The National Football League is a professional American football league consisting of 32 teams, divided equally between the National Football Conference and the American Football Conference.
American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada, and also known as gridiron, is a sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end.
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The NFL is one of the four major professional sports leagues in North America, and the highest professional level of American football in the world.
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The NFL's 17-week regular season runs from the week after Labor Day to the week after Christmas, with each team playing 16 games and having one bye week.
Christmas or Christmas Day is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed most commonly on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world.
Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September.
Following the conclusion of the regular season, six teams from each conference advance to the playoffs, a single-elimination tournament culminating in the Super Bowl, played between the champions of the NFC and AFC.
A single-elimination tournament—also called an Olympic system tournament, a knockout, single penetration, or sudden death tournament—is a type of elimination tournament where the loser of each bracket is immediately eliminated from winning the championship or first prize in the event.
The NFL was formed in 1920 as the American Professional Football Association before renaming itself the National Football League for the 1922 season.
The NFL agreed to merge with the American Football League in 1966, and the first Super Bowl was held at the end of that season; the merger was completed in 1970.
The American Football League was a major professional American football league that operated from 1960 until 1969, when it merged with the National Football League.
Today, the NFL has the highest average attendance of any professional sports league in the world and is the most popular sports league in the United States.
The Super Bowl is among the biggest club sporting events in the world and individual Super Bowl games account for many of the most watched television programs in American history, all occupying the Nielsen's Top 5 tally of the all-time most watched U.S. television broadcasts by 2015.
The NFL's executive officer is the commissioner, who has broad authority in governing the league.
An executive officer is generally a person responsible for running an organization, although the exact nature of the role varies depending on the organization.
The team with the most NFL championships is the Green Bay Packers with thirteen ; the team with the most Super Bowl championships is the Pittsburgh Steelers with six.
Pittsburgh is a city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is the county seat of Allegheny County.
The current NFL champions are the Denver Broncos, who defeated the Carolina Panthers 24–10 in Super Bowl 50.
Denver, officially the City and County of Denver, is the capital and most populous municipality of the U.S. state of Colorado.
Super Bowl 50 was an American football game to determine the champion of the National Football League for the 2015 season.
A bronco or bronc, in the United States, northern Mexico and Canada, is an untrained horse or one that habitually bucks.