As of the end of week 15 of 2016 season, the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants have a chance of facing off in the playoffs. The Giants have dealt the Cowboys their only 2 losses of the season so far. Teams that are in the same division play each other 2 times during the regular season. So to beat a team 3 times, they must also meet in the playoffs. I'm wondering how many times has a team beaten a division rival 3 times in the same season in the NFL?


They always say that it is hard to beat the same team three times in one season. However, it happens periodically. Since 1950, it has happened 17 times:

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  • Just for good measure, do you have a source? Did you compile these yourself??? If so, from where? That way it can be validated since it's a pretty complex list. But good answer – JeopardyTempest Dec 24 '16 at 9:53
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    @JeopardyTempest My source is each Wikipedia link; you can click on them and see the schedule for each team that year. I found a couple of partial lists online by Googling and filled them in with research from Wikipedia. – Ben Miller - Remember Monica Dec 24 '16 at 14:40
  • I'd like to know how hard it actually is. It happened 17 times out of how many opportunities? How many times has a team defeated another team twice and then met a third time in the playoffs? – pacoverflow Nov 26 '19 at 20:16

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