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National Football League
The National Football League (NFL) is the professional sporting organization for the game referred to outside of the United States as “American football.” The league consists of 32 independently-owned franchises, who are split evenly between the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC).
The NFL was first formed in 1920, and called the “American Professional Football Association” (APFA), until 1922, when it officially became known as the NFL. In 1966, the league merged with the American Football League, to form the NFL as we know it today.
The NFL has a 17-week regular season, in which each team plays 16 games, and gets one week for rest (called a “bye” week). 6 of these 16 games comprise games against a team’s three other divisional opponent; the AFC and NFC is split up into four divisions comprising four teams each. The winner of each of these divisions — named directionally as the East, North, South, and West — are all automatically awarded a spot in the NFL postseason (commonly referred to as “the playoffs”), and two additional teams are awarded postseason berths as “Wild Card” teams, based on their overall and head-to-head records.
NFL Competition and Final Events
The NFL’s championship game is called the “Super Bowl.” Unlike the championships of the other three major (North) American sporting leagues — the National Basketball Association, National Hockey League, and Major League Baseball — the Super Bowl is a one-game, “winner take all” event.
Each Super Bowl is denoted with Roman numerals, to count which edition of the Super Bowl is taking place each year. Accordingly, the first Super Bowl (after the 1967 season) is known as Super Bowl I, while the most recent Super Bowl (played in February of 2018) was known as Super Bowl LII, denoting it being the 52nd edition of the game being played.
The Super Bowl almost always the most-watched American television broadcast of the year, evidenced by the fact that the seven most-watched broadcasts in U.S. television history are Super Bowls.
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After being the punchlines of championship trophy jokes for years, the Philadelphia Eagles will no longer have to endure any such ridicule. While the team won three NFL championships between 1948 and 1960, they had not won a single championship in the current Super Bowl era, despite making the Super Bowl two separate times prior to the 2017 season. However, as all NFL fans know, the Philadelphia Eagles finally broke through, defeating the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII. While even returning to the Super Bowl remains perhaps the hardest task in the NFL to accomplish (let alone winning two in a row), the Eagles appear primed to be a top contender this upcoming season. They still have the services of quarterback Carson Wentz, who was considered to be the favorite for the league’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) award prior to sustaining a season-ending knee injury in early December, as well as backup quarterback Nick Foles, who led the team to their Super Bowl win, and won the MVP award of the Super Bowl in the process.