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!