TEAMS
National Football Conference
North Division
DIVISION CHAMPIONS
CHICAGO
BEARS
(CHICAGO, IL)
(1922-PRESENT)
STADIUM

(SOLDIER FIELD II)
(61,500)
(2003-PRESENT)
FIRST SEASON
1919
DETROIT
LIONS
(DETROIT, MI)
(1934-PRESENT)
STADIUM

(FORD FIELD)
(65,000)
(2002-PRESENT)
FIRST SEASON
1930
GREEN BAY
PACKERS
(GREEN BAY, WI)
(1919-PRESENT)
STADIUM

(LAMBEAU FIELD)
(81,435)
(1957-PRESENT)
FIRST SEASON
1919
MINNESOTA
VIKINGS
(MINNEAPOLIS, MN)
(1961-PRESENT)
STADIUM

(U.S.BANK STADIUM)
(66,655)
(2016-PRESENT)
FIRST SEASON
1961
TEAM HISTORY

Chicago Bears began as the Decatur Staleys in 1921, as a charter member of the American Professional Football Association, but moved to Chicago and kept their nickname, a nod to the team’s sponsor, the Staley Starch Company. When star player George Halas purchased the team the following year, he decided to change the nickname. Chicago played its home games at Wrigley Field, home of baseball’s Cubs, and Halas opted to stick with the ursine theme. They shared Memorial Stadium in Champaign, IL with Illinois Fighting Illini college football team in 2002 whilst Soldier Field was being renovated.
NAMES
Decatur Staleys (1920)
Chicago Staleys (1921)
Chicago Bears (1922–PRESENT)
LEAGUE/CONFERENCE AFFILIATIONS
National Football League (1920-PRESENT)
  • Western Division (1933-1949)
  • National Conference (1950-1952)
  • Western Conference (1953–1969)
    • Central Division (1967-1969)
  • National Football Conference (1970-PRESENT)
    • Central Division (1970-2001)
    • North Division (2002-PRESENT)
TITLES
SUPER BOWL TITLES (1): 1985 (XX)
NFL CHAMPIONSHIPS (PRE-1970) (8): 1921, 1932, 1933, 1940, 1941, 1943, 1946, 1963
CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS (4): NFL WESTERN: 1956, 1963
NFC: 1985, 2006
DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIPS (21): NFL WESTERN: 1933, 1934, 1937, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1946, 1956, 1963
NFC CENTRAL: 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 2001
NFC NORTH: 2005, 2006, 2010, 2018
PLAYOFF APPEARANCES (26)
NFL: 1933-1934, 1937, 1940-1943, 1946, 1950, 1956, 1963, 1977, 1979, 1984-1988, 1990-1991, 1994, 2001, 2005-2006, 2010, 2018
LOGOS
(1940-1945)
(1946-1973)
(1962-1973)
(1974-PRESENT)
HELMETS
(1940-1961)
(1962-1972)
(1973-1981)
(1982-PRESENT)
STADIUMS
Staley Field (Decatur, IL) (1920)
WRIGLEY FIELD
(CHICAGO, IL)
(1921-1970)
SOLDIER FIELD
(CHICAGO, IL)
(1971-2001)
MEMORIAL STADIUM
(CHAMPAIGN, IL)
(2002)
SOLDIER FIELD II
(CHICAGO, IL)
(2003-PRESENT)


