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For seven years and counting, NFC title game has been a one-score game


When it comes to competitive championship games, the NFC continues to set a high bar.  For seven straight years, the George Halas Trophy (which used to be an actual trophy but is now an ugly, stylized football that’s indistinguishable from the Lamar Hunt Non-Trophy Trophy) has been decided by seven points or fewer.

This year, the Seahawks prevailed by six, 23-17.  Last year, San Francisco outscored Atlanta by four, 28-24.

In January 2012, the Giants beat the 49ers in overtime, 20-17.  In January 2011, the Packers beat the Bears, 21-14.

One year earlier, it was the epic overtime game at the Superdome, with the Saints beating the Vikings, 31-28.  The Cardinals previously beat the Eagles by seven, 32-25.

The streak began with another Giants’ overtime win, 23-20 over the Packers at Lambeau Field.

In six of the seven years before that, the NFC title games entailed blowouts.  The Bears beat the Saints by 25 after the 2006 season, the Seahawks beat the Panthers by 20 a year earlier, the Eagles trounced the Falcons by 17, the Panthers held Philly to a field goal in a 14-3 win, and the Bucs beat the Eagles by 17.  A year before a five-point win by the Rams over the Eagles, the Giants dismantled Minnesota, 41-0.

The NFC has a 4-2 edge over the last six Super Bowls.  The AFC had won six of the seven prior to that.

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10 Responses to “For seven years and counting, NFC title game has been a one-score game”
  1. atthemurph says: Jan 20, 2014 12:10 PM

    Going to be a 5-2 edge in 2 more weeks (and I hate the Seahags)

  2. singhgill says: Jan 20, 2014 12:10 PM

    NFL is the better conference. It’s smash mouth football. Amazing game yesterday. Brady-Manning was nothing. This game was intense.

  3. epack13sb says: Jan 20, 2014 12:11 PM

    NFC, strongest conference for many more years to come!

  4. frankiemontana says: Jan 20, 2014 12:17 PM

    And once again we will get an apology from the NFL regarding bad officiating, sad part is that this was with their best handpicked crew.

  5. elmobad says: Jan 20, 2014 12:33 PM

    good to see that Seattle finally wised up and bought one 😉

    a Steeler fan

  6. arwiv says: Jan 20, 2014 12:36 PM

    Yes, the NFC has been epic for a while now in their title games (and yes, my Giants have contributed greatly towards that).

    Regarding the SB though, if Denver plays like it did yesterday, they will beat the Seahawks. Seattle is a very strong team, but not nearly as much so when not at home.

    We all love the Seattle D, but we also have to realize we are watching the greatest offense of all time in the Broncos.

  7. seahawksbmx says: Jan 20, 2014 12:39 PM

    For only the 2nd time in SB history, we have the #1 offense (Denver) vs. the #1 defense (Seahawks). Last time (SBXXXVII), defense prevailed as the Bucs crushed the Raiders, 48-21. Hoping for a repeat. Go ‘Hawks!

  8. bchfrsb says: Jan 20, 2014 12:44 PM

    yeah … what the heck happened to the REAL Conference trophies?! I thought I was the only one who even noticed. They simply look like cheap Lombardi wannabe knock-offs! I can only hope the NFL receives enough complaints … 2 words … “YUCK”!

  9. nokoolaidcowboy says: Jan 20, 2014 12:46 PM

    Should read “New Jersey Here We Come!”.

  10. FoozieGrooler says: Jan 20, 2014 1:17 PM

    After watching that game yesterday, it didn’t really matter who won – there’s no way a QB from the NFC will beat Manning this year…

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