AFC East

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AFC East
Conference American Football Conference
League National Football League
Sport American football
Founded1960 (as the American Football League Eastern Division)
Teams
No. of teams4
Championships
Most recent champion(s) Buffalo Bills (11th title)
Most titles New England Patriots (22 titles)

The American Football Conference – Eastern Division or AFC East is one of the four divisions of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). There are currently four teams that reside in the division: the Buffalo Bills (based in Orchard Park, New York); the Miami Dolphins (based in Miami Gardens, Florida); the New England Patriots (based in Foxborough, Massachusetts); and the New York Jets (based in East Rutherford, New Jersey).

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Both perfect regular seasons in professional football since the adoption of a 14-game schedule in the inaugural AFL season and by the NFL in 1961 have been achieved by teams in this division – the 1972 Dolphins, who completed the only perfect season in professional football at 17–0, and the 2007 Patriots, who reached 18–0 before losing Super Bowl XLII. [lower-alpha 1] Since the division's enfranchisement in 1960, with the creation of the American Football League, the division has been represented in 21 Super Bowls and won ten of them. The most recent appearance in the Super Bowl by an AFC East team was the Patriots victory in Super Bowl LIII.

At the end of 2019, the Patriots had the most wins in the division's history, with a record of 512–392–9, with a playoff record of 35–19 (6–5 in Super Bowls) entering the playoffs of that season. [1] The Dolphins were second at 457–370–4 (having played 84 fewer games than their division rivals) with a playoff record of 20–21 (2–3 in Super Bowls). [2] The Bills were at 425–483-8 with a playoff record of 14–15 (with two American Football League titles) and 0–4 in four consecutive Super Bowls. [3] The Jets held a record of 396–480–8, with a playoff record of 12–13 including a victory in Super Bowl III. [4]

In 2012, the Patriots broke a tie with the Dolphins for winning the most division titles; with subsequent division titles in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019, the Patriots have won 22 AFL/AFC East division titles to Miami's 14. The Bills have won 11 division titles, and the Jets have won four. 2020 was the first season since 2008 in which the Patriots did not win the AFC East, as the Bills captured the division title for the first time since 1995.

Two teams formerly in the division combined for ten AFL/AFC East titles – the Houston Oilers (now the Tennessee Titans) won four division titles (and the 1960 and 1961 league titles) during the AFL era [5] while the Baltimore Indianapolis Colts won six division titles (and Super Bowl V) in the 32 seasons they were in the division. [6]

AFL Eastern Division

The American Football League Eastern Division was formed during the inaugural season of the American Football League in 1960, as a counterpart to the AFL Western Division. The divisional alignment consisted of the Buffalo Bills, Boston Patriots, New York Titans and Houston Oilers. The Miami Dolphins entered the AFL in 1966 as part of its Eastern division. [7]

Locale of the current 4 AFC East teams AFC East Teams.png
Locale of the current 4 AFC East teams

The division was absorbed nearly intact with the AFL–NFL merger in 1970, but Houston was moved to the AFC Central (formerly the NFL Century Division, now the AFC North) and replaced by the closer Baltimore Colts (from the NFL Coastal Division, which became the NFC West). Despite relocating to Indianapolis, Indiana in 1984, the Colts continued to play in the AFC East until NFL expansion from 31 to 32 teams with the addition of the Houston Texans (successor club in Houston to the Oilers) and 2002 re-alignment when they were moved to the AFC South (the successor franchise to the Oilers, the Tennessee Titans, is also in the AFC South). [8]

Although Miami is farther south than the home cities of the other three teams, all of which are in the Northeast, all four AFC East teams have historical rivalries among them, dating from their years in the AFL during the 1960s. [9] All four teams in this division are based in the Eastern Time Zone.

None of the AFC East teams currently play within the central city of their metropolitan area (in New England's case, they also reflect the region they are based in):

Almost analogously, three out of the four NFC East teams do not actually play within the city of their naming (only the Philadelphia Eagles do so).

