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 NFL playoffs - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
After the 1970 AFL-NFL merger and the emergence of the Super Bowl, all AFL and NFL league championship games prior to merger are listed along with the AFC and NFC conference championship games, respectively, in the NFL's official records.
Currently, the NFL playoffs consist of 12 teams (6 from each of the league's two conferences) and ends with the Super Bowl, the league's championship game.
The National Football League (NFL) playoffs is a single-elimination tournament held at the end of the 16-game regular season to determine the NFL champion. /wiki/NFL_playoffs   (563 words) - NFL History
The NFL was realigned for the 1967-69 seasons into the Capitol and Century Divisions in the Eastern Conference and the Central and Coastal Divisions in the Western Conference, December 2.
The NFL teams pledged not to sign college seniors until completion of all their games, including bowl games, and empowered the Commissioner to discipline the clubs up to as much as the loss of an entire draft list for a violation of the pledge, February 15.
NFL Properties, Inc., was founded to serve as the licensing arm of the NFL. /history/chronology/1961-1970   (2572 words)

 Wikipedia: Oakland Raiders
In 1970, the AFL-NFL merger took place and the Raiders joined the West Division of the American Football Conference in the newly merged National Football League.
In 1966, Davis became Commissioner of the AFL and is considered a driving force in raising the AFL to competitive levels that forced the NFL to merge with the younger league.
By 2000, the Raiders began to reclaim their position among the NFL elite teams, highlighted by the emergence of veteran quarterback Rich Gannon as one of the best all-around quarterbacks in Oakland Raiders history. /wikipedia/en/o/oa/oakland_raiders.html   (852 words)

 AFL-NFL Merger - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The AFL-NFL Merger of 1970 involved the merger of the two major professional American football leagues in the United States during the time: the National Football League (NFL) and the American Football League (AFL).
As 1970 approached, three NFL teams, the Baltimore Colts, the Cleveland Browns, and the Pittsburgh Steelers, agreed to join the AFL teams to form the American Football Conference (AFC).
The NFL had settled into a methodical, grind-it-out brand of football, influenced by legendary but hide-bound founders such as George Halas, who were still coaching and administrating teams as they had in the 1920s. /wiki/AFL-NFL_Merger   (1814 words)

 Guest Essays on the American Football League
All of the AFL teams were taken in by the NFL and the merger terms were far better than any other mergers before and since.
That infuriated the AFL owners who hired Raider owner Al Davis to be their new commissioner under a platform of signing the NFLs best players to AFL teams.
AFL Guestbook, fans have often indicated they would like a forum where more detail could be expressed. /AFLGuestEssays.htm   (1223 words)

 Lamar Hunt, Founder, Kansas City Chiefs
In addition to being a principal negotiator in the merger of the AFL and NFL in the late ‘60s, he was a contributor to the design of the NFL playoff format.
On June 8, 1966, the AFL-NFL merger was announced by NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle and on January 15, 1967, Hunt’s Kansas City Chiefs were participating in the inaugural Super Bowl.
Hunt was the first AFL figure to be enshrined into the Pro Football Football Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of ‘72, a remarkable feat considering he became involved in pro football just 13 years earlier. /front_office/lamar_hunt   (1297 words)

 National Football League - CBS
Schramm was a significant force in the AFL-NFL merger in 1966 and was the original chairman of the league's competition committee, a position he held from 1966-88.
After the 1966 merger, Schramm was called upon to negotiate a settlement with the NFL Players Association.
When NFL games began degenerating into field-goal kicking contests in the mid-1970s, Schramm was behind the liberalization of the blocking and pass coverage rules. /nfl/story/6481904   (1369 words) - Pro Football - The AFL: A Football Legacy -- An eight-team game - Monday January 22, 2001 03:29 PM
On June 17, 1960, the AFL filed an antitrust lawsuit against the NFL, for, among other things, putting a team in Dallas after the AFL had placed one there and for interfering with the league's attempt to get TV contracts.
NBC stayed with the AFL when it became the American Football Conference in 1970 as part of the merger and carried AFC games through the 1997 season.
Once he took over the league for a brief two-month stint, the gloves were off and he began a fight with the NFL that became personal in the 1970s and continues until today. /football/news/2001/01/22/afl_history_1   (1629 words) > Sports > NFL > Jerry Magee -- AFL's debt to Joe Foss impossible to overrate
After serving in NFL Europe and the XFL, the former San Diego State coach is becoming the general manager and head coach of the Detroit Fury of the Arena League.
The NFL trading deadline arrives Tuesday, not that this is particularly meaningful.
This was his preparation for serving as the steward of a league challenging the mighty monolith that was the NFL. /sports/nfl/magee/20021013-9999_1s13nflcol.html   (681 words)

