NFL/AFL/AAFC Championship Games (1920-1965)

The NFL's Antiquity

Following its founding in 1920, the NFL first determined champions through end-of-season standings, but switched to a playoff system in 1933. The rival All-America Football Conference (AAFC) and American Football League (AFL) have since merged with the NFL (the only two AAFC teams that currently exist joined the NFL in 1950—the Cleveland Browns and the San Francisco 49ers), but AAFC championship games and records are not included in NFL record books.[1][2] The AFL began play in 1960 and, like its rival league, used a playoff system to determine its champion.

1920–1965: NFL and AFL Championship Game Winners

1965 - AFL: Buffalo Bills
1965 - NFL: Green Bay Packers
1964 - AFL: Buffalo Bills
1964 - NFL: Cleveland Browns
1963 - AFL: San Diego Chargers
1963 - NFL: Chicago Bears
1962 - AFL: Dallas Texans
1962 - NFL: Green Bay Packers
1961 - AFL: Houston Oilers
1961 - NFL: Green Bay Packers
1960 - AFL: Houston Oilers
1960 - NFL: Philadelphia Eagles
1959 - Baltimore Colts
1958 - Baltimore Colts
1957 - Detroit Lions
1956 - New York Giants
1955 - Cleveland Browns
1954 - Cleveland Browns
1953 - Detroit Lions
1952 - Detroit Lions
1951 - Los Angeles Rams
1950 - Cleveland Browns
1949 - Philadelphia Eagles
1948 - Philadelphia Eagles
1947 - Chicago Cardinals
1946 - Chicago Bears
1945 - Cleveland Rams
1944 - Green Bay Packers
1943 - Chicago Bears
1942 - Washington Redskins
1941 - Chicago Bears
1940 - Chicago Bears
1939 - Green Bay Packers
1938 - New York Giants
1937 - Washington Redskins
1936 - Green Bay Packers
1935 - Detroit Lions
1934 - New York Giants
1933 - Chicago Bears
1932 - Chicago Bears
1931 - Green Bay Packers
1930 - Green Bay Packers
1929 - Green Bay Packers
1928 - Providence Steam Roller
1927 - New York Giants
1926 - Frankford Yellow Jackets
1925 - Chicago Cardinals
1924 - Cleveland Bulldogs
1923 - Canton Bulldogs
1922 - Canton Bulldogs
1921 - Chicago Staleys
1920 - Akron Pros

1946-1949 AAFC (All-American Football Conference) Championship Winners

1949 - Cleveland Browns
1948 - Cleveland Browns
1947 - Cleveland Browns
1946 - Cleveland Browns

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