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

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.

NFL: Five standout players from Week 1

NFL: Five standout players from Week 1

by , 13 Sep 2017

Week one has been run and won. Pre-season is done and we are now playing for keeps.

Denver Broncos vs Los Angeles Chargers: NFL live scores, blog

Denver Broncos vs Los Angeles Chargers: NFL live scores, blog

by , 12 Sep 2017

The Denver Broncos host the Los Angeles Chargers in a classic AFC West showdown from Mile High Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from Tuesday 12:20pm AEST.

Minnesota Vikings vs New Orleans Saints: NFL live scores, blog

Minnesota Vikings vs New Orleans Saints: NFL live scores, blog

by , 12 Sep 2017

The New Orlean Saints travel to face the Minnesota Vikings to kick off Monday Night Football for 2017. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from Tuesday 9:10am AEST.

New York Giants vs Dallas Cowboys: NFL live scores, blog

New York Giants vs Dallas Cowboys: NFL live scores, blog

by , 11 Sep 2017

The Dallas Cowboys will play host to the New York Giants on Monday morning AEST in Arlington, Texas. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 10.30am AEST.

NFL live stream: How to watch the 2017-18 NFL season in Australia

NFL live stream: How to watch the 2017-18 NFL season in Australia

by , 8 Sep 2017

The highly anticipated 2017-18 NFL season gets underway on Friday, September 8 (AEST) (Thursday, September 7). This is The Roar’s complete guide on how to watch every match so that you won’t miss a moment.

Patriots take on Chiefs to open the NFL season

Patriots take on Chiefs to open the NFL season

by , 7 Sep 2017

With the regular season merely a few days away, let’s take a look at the opening game of the 2017 season where Alex Smith and the Chiefs travel to Foxborough to take on Tom Brady and the 2016 Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.


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