NFL

NFL

History

In August 1920, representatives from four states- Akron, Canton, Cleveland, and Dayton- held a meeting and formed the American Professional Football Conference (APFC) to improve footballing standards in the country. A month later, they formed the American Professional Football Association (APFA) and played a league with 14 teams. In 1922, they changed the name to National Football League (NFL).

In 1960, a new professional league- American Football League (AFL) started as a competition to the NFL. After six years, in 1966, the two leagues announced a merger that would take effect from 1970. During the four years between the announcement and the actual merger, the leagues started playing a Championship game- The Suoer Bowl. Since their merger, the two leagues are being recognized as two conferences within the NFL.

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Participating teams

There are 32 teams in the NFL divided equally among the two conferences- National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC). Each of the conferences is further divided into 4 divisions- East, North, South, and West- with each division containing four teams.

American Football Conference (AFC)

East

  • Buffalo Bills

  • Miami Dolphins

  • New England Patriots

  • New York Jets

North

  • Baltimore Ravens

  • Cincinnati Bengals

  • Cleveland Browns

  • Pittsburgh Steelers

South

  • Houston Texans

  • Indianapolis Colts

  • Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Tennessee Titans

West

  • Denver Broncos

  • Kansas City Chiefs

  • Oakland Raiders

  • Los Angeles Chargers

National Football Conference (NFC)

East

  • Dallas Cowboys

  • New York Giants

  • Philadelphia Eagles

  • Washington Redskins

North

  • Chicago Bears

  • Detroit Lions

  • Green Bay Packers

  • Minnesota Vikings

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South

  • Atlanta Falcons

  • Carolina Panthers

  • New Orleans Saints

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers

West

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  • Arizona Cardinals

  • Los Angeles Rams

  • San Francisco 49ers

  • Seattle Seahawks

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