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NFC West

NFC West
ConferenceNational Football Conference
LeagueNational Football League
SportAmerican football
Founded1967 (as the NFL Western Conference Coastal Division)
CountryUnited States
Teams
No. of teams4
Championships
Most recent champion(s)San Francisco 49ers
Most titlesSan Francisco 49ers

The National Football Conference - Western Division or NFC West is one of the four divisions of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). It currently has four members: the Arizona Cardinals, the Los Angeles Rams, the San Francisco 49ers, and the Seattle Seahawks.

The division was formed in 1967 as the National Football League Coastal Division, keeping with the theme of having all of the league's divisions starting with the letter "C." The division was so named because its teams were fairly close to the coasts of the United States, although they were on opposite coasts, making for long travel between division rivals. The NFL Coastal Division had four members: Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Colts, Los Angeles Rams, and San Francisco 49ers. Los Angeles and San Francisco occupied the West Coast, while Baltimore maintained its dominance over the lesser teams that remained in the division. Atlanta was placed in the division instead of the expansion New Orleans Saints despite being farther east than three Eastern Conference teams (Cowboys, Cardinals, and Saints).

After the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, the division was renamed the NFC West. The Baltimore Colts moved to the AFC East and were replaced by the Saints, who came from the Eastern Conference (the Saints played in the Capitol Division in 1967 and '69, and the Century Division in 1968). In 1976, the newly formed Seattle Seahawks spent one season in this division (Seattle did not play the other four members of the division home-and-home in 1976, playing each of the other 13 NFC teams and the other expansion team of 1976, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) before moving to the AFC West. Except for that one year, the division remained the same until 1995 with the addition of the new Carolina Panthers team. The Rams moved to St. Louis before that same season, making the division geographically inaccurate. Ten of the fifteen NFC teams were based west of Atlanta, and twelve of them were based west of Charlotte (all except the Redskins, Eagles and Giants).

The 2002 re-alignment changed the entire look of the NFC West. The Falcons, Panthers, and Saints moved into the NFC South; while the Cardinals moved in from the NFC East and the Seahawks returned from the AFC West. The Rams remained in the West, preserving the historical rivalry with the 49ers that has existed since 1950, and thus had been the only team in the division that was located east of the Rocky Mountains until 2015; despite this, the re-alignment made the NFC West have all of its teams based west of the Mississippi River. With the Rams' return to Los Angeles in 2016, the entire NFC West is now located west of the Rockies for the first time in its history; all teams except for the Cardinals are based in the Pacific Time Zone (since most of Arizona does not observe daylight saving time, the clocks are the same as Pacific Daylight Time from the second Sunday in March until the first Sunday of November). The 2016 season marked the first time the 49ers nor Seahawks played a division game east of the Rocky Mountains.

The NFC West became the second division since the 2002 realignment (The NFC South was the first) to have each of its teams make a conference championship game appearance as well as a Super Bowl appearance: Los Angeles (2018), Arizona (2008, and 2015), San Francisco (2011, 2012 and 2013), and Seattle (2005, 2013, and 2014). Also since 2002, each team has won at least three division titles, one of only two divisions in the league to do so.

In 2010, the NFC West became the first division in NFL history to have a champion with a losing record, after the 2010 Seattle Seahawks won the division title with a record of 7-9. They were joined in this distinction in 2014 by the Carolina Panthers, who won the NFC South with a record of 7-8-1.

The division is one of only two in which all of its teams have appeared in a Super Bowl at least once since the 2002 realignment (along with the NFC South): Arizona (2008), Los Angeles Rams (2018), San Francisco (2012, 2019), and Seattle (2005, 2013, 2014).

Since the end of the 2016 NFL regular season, the 49ers lead the division with a record of 560-464-16 (107-132-1 since re-alignment) with five Super Bowl titles and an overall playoff record of 31-21. The Rams hold a record of 577-569-21 (87-152-1 since re-alignment) with four Super Bowl appearances and one win to go with a 21-26 overall playoff record. The Cardinals hold a 111-128-1 record since joining the NFC West (542-732-40 overall) and a loss in Super Bowl XLIII, currently with a 7-9 playoff record, 5-4 as a member of the NFC West. The Seahawks hold a record of 137-102-1 since joining the NFC West (325-318-1 overall), with three Super Bowl appearances, winning Super Bowl XLVIII to go with a playoff record of 16-14; they are currently 13-9 in the playoffs as a member of the NFC West, having gone 3-5 while in the AFC West. Since re-alignment, the Seahawks have led the division in wins, division titles, and playoff appearances.