All of the teams are or were coached by a first or second generation member of the Bill Parcells coaching tree: the Patriots have Bill Belichick; the Dolphins had Tony Sparano; the Jets had Eric Mangini (who served as an assistant with both Belichick and Parcells); and the Bills had Dick Jauron (fired on November 17, 2009), who served as an assistant with former Parcells assistant Tom Coughlin. The Jets were coached by Todd Bowles (2015–2018) and the Bills were coached by Rex Ryan for 31 games (the entire 2015–16 season, and he was fired before the last game of the 2016–17 season and replaced with interim Head Coach Anthony Lynn). Parcells himself coached the Patriots (1993–96) and the Jets (1997–99) and was Vice President of Football Operations for the Dolphins until the summer of 2010. [10]

ESPN's Chris Berman often calls this division the "AFC Adams" due to its geographical similarity to the old Adams Division of the NHL, now succeeded by the Atlantic Division.

Along with the AFC (formerly AFL) West, the AFC East is the oldest NFL division in terms of creation date (1960).

Division lineups

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

AFL Eastern Division
1900s
60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69
Buffalo Bills
Boston Patriots
New York Titans New York Jets [C]
Houston Oilers [B]
  Miami Dolphins [D]
AFC East Division
1900s2000s
70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 00 01
Buffalo Bills
Boston PatriotsNew England Patriots [A]
New York Jets
Baltimore Colts [E] Indianapolis Colts [F]
Miami Dolphins
AFC East Division
2000s
02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
New England Patriots
Buffalo Bills
New York Jets
Miami Dolphins
 Team not in division   Division Won AFL Championship   Division Won AFC Championship   Division Won Super Bowl
A Boston Patriots renamed to New England Patriots.
B Houston Oilers move to newly created AFC Central division (1970 season) and later are renamed the Tennessee Oilers (1997 season), then Tennessee Titans (1999 season). Moved to AFC South in 2002.
C New York Titans renamed to New York Jets (1963 season)
D Miami Dolphins enfranchised (1966 season)
E Baltimore Colts merge from NFL's Coastal Division (1970 season)
F Baltimore Colts relocate to Indianapolis subsequently renamed Indianapolis Colts (1984 season). Moved to AFC South in 2002.

