Records of All NFL Teams on Christmas Day from 1971 to Present

Which NFL team has experienced the most success on December 25? We reveal all with our rundown of NFL Christmas Day games over the years.

Finish your Christmas dinner and put your new gifts to one side, it’s time for some exciting NFL matchups this festive season.

Christmas Day games don’t occur every year. Unlike Thanksgiving Day games (which are always on a Thursday), Christmas games can fall on any day of the week. Let’s make our way through the history of festive NFL games and the all-time Christmas Day records of all NFL franchises.

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First Ever Christmas NFL Games: 1971

The first ever set of Christmas NFL games took place way back in 1971. Both games were Divisional Playoff games, as the regular season was a few weeks shorter back then (14 weeks rather than 18 weeks).

First up, the Dallas Cowboys took on the Minnesota Vikings. The Cowboys were 20-12 winners and hold the crown for the first ever Xmas Day victory in NFL history.

That same day, Miami defeated Kansas City 27-24 to join Dallas with a 100% success rate on December 25.

A Break in Christmas Day Play

The 1971 Christmas Day matchups didn’t prove too popular. As a result, football fans were left without a game to watch on Christmas until 1989. A 16-year absence of Christmas gridiron action.

The 1989 season saw Minnesota feature yet again on Xmas Day. They beat Cincinnati 29-21 to make their Christmas record 1-1. The following season, a bye week was introduced to the NFL. This meant that Christmas always fell during the regular season, which officially ended the long break in Christmas Day action and has led to occasional Christmas Day games ever since.

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2023 Christmas Day Games

For the second year in NFL history (the first being in 2022), the league has scheduled three games for Christmas Day 2023:

GamesTimeChannel
Las Vegas Raiders @ Kansas City Chiefs1PM EasternCBS
New York Giants @ Philadelphia Eagles4.30PM EasternFOX
Baltimore Ravens @ San Francisco 49ers8.15PM EasternABC

This year’s three matchups will make it 30 Christmas Day games that have been played in NFL history. All three will be broadcast live.

So, which NFL franchise has been most successful on Xmas Day? Let’s find out.

NFL All-Time Christmas Records

Prior to the 2023 Christmas Day matchups, 24 franchises have played on December 25. The New York Giants will become the 25th franchise to appear on Christmas Day.

TeamChristmas Day RecordChristmas Day Win %
Philadelphia Eagles2-0100%
Pittsburgh Steelers2-0100%
Indianapolis Colts1-0100%
Los Angeles Chargers1-0100%
Los Angeles Rams1-0100%
New Orleans Saints1-0100%
New York Jets1-0100%
Tampa Bay Buccaneers1-0100%
Green Bay Packers3-175%
Kansas City Chiefs2-167%
Denver Broncos2-250%
Miami Dolphins2-250%
Tennessee Titans2-250%
Baltimore Ravens1-150%
Chicago Bears1-150%
Dallas Cowboys2-340%
Arizona Cardinals1-325%
Minnesota Vikings1-325%
Cincinnati Bengals0-10%
Cleveland Browns0-10%
Houston Texans0-10%
San Francisco 49ers0-10%
Detroit Lions0-20%
Las Vegas Raiders0-20%

Which Franchise is Most Successful on Christmas Day?

Both PA franchises, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, are currently the most successful on December 25. Both teams have won both games played on December 25.

Six teams have 1-0 records. Dallas has appeared in the most games on December 25, having won two and lost three.

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