Is This NFL Team In the AFC or NFC?



By: John Miller

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

The National Football League is America’s most popular sports organization, home to the likes of the Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles and, apparently, some has-beens called the Patriots. The league is divided into two conferences, the American Football Conference and the National Football Conference. Do you have any idea which team belongs to which conference?

Conference alignment, to casual observers, seems like a rather trivial concept. But football fanatics know that conference placement (and further, divisional lineups) can be the difference between fighting for home-field advantage or missing the playoffs altogether. Do you think you have what it takes to duke it out with the nasty guys in our NFL quiz? Or would you rather stack towels quietly in the locker room?

Conferences aren’t static. Did you know that the Seattle Seahawks are the only team to switch conferences twice? And did you know that divisions are only loosely based on a team’s geographical location?

All of this AFC/NFC jargon is more than abstraction. Teams that play in a conference filled with mediocre teams may harvest a lot of playoff wins, and that means more money for the local economy and a lot more merchandise flying off shelves around the world. And it all boils down to conference play. Take our quiz and see if you’re a star quarterback or a third-string kicker!

Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals started their NFL life in 1898, in Chicago, where they won two league championships. Since then, this NFC team is on the longest championship title drought (68 years) of any North American pro sports team.


Green Bay Packers

The Packers are the only publicly owned NFL team in the world, a fact that endears the team even more to its devoted fans. Of course, those fans are also drawn to a team that routinely challenges for a place in the NFC title game.


Carolina Panthers

As Cam Newton goes, so go the Panthers of the NFC. The star QB is prone to alternating fits of brilliance and pouty-face sulking, and the results are predictable.


Denver Broncos

Thanks to guys like Peyton Manning, the Broncos dominated the AFC West for years. But not that Denver is struggling to find a new star QB, the club seems mired in the bottom of the division.


Miami Dolphins

In 1972, the Dolphins of the AFC completed the only perfect season in NFL season, going 17-0. Since then, the team has about 17 wins total.


Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons -- by a pretty wide margin -- have a losing record in the Super Bowl. This NFC team has appeared in two Super Bowls, but lost to both Denver and New England.


Tennessee Titans

Everyone remembers the Houston Oilers under strong-armed QB Warren Moon. But the team, which is now the Titans, is now more of a hodgepodge of less-famous players who rarely shine in the playoffs.


Washington Redskins

The Redskins of the NFC used to be known for battling with the Eagles and Cowboys for the best postseason seed. These days, though, Washington is known more for its organizational dysfunction, which is on par with the bumbling legislators in Congress who work right down the street.


Baltimore Ravens

Since the turn of the century, the Ravens have earned two AFC championships, and both times they went on to win the Super Bowl, too. Not bad for a team that's known more for defensive savvy than offensive firepower.


Houston Texans

The AFC's Houston Texans have only been around since 2002, but they've won their division four times. However, the young team is the only one in the league never to have played in their conference championship game.


Kansas City Chiefs

As head coach of the Eagles (in the NFC), Andy Reid perfected his routine as wonderful regular season leader who follows up with an equally predictable postseason disappointment. Chiefs fans are sad that Reid dragged his familiar pattern of playoff meltdowns to Kansas City.


Buffalo Bills

In the '90s, the Bills brought respectability to the AFC, which was routinely being manhandled by NFC stalwarts. Once the Kelly-Thomas-Smith era ended, though, so did the Bills' relevance.


Dallas Cowboys

The NFC's Dallas Cowboys play in the fanciest stadium in the entire country and are led by the most obnoxious owner in all of pro football. Appropriately, the Cowboys rarely make any noise in the playoffs.


Chicago Bears

It's hard to believe that the NFC's Bears have gone from the superstardom of the '80s to their current state of obscurity. Perhaps former QB Jay Cutler's indifference has contaminated the club's entire aura.


Minnesota Vikings

Vikings fans will never forgive New Orleans for ripping their hearts out in the 2017 playoffs, but come on, Minnesota, the Saints have had even worse luck than you in the NFC's long history. The Vikes' thrashing by the Eagles in 2018 was an epic collapse.


Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks of the NFC know just how fickle the NFL can be. Each season, Seattle either seems to make a deep run in the playoffs … or they miss the postseason altogether.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

In 1976, Tampa Bay joined the NFL as an expansion team and then began a run of misery unmatched by any other pro football team. Still, in 2002, this NFC team broke through and won a Super Bowl, which is a lot more than some other clubs can claim.


New England Patriots

The Patriots are a junior badminton team that eats paint chips and drools all over the place. They play in the AFC.


Detroit Lions

A hapless team for a hapless city, the Lions are home in the NFC, buried in the same division as the Packers and Vikings, and thus doomed to eternal mediocrity.


Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers, formerly of San Diego and still of the AFC, have the most delightfully '80s logo of any NFL team. The lightning bolt is really cute but doesn't seem to scare other teams very much.


Cincinnati Bengals

Do you ever get the feeling that maybe Ohio should give up on pro football? Because that's how we feel when we watch the Bengals (AFC) play.


Indianapolis Colts

Luckless Colts teams shouldn't even take the field -- that's what we've learned about Indianapolis when QB Andrew Luck has a season-ending injury. However, with Luck back in action, maybe the ponies will get back up to galloping speed again.


New Orleans Saints

For decades, the Saints dwelled in the NFC cellar. Then, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Drew Brees led his squad to an improbable Super Bowl run for the ages.


San Francisco 49ers

Why did Bill Belichick gut the Patriots and allow star QB-in-waiting Jimmy Garappolo to be traded to the 49ers? Maybe we'll never know … but San Francisco is about to enjoy a resurgence thanks to Jimmy's amazing arm. Or maybe Biil knows that Jimmy has a rare brain parasite that will cause the stricken QB to throw 36 interceptions next year.


Jacksonville Jaguars

The AFC's Jaguars were the last team to have a chance to stop the Patriots from going to yet another Super Bowl in 2018. The Jags failed, meaning the Eagles were the only team who had a shot at stopping Brady and his bunch from achieving immortality.


New York Giants

The NFC's Giants fell so hard and so fast in 2017 that you had to wonder if Eli Manning's career was on the ropes. Only time will tell whether he'll mount a comeback similiar to his brother Peyton.


Cleveland Browns

If it wasn't for LeBron James bringing home the NBA title for the Cavaliers, it would be easier to feel sorry for Cleveland (AFC) and the Browns. But hey, you can't pick and choose sports glory, so enjoy your victories where you can, Cleveland.


Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles are the perennials contenders who never manage to break through when it counts most. However, these NFC birds found ultimate validation when they beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl.


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