Before the 2022 season, learn everything there is to know regarding American football
The National Football League (NFL) is the top American football league in the USA, with 32 teams that play for the Super Bowl, the season’s ultimate prize.
The National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC) each have 32 clubs, and both leagues are separated into two divisions.
The NFC and AFC are then split up into four divisions, each with four clubs, based on their respective regions.
The Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, and Minnesota Vikings make up the NFC North.
The Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, and Washington Commanders make up the NFC East.
The Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, and Seattle Seahawks make up the NFC West.
AFC East: New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, and New York Jets
AFC South: Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Indianapolis Colts, and Houston Texans
The Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Las Vegas Raiders, and Los Angeles Chargers make up the AFC West.
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How is the NFL organized?
Each team plays the other three teams in its division both at home and away during the season, while the other 10 games that make up their 16-game schedule are set.
The majority of games are played on Sunday afternoons, with live coverage of a triple-header of games on Sky Sports NFL beginning at 6 p.m. each week. Late-night televised games are also played every Thursday and Monday, beginning with the 2022 season opener between the defending champion Rams and Buffalo Bills on Thursday, September 8; kick-off is at 1.20 am on Friday. There is no extra time at the end of each game’s four 15-minute quarters because, unlike in football, the clock is stopped whenever play is stopped. However, if the score is equal after four quarters, play continues into overtime, with an extra 15 minutes needed to choose a winner.
How are points earned?
Every time their offense is in position, teams have four chances to move the ball at least 10 yards; if they fail to do so, the ball is instantly turned over to the other team. They receive six points if they successfully run or pass down the field to score a touchdown, with the option to increase that to seven or eight with either an “extra point” kick through the goalposts or a “two-point conversion,” which is essentially an attempt to score another touchdown from two yards outside the end zone.
A “field goal,” or another effort to kick the ball between the goalposts, can be made by a team if they fail to reach the end zone to add three points to their total.
The team would frequently punt the ball back to the opponent deep in their half for their offense if a field goal was not achievable.