Black and Blue division's first championship game
Posted Jan. 21 at 02:19 AM
The Green Bay plays at Chicago Sunday in the first-ever championship game between teams in that division. The Packers, Bears, Vikings and Lions, shockingly, have never played each other in a championship game – not since the merger, and not in the ‘30s, ‘40s, ‘50s or ‘60s.
Since the merger in 1970, this is the 17th time two teams from the same division have played in a conference championship. Those games are listed below.
A couple of observations:
The home team has won 12 of the 16 previous games, but the road team has won three of the last six.
Very few of the games have been close. Denver beat Oakland 20-17 in 1977 (in the game with the controversial Rob Lytle non-fumble). Three years later, Oakland won by 7 at San Diego. Only one of the other games has been decided by fewer than 13 points; that was when Pittsburgh beat Baltimore by 9 two years ago.
TEAMS FROM SAME DIVISION IN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS
1971 at Dolphins 21, Colts 0
1972 at Washington 26, Cowboys 3
1977 at Broncos 20, Raiders 17
1978 at Steelers 34, Oilers 5
1979 at Steelers 27, Oilers 13
1980 Raiders 34, at Chargers 27
1980 at Eagles 20, Cowboys 7
1982 at Dolphins 14, Jets 0
1982 at Washington 31, Cowboys 17
1983 at Raiders 30, Seahawks 14
1985 Patriots 31, at Dolphins 14
1986 at Giants 17, Washingon 0
1989 at 49ers 30, Rams 3
1992 Bills 29, at Dolphins 10
1999 Titans 33, at Jaguars 14
2008 at Steelers 23, Ravens 14
2010 Packers at Bears
Posted by Jack Vallee | Jan. 22 at 04:28 PM
hey Ian, It would have been interesting if next to the games above you had shown how the head to head games had gone in that year. I'm kind of curious (and I know I can find this somewhere with as much effort it takes to type this) how many 3 game sweeps there were. Thanks
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