Detroit Lions originally were called the Portsmouth Spartans but were bought by Radio executive George A. Richards and moved to Detroit in 1934 and renamed the team the Lions. The nickname was likely derived from Detroit’s established baseball team, the Tigers, who won 101 games and the AL pennant that year. As the team explained it, “The lion is the monarch of the jungle, and we hope to be the monarch of the league. Ford Field hosts college football's Mid-American Conference Championship Game. Their last NFL title was in 1957, which gives them the second longest NFL championship drought behind the Arizona Cardinals. They are one of four of the current teams and only NFC team that has not played in the Super Bowl.
NAMES
Portsmouth Spartans (1930-1933)
Detroit Lions (1934–PRESENT)
LEAGUE/CONFERENCE AFFILIATIONS
National Football League (1930-PRESENT)
  • Western Division (1933-1949)
  • National Conference (1950-1952)
  • Western Conference (1953–1969)
    • Central Division (1967-1969)
  • National Football Conference (1970-PRESENT)
    • Central Division (1970-2001)
    • North Division (2002-PRESENT)
TITLES
SUPER BOWL TITLES (0)
NFL CHAMPIONSHIPS (PRE-1970) (4): 1935, 1952, 1953, 1957
CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS (4): NFL NATIONAL: 1952
NFL WESTERN: 1953, 1954, 1957
DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIPS (21): NFL WESTERN: 1935, 1953, 1954, 1957
NFL NATIONAL: 1952
NFC CENTRAL: 1983, 1991, 1993
PLAYOFF APPEARANCES (17)
NFL: 1935, 1952-1954, 1957, 1970, 1982-1983, 1991, 1993-1995, 1997, 1999, 2011, 2014, 2016
LOGOS
(1952-1960)
(1961-1969)
(1970-2002)
(2003-2008)
(2009-2016)
(2017-PRESENT)
HELMETS
(1952-1960)
(1961-1967)
(1968-OCTOBER 11, 1970)
(OCTOBER 18, 1970-1983)
(1984-2002)
(2003-2008)
(2009-2016)
(2017-PRESENT)
STADIUMS
Universal Stadium (Portsmouth, MI) (1930–1933)
University of Detroit Stadium (Detroit, MI) (1934–1940)
TIGER STADIUM
(DETROIT, MI)
(1938-1939/1941-1974)
PONTIAC SILVERDOME
(PONTIAC, MI)
(1975-2001)
FORD FIELD
(DETROIT, MI)
(2002-PRESENT)


Green Bay Packers have been a member of the NFL longer than it has had that name, joining when the league was known as the American Professional Football Association in 1921. Team founder Earl “Curly” Lambeau’s employer, the Indian Packing Company, sponsored Green Bay’s football team and provided equipment and atlanticcoastess to the field. The Indian Packing Company became the Acme Packing Company and later folded, but the nickname stuck. Between 1933-1994, games were split between Green Bay and Milwaukee, WI.

Their familiar 'G' logo was introduced in 1961 by their equipment manager Gerald Brashier and art student John Gordon. Since its introduction, the Packers have given permission for several schools, including the University of Georgia, to use similar logos.

As the team is the only entirely publically funded professional sports team in North America, any sale of the team to outside interests would result in all profits going to charity which has prevented the team from relocating.
NAMES
Green Bay Packers (1919–PRESENT)
LEAGUE/CONFERENCE AFFILIATIONS
Independent (1919–1920)
National Football League (1921-PRESENT)
  • Western Division (1933-1949)
  • National Conference (1950-1952)
  • Western Conference (1953–1969)
    • Central Division (1967-1969)
  • National Football Conference (1970-PRESENT)
    • Central Division (1970-2001)
    • North Division (2002-PRESENT)
TITLES
SUPER BOWL TITLES (4): 1966 (I), 1967 (II), 1996 (XXXI), 2010 (XLV)
NFL CHAMPIONSHIPS (PRE-1970) (11): 1929, 1930, 1931, 1936, 1939, 1944, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967
CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS (4): NFL WESTERN: 1960, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967
NFC: 1996, 1997, 2010
DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIPS (18): NFL WESTERN: 1936, 1938, 1939, 1944
NFL CENTRAL: 1967
NFC CENTRAL: 1972, 1995, 1996, 1997
NFC NORTH: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016
PLAYOFF APPEARANCES (32)
NFL: 1936, 1938-1939, 1941, 1944, 1960-1962, 1965-1967, 1972, 1982, 1993-1998, 2001-2004, 2007, 2009-2016
LOGOS
(1921)
(1951-1955)
(1956-1961)
(1961-1979)
(1980-PRESENT)
HELMETS
(1959-1960)
(1961-1979)
(1980-PRESENT)
STADIUMS
Hagemeister Park (1919–1922)
Bellevue Park (1923–1924)
City Stadium (1925–1956)
Borchert Field (1933)
Wisconsin State Fair Park (1934–1951)
Marquette Stadium (1952)
COUNTY STADIUM
(MILWAUKEE, MI)
(1953-1994)
LAMBEAU FIELD
(GREEN BAY, WI)
(1957-PRESENT)


