B. Following the AFL-NFL merger, the division was renamed the National Football Conference-Central Division (or NFC Central for short) beginning with the 1970 season. D. The league restructured to eight four-team divisions for the 2002 season. The division retains its existing name. Tampa Bay has been assigned to the NFC South.
In the NFL Western Conference, the Packers won Super Bowl I in 1966. Following the AFL-NFL merger, the division was renamed the National Football Conference-Central Division (or NFC Central for short) beginning with the 1970 season. The league restructured to eight four-team divisions for the 2002 season. The Packers were placed in the North Division along with Chicago, Detroit, Minnesota, and St. Louis.
After the 1995 season, the Packers moved to Green Bay from Milwaukee where they had been located since 1881. This is when we can say they are a "true" hometown team. Before that, they were considered a "city team".
The Green Bay Packers are one of the most successful professional sports teams in Wisconsin and America. Their success on the field over the years has helped make them popular among Wisconsin residents and visitors. Packer fans come from all over the world to see their favorite players play at Lambeau Field.
Lambeau Field is a football stadium in Green Bay, Wisconsin, that has been home to the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL) since 1957. It is named after founder and former owner James J. Murphy. The stadium has a maximum capacity of 65,000 people and its surface is grass.
Its official name is Lambeau Field - Stadium at Green Bay Packers, Inc.
The NFL restructured into eight divisions of four teams each in 2002. The Jaguars and Titans, who won the AFC Central title in 2000, were both relocated to the new AFC South, while the remainder of the AFC Central was renamed the AFC North. The division champion with the best record wins that game's conference title.
The realignment also resulted in the Colts moving to the newly established AFC South, which replaced the old Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) East Division as Indianapolis' new home. The Jacksonville Jaguars are the only team from the AFC Central still playing in the division today.
The division ended up being one of the most successful in football history, with five different teams winning it all. However, since the Browns joined the NFL in 1950, no other team has won more than two titles.
The Steelers have won the most championships with six, followed by the Browns and Ravens with five each. The Bengals and Colts have won three titles each, while the Jaguars and Lions have won two games each.
In addition to its success on the field, the AFC Central has had several prominent players wear its colors. Center Jeff Saturday was a seven-time first-team All-Pro for the Colts. Linebacker Mike Vrabel played nine seasons for the Titans/Jaguars after beginning his career with the Colts.
In 1976, the Buccaneers joined the AFC, while the Seahawks entered the NFC. The 1976 expansion clubs swapped conferences before their second season in the league, making them the first NFL teams to do so following the merger. The Buccaneers played at Tampa Stadium until 1982, when they moved into the new Tampa Bay Dome, now known as Southeastern University's Donald L. Tucker Center. They have not left the building since then.
The Bucs won their first NFL game on July 30, 1966, by a score of 49-3 against Chicago. Safety Bob Mathias had a hand in three touchdowns and was named the MVP of the game. The team's first two seasons ended with losing records but both games were lost by an average margin of less than 10 points per game. In 1969, the Bucs improved to 8-4 and made their first playoff appearance. They were defeated by Denver 20-17 in the first round.
From 1970-79, the Bucs went 40-50-1 and didn't make the playoffs. In 1980, they finished 9-7 for their first winning record since 1969 and made their first Super Bowl appearance. They lost to the Oakland Raiders 23-16 at home stadium. After that season, Joe Thomas was hired as the head coach. Under his guidance, the team started to build themselves back up after many years of losing seasons.