 Kansas City Chiefs- Organization
Hunt is a genuine football pioneer: team and league founder, a member of the NFL Hall of Fame, a moving force behind the AFL-NFL merger, originator of the name "Super Bowl", and all-around great owner.
The AFL was also principally formed due to the work of Chiefs-owner Lamar Hunt who had twice been turned down for NFL franchises.
The 1960's were the heydey for the Chief's: appearing in the first AFL-NFL Championship game, (known later as the Super Bowl) culminating in a victory in Super Bowl IV -the final AFL game to be played. /bill.price/horizon/chiefs/club/club.html   (348 words)

 Greg Wesley, #25, Safety, Kansas City Chiefs
Was tabbed by Kansas City in the third round (85th overall) of the 2000 NFL Draft.
His three INTs in one game tied for the most in the NFL in 2002 and were the most in Chiefs history since CB Albert Lewis had three vs. Atlanta (9/1/91)...
Opened 13 games at strong safety … Was inactive for three games due to injury … Was fifth on the team with 82 tackles (55 solo), including one behind the line … Also had six QB pressures, two passes defensed, one fumble recovery and a sack (-4.0 yards)... /player/greg_wesley   (967 words)

In April 1966, Al became the Commissioner of the AFL, not knowing that talks of a merger with the NFL had begun.
In July 1966, Davis stepped down as AFL Commissioner following the AFL-NFL merger and Al returned to the Raiders as general manager and principal owner.
Considered something of a maverick by other owners, Davis never hid his disdain for Pete Rozelle, the man chosen to be commissioner of the league following the NFL-AFL merger. /profile.asp?sport=football&id=4   (914 words)

 Democrat & Chronicle: Talent helps Mauer skip Wings
The Kansas City Chiefs are the ninth team to start 9-0 since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.
Considering it will be competing against the NFL for viewers, the MLS Cup might get better rating if it were played at 3:30 a.m.
NFL teams have scored under 10 points 30 times this season. /sports/columns/1115D12C5B3_bobm15_columns.shtml   (1067 words)

 Team - Pro Football Hall of Fame
Although the first decade of the Denver Broncos, a charter member of the AFL, was less than stellar, the team has been one of pro football's leading teams since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.
The upstart AFL was the target of many jokes and jeers by the established National Football League in the early 1960s, but the Broncos were the most laughed-at of all.
But at the end of the AFL's decade, Denver's 39-97-4 record was the worst for any of the original eight AFL teams. /history/team.jsp?franchise_id=10   (1015 words) - The E-zine for Tennessee Titans Fans. A fan site which includes team news and information, articles, message board and free fantasy leagues.
Two years later, it was announced by NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle that each AFL club would merge into the NFL in 1970 to form one league with two conferences.
Among the AFL's biggest breaks which helped solidify its future occurred in 1964 when NBC was in need of competitive programming to air against NFL games on CBS.
Adams founded the AFL’s Houston Oilers, who won the new league’s first two titles (1960-61) and now is Owner and CEO of the Tennessee Titans. /artman/publish/article_00256.shtml   (914 words)

 National Football League - CBS
Kansas City's 49-point victory margin was the largest in the NFL since the Bengals beat the Oilers 61-7 on Dec. 17, 1989.
Peyton Manning, Colts, topped the 3,000-yard passing mark for the fifth straight year, the first NFL quarterback to open his career with five straight 3,000-yard seasons.
Dee Brown rushed for 122 yards in his first career NFL start as Carolina ended an eight-game losing streak by beating Cleveland 13-6. /nfl/story/5965884   (1316 words) > Sports -- Back in the Game
The thrust of the USFL's case was that the NFL had pressured the major television networks (all of which broadcast NFL games) not to show USFL games in the fall of 1986.
Houston would be granted an NFL expansion team that began operating in the gleaming Reliant Stadium in 2002 as the Texans.
He said the AFL was preparing to replace Foss as its commissioner and offered to bet me $1 that I could not identify the man who would be replacing Foss. /sports/nfl/20040126-9999_mz1s26backpg.html   (1080 words)

 Dallas Cowboys, National Football League - CBS
Hired before the team was officially given an NFL franchise, Schramm's first move was hiring Tom Landry as the coach.
Schramm was 39 when he was hired to start the NFL team in Dallas.
While running the competition committee, he oversaw rules changes such as using overtime in the regular season, putting the official time on the scoreboard, moving goalposts from the front of the end zone to the back and protecting quarterbacks through the in-the-grasp rule. /nfl/story/6481888   (1395 words)

