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The American Football Conference
American Football Conference
North Division, or AFC North, is a division of the National Football League's (NFL) American Football Conference (AFC). It was created as the AFC Central in 1970 following the completion of the AFL–NFL merger
AFL–NFL merger
when two of the NFL teams—the Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns
and the Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Steelers—moved from the "old" NFL to join the former American Football League
American Football League
teams in the AFC, in order to give the two conferences an equal number of teams. The division adopted its current name in 2002, when the league realigned divisions after expanding to 32 teams.

Contents

1 Formation 2 History

2.1 1970s 2.2 1980s 2.3 1990s 2.4 2000s 2.5 2010s

3 Division lineups 4 Division champions 5 Wild Card qualifiers 6 See also 7 Total playoff berths 8 References

Formation[edit] The AFC North currently has four members: Baltimore
Baltimore
Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland
Cleveland
Browns, and Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Steelers. The original four members of the AFC Central were the Browns, Bengals, Steelers and Houston Oilers
Houston Oilers
(now the Tennessee
Tennessee
Titans). The AFC North is the only division in the AFC that does not contain a charter team from the original American Football League. However, the Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals
were an AFL expansion team in the 1968 AFL season (the Steelers and Browns joined the AFC in 1970), although the Bengals joining the AFL was contingent on the team joining the NFL after the AFL–NFL merger
AFL–NFL merger
was finalized in 1970, as Paul Brown
Paul Brown
was not a supporter of the AFL. Three of the teams have interlocked histories. Both the Bengals and the Browns were founded by Paul Brown, while the Ravens and the city of Cleveland
Cleveland
have their own unique relationship. Only the Steelers, who are older than the original Browns, have no direct history involving Paul Brown. History[edit] 1970s[edit] The division was formed when the Browns and Steelers moved to the AFC in 1970, joining the newly formed "AFC Central" with the Houston Oilers (from the AFL's East Division) and Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals
(from the AFL's West Division). Although the Bengals won the first AFC Central Division Championship in 1970, the Steelers dominated the division for most of the 1970s. The Steelers also would win four Super Bowls in the decade. 1980s[edit] The 1980 Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns
broke the Steelers' six-year run as division champions, but failed to advance past the divisional round of the playoffs, losing to the Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders
as a result of Red Right 88. The Bengals were the only team to represent the AFC Central in the Super Bowl
Super Bowl
during the decade, appearing in Super Bowls XVI and XXIII. Both appearances resulted in close losses to the San Francisco 49ers. 1990s[edit] The Steelers returned as the dominant team in the division in 1992. They won five divisional titles in six years, and played in Super Bowl XXX, in which they lost to the Dallas Cowboys. In 1992, the Oilers were involved in one of the most famous playoff games in NFL history. In a game now known as The Comeback, the Oilers surrendered a 32-point lead to the Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills
and lost in overtime, 41–38. It is the largest deficit ever overcome in the history of the NFL. In 1995, the Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars
joined the league through expansion and were placed in the AFC Central. It was the first change to the structure of the division since its inception and added a second team to the division from the U.S. South. In 1996, in one of the most controversial decisions in American sports history, the Cleveland Browns moved to Baltimore
Baltimore
and were rechristened as the Baltimore Ravens. Then in 1997, the Oilers moved to Tennessee
Tennessee
but remained in the division (the team later was renamed the Titans in 1999). The makeup of the AFC Central changed once again in 1999 when the NFL "reactivated" the Cleveland
Cleveland
Browns. The division had six teams for the 1999, 2000 and 2001 seasons. Aside from Pittsburgh's appearance in Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XXX, the only other appearance in the Super Bowl
Super Bowl
for the division in the decade was the Titans in Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XXXIV, who came up one yard short of the first Super Bowl
Super Bowl
to go into overtime. Along the way, the team got revenge on the Bills seven years after the Comeback in the Wild Card round by defeating the Bills 22–16 as a result of the Music City Miracle. 2000s[edit] The decade began with the Ravens winning Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XXXV. The team's defense, led by linebacker Ray Lewis, was arguably one of the best defenses of all time. In 2002, the NFL realigned into eight divisions of four teams. The Jaguars and Titans—the latter winning the AFC Central title in 2000—were both moved to the new AFC South, while the rest of the AFC Central remained intact and was renamed the AFC North. The Bengals, Browns, and Steelers were guaranteed to remain in a division together in any circumstance; this was part of the NFL's settlement with the city of Cleveland
Cleveland
in the wake of the 1995 Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns
relocation controversy.[1] The division, geographically-speaking, thus became the shortest driving distance between each team among the NFL's eight divisions, as three of the teams are located within close proximity of Interstate 70
