Difference Between National Football Conference (NFC) And American Football Conference (AFC)

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NFC & AFC

The National Football Conference (NFC) and American Football Conference (AFC) are the two conferences of the National Football League (NFL), the highest professional level of American Football in the United States. These conferences are currently made up of 16 teams organized into 4 divisions- East, West, North and South- of four teams each. These two conferences were created as part of the 1970 merger with the rival American Football League (AFL), with all ten of the former AFL teams and three NFL clubs forming the AFC while the remaining thirteen NFL clubs formed the NFC.

A number of league expansions and division realignment have occurred since the merger, thus making the current total of 16 clubs in each conference. The current AFC champions are the Kansas City Chiefs, who defeated the Tennessee Titans in the 2019 AFC Championship Game for their first conference championship in team history whereas, the current NFC champions are the San Francisco 49ers, who defeated the Green Bay Packers in the 2019 NFC Championship Game for their seventh conference Championship.

National Football Conference (NFC)

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What You Need To Know About NFC

  • NFC is an acronym for National Football conference formerly referred to as National Football League (NFL).
  • 13 NFL clubs formed NFC after the merger of NFL and AFL in 1970.
  • NFC and its counterpart, the American Football Conference (AFC), currently comprises of 4 divisions with 16 teams each, making 32 teams of the NFL.
  • NFC has its playoffs to be able to determine the next champion at the end of each regular season.
  • NFC logo has four stars aligned diagonally with a red A in the center.

The National Football Conference (NFC) is divided into the following regional groups:

  • EAST DIVISION: Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles
  • WEST DIVISION: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks
  • NORTH DIVISION: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings
  • SOUTH DIVISION: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The following teams once formed the Original NFL:

  • Arizona Cardinals
  • Chicago Bears
  • Green Bay Packers

American Football Conference (AFC)

AFC Official Logo

What You Need To Know About AFC

  •  AFC is an acronym for American Football conference which was formerly referred to as American Football League (AFL).
  • AFC was formed by 10 AFL and three NFL clubs after the merger of AFL and NFL in 1970.
  • The AFC and its counterpart, the National Football conference (NFC), currently comprises of 4 divisions with 16 teams each making up the 32 teams of the NFL.
  • AFC champion is selected, then each champion faces each other in the Super Bowl to be able to be the next NFL champion.
  • AFC logo has four stars aligned diagonally with a blue N in the center.

The American Football Conference (AFC) is divided into the following regional groups:

  • EAST DIVISION TEAMS: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots and New York Jets
  • WEST DIVISION TEAMS: Denver Broncos , Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers
  • NORTH DIVISION TEAMS: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • SOUTH DIVISION TEAMS: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

The following teams in the AFC were once part of the old American Football League (AFL):

  • Buffalo Bills
  • Tennessee Titans
  • Cincinnati Bengals
  • San Diego Chargers
  • Oakland Raiders
  • Kansas City Chiefs
  • New York Jets
  • New England Patriots
  • Miami Dolphins

Difference Between AFC And NFC In Tabular Form

BASIS OF COMPARISON AFC NFC
Description AFC is an acronym for American Football conference which was formerly referred to as American Football League (AFL).   NFC is an acronym for National Football conference formerly referred to as National Football League (NFL).  
1970 Merger AFC was formed by 10 AFL and three NFL clubs after the merger of AFL and NFL in 1970.   13 NFL clubs formed NFC after the merger of NFL and AFL in 1970.  
Number Of Teams Currently The AFC and its counterpart, the National Football conference (NFC), currently comprises of 4 divisions with 16 teams each making up the 32 teams of the NFL.   NFC and its counterpart, the American Football Conference (AFC), currently comprises of 4 divisions with 16 teams each, making 32 teams of the NFL.  
Selection Of Champion AFC champion is selected, then each champion faces each other in the Super Bowl to be able to be the next NFL champion.   NFC has its playoffs to be able to determine the next champion at the end of each regular season.  
Logo AFC logo has four stars aligned diagonally with a blue N in the center.   NFC logo has four stars aligned diagonally with a red A in the center.  
League National Football League   National Football League
Most Titles New England Patriots (10th title) Philadelphia Eagles (3rd title).
Most Valuable Team New England Patriots ($2.2 Billion). Dallas Cowboys ($2.5 billion).
South Division Teams Houston Texans   Indianapolis Colts   Jacksonville Jaguars   Tennessee Titans Atlanta Falcons;   Carolina Panthers   New Orleans Saints Tampa Bay Buccaneers
East Division Teams Buffalo Bills   Miami Dolphins   New England Patriots   New York Jets Dallas Cowboys   New York Giants   Philadelphia Eagles   Washington Redskins
West Division Denver Broncos   Kansas City Chiefs   Oakland Raiders   San Diego Chargers     Arizona Cardinals   Los Angeles Rams   San Francisco 49ers   Seattle Seahawks
North Division Teams Baltimore Ravens   Cincinnati Bengals   Cleveland Browns   Pittsburgh Steelers Chicago Bears   Detroit Lions   Green Bay Packers   Minnesota Vikings