 Team - Pro Football Hall of Fame
After the AFL-NFL merger was completed, Davis returned to the Raiders as managing general partner and immediately transformed the Oakland franchise into one of pro football's premier organizations.
The Raiders are also the only team, NFL or AFL, to play in the Super Bowl in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
From a 1-13 mark in 1962, Oakland improved to 10-4 in 1963 and Davis was named the AFL Coach of the Year. /history/team.jsp?franchise_id=23   (779 words)

 Zip Forums - Sports Discussion Forums :: Index
Previously known as the Houston Oilers, the team was founded in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League and joined the NFL as part of the AFL-NFL Merger.
Originally, the team was to be a charter member of the American Football League, but its ownership group withdrew from the AFL and agreed to join the NFL as a 1961 expansion team.
The team is regarded as a second incarnation of the defunct NFL team Frankford Yellow Jackets, who folded two years earlier due to financial hardships brought on by the Great Depression. /index.php?c=4   (1482 words)

 IIS: Sport's Trivia: Football - October 11, 1998
Who was the first NFL running back to rush for 1,000 + yards in each of his first three seasons?
Who was the first player chosen in the first AFL draft?
Who holds the NFL record for most consecutive games with a touchdown? /trivia/1998/fbtriv10_11.html   (124 words) - Sports - Elway, Sanders Enshrined In Canton
Elway was known for his comeback ability and set an NFL record with 47 fourth- quarter game-winning or game-tying drives.
Sanders played all 10 of his NFL seasons with the Detroit Lions and retired abruptly as the league's second all-time leading rusher.
He was All-NFL in seven of his 10 seasons and a second-team choice two other times. /sports/3630634/detail.html   (543 words)

 Jack Kemp
All Kemp did for Buffalo from 1962-69 was propel the Bills among the elite in AFL, a league that would merge with the NFL in 1970.
Kemp, who played with the AFL Los Angeles and San Diego Chargers from 1960-62, came to the Buffalo Bills via waivers from San Diego.
In 1965, Kemp was awarded the AFL's Most Valuable Player Award in a season culminated by the Bills 23-0 Championship game victory over Kemp's old team, the San Diego Chargers. /Class_of_1992/Jack_Kemp/jack_kemp.html   (282 words) >> The official website of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars.
Beginning with the '66 season, the team that won the NFL Championship played the team that won the AFC Championship in what was then referred to as the AFL-NFL World Championship.
The Colts won the 1968 NFL Championship game and then lost to the AFL-champion Jets in Super Bowl III, then the Vikings won the 1969 NFL Championship game and lost to the AFL-champion Chiefs in Super Bowl IV.
That season marked the final NFL and AFL Championship games. /Story/3250.asp   (1051 words)

 Running game could be Steelers' refuge
Since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, they've never gone an entire season without winning two in a row.
They made a concerted effort to run against Oakland, which came into the game ranked at the bottom of the NFL run defense.
Their inability to run has hurt their passing game because as defenses lost respect for the Steelers' ground game, they dropped safeties into deeper coverage and rendered the play-action pass useless. /pg/03343/249224.stm   (893 words) » Team » Players » Ryan Longwell
In 2004, became the only NFL kicker since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to make four game-winning field goals in the final minute of the fourth quarter in one season.
Stands as the fourth-most accurate field goal specialist in NFL history at 82.4 percent (206/250)
In tricky Lambeau Field, owns 84.1 percent field goal conversion rate (106/126); opponents since 1997 are only 80 of 109 (73.4 percent). /team/players/longwell_ryan   (190 words)

 Handbook of Texas Online: SPORTS
The Dallas Cowboys of the established NFL and the Houston Oilers and Dallas Texans of the newly formed AFL began play in 1960.
The UIL grew out of the 1913 merger of two organizations, and operated as part of the University of Texas at Austin.
He was then number ten on the all-time NFL rushing list; he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1991. /handbook/online/articles/view/SS/xzs1.html   (5557 words)

 JS Online: Pivotal pick
Consider that in the history of the common draft since the AFL-NFL merger in 1967, only 15 punters have been taken in the third round or higher.
The top punters in the game now are mostly guys who didn't succeed on their first try in the NFL, such as Buffalo's Brian Moorman, Carolina's Todd Sauerbrun and Tennessee's Craig Hentrich.
Complete bios for eligible players by position in the 2004 NFL draft: /packer/rev/apr04/224968.asp   (1125 words)

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