiders (’73, ’74, ’75), and Philadelphia Eagles (’01, ’02, ’03) lost three continuous conference championship game appearances.
Most frequent conference championship game matchup: The Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers have met in a conference championship game six times (’70, ’71, ’81, ’92, ’93, ’94). The Cowboys have the 4-2 edge, but lost the last matchup 38-28 in ’94.
- Lately conference championship games have been played down to the wire; seven out of the last ten games have been decided by seven points or less (a 6.2 point average of margin of victory). However that hasn’t always been the trend. Since 1967 the average margin of victory in conference title games is 13.54 points; with only one-third of the games being decided by seven points or less.
- The Pittsburgh Steelers are the only franchise that has made it to conference championship games in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s.
- The cities of Detroit, MI, and Houston, TX, have never hosted a conference championship game, but they have both hosted two Super Bowls.