NFC Teams with the Most Playoff Wins in the Last Five Years Since 2006

NFC playoff teams

Over the last five years, nine different NFC teams have won playoff games. In other words, more than half of all NFC teams have won a playoff game since 2006. This is just another example of the parity that exists under the current structure of the NFL. Even my favorite team, the New Orleans Saints, rose from the ashes and won the Super Bowl just four seasons after Hurricane Katrina. Take a look back at the NFC teams with the most playoff wins since 2006.

Arizona Cardinals: four playoff wins

It is easy for NFL fans to forget how recently the Arizona Cardinals were a quality NFC team with Kurt Warner(notes) at QB. In 2008 and 2009, the Cardinals won the NFC West and qualified for the playoffs. With Warner behind center, the Cardinals won three playoff games and the NFC Championship following the 2008 season. In 2009, the Cardinals were once again the team to beat in the NFC West and improved to 10-6. In the playoffs, the Cardinals won an incredible game over the Green Bay Packers 51-45 before falling to the Saints 45-14.

New Orleans Saints: four playoff wins

The revival of the Saints team began quickly in 2006. With Sean Payton as head coach and Drew Brees(notes) at QB, the Saints won the NFC South in 2006 and defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 27-24 in the playoffs. Then the Saints missed out on the playoffs in 2007 and 2008 thanks to terrible team defense. But in 2009, Gregg Williams was hired as defensive coordinator and the Saints went 13-3. The NFC South champions defeated Arizona and then outlasted the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship. Finally, the Saints beat the Indianapolis Colts in the Super Bowl.

New York Giants: four playoff wins

In 2007, the New England Patriots were the top team in the NFL. At 16-0, the Patriots were looking to become the first NFL team in 35 years to go undefeated. Meanwhile, at 10-6, nobody was paying attention to the New York Giants. They finished three games behind the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East and were fortunate just to qualify for the NFC Playoffs. But the Giants went 4-0 in the playoffs, including a shocking 17-14 Super Bowl win over the Patriots. The key play was a desperation pass from Eli Manning(notes) to David Tyree(notes) on the game winning drive.

Green Bay Packers: five playoff wins

The most iconic team in the NFL has clearly returned to their winning ways. In 2007, Brett Favre(notes) picked up his final win with Green Bay as the 13-3 Packers crushed the Seahawks 42-20 in the NFC Playoffs. Three years later, Aaron Rodgers(notes) established himself as one of the best QBs in the NFL. Riddled by injuries, the Packers squeezed into the NFC Playoffs in 2010 as the number six seed. But Green Bay defeated the Eagles, Atlanta Falcons and Chicago Bears in succession. Then in the Super Bowl, the Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25.

Honorable mention NFC teams with three playoff wins since 2006

Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks

Sources

"2006 NFL Standings, Team & Offensive Statistics," pro-football-reference.com

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Updated Sunday, Jun 12, 2011