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

Why the Steelers will win the AFC

Why the Steelers will win the AFC

by , 23 Nov 2017

For the average punter, it looks as if the New England Patriots are walking their way to another Super Bowl.

Five takeaways from Week 11 of the NFL

Five takeaways from Week 11 of the NFL

by , 22 Nov 2017

We are only 11 weeks into the season, but I’ll be shocked if any team other than the Patriots and Steelers are lining up in another AFC championship game.

Next month to determine if Rams are contenders

Next month to determine if Rams are contenders

by , 20 Nov 2017

In what is one of the most wide open NFL seasons in recent memory, it’s hard to pick a bigger surprise packet than the Los Angeles Rams.

Five takeaways from Week 10 of the NFL

Five takeaways from Week 10 of the NFL

by , 16 Nov 2017

We are now ten weeks deep into the NFL season. Here are my five takeaways.

NFL mid-season MVP picks and more

NFL mid-season MVP picks and more

by , 10 Nov 2017

We’re nine weeks into what is one of the most wide open races to the Superbowl in recent history.

Detroit Lions vs Green Bay Packers: NFL live scores, blog

Detroit Lions vs Green Bay Packers: NFL live scores, blog

by , 7 Nov 2017

NFC North rivals the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions will meet at Lambeau Field in Wisconsin on Tuesday morning (AEDT).

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Should sports people speak out?

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Should sports people speak out?

by , 3 Nov 2017

Should leading sports people speak out about political issues?

Five takeaways after eight weeks of the NFL season

Five takeaways after eight weeks of the NFL season

by , 2 Nov 2017

We are just about at the halfway point of the NFL season. Here we take a look at some of the big talking points through eight weeks of the regular season.

Denver Broncos vs Kansas City Chiefs: NFL live scores, blog

Denver Broncos vs Kansas City Chiefs: NFL live scores, blog

by , 31 Oct 2017

The high-flying Kansas City Chiefs play host to their division rival Denver Broncos on Tuesday morning at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 11:30am AEDT.

Does the NFL need a summer league?

Does the NFL need a summer league?

by , 27 Oct 2017

The NFL has what is arguably the shortest season in professional sport, just 16 games. Four preseason games and if you are lucky enough, a total of four finals games, culminating in a Super Bowl.


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