According to the Minnesota Vikings’ website, Bert Rose, Minnesota’s general manager when it joined the NFL in 1961, recommended the nickname to the team’s Board of Directors because “it represented both an aggressive person with the will to win and the Nordic tradition in the northern Midwest.” The expansion franchise also became the first pro sports team to feature its home state, rather than a city, in the team name. They moved into a new stadium in 2016 called the US Bank Stadium.
NAMES
Minnesota Vikings (1961–PRESENT)
LEAGUE/CONFERENCE AFFILIATIONS
National Football League (1961-PRESENT)
  • Western Conference (1961–1969)
    • Central Division (1967-1969)
  • National Football Conference (1970-PRESENT)
    • Central Division (1970-2001)
    • North Division (2002-PRESENT)
TITLES
SUPER BOWL TITLES (0)
NFL CHAMPIONSHIPS (PRE-1970) (1): 1969
CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS (4): NFL WESTERN: 1969
NFC: 1973, 1974, 1976
DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIPS (20): NFL CENTRAL: 1968, 1969
NFC CENTRAL: 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1989, 1992, 1994, 1998, 2000
NFC NORTH: 2008, 2009, 2015, 2017
PLAYOFF APPEARANCES (29)
NFL: 1968-1971, 1973-1978, 1980, 1982, 1987-1989, 1992-1994, 1996-2000, 2004, 2008-2009, 2012, 2015, 2017
LOGOS
(1961-1965)
(1966-2012)
(2013-PRESENT)
HELMETS
(1961-1979)
(1980-1984)
(1985-2005)
(2006-2012)
(2013-PRESENT)
STADIUMS
MEMORIAL STADIUM
(BLOOMINGTON, MN)
(1961-1981)
H.H.HUMPHREY METRODOME
(MINNEAPOLIS, MN)
(1982-2013)
TCF BANK STADIUM
(MINNEAPOLIS, MN)
(2014-2015)
U.S.BANK STADIUM
(MINNEAPOLIS, MN)
(2016-PRESENT)
DIVISION HISTORY
NFL CENTRAL 1967-1969
NFC CENTRAL 1970-2001
NFC NORTH 2002-PRESENT
  • NFC North is the oldest division in the NFL, at a combined 344 years old.
  • It has appeared in a total of 11 Super Bowl appearances with the Packers at 5 appearances.
  • Both the Bears and Packers have the only Super Bowl wins in the division (4 for the Packers and 1 for the Bears).
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers moved from the AFC West in 1977 and became members of the NFC Central Division from 1977-2001. In 2002, they moved to the NFC South.
  • Only the Lions have not appeared in a Super Bowl, but last won an NFL Championship in 1957.
1967-1976
NFL Western Conference: Central Division
CHICAGO
BEARS
DETROIT
LIONS
GREEN BAY
PACKERS
MINNESOTA
VIKINGS

1977-2001
NFC Central Division
Tampa Bay Buccaneers joined the division from the AFC West.
CHICAGO
BEARS
DETROIT
LIONS
GREEN BAY
PACKERS
MINNESOTA
VIKINGS
TAMPA BAY
BUCCANEERS

2002-PRESENT
NFC North Division
Tampa Bay Buccaneers left to join the NFC South.
CHICAGO
BEARS
DETROIT
LIONS
GREEN BAY
PACKERS
MINNESOTA
VIKINGS
Updated: 15 september 2019