Division lineups

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

NFL Western Conference
Coastal Division
NFC West Division[B]
1900s 2000s
67[A] 68 69 70[B] 71 72 73 74 75 76[C] 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95[D] 96 97 98 99 00 01
Atlanta Falcons
Los Angeles Rams St. Louis Rams
Baltimore Colts New Orleans Saints
San Francisco 49ers
  Seattle
Seahawks
  Carolina Panthers
NFC West Division[E]
2000s
02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16[F] 17 18 19 20
Arizona Cardinals
St. Louis Rams Los Angeles Rams
San Francisco 49ers
Seattle Seahawks
     Team not in division      Division Won Super Bowl      Division Won NFC Championship      Division Won NFL Championship, Lost Super Bowl III
A The Western Conference was divided into the Coastal and Central divisions. Atlanta moved in from the Eastern Conference. Also joining the Coastal Division were Baltimore, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
B The Coastal Division adopts current name after the AFL-NFL merger. Baltimore moved to the AFC East. New Orleans moved in from Capitol Division.
C Seattle was enfranchised in 1976. Moved to the AFC West in 1977.
D In 1995, Carolina is enfranchised and the Rams move to St. Louis, Missouri.
E For the 2002 season, the league realigned to have eight (8) four-team divisions. Seattle returns. Arizona joins from the East. Atlanta, Carolina, and New Orleans moved to the new NFC South.
F Prior to the 2016 season, the Rams moved back to Los Angeles.