Division champions

SeasonTeamRecordPlayoff Results
1960 Houston Oilers 10–4Won AFL Championship (Chargers) 24–16
1961 Houston Oilers 10–3–1Won AFL Championship (at Chargers) 10–3
1962 Houston Oilers 11–3Lost AFL Championship (Texans) 17–20 (2OT)
1963 Boston Patriots 7–6–1Won Divisional playoffs (at Bills) 26–8
Lost AFL Championship (at Chargers) 10–51
1964 Buffalo Bills 12–2Won AFL Championship (Chargers) 20–7
1965 Buffalo Bills 10–3–1Won AFL Championship (at Chargers) 23–0
1966 Buffalo Bills 9–4–1Lost AFL Championship (Chiefs) 7–31
1967 Houston Oilers 9–4–1Lost AFL Championship (at Raiders) 7–40
1968 New York Jets 11–3Won AFL Championship (Raiders) 27–23
Won Super Bowl III (vs. Colts) 16–7
1969 New York Jets 10–4Lost Divisional playoffs (Chiefs) 6–13
1970 Baltimore Colts 11–2–1Won Divisional playoffs (Bengals) 17–0
Won AFC Championship (Raiders) 27–17
Won Super Bowl V (vs. Cowboys) 16–13
1971 Miami Dolphins 10–3–1Won Divisional playoffs (at Chiefs) 27–24 (2OT)
Won AFC Championship (Colts) 21–0
Lost Super Bowl VI (vs. Cowboys) 3–24
1972 Miami Dolphins 14–0Won Divisional playoffs (Browns) 20–14
Won AFC Championship (at Steelers) 21–17
Won Super Bowl VII (vs. Redskins) 14–7
1973 Miami Dolphins 12–2Won Divisional playoffs (Bengals) 34–16
Won AFC Championship (Raiders) 27–10
Won Super Bowl VIII (vs. Vikings) 24–7
1974 Miami Dolphins 11–3Lost Divisional playoffs (at Raiders) 26–28
1975 Baltimore Colts 10–4Lost Divisional playoffs (at Steelers) 10–28
1976 Baltimore Colts 11–3Lost Divisional playoffs (Steelers) 14–40
1977 Baltimore Colts 10–4Lost Divisional playoffs (Raiders) 31–37 (2OT)
1978 New England Patriots 11–5Lost Divisional playoffs (Oilers) 14–31
1979 Miami Dolphins 10–6Lost Divisional playoffs (at Steelers) 14–34
1980 Buffalo Bills 11–5Lost Divisional playoffs (at Chargers) 14–20
1981 Miami Dolphins 11–4–1Lost Divisional playoffs (Chargers) 38–41 (OT)
1982+ Miami Dolphins 7–2Won First Round playoffs (Patriots) 28–13
Won Second Round playoffs (Chargers) 34–13
Won AFC Championship (Jets) 14–0
Lost Super Bowl XVII (vs. Redskins) 17–27
1983 Miami Dolphins 12–4Lost Divisional playoffs (Seahawks) 20–27
1984 Miami Dolphins 14–2Won Divisional playoffs (Seahawks) 31–10
Won AFC Championship (Steelers) 45–28
Lost Super Bowl XIX (vs. 49ers) 16–38
1985 Miami Dolphins 12–4Won Divisional playoffs (Browns) 24–21
Lost AFC Championship (Patriots) 14–31
1986 New England Patriots 11–5Lost Divisional playoffs (at Broncos) 22–17
1987 Indianapolis Colts 9–6Lost Divisional playoffs (at Browns) 21–38
1988 Buffalo Bills 12–4Won Divisional playoffs (Oilers) 17–10
Lost AFC Championship (at Bengals) 10–21
1989 Buffalo Bills 9–7Lost Divisional playoffs (at Browns) 30–34
1990 Buffalo Bills 13–3Won Divisional playoffs (Dolphins) 44–34
Won AFC Championship (Raiders) 51–3
Lost Super Bowl XXV (vs. Giants) 19–20
1991 Buffalo Bills 13–3Won Divisional playoffs (Chiefs) 37–14
Won AFC Championship (Broncos) 10–7
Lost Super Bowl XXVI (vs. Redskins) 24–37
1992 Miami Dolphins 11–5Won Divisional playoffs (Chargers) 31–0
Lost AFC Championship (Bills) 10–29
1993 Buffalo Bills 12–4Won Divisional playoffs (Raiders) 29–23
Won AFC Championship (Chiefs) 30–13
Lost Super Bowl XXVIII (vs. Cowboys) 13–30