Interstate 70
(with the one city that isn't, Cleveland, being two hours north of I-70), and the distance between Baltimore
Baltimore
and Cincinnati
Cincinnati
(the two teams furthest away from each other) being only 526 miles apart. The Browns and Steelers, the two closest rivals, even ride a bus to their games instead of flying.[2] The division rivals also have shared media conglomerates: all of the markets except Cleveland
Cleveland
have a station owned by Hearst Television ( WBAL-TV
WBAL-TV
in Baltimore, WLWT
WLWT
in Cincinnati, and WTAE-TV
WTAE-TV
in Pittsburgh), while all of the markets except Cleveland
Cleveland
also have stations owned and/or operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Sinclair Broadcast Group
(WBFF, WNUV, & WUTB
WUTB
in Baltimore, WKRC-TV
WKRC-TV
& WSTR-TV
WSTR-TV
in Cincinnati, and WPGH-TV
WPGH-TV
& WPNT in Pittsburgh), and every market except Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
has a station owned by E. W. Scripps Company
E. W. Scripps Company
( WMAR-TV
WMAR-TV
in Baltimore, WCPO-TV
WCPO-TV
in Cincinnati, and flagship station WEWS
WEWS
in Cleveland), though Scripps did own the Pittsburgh Press
Pittsburgh Press
before selling it off to Block Communications
Block Communications
in 1992 during a labor strike involving it and the Block-owned Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Additionally, Raycom Media
Raycom Media
has stations in Cincinnati (WXIX-TV) and Cleveland
Cleveland
( WOIO
WOIO
& WUAB) while CBS
CBS
Television Stations own stations in Baltimore
Baltimore
(WJZ-TV) and Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
(KDKA-TV & WPCW). This has occasionally led to stations that have sister stations in rival markets to have friendly rivalries amongst themselves. This is especially true with WJZ-TV
WJZ-TV
and KDKA-TV
KDKA-TV
(both former Group W stations), who are both CBS
CBS
O&O stations and thus have the majority of the broadcasting rights to their respective home team games through the network. Since realignment, the Steelers have won the division title seven times, and the Ravens and Bengals have each won four times. The Steelers have swept all divisional opponents twice, in 2002 and 2008 (going 7 for 7 both times, winning against the Browns in a 2003 AFC Wildcard game and the Ravens in the 2009 AFC Championship), and the Ravens and Bengals have swept all three divisional opponents once each, the Bengals in 2009 and Ravens in 2011. Since divisional realignment, the Steelers have made the playoffs ten times, the Ravens eight times, the Bengals seven times, and the Browns one time. In 2005, although finishing second in the division to the Bengals, the Steelers became the first team in NFL history to enter the playoffs as a #6 seeded wild card team and win the Super Bowl. In 2008, the Steelers became the first team to repeat as division champion since the divisions' creation in 2002. The team went on to win Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XLIII that season, their second Super Bowl
Super Bowl
in four years and an NFL-record sixth overall. In 2009, the Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals
swept their annual six-game slate of divisional opponents. Their first three games against the AFC North came in weeks three-through-five when they beat the Steelers, Browns and Ravens, respectively, each by three points. The close finishes deemed the Bengals, "Cardiac Cats." Cincinnati
Cincinnati
clinched their first division title since '05 in a week 16 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, 17-10. In the playoffs, however, the Bengals fell to the New York Jets at home, 24-14. Baltimore
Baltimore
finished off their season by winning three of their final four games to finish 9-7 and earn the number-six seed in the AFC Playoffs. In the first round of the postseason, Baltimore
Baltimore
defeated the New England Patriots
New England Patriots
in Foxboro, 33-14. In the divisional round of the postseason, Baltimore's season came to an end with a 20-3 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, who would defeat the Jets one-week later to win the conference. 2010s[edit] The Ravens repeated as division champions in 2011 and 2012. The team went on to win Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XLVII over the San Francisco 49ers, on February 3, 2013, in New Orleans. It was the second franchise Super Bowl win. As of 2012, the Steelers are the AFC North's most successful team with a 599-547-21 record all-time with the Browns 2nd in line with an overall record of 510-441-13 while the Ravens sit in 3rd (even though they were not an official franchise until 1996) at 164-128-1 and then the Bengals today remain the only team in the division with their all-time record below .500 as they sit in last at 310-396-2. In 2015, the Bengals became the first team in the AFC North (Central) to ever start the year 8-0, finishing the season 12-4 and winning the division for the second time in three years. Cincinnati
Cincinnati
clinched the division title in week 16 when the Steelers were upset by the 4-10 Ravens in Baltimore, quarterbacked by Ryan Mallett. Bengals' quarterback Andy Dalton was having his best season of his five-year career until breaking his thumb on December 13 against Pittsburgh caused him to miss the rest of the season. In the playoffs, Cincinnati (quarterbacked by AJ McCarron) lost in a rematch with the Steelers, 18-16, in the final minutes of a heated battle. Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
advanced to the Divisional Round of the playoffs, only to lose to Peyton Manning and the eventual Super Bowl
Super Bowl
Champion Denver Broncos. The Steelers won the division title in 2016 after a 31-27 win over the Ravens on Christmas
Christmas
Day. Division lineups[edit] Place cursor over year for division champ or Super Bowl
Super Bowl
team.