Division champions

Season Team Record Playoff Results
NFL Coastal
1967 Los Angeles Rams 11-1-2 Lost Conference Playoffs (at Packers) 7-28
1968 Baltimore Colts 13-1 Won Conference Playoffs (Vikings) 24-14
Won NFL Championship Game (Browns) 34-0
Lost Super Bowl III (Jets) 7-16
1969 Los Angeles Rams 11-3 Lost Conference Playoffs (at Vikings) 20-23
NFC West
1970 San Francisco 49ers[1] 10-3-1 Won Divisional Playoffs (at Vikings) 17-14
Lost NFC Championship (Cowboys) 10-17
1971 San Francisco 49ers[2] 9-5 Won Divisional Playoffs (Redskins) 24-20
Lost NFC Championship (at Cowboys) 3-14
1972 San Francisco 49ers[3] 8-5-1 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Cowboys) 28-30
1973 Los Angeles Rams 12-2 Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Cowboys) 16-27
1974 Los Angeles Rams 10-4 Won Divisional Playoffs (Redskins) 19-10
Lost NFC Championship (at Vikings) 10-14
1975 Los Angeles Rams 12-2 Won Divisional Playoffs (Cardinals) 35-23
Lost NFC Championship (Cowboys) 7-37
1976 Los Angeles Rams 10-3-1 Won Divisional Playoffs (at Cowboys) 14-12
Lost NFC Championship (at Vikings) 13-24
1977 Los Angeles Rams 10-4 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Vikings) 7-14
1978 Los Angeles Rams 12-4 Won Divisional Playoffs (Vikings) 34-10
Lost NFC Championship (Cowboys) 0-28
1979 Los Angeles Rams 9-7 Won Divisional Playoffs (at Cowboys) 21-19
Won NFC Championship (at Buccaneers) 9-0
Lost Super Bowl XIV (vs. Steelers) 19-31
1980 Atlanta Falcons 12-4 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Cowboys) 27-30
1981 San Francisco 49ers[4] 13-3 Won Divisional Playoffs (Giants) 38-24
Won NFC Championship (Cowboys) 28-27
Won Super Bowl XVI (vs. Bengals) 26-21
1982* Atlanta Falcons 5-4 Lost First Round playoffs (at Vikings) 24-30
1983 San Francisco 49ers[5] 10-6 Won Divisional Playoffs (Lions) 24-23
Lost NFC Championship (at Redskins) 21-24
1984 San Francisco 49ers[6] 15-1 Won Divisional Playoffs (Giants) 21-10
Won NFC Championship (Bears) 23-0
Won Super Bowl XIX (vs. Dolphins) 38-16
1985 Los Angeles Rams 11-5 Won Divisional Playoffs (Cowboys) 20-0
Lost NFC Championship (at Bears) 0-24
1986 San Francisco 49ers[7] 10-5-1 Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Giants) 3-49
1987 San Francisco 49ers[8] 13-2 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Vikings) 24-36
1988 San Francisco 49ers[9] 10-6 Won Divisional Playoffs (Vikings) 34-9
Won NFC Championship (at Bears) 28-3
Won Super Bowl XXIII (vs. Bengals) 20-16
1989 San Francisco 49ers[10] 14-2 Won Divisional Playoffs (Vikings) 41-13
Won NFC Championship (Rams) 30-3
Won Super Bowl XXIV (vs. Broncos) 55-10
1990 San Francisco 49ers[11] 14-2 Won Divisional Playoffs (Redskins) 28-10
Lost NFC Championship (Giants) 13-15
1991 New Orleans Saints 11-5 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Falcons) 20-27
1992 San Francisco 49ers[12] 14-2 Won Divisional Playoffs (Redskins) 20-13
Lost NFC Championship (Cowboys) 20-30
1993 San Francisco 49ers[13] 10-6 Won Divisional Playoffs (Giants) 44-3
Lost NFC Championship (at Cowboys) 21-38
1994 San Francisco 49ers[14] 13-3 Won Divisional Game (Bears) 44-15
Won NFC Championship Game (Cowboys) 38-28
Won Super Bowl XXIX (vs. Chargers) 49-26
1995 San Francisco 49ers[15] 11-5 Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs (Packers) 17-27
1996 Carolina Panthers 12-4 Won Divisional Game (Cowboys) 26-17
Lost NFC Championship Game (at Packers) 13-30
1997 San Francisco 49ers[16] 13-3 Won Divisional Game (Vikings) 38-22
Lost NFC Championship Game (Packers) 10-23
1998 Atlanta Falcons 14-2 Won Divisional Game (49ers) 20-18
Won NFC Championship Game (at Vikings) 30-27 (OT)
Lost Super Bowl XXXIII (vs. Broncos) 19-34
1999 St. Louis Rams 13-3 Won Divisional Game (Vikings) 49-37
Won NFC Championship Game (Buccaneers) 11-6
Won Super Bowl XXXIV (vs. Titans) 23-16
2000 New Orleans Saints 10-6 Won NFC Wild Card Playoffs (Rams) 31-28
Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs (at Vikings) 16-34
2001 St. Louis Rams 14-2 Won Divisional Game (Packers) 45-17
Won NFC Championship Game (Eagles) 29-24
Lost Super Bowl XXXVI (vs. Patriots) 17-20

Following 2001, the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, and New Orleans Saints left the NFC West to join the newly formed NFC South. The Arizona Cardinals joined the NFC West from the NFC East, and the Seattle Seahawks joined from the AFC West to combine with the San Francisco 49ers and the St. Louis Rams to create the new NFC West.

