The National Football Conference (NFC) is one of the National Football League's two conferences (NFL). The National Football Conference (NFC) and its equivalent, the American Football Conference (AFC), now have 16 clubs divided into four divisions. The NFC has had a clear advantage over the AFC for most of their history, with the only real exception being the 2007 season when both conferences had 8 teams make the playoffs.
The league is named after its founding franchise, the New York Giants, who played in Eiffel Tower Park in New York City before moving to Yankee Stadium after the 1957 season. The current roster of teams plays during the regular season, which runs from September through January, with each team playing the others within their division twice and those in other divisions once. The conference championship game is played between the winners of the NFC and AFC championships.
The NFL Championship Game is played every year at the end of the season. It is a single-game playoff that determines which team will meet the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl. The champion moves on to face the winner of the other conference's title game. If there is a same-conference tie, then the first tied team out of any bracketed system wins; for example, if the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears were to meet in the NFC Championship Game, then the Packers would win because they came out of the Wild Card Playoff Game first.
Book Related The National Football League (NFL) has now split into two conferences: the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC). The division was created at the end of the 1994 season when the NFL realigned its schedule to put more emphasis on competitive balance within each team's conference.
The NFL Conference Championship Series is a single-elimination tournament that determines who will meet in the NFL Super Bowl. The series begins with four teams per conference playing in January, with the winners of each meeting in the NFL Championship Game. If these games are tied, then there is no need for any further play; the two winning teams will be declared conference champions.
All but one game of the NFL Season is played between December and February. The only exception is that all NFC playoff games are played during the last week of January and the first week of February. The AFC championship game usually is held a day after the NFC championship game (unless they match up the number one seed vs. the number two seed, in which case the AFC title game would be played on Sunday instead). The Super Bowl follows the conclusion of the NFL season, usually around late February or early March.
The NFL Regular Season starts early in the spring and ends late in the fall.
In the United States, each conference contains 16 teams, four in each division (North, South, East, and West). Since the NFL's inception in 1970, AFC teams have won 20 Super Bowls, while NFC teams have won 24. The two conferences are separate organizations that compete year-round for championships including the NFL Championship.
The Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences have 12 teams each, while the ACC and SEC have 14. In addition, the Big XII has 10 teams while the Mountain West has 12. This means there are a total of 90 football teams playing in the United States. Not all games end in ties; instead, there is a winner and loser based on who wins more games during the season.
All NFL teams are members of a single conference - the National Football Conference (NFC) - which consists of ten teams. The other league is the American Football Conference (AFC), which includes sixteen teams. The NFL Draft determines which teams will play what role over the next few seasons. New teams can join either the NFC or the AFC, but cannot be former members of another conference.
In March 2014, the NFL announced that it would expand its playoffs to include six teams after many years of discussion about whether or not to change the format of its annual championship game.
The new AFC included all 10 AFL clubs and three NFL teams, with the remaining thirteen NFL teams joining the NFC. Since the merger, a succession of league expansions and division realignments have occurred, resulting in the present number of 16 clubs in each conference. The Kansas City Chiefs are the current AFC champions. The Pittsburgh Steelers are the current NFC champions.
For the first time since their creation, both conferences contained eight representative teams at the end of the 1999 season. The Indianapolis Colts were relocated to Baltimore and became the Baltimore Ravens; they joined the AFC along with Denver and Houston. In 2002, Miami was granted an expansion team to replace the Colts; this made the AFC more geographically balanced with seven teams located in the East and West Coasts. A third franchise will be added to the AFC for the 2008 season when Baltimore's place as a host city is taken by another club from Maryland or Virginia. The fourth team will be based in San Diego and will begin play in 2003.
The Jacksonville Jaguars joined the NFL as an expansion team in 1994. They played in the AFC until 1997, when they moved to the NFC. The Jags returned to the AFC in 1999 after six years away from the conference.
The Tennessee Titans joined the NFL as an expansion team in 1998. They played in the AFC South division of the AFC until 2016, when they moved to the newly created American Football Conference (AFC) East division along with the Buffalo Bills.
The NFC East is a division of the National Football Conference of the National Football League. The Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys, and Washington Redskins are the current members.
The NFC East was created on January 5, 1978 when the NFL split its eight teams into two divisions: North and South. The teams were selected by splitting the remaining franchises evenly between the two groups. The division has never had any team reside in it for an entire season since its creation due to expansion or relocation.
The NFC East has been dominated by the Giants and Redskins throughout their histories. Both teams have won at least 10 games in each of their first three seasons, with the Gaints also having a tie game as a wild card contender in 1982 before finishing last overall that year. The 'Skins have had similar success since they joined the league, winning at least 10 games in each of their first three years, with a second-place finish in 1979 being their only other time outside the top two spots. They've finished no higher than fourth since then.
The Eagles have had more moderate success since their arrival in 1980. They've qualified for the playoffs every year except for 1983 and 1994 (when they went undefeated but still lost in the first round), bringing their total up to five playoff appearances. They've reached the postseason four times.