Years

AFC Central Division[A]

70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 00 01

Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Steelers

Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns
[B] suspended operations Cleveland
Cleveland
Browns

Houston Oilers[C] Tennessee
Tennessee
Oilers Tennessee
Tennessee
Titans

Cincinnati
Cincinnati
Bengals

  Jacksonville Jaguars[D]

  Baltimore
Baltimore
Ravens[E]

AFC North Division[F]

02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Steelers

Cleveland
Cleveland
Browns

Cincinnati
Cincinnati
Bengals

Baltimore
Baltimore
Ravens

     Team not in division      Division Won Super Bowl
Super Bowl
     Division Won AFC Championship

A In 1970 the division formed in American Football Conference. B After the 1995 season, the Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns
franchise was deactivated; personnel, moved to the enfranchised Baltimore
Baltimore
Ravens. The Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns
franchise was reactivated in 1999. The Browns, Ravens, and NFL officially consider the post-1999 Browns to be a continuation of the original team founded in 1946. C Houston moved to Memphis as Tennessee
Tennessee
Oilers in 1997, moved to Nashville in 1998 (still known as Oilers). Team was renamed Tennessee Titans in 1999. D Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars
enfranchised (1995 season). E Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens
enfranchised (1996 season) F AFC Central renamed AFC North. Jacksonville and Tennessee
Tennessee
moved to AFC South.