Season Team Record Playoff Results
NFC West
2002 San Francisco 49ers[17] 10-6 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Giants) 39-38
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Buccaneers) 6-31
2003 St. Louis Rams 12-4 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Panthers) 23-29 (2OT)
2004 Seattle Seahawks 9-7 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Rams) 20-27
2005 Seattle Seahawks 13-3 Won Divisional Playoffs (Redskins) 20-10
Won NFC Championship (Panthers) 34-14
Lost Super Bowl XL (vs. Steelers) 10-21
2006 Seattle Seahawks 9-7 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Cowboys) 21-20
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Bears) 24-27 (OT)
2007 Seattle Seahawks 10-6 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Redskins) 35-14
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Packers) 20-42
2008 Arizona Cardinals 9-7 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Falcons) 30-24
Won Divisional Playoffs (at Panthers) 33-13
Won NFC Championship (Eagles) 32-25
Lost Super Bowl XLIII (vs. Steelers) 23-27
2009 Arizona Cardinals 10-6 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Packers) 51-45 (OT)
Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs (at Saints) 14-45
2010 Seattle Seahawks 7-9 Won NFC Wild Card Playoffs (Saints) 41-36
Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs (at Bears) 35-24
2011 San Francisco 49ers[18] 13-3 Won Divisional Playoffs (Saints) 36-32
Lost NFC Championship (Giants) 17-20 (OT)
2012 San Francisco 49ers[19] 11-4-1 Won Divisional Playoffs (Packers) 45-31
Won NFC Championship (at Falcons) 28-24
Lost Super Bowl XLVII (vs. Ravens) 31-34
2013 Seattle Seahawks 13-3 Won Divisional Playoffs (Saints) 23-15
Won NFC Championship (49ers) 23-17
Won Super Bowl XLVIII (vs. Broncos) 43-8
2014 Seattle Seahawks 12-4 Won Divisional Playoffs (Panthers) 31-17
Won NFC Championship (Packers) 28-22 (OT)
Lost Super Bowl XLIX (vs. Patriots) 24-28
2015 Arizona Cardinals 13-3 Won Divisional Playoffs (Packers) 26-20 (OT)
Lost NFC Championship (at Panthers) 15-49
2016 Seattle Seahawks 10-5-1 Won NFC Wild Card Playoffs (Lions) 26-6
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Falcons) 20-36
2017 Los Angeles Rams 11-5 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Falcons) 13-26
2018 Los Angeles Rams 13-3[20] Won Divisional Playoffs (Cowboys) 30-22
Won NFC Championship (at Saints) 26-23 (OT)
Lost Super Bowl LIII (vs. Patriots) 3-13
2019 San Francisco 49ers[21] 13-3 Won Divisional Playoffs (Vikings) 27-10
Won NFC Championship (Packers) 37-10
Lost Super Bowl LIV (vs. Chiefs) 20-31

*A players' strike in 1982 reduced the regular season to nine games. Thus, the league used a special sixteen-team playoff tournament for that year only. Division standings were ignored, and Atlanta had the best record of the division teams.

Wild Card qualifiers

Season Team Record Playoff Results
1978 Atlanta Falcons 9-7 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Eagles) 14-13
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Cowboys) 20-27
1980 Los Angeles Rams 11-5 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Cowboys) 13-34
1983 Los Angeles Rams 9-7 Won Wild Card Playoffs (at Cowboys) 24-17
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Redskins) 7-51
1984 Los Angeles Rams 10-6 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Giants) 13-16
1985 San Francisco 49ers 10-6 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Giants) 3-17
1986 Los Angeles Rams 10-6 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Redskins) 7-19
1987 New Orleans Saints 12-3 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Vikings) 10-44
1988 Los Angeles Rams 10-6 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Vikings) 17-28
1989 Los Angeles Rams 11-5 Won Wild Card Playoffs (at Eagles) 21-7
Won Divisional Playoffs (at Giants) 19-13
Lost NFC Championship (at 49ers) 3-30
1990 New Orleans Saints 8-8 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Bears) 6-16
1991 Atlanta Falcons 10-6 Won Wild Card Playoffs (at Saints) 27-20
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Redskins) 7-24
1992 New Orleans Saints 12-4 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Eagles) 20-36
1995 Atlanta Falcons 9-7 Lost NFC Wild Card Playoffs (at Packers) 20-37
1996 San Francisco 49ers 12-4 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Eagles) 14-0
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Packers) 14-35
1998 San Francisco 49ers 12-4 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Packers) 30-27
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Falcons) 18-20
2000 St. Louis Rams 10-6 Lost NFC Wild Card Playoffs (at Saints) 28-31
2001 San Francisco 49ers 12-4 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Packers) 15-25
2003 Seattle Seahawks 10-6 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Packers) 27-33 (OT)
2004 St. Louis Rams 8-8 Won Wild Card Playoffs (at Seahawks) 27-20
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Falcons) 17-47
2012 Seattle Seahawks 11-5 Won Wild Card Playoffs (at Redskins) 24-14
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Falcons) 28-30
2013 San Francisco 49ers 12-4 Won Wild Card Playoffs (at Packers) 23-20
Won Divisional Playoffs (at Panthers) 23-10
Lost NFC Championship (at Seahawks) 17-23
2014 Arizona Cardinals 11-5 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Panthers) 16-27
2015 Seattle Seahawks 10-6 Won NFC Wild Card Playoffs (at Vikings) 10-9
Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs (at Panthers) 24-31
2018 Seattle Seahawks 10-6 Lost NFC Wild Card Playoffs (at Cowboys) 22-24
2019 Seattle Seahawks 11-5 Won Wild Card Playoffs (at Eagles) 17-9
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Packers) 23-28

*A players' strike in 1982 reduced the regular season to nine games. Thus, the league used a special sixteen-team playoff tournament for that year only. Division standings were ignored.

