National Football League (NFL) is a professional American football
league composed of 32 teams divided equally between the National
Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC).
The highest level of professional football in the world, the NFL runs a
17-week regular season from the week after Labor Day to the week after
Christmas, with each team playing sixteen games and having one bye week.
Out of the league’s 32 teams, six (four division winners and two
wild-card teams) from each conference compete in the NFL playoffs, a
single-elimination tournament culminating in the Super Bowl, played
between the champions of the NFC and AFC. The champions of the Super
Bowl are awarded the Vince Lombardi Trophy; various other awards exist
to recognize individual players and coaches. Most games are played on
Sunday afternoons; some games are also played on Mondays and Thursdays
during the regular season. There are games on Saturdays during the last
few weeks of the regular season and the first two playoff weekends.