Division champions[edit]

Season Team Record Playoff Results

AFC Central

1970 Cincinnati
Cincinnati
Bengals 8–6–0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs

1971 Cleveland
Cleveland
Browns 9–5–0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs

1972 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Steelers 11–3–0 Lost AFC Championship Game

1973 Cincinnati
Cincinnati
Bengals 10–4–0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs

1974 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Steelers 10–3–1 Won Super Bowl
Super Bowl
IX

1975 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Steelers 12–2–0 Won Super Bowl
Super Bowl
X

1976 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Steelers 10–4–0 Lost AFC Championship Game

1977 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Steelers 9–5–0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs

1978 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Steelers 14–2–0 Won Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XIII

1979 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Steelers 12–4–0 Won Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XIV

1980 Cleveland
Cleveland
Browns 11–5–0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs

1981 Cincinnati
Cincinnati
Bengals 12–4–0 Lost Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XVI

1982+ Cincinnati
Cincinnati
Bengals 7–2–0 Lost AFC First Round

1983 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Steelers 10–6–0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs

1984 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Steelers 9–7–0 Lost AFC Championship Game

1985 Cleveland
Cleveland
Browns 8–8–0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs

1986 Cleveland
Cleveland
Browns 12–4–0 Lost AFC Championship Game

1987 Cleveland
Cleveland
Browns 10–5–0 Lost AFC Championship Game

1988 Cincinnati
Cincinnati
Bengals 12–4–0 Lost Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XXIII

1989 Cleveland
Cleveland
Browns 9–6–1 Lost AFC Championship Game

1990 Cincinnati
Cincinnati
Bengals 9–7–0 Lost Divisional Playoffs

1991 Houston Oilers 11–5–0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs

1992 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Steelers 11–5–0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs

1993 Houston Oilers 12–4–0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs

1994 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Steelers 12–4–0 Lost AFC Championship Game

1995 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Steelers 11–5–0 Lost Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XXX

1996 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Steelers 10–6–0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs

1997 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Steelers 11–5–0 Lost AFC Championship Game

1998 Jacksonville Jaguars 11–5–0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs

1999 Jacksonville Jaguars 14–2–0 Lost AFC Championship Game++

2000 Tennessee
Tennessee
Titans 13–3–0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs++

2001 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Steelers 13–3–0 Lost AFC Championship Game

AFC North

2002 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Steelers 11–5–0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs

2003 Baltimore
Baltimore
Ravens 10–6–0 Lost AFC Wild Card Playoffs

2004 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Steelers 15–1–0 Lost AFC Championship Game

2005 Cincinnati
Cincinnati
Bengals 11–5–0 Lost AFC Wild Card Playoffs++

2006 Baltimore
Baltimore
Ravens 13–3–0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs

2007 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Steelers 10–6–0 Lost AFC Wild Card playoffs

2008 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Steelers 12–4–0 Won Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XLIII

2009 Cincinnati
Cincinnati
Bengals 10–6–0 Lost AFC Wild Card playoffs

2010 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Steelers 12–4–0 Lost Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XLV

2011 Baltimore
Baltimore
Ravens 12–4–0 Lost AFC Championship Game

2012 Baltimore
Baltimore
Ravens 10–6–0 Won Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XLVII

2013 Cincinnati
Cincinnati
Bengals 11–5–0 Lost AFC Wild Card playoffs

2014 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Steelers 11–5–0 Lost AFC Wild Card playoffs++

2015 Cincinnati
Cincinnati
Bengals 12–4–0 Lost AFC Wild Card Playoffs++

2016 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Steelers 11–5–0 Lost AFC Championship Game

2017 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Steelers 13–3–0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs

+ A players' strike in 1982 reduced the regular season to nine games. Because of the strike, the league used for its playoffs a special 16-team " Super Bowl
Super Bowl
Tournament" just for this year. Division standings were not formally acknowledged (although every division wound up sending at least one team to the playoffs); Cincinnati
Cincinnati
had the best record of the division teams. ++ Loss came against another AFC Central/ AFC North team. Wild Card qualifiers[edit]

Season Team Record Playoff Results

AFC Central

1972 Cleveland
Cleveland
Browns 10–4–0 Lost Divisional Playoffs

1973 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Steelers 10–4–0 Lost Divisional Playoffs