Season results

(#) Denotes team that won the Super Bowl
(#) Denotes team that won the NFC/NFL Championship, but lost Super Bowl
(#) Denotes team that qualified for the NFL Playoffs
Season Team (record)
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
1967 Los Angeles[a] (11-1-2) Baltimore (11-1-2) San Francisco (7-7) Atlanta (1-12-1)
1968 Baltimore[b] (13-1) Los Angeles (10-3-1) San Francisco (7-6-1) Atlanta (2-12)
1969 Los Angeles (11-3) Baltimore (8-5-1) Atlanta (6-8) San Francisco (4-8-2)
The Coastal Division became the NFC West.
1970 San Francisco (10-3-1) Los Angeles (9-4-1) Atlanta (4-8-2) New Orleans (2-11-1)
1971 San Francisco (9-5) Los Angeles (8-5-1) Atlanta (7-6-1) New Orleans (4-8-2)
1972 San Francisco (8-5-1) Atlanta (7-7) Los Angeles (6-7-1) New Orleans (2-11-1)
1973 Los Angeles (12-2) Atlanta (9-5) San Francisco (5-9) New Orleans (5-9)
1974 Los Angeles (10-4) San Francisco (6-8) New Orleans (5-9) Atlanta (3-11)
1975 (2)Los Angeles (12-2) San Francisco (5-9) Atlanta (4-10) New Orleans (2-12)
1976 (3)Los Angeles (10-3-1) San Francisco (8-6) Atlanta (4-10) New Orleans (4-10) Seattle (2-12)
1977 (2)Los Angeles (10-4) Atlanta (7-7) San Francisco (5-9) New Orleans (3-11)
1978 (1)Los Angeles (12-4) (4)Atlanta (9-7) New Orleans (7-9) San Francisco (2-14)
1979 (3)Los Angeles (9-7) New Orleans (8-8) Atlanta (6-10) San Francisco (2-14)
1980 (1)Atlanta (12-4) (5)Los Angeles (11-5) San Francisco (6-10) New Orleans (1-15)
1981 (1)San Francisco (13-3) Atlanta (7-9) Los Angeles (6-10) New Orleans (4-12)
1982^[c] (5)Atlanta (5-4) New Orleans (4-5) San Francisco (3-6) L.A. Rams (2-7)
1983 (2)San Francisco (10-6) (5)L.A. Rams (9-7) New Orleans (8-8) Atlanta (7-9)
1984 (1)San Francisco (15-1) (4)L.A. Rams (10-6) New Orleans (7-9) Atlanta (4-12)
1985 (2)L.A. Rams (11-5) (5)San Francisco
(10-6)
New Orleans (5-11) Atlanta (4-12)
1986 (3)San Francisco (10-5-1) (5)L.A. Rams (10-6) Atlanta (7-8-1) New Orleans (7-9)
1987 (1)San Francisco (13-2) (4)New Orleans (12-3) L.A. Rams (6-9) Atlanta (3-12)
1988 (2)San Francisco (10-6) (5)L.A. Rams (10-6) New Orleans (10-6) Atlanta (5-11)
1989 (1)San Francisco (14-2) (5)L.A. Rams (11-5) New Orleans (9-7) Atlanta (3-13)
1990 (1)San Francisco (14-2) (6)New Orleans (8-8) L.A. Rams (5-11) Atlanta (5-11)
1991 (3)New Orleans (11-5) (6)Atlanta (10-6) San Francisco (10-6) L.A. Rams (3-13)
1992 (1)San Francisco (14-2) (4)New Orleans (12-4) Atlanta (6-10) L.A. Rams (6-10)
1993 (2)San Francisco (10-6) New Orleans (8-8) Atlanta (6-10) L.A. Rams (5-11)
1994 (1)San Francisco (13-3) New Orleans (7-9) Atlanta (7-9) L.A. Rams (4-12)
1995 (2)San Francisco (11-5) (6)Atlanta (9-7) St. Louis (7-9) Carolina (7-9) New Orleans (7-9)
1996 (2)Carolina (12-4) (4)San Francisco (12-4) St. Louis (6-10) Atlanta (3-13) New Orleans (3-13)
1997 (1)San Francisco (13-3) Carolina (7-9) Atlanta (7-9) New Orleans (6-10) St. Louis (5-11)
1998 (2)Atlanta (14-2) (4)San Francisco (12-4) New Orleans (6-10) Carolina (4-12) St. Louis (4-12)
