TEAMS
American Football Conference
East Division
DIVISION CHAMPIONS
BUFFALO
BILLS
(ORCHARD PARK, NY)
(1970-PRESENT)
STADIUM

(NEW ERA FIELD)
(71,608)
(1973-PRESENT)
FIRST SEASON
1960
PREVIOUS LEAGUE
AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE
(1960-1969)
MIAMI
DOLPHINS
(MIAMI GARDENS, FL)
(1970-PRESENT)
STADIUM

(HARD ROCK STADIUM)
(64,767)
(1987-PRESENT)
FIRST SEASON
1966
PREVIOUS LEAGUE
AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE
(1966-1969)
NEW ENGLAND
PATRIOTS
(FOXBORO, MA)
(1970-PRESENT)
STADIUM

(GILLETTE STADIUM)
(66,829)
(2002-PRESENT)
FIRST SEASON
1960
PREVIOUS LEAGUE
AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE
(1960-1969)
NEW YORK
JETS
(EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ)
(1970-PRESENT)
STADIUM

(METLIFE STADIUM)
(82,500)
(2010-PRESENT)
FIRST SEASON
1960
PREVIOUS LEAGUE
AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE
(1960-1969)
TEAM HISTORY

Buffalo Bills were named after the AAFC's Buffalo Bills team that were named after the Buffalo Bills a popular barbershop quartet, whose name was a play on the name of the famed Wild West showman Buffalo Bill Cody. It did have the longest playoff drought in major professional sports, having not appeared in the playoffs since 1999 and therefore having never appeared in the playoffs in the 21st Century, which was finally broken in 2017. They are the only team based in the state of New York as both the Giants and Jets are in New Jersey.

A buyout window in the Buffalo Bills' lease on New Era Field opens after the 2019 season ends. The window allows the team to cancel its lease on the stadium for a $28 million fee and relocate. If the Bills choose not to exercise the buyout window, they will not be allowed to relocate until the lease expires after the 2022 season.
NAMES
Buffalo Bills (1960-PRESENT)
LEAGUE/CONFERENCE AFFILIATIONS
American Football League (1960-1969)
  • Eastern Division (1960-1969)
National Football League (1970-PRESENT)
  • American Football Conference (1970-PRESENT)
    • AFC East (1970-PRESENT)
TITLES
SUPER BOWL TITLES (0)
AFL CHAMPIONSHIPS (PRE-1970) (2): 1964,1965
AFC CHAMPIONSHIPS (4): 1990,1991,1992,1993
DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIPS (11): AFL East: 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966
AFC East: 1980, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995
PLAYOFF APPEARANCES (18)
AFL: 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966
NFL: 1974, 1980, 1981, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2017
LOGOS
(1960-1961)
(1962-1969)
(1970-1973)
(1974-PRESENT)
HELMETS
(1960-1961)
(1962-1964)
(1965-1973)
(1974-1976)
(1977-C.1981)
(1982-1983)
(1984-1986)
(1987-2001)
(2002-2010)
(2011-PRESENT)
STADIUMS
WAR MEMORIAL STADIUM
(BUFFALO, NY)
(1960-1972)
NEW ERA FIELD
(BUFFALO, NY)
(1973-PRESENT)


Miami Dolphins were not the first professional team to be based in Miami and the state of Florida, as this was the AAFC's Miami Seahawks in 1946. In 1965, the Dolphins were chosen through a contest of 19,843 entries and over 1,000 different names. Their stadium hosts college football's annual Orange Bowl and Miami Hurricanes college football team.
NAMES
Miami Dolphins (1966-PRESENT)
LEAGUE/CONFERENCE AFFILIATIONS
American Football League (1966-1969)
  • Eastern Division (1966-1969)
National Football League (1970-PRESENT)
  • American Football Conference (1970-PRESENT)
    • AFC East (1970-PRESENT)
TITLES
SUPER BOWL TITLES (2): 1972 (VII), 1973 (VIII)
AFC CHAMPIONSHIPS (5): 1971,1972,1973,1982,1984
DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIPS (13): AFC East: 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1992, 1994, 2000, 2008
PLAYOFF APPEARANCES (23)
NFL: 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2008, 2016
LOGOS
(1966-1973)
(1974-1989)
(1989-1996)
(1997-2012)
(2013-2017)
(2018-PRESENT)
HELMETS
(1966/1969-1973)
(1966-1968)
(1973-1979)
(1980-1996)
(1997-2012)
(2013-PRESENT)
STADIUMS
ORANGE BOWL
(MIAMI, FL)
(1966-1986)
HARD ROCK STADIUM
(MIAMI GARDENS, FL)
(1987-PRESENT)


