American Football Conference

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The American Football Conference (AFC) is one of the two conferences of the National Football League (NFL), the highest professional level of American football in the United States.wikipedia
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National Football League

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The American Football Conference (AFC) is one of the two conferences of the National Football League (NFL), the highest professional level of American football in the United States.
The National Football League (NFL) is a professional American football league consisting of 32 teams, divided equally between the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC).

National Football Conference

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This conference and its counterpart the National Football Conference (NFC), currently contain 16 teams organized into 4 divisions.
This conference and its counterpart the American Football Conference (AFC), currently contain 16 teams organized into 4 divisions.

American Football League

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Both conferences were created as part of the 1970 merger with the rival American Football League (AFL), with all ten of the former AFL teams and three NFL teams forming the AFC, and the remaining thirteen NFL clubs forming the NFC.
The American Football League (AFL) was a major professional American football league that operated for ten seasons from 1960 until 1969, when it merged with the older National Football League (NFL), and became the American Football Conference.

New England Patriots

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The current AFC champions are the New England Patriots, who defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2018 AFC Championship Game for their 11th conference championship. New England Patriots (10 times), Denver Broncos (4 times), Pittsburgh Steelers (4 times), Baltimore Ravens (2 times), Indianapolis Colts (2 times), Oakland Raiders (1 time), and Tennessee Titans (1 time).
The Patriots compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) East division.

Kansas City Chiefs

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The current AFC champions are the New England Patriots, who defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2018 AFC Championship Game for their 11th conference championship.
The Chiefs compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) West division.

AFC Championship Game

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The current AFC champions are the New England Patriots, who defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2018 AFC Championship Game for their 11th conference championship.
The AFC Championship Game is the annual championship game of the American Football Conference (AFC) and one of the two semi-final playoff games of the National Football League (NFL), the largest professional American football league in the United States.

AFC North

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Since 2002, like the NFC, the AFC has 16 teams, organized into 4 divisions each with four teams: East, North, South and West.
The American Football Conference – Northern Division or AFC North is one of the four divisions of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL).

AFC South

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Since 2002, like the NFC, the AFC has 16 teams, organized into 4 divisions each with four teams: East, North, South and West.
The American Football Conference – Southern Division or AFC South is one of the four divisions of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL).

Buffalo Bills

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The Bills compete in the National Football League (NFL), as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) East division.

Athletic conference

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The American Football Conference (AFC) is one of the two conferences of the National Football League (NFL), the highest professional level of American football in the United States.
The National Football League (NFL) is divided into an American Football Conference (AFC) and a National Football Conference (NFC).

Miami Dolphins

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The AFL began play in 1960 with eight teams, and added two more expansion clubs (the Miami Dolphins in 1966 and the Cincinnati Bengals in 1968) before the merger.
The Dolphins compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) East division.

New York Jets

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They compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) East division.

Baltimore Ravens

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In 1995, the Cleveland Browns had attempted to move to Baltimore; the resulting dispute between Cleveland and the team led to Modell establishing the Baltimore Ravens with the players and personnel from the Browns, while the Browns were placed in suspended operations before they were reinstated by the NFL. New England Patriots (10 times), Denver Broncos (4 times), Pittsburgh Steelers (4 times), Baltimore Ravens (2 times), Indianapolis Colts (2 times), Oakland Raiders (1 time), and Tennessee Titans (1 time).
They compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the American Football Conference (AFC) North division.

Cincinnati Bengals

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The AFL began play in 1960 with eight teams, and added two more expansion clubs (the Miami Dolphins in 1966 and the Cincinnati Bengals in 1968) before the merger.
The Bengals compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) North division.

Cleveland Browns

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In 1995, the Cleveland Browns had attempted to move to Baltimore; the resulting dispute between Cleveland and the team led to Modell establishing the Baltimore Ravens with the players and personnel from the Browns, while the Browns were placed in suspended operations before they were reinstated by the NFL. In order to equalize the number of teams in each conference, three NFL teams that predated the AFL's launch (the Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, and the then-Baltimore Colts) joined the ten former AFL teams to form the AFC.
Named after original coach and co-founder Paul Brown, they compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the American Football Conference (AFC) North division.

Pittsburgh Steelers

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In order to equalize the number of teams in each conference, three NFL teams that predated the AFL's launch (the Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, and the then-Baltimore Colts) joined the ten former AFL teams to form the AFC. New England Patriots (10 times), Denver Broncos (4 times), Pittsburgh Steelers (4 times), Baltimore Ravens (2 times), Indianapolis Colts (2 times), Oakland Raiders (1 time), and Tennessee Titans (1 time).
The Steelers compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) North division.

Houston Texans

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The NFL would again expand in 2002, adding the Houston Texans to the AFC.
The Texans compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the American Football Conference (AFC) South division.

AFL–NFL merger

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Both conferences were created as part of the 1970 merger with the rival American Football League (AFL), with all ten of the former AFL teams and three NFL teams forming the AFC, and the remaining thirteen NFL clubs forming the NFC.
As 1970 approached, three NFL teams (the Baltimore Colts, Cleveland Browns, and Pittsburgh Steelers), agreed to join the ten AFL teams (the Cincinnati Bengals and Miami Dolphins had joined the original Boston Patriots, Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos, Houston Oilers, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, and San Diego Chargers) to form the American Football Conference (AFC).

Indianapolis Colts

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New England Patriots (10 times), Denver Broncos (4 times), Pittsburgh Steelers (4 times), Baltimore Ravens (2 times), Indianapolis Colts (2 times), Oakland Raiders (1 time), and Tennessee Titans (1 time).
The Colts compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) South division.

Jacksonville Jaguars

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The expansion Jacksonville Jaguars joined the AFC in 1995.
The Jaguars compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the American Football Conference (AFC) South division.

Tennessee Titans

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New England Patriots (10 times), Denver Broncos (4 times), Pittsburgh Steelers (4 times), Baltimore Ravens (2 times), Indianapolis Colts (2 times), Oakland Raiders (1 time), and Tennessee Titans (1 time). The team would change its name again, two years later, to the Tennessee Titans.
The Titans compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the American Football Conference (AFC) South division.

Denver Broncos

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New England Patriots (10 times), Denver Broncos (4 times), Pittsburgh Steelers (4 times), Baltimore Ravens (2 times), Indianapolis Colts (2 times), Oakland Raiders (1 time), and Tennessee Titans (1 time).
The Broncos compete as a member club of the National Football League (NFL)'s American Football Conference (AFC) West division.

Los Angeles Chargers

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The Chargers compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) West division.

Oakland Raiders

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New England Patriots (10 times), Denver Broncos (4 times), Pittsburgh Steelers (4 times), Baltimore Ravens (2 times), Indianapolis Colts (2 times), Oakland Raiders (1 time), and Tennessee Titans (1 time). In California, the Oakland Raiders relocated to Los Angeles in 1982, and back to Oakland in 1995, while the San Diego Chargers returned to Los Angeles in 2017 after 56 years in San Diego.
The Raiders compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) West division.

2018 New England Patriots season

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The Patriots in 2018 (highlighted in green) finished in first place in the AFC East.
The Patriots entered the season as two-time defending AFC champions.