Top 15 Divisional Playoff Games of All-Time

By Gary Najman
January 10, 2013 9:09 am
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For more than 30 years, from 1932 through 1966, the only playoff game that the NFL usually had each season was its Championship game between the winners of the Eastern and Western Conferences. In case of two teams tied at first place in each Conference, however, there was a tiebreaker game, which was played 8 times, the first time in 1941, the most recent in 1965.  

In 1967 the Divisional playoffs were born in the NFL (the AFL began theirs until 1969, their final season), but with another name (the NFL games were called Conference Championships, the AFL games were called Interdivisional playoffs). The NFL also had a consolation game called the Playoff Bowl, which was played at the Orange Bowl in Miami from 1960 through 1969 between the second place teams in each Conference first, and then with the losers of the Conference Championships.

With the 1970 merger of the two leagues, however, the four Divisional playoffs were born until now. As with the Wildcard games, over the course of the years there have been many memorable games, so making a Top 10 list is difficult, so this time there will be 15 games. Also, the games and/or plays that have gained a nickname in the NFL lore will be highlighted.  

Here are the Top 15 all-time Divisional playoff games:

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