The NFC East, or The National Football Conference – Eastern Division, is one of the four National Football Conference (NFC) divisions in the National Football League (NFL) and arguably the most successful.
This great division showcases the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, and the Washington Commanders. The division was established in 1967 as the National Football League Capitol Division. In 1970 the NFL merged with the American Football League, and that’s when the division changed to its current name, the NFC East.
A critical point about this division is the fact that all teams in this division have won at least one Super Bowl. They are the only division to have this, and the most successful division in the NFL, with 13 total Super Bowl wins.
The Dallas Cowboys lead with five Super Bothen it’s the New Yohaveiants with four, the Washington Commanders have three, and the Philadelphia Eagles have one.
The NFC East is the most successful, with 13 Super Bowls and 21 NFC Championships. The Dallas Cowboys have the most titles with 24, and the most recent NFC champion is the Philadelphia Eagles. This win gave the Eagles their 12th NFC title.
List of NFC East Teams
1.) Dallas Cowboys,
2.) New York Giants,
3.) Washington Commanders, and
4.) Philadelphia Eagles.
FAQ on the NFC East
Let’s cover some frequently asked questions about the NFC East.
What NFL teams are in the NFC East?
The Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, and the Washington Commanders.
What NFC East team has the most Super Bowl appearances?
The Dallas Cowboys have the most Super Bowl appearances with 8.
What team has won the most Super Bowls in the NFC East?
The Dallas Cowboys lead the NFC East with 5 Super Bowl wins out of the 13 total for the division.
What is the biggest rivalry in the NFC East?
The Dallas Cowboys vs. the Philadelphia Eagles continues to be one of the biggest rivalries in the NFL for the past three decades. The two teams have faced each other 128 times – including four postseason games – with the Cowboys winning 73 games and the Eagles winning 55 games.
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NFC East Teams: Overview and Fun Facts
Let’s take a closer look at the 4 teams that represent the NFC East
The Dallas Cowboys have been pretty dominant in the division over time. They finished last year second in the division with a solid 12-5 year.
Stadium: AT&T Stadium
Seating Capacity: 80,000
Head Coach: Mike McCarthy
Owners: Jerry Jones
All-time Won/Loss Record (through 2022-23 season): 562 wins and 413 losses
Year Established: 1960
Super Bowl Wins: Five– 1971, 1977, 1992, 1993, 1995
Biggest Rival: The Green Bay Packers and the Philadelphia Eagles – to give you a flavor of the rivalry, check out former Eagles, David Akers on Draft Night (very funny!).
The Face of the Franchise: Jerry Jones
The Cowboys have had some ups and downs the past couple of years, but their 2022-23 season was nothing to be upset about. They went 12-5 and are in the process of building their future around their star quarterback Dak Prescott. Their defense looks to continue to shine for years to come behind cornerback Trevon Diggs.
Dallas Cowboys Fun Facts
- The Dallas Cowboys are the only team in NFL history to have 20 straight winning seasons. They did so from 1966-1985.
- The Cowboys are the wealthiest team in the NFL; their estimated value is around $4 million.
- How popular is this team? Well, the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders have their own TV show.
- The Cowboys have generated many nicknames, including Doomsday Defense, Big D, and The Boys
- . However, the most popular nickname for the Cowboys is “America’s Team.” The term was coined by highlight film narrator John Facenda, who noted that the team was on TV so often that they were as recognizable as movie stars.
- Prior to AT&T Stadium, the Cowboy’s home field was at Texas Stadium. It famously had a hole in its roof. Cowboys linebacker D.D. Lewis said, “Texas Stadium has a hole in its roof so God can watch His favorite team play.”
- In 1990, the Cowboys started a streak of 160 sold-out regular and postseason games. They had 79 straight sellouts at home and 81 straight sellouts on the road. You could say they have some of the most loyal fans and sports and that they were pretty good.
New York Giants
The New York Giants had a solid 9-7-1 record finishing third in the conference this past season. All eyes are on Daniel Jones as he just received a signing bonus and is taking the Giants under his wings.
Stadium: MetLife Stadium
Seating Capacity: 82,500
Head Coach: Brian Daboll
Owners: John Mara and Steve Tisch
All-time Won/Loss Record (through 2022-23 season): 715 wins and 638 Losses
Year Established: 1925
Super Bowl Wins: Four- 1987, 1991, 2008, 2012
Biggest Rival: Philadelphia Eagles
The Face of the Franchise: Saquon Barkley
The Giants finished the 2022-23 season with a 9-7-1 record. They look to continue to improve with the help of quarterback Daniel Jones and star running back Saquon Barkley. Barley has been known to deal with injuries, but he just finished up a solid season. They’re looking to make a statement in the 2023-24 season.
New York Giants Fun Facts
- The New York Giants football team was named after the New York Giants baseball team.
- The Giants share their stadium with the New York Jets.
