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- Apr 11, 2009
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The NFC East is a division of the National Football League's National Football Conference. It currently has four members: the Philadelphia Eagles, the New York Giants, the Dallas Cowboys, and Washington Redskins.
The division was formed in 1967 as the National Football League Capitol Division, keeping with the theme of having all of the league's divisions starting with the letter "C." The division was so named because it was centered around the capital of the United States, Washington, DC. In 1967 and 1969 the teams in the NFL Capitol Division were Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington and the expansion New Orleans Saints. The New York Giants replaced the Saints in 1968; the Giants took the place of the Saints permanently with the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, which led to the division's current name. With the merger, it also added the St. Louis Cardinals. Despite relocating to Arizona in 1988, the Cardinals continued to play in the NFC East until the 2002 re-alignment when they were moved to the NFC West. However, at the request of the Cardinals, the Cowboys and Cardinals continue to face each other on an annual basis in the preseason.
Although the St. Louis Rams are geographically farther east than Dallas, the Cowboys remained in the NFC East and the Rams stayed in the NFC West because of long-standing rivalries: the Cowboys with all three other teams in the East (especially the Cowboys–Redskins rivalry), and the Rams with the San Francisco 49ers in the West.
NFC East teams have a combined 19 Super Bowl appearances and eleven wins, the highest marks of any division in the NFL. Each of the current NFC East's four teams has won at least three NFL championships during their existence, however only Philadelphia has yet to win a championship in the Super Bowl era. Given the division members histories and intense rivalries, many sports analysts and fans regard the NFC East as the toughest division in the NFL. In the early 1990s the division claimed four consecutive Super Bowl champions, as the Cowboys won two and the Giants and Redskins took one each (those same three teams won seven out of ten Super Bowls, from 1987-1996).
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