1975 Cincinnati
Cincinnati
Bengals 11–3–0 Lost Divisional Playoffs

1978 Houston Oilers 10–6–0 Lost AFC Championship Game++

1979 Houston Oilers 11–5–0 Lost AFC Championship Game++

1980 Houston Oilers 11–5–0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs

1982+ Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Steelers Cleveland
Cleveland
Browns 6–3–0 4–5–0 Lost AFC First Round Lost AFC First Round

1987 Houston Oilers 9–6–0 Lost Divisional Playoffs

1988 Cleveland
Cleveland
Browns Houston Oilers 10–6–0 10–6–0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs++ Lost Divisional Playoffs

1989 Houston Oilers Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Steelers 9–7–0 9–7–0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs++ Lost Divisional Playoffs

1990 Houston Oilers 9–7–0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs++

1992 Houston Oilers 10–6–0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs

1993 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Steelers 9–7–0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs

1994 Cleveland
Cleveland
Browns 11–5–0 Lost Divisional Playoffs++

1996 Jacksonville Jaguars 9–7–0 Lost AFC Championship Game

1997 Jacksonville Jaguars 11–5–0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs

1999 Tennessee
Tennessee
Titans 13–3–0 Lost Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XXXIV

2000 Baltimore
Baltimore
Ravens 12–4–0 Won Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XXXV

2001 Baltimore
Baltimore
Ravens 10–6–0 Lost Divisional Playoffs++

AFC North

2002 Cleveland
Cleveland
Browns 9–7–0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs++

2005 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Steelers 11–5–0 Won Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XL

2008 Baltimore
Baltimore
Ravens 11–5–0 Lost AFC Championship Game++

2009 Baltimore
Baltimore
Ravens 9–7–0 Lost Divisional Playoffs

2010 Baltimore
Baltimore
Ravens 12–4–0 Lost Divisional Playoffs++

2011 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Steelers Cincinnati
Cincinnati
Bengals 12–4–0 9–7–0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs Lost Wild Card Playoffs

2012 Cincinnati
Cincinnati
Bengals 10–6–0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs

2014 Cincinnati
Cincinnati
Bengals Baltimore
Baltimore
Ravens 10–5–1 10–6–0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs Lost Divisional playoffs

2015 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Steelers 10–6–0 Lost Divisional Playoffs

+ A players' strike in 1982 reduced the regular season to nine games, so the league used a special 16-team playoff tournament just for this year. ++ Loss came against another AFC Central/ AFC North team. See also[edit]

Bengals–Browns rivalry Bengals–Steelers rivalry Browns–Steelers rivalry Ravens–Steelers rivalry

Total playoff berths[edit] At the conclusion of the 2017 season

Teams with Division titles Division Championships Playoff Berths AFC Titles Super Bowl wins

Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Steelers[3] 23 31 9 6

Cincinnati
Cincinnati
Bengals[4] 9 14 2 0

Cleveland
Cleveland
Browns[5] 6 14 0 0

Baltimore
Baltimore
Ravens[6] 4 10 2 2

Tennessee
Tennessee
Titans*[7] 3 12 1 0

Jacksonville Jaguars*[8] 2 4 0 0

Includes records of Houston & Tennessee
Tennessee
Oilers and Jacksonville through 2001 season

References[edit]

^ "Nfl Vote On Realignment Nears".  ^ "On the Steelers: Few, if any, signs of rivalry".  ^ Charter member of division in 1970. ^ Moved in from the AFL West in 1970. ^ This refers to the team that the league officially views as one continuous franchise that entered the division in 1970, suspended operations from 1996–1998, and resumed play in 1999. ^ This refers to the team that the league officially views as an expansion team that began play in 1996. ^ Moved in from the AFL East in 1970. Known as the Houston Oilers until 1996, as the Tennessee
Tennessee
Oilers in 1997 and 1998, and the Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans
since 1999. Realigned into the AFC South in 2002. ^ Realigned into the AFC South in 2002.

