NFL

Last updated: 13 January, 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

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.

The Falcons find a way to lose a championship they’d already won

The Falcons find a way to lose a championship they’d already won

by , 7 Feb 2017

Never has a team had a Super Bowl won so many times then conspired to lose it.

Tom Brady: From 199 to No.1

Tom Brady: From 199 to No.1

by , 7 Feb 2017

One hundred and ninety-nine. To NFL fans, particularly from Boston, this number is as synonymous as Sir Donald Bradman’s 99.94 batting average is to cricket lovers.

Tom Brady’s jersey stolen after Super Bowl win

Tom Brady’s jersey stolen after Super Bowl win

by , 7 Feb 2017

He may have led his side to a remarkable Super Bowl championship, but Tom Brady thinks his Super Bowl jersey has been nicked.

Super Bowl 51 highlights: New England Patriots vs Atlanta Falcons NFL live scores, blog

Super Bowl 51 highlights: New England Patriots vs Atlanta Falcons NFL live scores, blog

by , 6 Feb 2017 Popular article!

The New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons will meet today in the biggest game of all – the 51st Super Bowl, in Houston, Texas. Join The Roar for live scores and a live blog of the match, kicking off at 10:30am AEDT.

Super Bowl 51 live stream: How to watch New England Patriots vs Atlanta Falcons online or on TV

Super Bowl 51 live stream: How to watch New England Patriots vs Atlanta Falcons online or on TV

by , 6 Feb 2017

The NFL season reaches it’s finale when the Super Bowl heads to the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas as the New England Patriots take on the Atlanta Falcons for the right to be crowned champions. This is The Roar‘s ultimate guide to streaming the match online or watching it on TV.

Falcons QB Matt Ryan named NFL MVP

Falcons QB Matt Ryan named NFL MVP

by , 5 Feb 2017

Quarterback Matt Ryan was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player after a landmark season in which he led the offence-minded Atlanta Falcons to an 11-5 record.

Super Bowl 51 Australian start time: New England Patriots vs Atlanta Falcons date, venue, key information

Super Bowl 51 Australian start time: New England Patriots vs Atlanta Falcons date, venue, key information

by , 5 Feb 2017 Popular article!

Possibly the biggest event on the American sporting calendar, the Super Bowl is here with the New England Patriots set to face the Atlanta Falcons on Monday, February 6 at 10:30am (AEDT).

Super Bowl 51 halftime show information

Super Bowl 51 halftime show information

by , 5 Feb 2017

While the New England Patriots taking on the Atlanta Falcons will be the star attraction at the Super Bowl, there is also a keen interest in the halftime show that is somewhat of an extravaganza. This is The Roar‘s guide to the show.

How I learned to stop worrying and love the New England Patriots

How I learned to stop worrying and love the New England Patriots

by , 31 Jan 2017

They’ve traded excitement and suspense for mundane certainty, their quarterback is the most enviable man on the planet, and their coach is less likeable than Donald Trump – someone of whom both coach and quarterback seem a little too fond.


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