1994 Miami Dolphins 10–6Won Wild Card playoffs (Chiefs) 27–17
Lost Divisional playoffs (at Chargers) 21–22
1995 Buffalo Bills 10–6Won Wild Card playoffs (Dolphins) 37–22
Lost Divisional playoffs (at Steelers) 21–40
1996 New England Patriots 11–5Won Divisional playoffs (Steelers) 28–3
Won AFC Championship (Jaguars) 20–6
Lost Super Bowl XXXI (vs. Packers) 21–35
1997 New England Patriots 10–6Won Wild Card playoffs (Dolphins) 17–3
Lost Divisional playoffs (at Steelers) 6–7
1998 New York Jets 12–4Won Divisional playoffs (Jaguars) 34–24
Lost AFC Championship (at Broncos) 10–23
1999 Indianapolis Colts 13–3Lost Divisional playoffs (Titans) 16–19
2000 Miami Dolphins 11–5Won Wild Card playoffs (Colts) 23–17 (OT)
Lost Divisional playoffs (at Raiders) 0–27
2001 New England Patriots 11–5Won Divisional playoffs (Raiders) 16–13 (OT)
Won AFC Championship (at Steelers) 24–17
Won Super Bowl XXXVI (vs. Rams) 20–17
2002 New York Jets 9–7Won Wild Card playoffs (Colts) 41–0
Lost Divisional playoffs (at Raiders) 10–30
2003 New England Patriots 14–2Won Divisional playoffs (Titans) 17–14
Won AFC Championship (Colts) 24–14
Won Super Bowl XXXVIII (vs. Panthers) 32–29
2004 New England Patriots 14–2Won Divisional playoffs (Colts) 20–3
Won AFC Championship (at Steelers) 41–27
Won Super Bowl XXXIX (vs. Eagles) 24–21
2005 New England Patriots 10–6Won Wild Card playoffs (Jaguars) 28–3
Lost Divisional playoffs (at Broncos) 13–27
2006 New England Patriots 12–4Won Wild Card playoffs (Jets) 37–16
Won Divisional playoffs (at Chargers) 24–21
Lost AFC Championship (at Colts) 34–38
2007 New England Patriots 16–0Won Divisional playoffs (Jaguars) 31–20
Won AFC Championship (Chargers) 21–12
Lost Super Bowl XLII (vs. Giants) 14–17
2008 Miami Dolphins 11–5Lost Wild Card playoffs (Ravens) 9–27
2009 New England Patriots 10–6Lost Wild Card playoffs (Ravens) 14–33
2010 New England Patriots 14–2Lost Divisional playoffs (Jets) 21–28
2011 New England Patriots 13–3Won Divisional playoffs (Broncos) 45–10
Won AFC Championship (Ravens) 23–20
Lost Super Bowl XLVI (vs. Giants) 17–21
2012 New England Patriots 12–4Won Divisional playoffs (Texans) 41–28
Lost AFC Championship (Ravens) 13–28
2013 New England Patriots 12–4Won Divisional playoffs (Colts) 43–22
Lost AFC Championship (at Broncos) 16–26
2014 New England Patriots 12–4Won Divisional playoffs (Ravens) 35–31
Won AFC Championship (Colts) 45–7
Won Super Bowl XLIX (vs. Seahawks) 28–24
2015 New England Patriots 12–4Won Divisional playoffs (Chiefs) 27–20
Lost AFC Championship (at Broncos) 18–20
2016 New England Patriots 14–2Won Divisional playoffs (Texans) 34–16
Won AFC Championship (Steelers) 36–17
Won Super Bowl LI (vs. Falcons) 34–28 (OT)
2017 New England Patriots 13–3Won Divisional playoffs (Titans) 35–14
Won AFC Championship (Jaguars) 24–20
Lost Super Bowl LII (vs. Eagles) 33–41
2018 New England Patriots 11–5Won Divisional playoffs (Chargers) 41–28
Won AFC Championship (at Chiefs) 37–31 (OT)
Won Super Bowl LIII (vs. Rams) 13–3
2019 New England Patriots 12–4Lost Wild Card playoffs (Titans) 13–20
2020 Buffalo Bills 13–3Won Wild Card playoffs (Colts) 27–24
Won Divisional playoffs (Ravens) 17–3
Lost AFC Championship (at Chiefs) 24–38

