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Football 101 for Fun ~ League Breakdown

By ChargerGirl Cindi

Now that we are finally in the last stretch of the playoffs I have been getting questions about divisions.  I am going to break down conference and division structure simply so that you can throw out info at a playoff or Superbowl party like you mean it.  The image above was borrowed from my friend over at Simple Pleasures (

There are 32 teams in the NFL (National Football League).  These teams are divided into two conferences, the AFC (American Football Conference) and the NFC (National Football Conference).  Each of these have four divisions, East, North, South and West.  Simple right?  So, the San Diego Chargers are in the AFC conference and they are in the West division, simplified San Diego Chargers = AFC West.

The first goal for each team is to win their division.  If a team wins their division they get to head to the playoffs.  When a team wins during the playoffs, then they get to play the conference championship.  The playoffs and conference game are all in the teams conference, so AFC only plays AFC.  Once the AFC and NFC champions are named then they face off in the Superbowl.  The teams playing this Sunday are playing in their conference championship.  The winners of each game get to go to the Superbowl.  Superbowl is the best AFC team and the best NFC team.

I’m not sure, but I think this got complicated.  Refer to the map and find your team!

ChargerGirl Cindi