- The Giants are one of five teams to not have a mascot. The New York Jets, Las Vegas Raiders, Green Bay Packers, and Washington Commander also do not have an official mascot.
- They are the second oldest franchise in the NFL.
- The Giants have 34 staff/players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Some of these include Kurt Warner (QB), Tim Mara (Founder/Owner), Sam Huff (LB), and Frank Gifford (HB/Flanker).
- The Giants are one of only three teams to have over 700 wins in the NFL. The other two are the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears.
- Dynamic Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor revolutionized the game. As a result of his blindside hits on quarterbacks, teams began investing heavily in better and more athletic left tackles to protect their QBs.
The Commanders have been struggling for years. They haven’t recorded more than 10 wins in a season for years and have been trying to rebuild both the staff and players.
Stadium: FedEx Field
Seating Capacity: 67,617
Head Coach: Ron Rivera
Owners: Daniel Snyder and Tanya Snyder
All-time Won/Loss Record (through 2022-23 season): 625 wins and 630 losses
Year Established: 1932
Mascot: Major Tuddy
Super Bowl Wins: Three – 1982, 1987, 1991
Biggest Rival: Dallas Cowboys
The Face of the Franchise: Terry McLaurin
After receiving their new name, the Commanders, and bringing in some young players, the Commanders hoped to have a good season. They had a decent one, going 8-8-1. They hope to improve and be successful in the near future.
Washington Commanders Fun Facts
- The Washington Commanders had the NFL’s first marching band in 1937, the first radio network in 1940, and the first fully televised season in 1950.
- They were originally known as the Boston Braves before moving to Washington, D.C., in 1937.
- IN 1950, the Washington team was the first in the NFL to have a fully televised season.
- Sammy Baugh (QB) is the only player to have his number retired in Washington Commanders’ history. He wore #33.
- On October 16th, 1938, halfback Andy Farkas received the ball and ran the wrong way, which ended up in a safety. He was later viewed as a hero that game when he led his team to a 7-5 win over the Detroit Lions.
- The Washington Football team was forced to change its name from the Redskins. They chose the Commanders because it is based on homage to the U.S. capital’s connection to the military.
- The Commanders had the league’s first marching band in 1937.
The Philadelphia Eagles just had a tremendous season behind star quarterback Jalen Hurts. They only had 3 losses and made it all the way to the Super Bowl before falling short to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Stadium: Lincoln Financial Field
Seating Capacity: 71,896
Head Coach: Nick Siriani
Owners: Jeffrey Lurie
All-time Won/Loss Record (through 2022-23 season): 613 wins and 630 losses
Year Established: 1933
Super Bowl Wins: One – 2018
Biggest Rival: Dallas Cowboys
The Face of the Franchise: Jalen Hurts
The Eagles had high hopes entering the season and had a very impressive season, to say the least. They went 14-3 and made it to the Super Bowl for the fifth time. They fell short but look to be right back in it next season. Jalen Hurts just signed a 5-year contract and has help from DeVonta Smith and A.J. Brown.
Philadelphia Eagles Fun Facts
- The Eagles played in the first-ever televised game on October 22, 1939. They lost 23-14 to the Brooklyn Football Dodgers, and the game was streamed on NBC.
- John F. Kennedy and his brothers considered buying the franchise. The price at the time was $6 million.
- Some diehard Eagles fans got to attend the 1948 NFL Championship game for free; all they had to do was bring shovels. There was a blizzard, and fans were told if they brought a shovel and helped out, they’d get in for free,
- The Eagles were the only team to beat Vince Lombardi’s Packers in the playoffs.
- The Eagles started the quarterback kneel trend when they did it to seal the win against the Giants. It was quickly popularized and is still used to this day.
- Two movies speak directly to Eagles fans: Silver Linings Playbook and Invincible. Silver Linings Playbook addresses being an Eagles fan, whereas Invincible tells the story of Vince Papale, a 30-year-old bartender from South Philly who played for the Eagles in 1976.
- Eagles fans have gained a reputation for being difficult. On December 15, 1968, Eagles fans booed Santas and pelted him with snowballs at a home football game.
Eagles Fans and Santa Video
NFC East Final Thoughts
The NFC East division has a history of winning and dominating rivals. The division showcases some talented teams, with the Eagles, who just went to the Super Bowl this last season, currently sitting in the top perch (so to speak).
But the 2023 season could bring some surprises. Can the Cowboys finally pull it all together again, as they did decades ago? Are the Commanders ready to gain traction and slug it out with the big boys? Have the Giants found a QB they can rely on?
There are lots of questions to be answered. One fundamental seems to stay in place no matter what – the NFC East teams compete every Sunday.
By Emmett Swendseid with Mike O’Halloran
Emmett is a sportswriter based in the Twin Cities. Mike is the founder and editor of Sports Feel Good Stories.
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