Wild Card qualifiers

SeasonTeamRecordPlayoff Results
1969 Houston Oilers 6–6–2Lost Divisional playoffs (at Raiders) 7–56
1970 Miami Dolphins 10–4Lost Divisional playoffs (at Raiders) 14–21
1971 Baltimore Colts 10–4Won Divisional playoffs (at Browns) 20–3
Lost AFC Championship (at Dolphins) 0–21
1974 Buffalo Bills 9–5Lost Divisional playoffs (at Steelers) 14–32
1976 New England Patriots 11–3Lost Divisional playoffs (at Raiders) 21–24
1978 Miami Dolphins 11–5Lost Wild Card playoffs (Oilers) 9–17
1981 New York Jets 10–5–1Lost Wild Card playoffs (Bills) 27–31
Buffalo Bills 10–6Won Wild Card playoffs (at Jets) 31–27
Lost Divisional playoffs (at Bengals) 21–28
1982+ New York Jets 6–3Won First Round playoffs (at Bengals) 44–17
Won Second Round playoffs (at Raiders) 17–14
Lost AFC Championship (at Dolphins) 0–14
New England Patriots 5–4Lost First Round playoffs (at Dolphins) 13–28
1985 New York Jets 11–5Lost Wild Card playoffs (Patriots) 14–26
New England Patriots 11–5Won Wild Card playoffs (at Jets) 26–14
Won Divisional playoffs (at Raiders) 27–20
Won AFC Championship (at Dolphins) 31–14
Lost Super Bowl XX (vs. Bears) 10–46
1986 New York Jets 10–6Won Wild Card playoffs (Chiefs) 35–15
Lost Divisional playoffs (at Browns) 20–23 (2OT)
1990 Miami Dolphins 12–4Won Wild Card playoffs (Chiefs) 17–16
Lost Divisional playoffs (at Bills) 34–44
1991 New York Jets 8–8Lost Wild Card playoffs (at Oilers) 10–17
1992 Buffalo Bills 11–5Won Wild Card playoffs (Oilers) 41–38 (OT)
Won Divisional playoffs (at Steelers) 24–3
Won AFC Championship (at Dolphins) 29–10
Lost Super Bowl XXVII (vs. Cowboys) 17–52
1994 New England Patriots 10–6Lost Wild Card playoffs (at Browns) 13–20
1995 Indianapolis Colts 9–7Won Wild Card playoffs (at Chargers) 35–20
Won Divisional playoffs (at Chiefs) 10–7
Lost AFC Championship (at Steelers) 16–20
Miami Dolphins 9–7Lost Wild Card playoffs (at Bills) 22–37
1996 Buffalo Bills 10–6Lost Wild Card playoffs (Jaguars) 27–30
Indianapolis Colts 9–7Lost Wild Card playoffs (at Steelers) 14–42
1997 Miami Dolphins 9–7Lost Wild Card playoffs (at Patriots) 3–17
1998 Miami Dolphins 10–6Won Wild Card playoffs (Bills) 24–17
Lost Divisional playoffs (at Broncos) 3–38
Buffalo Bills 10–6Lost Wild Card playoffs (at Dolphins) 17–24
New England Patriots 9–7Lost Wild Card playoffs (at Jaguars) 10–25
1999 Buffalo Bills 11–5Lost Wild Card playoffs (at Titans) 16–22
Miami Dolphins 9–7Won Wild Card playoffs (at Seahawks) 20–17
Lost Divisional playoffs (at Jaguars) 7–62
2000 Indianapolis Colts 10–6Lost Wild Card playoffs (at Dolphins) 17–23 (OT)
2001 Miami Dolphins 11–5Lost Wild Card playoffs (Ravens) 3–20
New York Jets 10–6Lost Wild Card playoffs (at Raiders) 24–38
2004 New York Jets 10–6Won Wild Card playoffs (at Chargers) 20–17 (OT)
Lost Divisional playoffs (at Steelers) 17–20 (OT)
2006 New York Jets 10–6Lost Wild Card playoffs (at Patriots) 16–37
2009 New York Jets 9–7Won Wild Card playoffs (at Bengals) 24–14
Won Divisional playoffs (at Chargers) 17–14
Lost AFC Championship (at Colts) 17–30
2010 New York Jets 11-5Won Wild Card playoffs (at Colts) 17–16
Won Divisional playoffs (at Patriots) 28–21
Lost AFC Championship (at Steelers) 19–24
2016 Miami Dolphins 10–6Lost Wild Card playoffs (at Steelers) 12–30
2017 Buffalo Bills 9–7Lost Wild Card playoffs (at Jaguars) 3–10
2019 Buffalo Bills 10–6Lost Wild Card playoffs (at Texans) 19–22 (OT)

Total playoff berths while in the AFL/AFC East

(AFC East records 1960–2019 seasons)
Reflects Colts & Oilers results only while in the East Division.
In the sortable table below, teams can be ordered by name, number of division wins, playoff berths, or titles.

TeamDivision
Titles
Playoff
Berths
AFL
Titles
AFC
Championships
Super Bowl
Championships
New England Patriots 22270116
Miami Dolphins 1423052
Buffalo Bills 1120240
New York Jets 414101
Indianapolis Colts 1*610011
Houston Oilers 2*45200
AFC East-Division--
Titles
-Playoff-
Berths
AFL
-Titles-
AFC
-Championships-
Super Bowl
-Championships-
Totals- 1960–2019609852110

1 Realigned from NFL Coastal in 1970 merger. Known as the Baltimore Colts before 1984. Realigned into the AFC South beginning with the 2002 NFL season.
2 Realigned into the AFC Central in 1970 merger, and into the AFC South in 2002. Known as Tennessee Oilers from 1997 to 1998, and Tennessee Titans since 1999.

