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.

Last updated: 28 February, 2017

NFL Articles

Around the NFL: Week 3 best and worst

Around the NFL: Week 3 best and worst

by , 27 Sep 2017

With the third week of the NFL season now done and dusted, let’s take a look at which teams continued their winning ways and which ones fell further behind in their divisions.

Jaylon Smith returns to the place he nearly lost it all

Jaylon Smith returns to the place he nearly lost it all

by , 26 Sep 2017

In just a few hours time, Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith will step onto the same hallowed turf that could have ended his career almost two years ago.

Dallas Cowboys vs Arizona Cardinals: NFL live scores, blog

Dallas Cowboys vs Arizona Cardinals: NFL live scores, blog

by , 26 Sep 2017

The Arizona Cardinals will welcome the Dallas Cowboys to the University of Phoenix stadium for the last match in week three. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 10:30am Tuesday morning AEST.

Trump vs the NFL: How did it come to this?

Trump vs the NFL: How did it come to this?

by , 25 Sep 2017 Video

After Donald Trump criticised NFL athletes for kneeling during the United States’ national anthem, the players responded with their most pointed demonstrations to date during Week 3 of the 2017-18 season.

Oakland Raiders vs Washington Redskins: NFL live scores, blog

Oakland Raiders vs Washington Redskins: NFL live scores, blog

by , 25 Sep 2017 Video

The Washington Redskins play host to the high-flying Oakland Raiders at FedEx Field in the nation’s capital on Monday morning AEST. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 10:30am.

Around the league: NFL Week 3 predictions

Around the league: NFL Week 3 predictions

by , 22 Sep 2017

With Week 3 fast approaching, here are my predictions for all 16 games across the league.

New York Giants vs Detroit Lions: NFL live scores, blog

New York Giants vs Detroit Lions: NFL live scores, blog

by , 19 Sep 2017

The Detroit Lions travel to face the New York Giants in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 10:30am (AEST).

Green Bay Packers vs Atlanta Falcons: NFL live scores, blog

Green Bay Packers vs Atlanta Falcons: NFL live scores, blog

by , 18 Sep 2017

The Atlanta Falcons will welcome the Green Bay Packers to Mercedes Benz Stadium in Georgia on Monday morning AEST. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 10:30am AEST.

Are Luck-less Colts tanking?

Are Luck-less Colts tanking?

by , 18 Sep 2017

What is going on in Indianapolis? I know we are only in week two of the 2017 season but are the Colts in the early stages of tanking?

Around the NFL: Week 1 best and worst performances

Around the NFL: Week 1 best and worst performances

by , 14 Sep 2017

The first week of the NFL is done and dusted, so let’s go through who came out of their first game looking well, and who didn’t.


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