In honor of Super Bowl weekend, why not throw it back to where it all began? This will be the 51st year of having the Super Bowl. Its inception came to be due to the ongoing debate as to whether the American Football League or National Football League was more dominant. The NFL had been around for 40 years at this point, but the new and upcoming AFL had gained tremendous popularity. Football fans began to question whether the NFL was better than the AFL. So, on January 15, 1967, the champions of each league met at the Los Angeles Coliseum for the first ever “AFL- NFL World Championship Game”. The Kansas City Chiefs represented the AFL and the Green Bay Packers represented the NFL. The Packers were dominant in a 35-10 victory, which is why the Super Bowl trophy was named after the legendary Green Bay coach, Vince Lombardi.
Eventually, the two leagues resolved their differences and merged together to become the National Football League. They broke the two leagues apart into conferences: the National Football Conference and American Football Conference. Each conference is broken down into 4 divisions; North, South, East, and West. The winner of each division makes the conference playoffs, along with the 2 runner-ups of the conference, or “Wild Card”. The 6 teams in each conference play a Wild Card round, Divisional round, and Conference Championship. The winner of each conference championship goes on to represent their respective conference in the Super Bowl. This year, the Atlanta Falcons of the NFC South will represent the NFC, as the New England Patriots of the AFC East will represent the AFC in Super Bowl LI. Who will you be cheering for?