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National Football League
National Football League
(2018)

AFC

East North South West

Buffalo Bills Miami Dolphins New England Patriots New York Jets

Baltimore
Baltimore
Ravens Cincinnati
Cincinnati
Bengals Cleveland
Cleveland
Browns Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Steelers

Houston Texans Indianapolis Colts Jacksonville Jaguars Tennessee
Tennessee
Titans

Denver Broncos Kansas City Chiefs Los Angeles Chargers Oakland Raiders

NFC

East North South West

Dallas Cowboys New York Giants Philadelphia Eagles Washington Redskins

Chicago Bears Detroit Lions Green Bay Packers Minnesota Vikings

Atlanta Falcons Carolina Panthers New Orleans Saints Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Arizona Cardinals Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers Seattle Seahawks

Seasons

Seasons (by team) Preseason

Hall of Fame Game American Bowl

Regular season

Kickoff game Monday Night Football International Series

London Toronto Bills Series List of games played outside the U.S.

Thanksgiving games Christmas
Christmas
games

Playoffs

Streaks Droughts AFC Championship NFC Championship Super Bowl

champions quarterbacks

Pro Bowl

History

League history

Executive history Championship history

Timeline

Defunct franchises Franchise moves and mergers Los Angeles team history

Proposed stadiums 1995–2016

American Football League
American Football League
(1960–1969)

Playoffs Merger

NFL Championship (1920–1969) Playoff Bowl Records

individual team Super Bowl All time win–loss Last undefeated

Tied games Canceled games Controversies

Business

Owners Properties Management Council Competition Committee Collective Bargaining Agreement National Football League
National Football League
Players Association Lockouts Media

TV

NFL Network NFL RedZone

Radio NFL Films

Other

Officials Stadiums

Chronology

Awards

All-Pro

Hall of Fame Foreign players Player conduct

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Combine Draft Training camp Rivalries NFL Foundation Culture

Cheerleading Mascots Lore Nicknames Numbers

Retired

Color Rush

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Baltimore
Baltimore
Ravens

Founded in 1996 Based in Baltimore, Maryland Headquartered in Owings Mills, Maryland

Franchise

History Seasons Head coaches Starting quarterbacks First-round draft picks Draft history Ring of Honor

Stadiums

Memorial Stadium M&T Bank Stadium

Key personnel

Owner: Steve Bisciotti President: Dick Cass General manager: Ozzie Newsome Head coach: John Harbaugh

Culture and lore

Baltimore's Marching Ravens
Baltimore's Marching Ravens
(The Band That Wouldn't Die) Cheerleaders Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns
relocation controversy Edgar, Allan, and Poe Mile High Miracle

Rivalries

Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Steelers New England Patriots

Division championships (4)

2003 2006 2011 2012

Conference championships (2)

2000 2012

League championships (2)

2000 (XXXV) 2012 (XLVII)

Current league affiliations

League: National Football League Conference: American Football Conference Division: North Division

Seasons (22)

1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Championship seasons in bold

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Cincinnati
Cincinnati
Bengals

Founded in 1968 Based and headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio

Franchise

Franchise History Seasons Coaches Players First-round draft picks Draft history Starting quarterbacks

Stadiums

Nippert Stadium Riverfront Stadium Paul Brown
Paul Brown
Stadium

Rivalries

Cleveland
Cleveland
Browns Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Steelers

Culture and lore

Freezer Bowl Ickey Shuffle "Welcome to the Jungle" Ben–Gals Bengalized Laura Vikmanis

Division championships (9)

1970 1973 1981 1988 1990 2005 2009 2013 2015

Conference championships (2)

1981 1988

Retired numbers

54

Media

Broadcasters Radio network

Flagships: WCKY WEBN WLW

Television: WKRC-TV

Current league affiliations

League: National Football League
National Football League
(1970–present) Conference: American Football Conference Division: North Division

Former league affiliation

League: American Football League
American Football League
(1968–1969)

Seasons (50)

1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

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Cleveland
Cleveland
Browns

Founded in 1946 Based in Cleveland, Ohio Headquartered in Berea, Ohio

Franchise

History Players Head coaches Seasons Logos and uniforms First-round draft picks 1999 expansion draft Starting quarterbacks Pro Bowlers