Season results

(#)Denotes team that won the Super Bowl
(#)Denotes team that won the AFC Championship
(#)Denotes team that won the AFL Championship
(#)Denotes team that qualified for the NFL Playoffs or AFL Playoffs
SeasonTeam (record)
1st2nd3rd4th5th
AFL Eastern
1960 Houston (10–4) N.Y. Titans (7–7) Buffalo (5–8–1) Boston (5–9)
1961 Houston (10–3–1) Boston (9–4–1) N.Y. Titans (7–7) Buffalo (6–8)
1962 Houston (11–3) Boston (9–4–1) Buffalo (7–6–1) N.Y. Titans (5–9)
1963 Boston (7–6–1) Buffalo (7–6–1) Houston (6–8) N.Y. Jets (5–8–1)
1964 Buffalo (12–2) Boston (10–3–1) N.Y. Jets (5–8–1) Houston (4–10)
1965 Buffalo (10–3–1) N.Y. Jets (5–8–1) Boston (4–8–2) Houston (4–10)
1966 Buffalo (9–4–1) Boston (8–4–2) N.Y. Jets (6–6–2) Houston (3–11) Miami (3–11)
1967 Houston (9–4–1) N.Y. Jets (8–5–1) Buffalo (4–10) Miami (4–10) Boston (3–10–1)
1968 N.Y. Jets (11–3) Houston (7–7) Miami (5–8–1) Boston (4–10) Buffalo (1–12–1)
1969 N.Y. Jets (10–4) Houston (6–6–2) Boston (4–10) Buffalo (4–10) Miami (3–10–1)
AFC East
1970 Baltimore (11–2–1) Miami (10–4) N.Y. Jets (4–10) Buffalo (3–10–1) Boston (2–12)
1971 Miami (10–3–1) Baltimore (10–4) New England (6–8) N.Y. Jets (6–8) Buffalo (1–13)
1972 Miami (14–0) N.Y. Jets (7–7) Baltimore (5–9) Buffalo (4–9–1) New England (3–11)
1973 Miami (12–2) Buffalo (9–5) New England (5–9) N.Y. Jets (4–10) Baltimore (4–10)
1974 Miami (11–3) Buffalo (9–5) New England (7–7) N.Y. Jets (7–7) Baltimore (2–12)
1975 (3) Baltimore (10–4) Miami (10–4) Buffalo (8–6) N.Y. Jets (3–11) New England (3–11)
1976 (2) Baltimore (11–3)(4) New England (11–3) Miami (6–8) N.Y. Jets (3–11) Buffalo (2–12)
1977 (2) Baltimore (10–4) Miami (10–4) New England (9–5) Buffalo (3–11) N.Y. Jets (3–11)
1978 (2) New England (11–5)(4) Miami (11–5) N.Y. Jets (8–8) Buffalo (5–11) Baltimore (5–11)
1979 (3) Miami (10–6) New England (9–7) N.Y. Jets (8–8) Buffalo (7–9) Baltimore (5–11)
1980 (3) Buffalo (11–5) New England (10–6) Miami (8–8) Baltimore (7–9) N.Y. Jets (4–12)
1981 (2) Miami (11–4–1)(4) N.Y. Jets (10–5–1)(5) Buffalo (10–6) Baltimore (2–14) New England (2–14)
1982^(2) Miami (7–2)(6) N.Y. Jets (6–3)(7) New England (5–4) Buffalo (4–5) Baltimore (0–8–1)
1983 (2) Miami (12–4) New England (8–8) Buffalo (8–8) Baltimore (7–9) N.Y. Jets (7–9)
1984 (1) Miami (14–2) New England (9–7) N.Y. Jets (7–9) Indianapolis (4–12) Buffalo (2–14)
1985 (2) Miami (12–4)(4) N.Y. Jets (11–5)(5) New England (11–5) Indianapolis (5–11) Buffalo (2–14)
1986 (3) New England (11–5)(4) N.Y. Jets (10–6) Miami (8–8) Buffalo (4–12) Indianapolis (3–13)
1987 (3) Indianapolis (9–6) New England (8–7) Miami (8–7) Buffalo (7–8) N.Y. Jets (6–9)