New England Patriots were originally based out of Boston and Patriots was named as the most popular through a contest. They moved to a new stadium in Foxborough, MA and were renamed the New England Patriots in 1971. In 1992, then owner James Orthwein wanted to relocate the team to his native St.Louis, MO (St.Louis Stallions) but instead sold the team to Robert Kraft. They formerly shared their stadium with Massachusetts Minutemen college football team. The team owns the record for most Super Bowls reached (7) and won (5) by a head coach-quarterback tandem. The Patriots are tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers with 6 and therefore the most successful of the Super Bowl era.
NAMES
Boston Patriots (1960-1970)
Bay State Patriots (alternative) (1971)
New England Patriots (1971-PRESENT)
LEAGUE/CONFERENCE AFFILIATIONS
American Football League (1960-1969)
  • Eastern Division (1960-1969)
National Football League (1970-PRESENT)
  • American Football Conference (1970-PRESENT)
    • AFC East (1970-PRESENT)
TITLES
SUPER BOWL TITLES (6): 2001 (XXXVI), 2003 (XXXVIII), 2004 (XXXIX), 2014 (XLIX), 2016 (LI), 2018 (LIII)
AFC CHAMPIONSHIPS (11): 1985,1996,2001,2003-2004,2007,2011,2014-2018
DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIPS (20): AFL East: 1963
AFC East: 1978, 1986, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2003-2007, 2009, 2010, 2011-2018
PLAYOFF APPEARANCES (26)
AFL: 1963
NFL: 1976, 1978, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
LOGOS
(1960-1971)
(1972-1988)
(1989-1992)
(1993-1999)
(2000-PRESENT)
HELMETS
(1960)
(1961-1963)
(1964-1981)
(1982-1989)
(1990-1992)
(1993)
(1994-PRESENT)
STADIUMS
NICKERSON FIELD
(BOSTON, MA)
(1960-1962)
FENWAY PARK
(BOSTON, MA)
(1963-1968)
ALUMNI STADIUM
(CHESTNUT HILL, MA)
(1969)
HARVARD STADIUM
(BOSTON, MA)
(1970)
FOXBORO STADIUM
(FOXBORO, MA)
(1971-2001)
GILLETTE STADIUM
(FOXBORO, MA)
(2002-PRESENT)


New York Jets were founded as the New York Titans as Titans are 'bigger and stronger than (New York) Giants'. They moved to a Shea Stadium in 1964 and Jets was named because of its location between two major airports - JFK and LaGuardia. They share MetLife stadium with the New York Giants.
NAMES
New York Titans (1960-1962)
New York Jets (1963-PRESENT)
LEAGUE/CONFERENCE AFFILIATIONS
American Football League (1960-1969)
  • Eastern Division (1960-1969)
National Football League (1970-PRESENT)
  • American Football Conference (1970-PRESENT)
    • AFC East (1970-PRESENT)
TITLES
SUPER BOWL TITLES (1) 1968 (III)
AFL CHAMPIONSHIPS (PRE-1970) (1): 1968
AFC CHAMPIONSHIPS (0)
DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIPS (11): AFL East: 1968,1969
AFC East: 1998, 2002
PLAYOFF APPEARANCES (14)
AFL: 1968, 1969
NFL: 1981, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010
LOGOS
(1963)
(1964-1966)
(1967-1969)
(1970-1977)
(1978-1997)
(1998-2018)
(2019-PRESENT)
HELMETS
(1960-1962)
NEW YORK TITANS
(1963)
(1964)
(1965-1971)
(1972-1977)
(1978-1990)
(1990-1997)
(1998-2018)
(2019-PRESENT)
STADIUMS
SHEA STADIUM
(NEW YORK, NY)
(1964-1983)
GIANTS STADIUM
(EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ)
(1984-2009)
METLIFE STADIUM
(EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ)
(2010-PRESENT)
DIVISION HISTORY
AFL EASTERN 1960-1969
AFC EAST 1970-
  • None of the AFC East teams currently play within the central city of their metropolitan area.
  • Formed as the AFL Eastern Division in 1960 with Buffalo Bills, Boston Patriots, New York Titans and Houston Oilers.
  • In 1963, the New York Titans became the New York Jets.
  • Miami Dolphins joined the division in 1966.
  • AFC East was formed in 1970 with the Baltimore (Indianapolis from 1984) Colts, Buffalo Bills, Boston (New England from 1971) Patriots, Miami Dolphins and New York Jets.
  • Houston Oilers joined the AFC Central in 1970.
  • The current teams formed the AFC East in 2002.
  • All but the Buffalo Bills have won at least one Super Bowl.
1960-1962
BOSTON
PATRIOTS
BUFFALO
BILLS
HOUSTON
OILERS
NEW YORK
TITANS

1963-1965
New York Titans are renamed New York Jets.
BOSTON
PATRIOTS
BUFFALO
BILLS
HOUSTON
OILERS
NEW YORK
JETS

1966-1969
Miami Dolphins joined the AFL.
BOSTON
PATRIOTS
BUFFALO
BILLS
HOUSTON
OILERS
MIAMI
DOLPHINS
NEW YORK
JETS

1970
Houston Oilers move to newly created AFC Central division.
BALTIMORE
COLTS
BOSTON
PATRIOTS
BUFFALO
BILLS
MIAMI
DOLPHINS
NEW YORK
JETS

1971-1983
Boston Patriots moved to Foxborough,MA and were renamed the New England Patriots.
BALTIMORE
COLTS
BUFFALO
BILLS
MIAMI
DOLPHINS
NEW ENGLAND
PATRIOTS
NEW YORK
JETS

1984-2001
Baltimore Colts were renamed the Indianapolis Colts.
BUFFALO
BILLS
INDIANAPOLIS
COLTS
MIAMI
DOLPHINS
NEW ENGLAND
PATRIOTS
NEW YORK
JETS

2002-PRESENT
Indianapolis Colts moved to AFC South in 2002.
BUFFALO
BILLS
MIAMI
DOLPHINS
NEW ENGLAND
PATRIOTS
NEW YORK
JETS
Updated: 15 september 2019