NFL

NFL LogoThe National Football League (NFL), also referred to as Gridiron outside of the United States, is the preeminent North American football competition.

The NFL is one of four major professional sports leagues in North America – along with the NBA, MLB and NHL, and was launched as a professional competition in 1920.

The NFL competition consists of 32 teams divided into the National Football Conference (NFC) and American Football Conference (AFC) – both conferences consist of two divisions.

Contested annually across the American autumn-winter season, the NFL regular season consists of 16 games and one bye running across a total of 17 weeks.

The NFL playoffs, an elimination tournament, consists of six teams from each conference (four division winners and two wild cards) competing within their respective conferences. At the end of the playoffs the two conference winners compete in the grand final known as the Super Bowl.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady

Until 1970 professional American football consisted of two leagues; the American Football League (AFL), and National Football League (NFL) until they were merged through a deal brokered in 1966.

The sport also has the highest average attendance of any North American sport with approximately 67,500 attendees per match; the Super Bowl, the culmination of the NFL season, is one of the most watched sporting events worldwide.

The Pittsburgh Steelers remain the most successful franchise since the AFL and NFL merged, winning six Super Bowls since 1966. Morten Andersen (Denmark) holds the record for the most NFL games played (382) as well as the record for most points of all time (2,544), Morten competed in the NFL from 1982-2007, an astonishing record.

NFL Articles

NFL: The ‘A Gap’ – Divisional playoff recap

NFL: The ‘A Gap’ – Divisional playoff recap

by , 19 Jan 2017

The Divisional round of NFL playoffs delivered two ho-hum affairs on Sunday, but it was followed up with two nail-biters on Monday.

Aussie Jordan Berry one win away from Super Bowl

by , 17 Jan 2017

Australian Jordan Berry and his Pittsburgh Steelers are just one win away from the NFL Super Bowl following their play-off win over Kansas City.

Dallas Cowboys vs Green Bay Packers highlights: NFL Playoffs scores, blog

Dallas Cowboys vs Green Bay Packers highlights: NFL Playoffs scores, blog

by , 16 Jan 2017 Popular article!

The NFC’s two biggest teams go head-to-head for a spot in the NFC Championship game when the Dallas Cowboys host the Green Bay Packers. Join The Roar from 8:40am (AEDT) for live coverage.

Patriots advance to AFC title game

Patriots advance to AFC title game

by , 15 Jan 2017

The New England Patriots are headed back to a familiar spot – the AFC championship game – courtesy of a 34-16 triumph over the Houston Texans on Saturday night.

Falcons beat Seahawks in NFL playoffs

Falcons beat Seahawks in NFL playoffs

by , 15 Jan 2017

The Atlanta Falcons have advanced to the NFC championship game for the fourth time in franchise history, beating the Seattle Seahawks 36-20 in their NFC divisional playoff game.

NFL’s Raiders to move from Oakland to Vegas

NFL’s Raiders to move from Oakland to Vegas

by , 15 Jan 2017

The Raiders will soon file relocation papers to move from Oakland to Las Vegas, according to a report on the NFL’s official website.

San Diego NFL team moving to Los Angeles

by , 13 Jan 2017

The San Diego Chargers are moving to Los Angeles, where they will join the recently relocated Rams in giving the nation’s second-largest media market two NFL teams for the first time in decades.

Sleeping on Seattle: The Seahawks are the stealth contender

Sleeping on Seattle: The Seahawks are the stealth contender

by , 11 Jan 2017

It’s easier to write the Seattle Seahawks off as dead than it is to put them in their grave.

Wild Card wrap: Everything according to plan as Packers’ run continues

Wild Card wrap: Everything according to plan as Packers’ run continues

by , 11 Jan 2017

The first week of the NFL playoffs was a disappointing affair of blow out results, with at least three of them easy to predict.

Green Bay Packers vs New York Giants: NFL Playoffs Wild Card live scores, blog

Green Bay Packers vs New York Giants: NFL Playoffs Wild Card live scores, blog

by , 9 Jan 2017

Wild Card Weekend wraps up with two of the biggest teams in the NFC going head-to-head in their quest for Super Bowl glory. Can Aaron Rodgers’ Packers take down Eli Manning’s Giants? Join The Roar from 8:40am (AEDT) for live coverage.


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