The National Football League (NFL) is a professional American football league that is split into two conferences: the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC). This division has been in place since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. But have you ever wondered why the NFL is split into AFC and NFC?
The division of the NFL into two conferences was done to create a balance between the teams from the two leagues. Before the merger, the American Football League (AFL) and the National Football League (NFL) were two separate leagues with their own set of teams. The merger created a 26-team league with teams from both the AFL and NFL.
To create a balance between the teams from the two leagues, the NFL was split into two conferences: the AFC and the NFC. The teams from the former AFL were placed in the AFC while the teams from the NFL were placed in the NFC. This division ensured that the new league had an equal number of teams from both the leagues.
The two conferences also have their own set of divisions. The AFC has four divisions: the East, North, South, and West, while the NFC has the same four divisions. Each division has four teams, and the teams play against each other in their respective divisions twice a year. They also play against teams from other divisions in their conference and teams from the other conference in a rotational schedule.
The AFC and NFC also have their own set of rules and regulations. For instance, the two conferences have different tie-breaking rules, which are used to determine the playoff teams in case of a tie in the regular season. The conferences also have different rules for the Pro Bowl, which is an annual all-star game featuring the best players from the two conferences.