1999 (1)St. Louis (13-3) Carolina (8-8) Atlanta (5-11) San Francisco (4-12) New Orleans (3-13)
2000 (3)New Orleans (10-6) (6)St. Louis (10-6) Carolina (7-9) San Francisco (6-10) Atlanta (4-12)
2001 (1)St. Louis (14-2) (5)San Francisco (12-4) New Orleans (7-9) Atlanta (7-9) Carolina (1-15)
2002 (4)San Francisco (10-6) St. Louis (7-9) Seattle (7-9) Arizona (5-11)
2003 (2)St. Louis (12-4) (5)Seattle (10-6) San Francisco (7-9) Arizona (4-12)
2004 (4)Seattle (9-7) (5)St. Louis (8-8) Arizona (6-10) San Francisco (2-14)
2005 (1)Seattle (13-3) St. Louis (6-10) Arizona (5-11) San Francisco (4-12)
2006 (4)Seattle (9-7) St. Louis (8-8) San Francisco (7-9) Arizona (5-11)
2007 (3)Seattle (10-6) Arizona (8-8) San Francisco (5-11) St. Louis (3-13)
2008 (4)Arizona (9-7) San Francisco (7-9) Seattle (4-12) St. Louis (2-14)
2009 (4)Arizona (10-6) San Francisco (8-8) Seattle (5-11) St. Louis (1-15)
2010 (4)Seattle (7-9) St. Louis (7-9) San Francisco (6-10) Arizona (5-11)
2011 (2)San Francisco (13-3) Arizona (8-8) Seattle (7-9) St. Louis (2-14)
2012 (2)San Francisco (11-4-1) (5)Seattle (11-5) St. Louis (7-8-1) Arizona (5-11)
2013 (1)Seattle (13-3) (5)San Francisco (12-4) Arizona (10-6) St. Louis (7-9)
2014 (1)Seattle (12-4) (5)Arizona (11-5) San Francisco (8-8) St. Louis (6-10)
2015 (2)Arizona (13-3) (6)Seattle (10-6) St. Louis (7-9) San Francisco (5-11)
2016 (3)Seattle (10-5-1) Arizona (7-8-1) Los Angeles (4-12) San Francisco (2-14)
2017 (3)L.A. Rams (11-5) Seattle (9-7) Arizona (8-8) San Francisco (6-10)
2018 (2)L.A. Rams (13-3) (5)Seattle (10-6) San Francisco (4-12) Arizona (3-13)
2019 (1)San Francisco (13-3) (5)Seattle (11-5) L.A. Rams (9-7) Arizona (5-10-1)
Notes and Tiebreakers
  • a Los Angeles won the Coastal Division based on better point differential in head-to-head games (net 24 points) vs. Baltimore. The Rams and Colts played to a 24-24 tie in Baltimore in October before the Rams won 34-10 on the season's final Sunday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The result would be the same under the modern tiebreaker, which relies first on head-to-head record (Los Angeles won the head-to-head series, 1-0-1).
  • b The Baltimore Colts won the NFL Championship, but lost to the AFL's New York Jets in Super Bowl III.
  • c Due to player strikes, the league shortened the 1982 season's games and realigned all the teams into conferences. The records for the division teams are based on what it would have looked like if they were still in the division.

See also

Total playoff berths

(Current NFC West teams' records 1967-2018)
Team Division
Championships
Playoff
Berths
Super Bowl
Appearances
Super Bowl
Wins
San Francisco 49ers1 20 (4) 24 (4) 7 (2) 5 (0)
St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams1 15 (3) 23 (4) 4 (1) 1 (0)
Seattle Seahawks2 8 12 3 1
St. Louis/Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals2 3 4 1 0
1Numbers since re-alignment in parenthesis
2These numbers only reflect the Seahawks & Cardinals' time as members of the NFC West.

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