1988 (2) Buffalo (12–4) Indianapolis (9–7) New England (9–7) N.Y. Jets (8–7–1) Miami (6–10)
1989 (3) Buffalo (9–7) Indianapolis (8–8) Miami (8–8) New England (5–11) N.Y. Jets (4–12)
1990 (1) Buffalo (13–3)(4) Miami (12–4) Indianapolis (7–9) N.Y. Jets (6–10) New England (1–15)
1991 (1) Buffalo (13–3)(6) N.Y. Jets (8–8) Miami (8–8) New England (6–10) Indianapolis (1–15)
1992 (2) Miami (11–5)(4) Buffalo (11–5) Indianapolis (9–7) N.Y. Jets (4–12) New England (2–14)
1993 (1) Buffalo (12–4) Miami (9–7) N.Y. Jets (8–8) New England (5–11) Indianapolis (4–12)
1994 (3) Miami (10–6)(5) New England (10–6) Indianapolis (8–8) Buffalo (7–9) N.Y. Jets (6–10)
1995 (3) Buffalo (10–6)(5) Indianapolis (9–7)(6) Miami (9–7) New England (6–10) N.Y. Jets (3–13)
1996 (2) New England (11–5)(4) Buffalo (10–6)(6) Indianapolis (9–7) Miami (8–8) N.Y. Jets (1–15)
1997 (3) New England (10–6)(6) Miami (9–7) N.Y. Jets (9–7) Buffalo (6–10) Indianapolis (3–13)
1998 (2) N.Y. Jets (12–4)(4) Miami (10–6)(5) Buffalo (10–6)(6) New England (9–7) Indianapolis (3–13)
1999 (2) Indianapolis (13–3)(5) Buffalo (11–5)(6) Miami (9–7) N.Y. Jets (8–8) New England (8–8)
2000 (3) Miami (11–5)(6) Indianapolis (10–6) N.Y. Jets (9–7) Buffalo (8–8) New England (5–11)
2001 (2) New England (11–5)(4) Miami (11–5)(6) N.Y. Jets (10–6) Indianapolis (6–10) Buffalo (3–13)
2002 (4) N.Y. Jets (9–7) New England (9–7) Miami (9–7) Buffalo (8–8)
2003 (1) New England (14–2) Miami (10–6) Buffalo (6–10) N.Y. Jets (6–10)
2004 (2) New England (14–2)(5) N.Y. Jets (10–6) Buffalo (9–7) Miami (4–12)
2005 (4) New England (10–6) Miami (9–7) Buffalo (5–11) N.Y. Jets (4–12)
2006 (4) New England (12–4)(5) N.Y. Jets (10–6) Buffalo (7–9) Miami (6–10)
2007 (1) New England (16–0) Buffalo (7–9) N.Y. Jets (4–12) Miami (1–15)
2008 (3) Miami (11–5) New England (11–5) N.Y. Jets (9–7) Buffalo (7–9)
2009 (3) New England (10–6)(5) N.Y. Jets (9–7) Miami (7–9) Buffalo (6–10)
2010 (1) New England (14–2)(6) N.Y. Jets (11–5) Miami (7–9) Buffalo (4–12)
2011 (1) New England (13–3) N.Y. Jets (8–8) Miami (6–10) Buffalo (6–10)
2012 (2) New England (12–4) Miami (7–9) N.Y. Jets (6–10) Buffalo (6–10)
2013 (2) New England (12–4) N.Y. Jets (8–8) Miami (8–8) Buffalo (6–10)
2014 (1) New England (12–4) Buffalo (9–7) Miami (8–8) N.Y. Jets (4–12)
2015 (2) New England (12–4) N.Y. Jets (10–6) Buffalo (8–8) Miami (6–10)
2016 (1) New England (14–2)(6) Miami (10–6) Buffalo (7–9) N.Y. Jets (5–11)
2017 (1) New England (13–3)(6) Buffalo (9–7) Miami (6–10) N.Y. Jets (5–11)
2018 (2) New England (11–5) Miami (7–9) Buffalo (6–10) N.Y. Jets (4–12)
2019 (3) New England (12–4)(5) Buffalo (10–6) N.Y. Jets (7–9) Miami (5–11)
2020 (2) Buffalo (13–3) Miami (10–6) New England (7–9) N.Y. Jets (2–14)

