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Monday, January 12, 2009
Cardinals, Eagles could join 1979 Rams

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Team Record
Championship Game Result
2008 Cardinals
9-7-0
Cardinals vs. Eagles
2008 Eagles
9-6-1
Eagles at Cardinals
1996 Jaguars
9-7-0
Patriots 20, Jaguars 6
1995 Colts
9-7-0 Steelers 20, Colts 16
1989 Browns
9-6-1
Broncos 37, Browns 21
1987 Vikings
8-7-0
Redskins 17, Vikings 10
1984 Steelers
9-7-1
Dolphins 45, Steelers 28
1983 Seahawks 9-7-1
Raiders 30, Seahawks 14
1979 Rams
9-7-0
Rams 9, Bucs 0
1977 Vikings
9-5-0
Cowboys 23, Vikings 6
1973 Raiders
9-4-1
Dolphins 27, Raiders 10
1971 49ers
9-5-0
Cowboys 14, 49ers 3
1970 Raiders
8-4-2
Colts 27, Raiders 17

The greatest teams in NFL history exist in our memories. They certainly aren't participating in the playoffs this season.

Exhibit A, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information: The Eagles-Cardinals NFC Championship will be the first conference championship game in a non-strike season to feature two teams who won fewer than 10 games in the regular season.

The chart shows how teams with fewer than 10 regular-season victories fared in championship games since 1970. We excluded the 1982 strike season because teams played only nine games.

The 1979 Rams were the last NFL team to win a conference championship game after finishing a regular season with fewer than 10 victories (they were 9-7). The Cardinals or Eagles will join them. Those 1979 Rams suffered a 31-19 defeat to the Steelers in Super Bowl XIV despite the efforts of Vince Ferragamo, Wendell Tyler, Cullen Bryant, Preston Dennard, Billy Waddy, Nolan Cromwell and Jack Youngblood.