NFL

Last updated: 28 February, 2017

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

2017 NFL pre-draft primer: NFC

2017 NFL pre-draft primer: NFC

by , 21 Apr 2017

Only seven (count ‘em!) days left until the biggest draft day in all of North American sport, and the other half of the league have also been busy in plugging perceived holes in their rosters.

2017 NFL Draft: Top four running back prospects

by , 6 Apr 2017

The 2017 NFL Draft is just around the corner.

Tweet all about it: NFL moves live streaming to Amazon

Tweet all about it: NFL moves live streaming to Amazon

by , 5 Apr 2017

Amazon.com Inc will live-stream games for the NFL this year, a company spokeswoman said on Tuesday, marking a high-profile push by the online retailer to attract fans to its Prime shopping and video-playback club.

The NRL must look to the NFL for solutions

The NRL must look to the NFL for solutions

by , 24 Mar 2017

As the Roosters versus Rabbitohs slug fest lulled me into an impromptu slumber – the wet weather ruined what may have been a wonderful game made up of of slick running and passing – an epiphany hit me. It hit me hard.

Brady’s jersey recovered, FBI alleges media member the thief

Brady’s jersey recovered, FBI alleges media member the thief

by , 21 Mar 2017

The jersey worn by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in last month’s Super Bowl has been recovered after apparently being stolen, the NFL has said in a statement.

“Goodbye to my New York family”: A former Jets fan’s lament

by , 17 Mar 2017

Dear NY Jets, I have considered you part of my family since birth, and expected to die whispering “J!-E!-T!-S! JETS! JETS! JETS!” Unfortunately, this just can’t go on any longer.

2017 NFL pre-draft primer: AFC

2017 NFL pre-draft primer: AFC

by , 16 Mar 2017

March heralds the beginning of the silly season in the NFL. Just like the Boxing Day sales, teams are given a catalogue (i.e. permission to talk to agents) 48 hours before the sale commences.

The A Gap: Ranking the NFL franchises in 2017

The A Gap: Ranking the NFL franchises in 2017

by , 9 Mar 2017

My franchise rankings are born from the idea if you were a player entering free agency and were in the enviable position of choosing from every team, what teams should be at the height of your list?

Winners and the White House: What to expect from President Trump?

Winners and the White House: What to expect from President Trump?

by , 6 Mar 2017

Jesse Owens once stood up at a Republican rally in defence of Adolf Hitler.

Has Edelman surpassed Welker as a Patriots great?

Has Edelman surpassed Welker as a Patriots great?

by , 17 Feb 2017

Wes Welker wrote the book on playing slot receiver in the NFL but now his replacement in New England, Julian Edelman, is producing the new-and-improved second edition.


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