See also

Notes

  1. The other two perfect regular seasons in NFL history were both by the Chicago Bears – currently of the NFC North – in 1934 and 1942 – although in both seasons the Bears lost their sole playoff game.

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The Buffalo Bills are a professional American football team based in the Buffalo–Niagara Falls metropolitan area. They compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) East division. The team plays its home games at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. Founded in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League (AFL), they joined the NFL in 1970 following the AFL–NFL merger. The Bills' name is derived from an All-America Football Conference (AAFC) franchise from Buffalo that was in turn named after western frontiersman Buffalo Bill. Drawing much of its fanbase from Western New York, the Bills are the only NFL team that plays home games in that state. The franchise is owned by Terry and Kim Pegula, who purchased the Bills after the death of original owner Ralph Wilson in 2014.

Indianapolis Colts National Football League franchise in Indianapolis, Indiana

The Indianapolis Colts are an American football team based in Indianapolis. The Colts compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) South division. Since the 2008 season, the Colts have played their games in Lucas Oil Stadium. Previously, the team had played for over two decades (1984–2007) at the RCA Dome. Since 1987, the Colts have served as the host team for the NFL Scouting Combine.

Miami Dolphins An NFL franchise located in Miami,Florida

The Miami Dolphins are a professional American football team based in the Miami metropolitan area. They compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member team of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) East division. The team plays its home games at Hard Rock Stadium, located in the northern suburb of Miami Gardens, Florida. The team is currently owned by Stephen M. Ross. The Dolphins are the oldest professional sports team in Florida. Of the four AFC East teams, the Dolphins are the only team in the division that was not a charter member of the American Football League (AFL). The Dolphins were also the first football team in the southeast, along with the Atlanta Falcons.

New England Patriots National Football League franchise in Foxborough, Massachusetts

The New England Patriots are a professional American football team based in the Greater Boston area. They compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) East division. The team plays its home games at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, which is 22 miles (35 km) southwest of downtown Boston.

Tennessee Titans National Football League franchise in Nashville, Tennessee

The Tennessee Titans are a professional American football team based in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the American Football Conference (AFC) South division.

Bill Belichick American football coach

William Stephen Belichick is an American professional football coach who serves as the head coach of the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He exercises extensive authority over the Patriots' football operations, effectively making him the team's general manager as well. He holds numerous coaching records, including winning a record six Super Bowls as the head coach of the Patriots, and two more as defensive coordinator for the New York Giants. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest coaches in NFL history.

AFC Championship Game Semi-final championship football game in NFL

The AFC Championship Game is the annual championship game of the American Football Conference (AFC) and one of the two semi-final playoff games of the National Football League (NFL), the largest professional American football league in the United States. The game is played on the penultimate Sunday in January by the two remaining playoff teams, following the AFC postseason's first two rounds. The AFC champion then advances to face the winner of the NFC Championship Game in the Super Bowl.

The American Football Conference – Northern Division or AFC North is one of the four divisions of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The division was adopted after the restructuring of the 2002 NFL season, when the league realigned divisions after expanding to 32 teams. This is the only division in the NFL in which no member team has hosted a Super Bowl in their stadiums.

The American Football Conference – Southern Division or AFC South is one of the four divisions of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). It was created before the 2002 season when the league realigned divisions after expanding to 32 teams. Since its creation, the division has had the same four members: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Tennessee Titans.

The Miami Dolphins are a professional American football franchise based in the Miami metropolitan area. The Dolphins compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) East division. The Dolphins team was founded by attorney-politician Joe Robbie and actor-comedian Danny Thomas. They began play in the AFL in 1966. The region had not had a professional football team since the days of the Miami Seahawks, who played in the All-America Football Conference in 1946 before becoming the first incarnation of the Baltimore Colts.

2009 NFL season 90th season in the history of the National Football League

The 2009 NFL season was the 90th season in the history of the National Football League (NFL). The 50th anniversary of the original eight charter members of the American Football League was celebrated during this season.

The Jets–Patriots rivalry is a rivalry between the New York Jets and New England Patriots of the National Football League. The teams both play in the AFC East. They have been in the same division since the two teams' inception in 1960 in the American Football League, and have played each other at least twice a year since then.

1970 Baltimore Colts season 18th season in franchise history; first in the AFC East and first Super Bowl win

The 1970 Baltimore Colts season was the 18th season for the team in the National Football League. Led by first-year head coach Don McCafferty, the Colts finished the 1970 season with a regular season record of 11 wins, 2 losses and 1 tie to win the first AFC East title. The Colts completed the postseason in Miami with a victory over the Cowboys in Super Bowl V, their first Super Bowl title and third world championship. The Baltimore Colts would not return to a championship game again.

As with all sports leagues, there are a number of significant rivalries in the National Football League (NFL). Rivalries are occasionally created due to a particular event that causes bad blood between teams, players, coaches, or owners, but for the most part, they arise simply due to the frequency with which some teams play each other, and sometimes exist for geographic reasons.

This is a list of playoff records set by various teams in various categories in the National Football League during the Super Bowl Era.

Jaguars–Titans rivalry National Football League rivalry

The Jaguars–Titans rivalry is a professional American football rivalry between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans in the National Football League (NFL)'s AFC South division.

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