Stadiums

Cleveland
Cleveland
Stadium FirstEnergy Stadium

Key personnel

Owners: Jimmy Haslam Dee Haslam President (de facto): Paul DePodesta General manager: John Dorsey Head coach: Hue Jackson

Culture and lore

Art Modell Cleveland
Cleveland
sports curse Dawg Pound Draft Day Hot Tub Time Machine Kardiac Kids Marty Ball Miracle at the Met Paul Brown Red Right 88 Relocation controversy "The Best Man" The Drive The Express The Fortune Cookie The Fumble

Rivalries

Cincinnati
Cincinnati
Bengals Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Steelers

Playoff appearances (28)

1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1957 1958 1964 1965 1967 1968 1969 1971 1972 1980 1982 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1994 2002

Division championships (12)

1946 1947 1948 1967 1968 1969 1971 1980 1985 1986 1987 1989

Conference championships (11)

1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1957 1964 1965 1968 1969

League championships (8)

1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1954 1955 1964

Retired numbers

14 32 45 46 76

Hall of Fame inductees

Players: Brown DeLamielleure Ford Gatski Graham Groza Hickerson Kelly Lavelli McCormack Mitchell Motley Newsome Warfield Willis Coach: Brown

Media

Broadcasters Radio network

Flagships: WKNR WKRK-FM WNCX

Television: WEWS-TV SportsTime Ohio

Current league affiliations

League: National Football League
National Football League
(1950–present) Conference: American Football Conference Division: North Division

Former league affiliation

League: All-America Football Conference
All-America Football Conference
(1946–1949)

Seasons (69)

1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Championship seasons in bold

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Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Steelers

Founded in 1933 Formerly the Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Pirates (1933–39) Based and headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Franchise

History All-Time Team Seasons Logos and uniforms Coaches Players Starting quarterbacks First-round draft picks Statistics

Stadiums

Home fields: Forbes Field Pitt Stadium Three Rivers Stadium Heinz Field

Training facilities: Rooney Field Point Stadium UPMC Sportsplex Chuck Noll
Chuck Noll
Field

Culture

Football in Western PA Rooney family Myron Cope Steeler Nation Terrible Towel Steel Curtain Evening Shade "Right Here, Right Now" "Renegade" "Here We Go" "Black and Yellow" YinzCam This Is Us

Lore

Steelers lore J.P. Rooneys Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Keystoners " Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Polka" Steagles Card-Pitt Steelerettes Immaculate Reception Black Sunday Fighting Back: The Rocky Bleier Story 1995 AFC Championship Game The Chief The 3:16 game

Rivalries

Baltimore
Baltimore
Ravens Cincinnati
Cincinnati
Bengals Cleveland
Cleveland
Browns Tennessee
Tennessee
Titans Oakland Raiders Dallas Cowboys Philadelphia Eagles

Media

Broadcasters KDKA-TV WPCW-TV Root Sports Pittsburgh

Charlie Batch Chris Hoke Bob Pompeani

Radio Network

WDVE-FM WBGG-AM Bill Hillgrove Tunch Ilkin Craig Wolfley

Steelers figures in broadcasting

Division championships (23)

1972 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1983 1984 1992 1994 1995 1996 1997 2001 2002 2004 2007 2008 2010 2014 2016 2017

Conference championships (8)

1974 1975 1978 1979 1995 2005 2008 2010

League championships (6)

1974 (IX) 1975 (X) 1978 (XIII) 1979 (XIV) 2005 (XL) 2008 (XLIII)

Retired numbers

70 75

Hall of Fame members

Players: Bettis Blount Bradshaw Butler Dawson Dudley Greene Ham Harris Johnson Lambert Layne Stallworth Stautner Swann Webster Woodson

Coaches and administration: Bell Kiesling Noll Art Rooney Dan Rooney

Current league affiliations

League: National Football League Conference: American Football Conference Division: North Division

Seasons (85)

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