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FOOTBALL USA Timeline NFL, AFL, Teams, Rules, Events, Equipment, Penalties

American Pro Football Asoc
1920-
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National Football League
1923 -
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National Football League
1923 -
Green Bay Packers *
21 -
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NFL has 26 teams
1970
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EVENTs
1923 -
Chicago Bears *
22 -
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New England Patriots *
71 -
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1st championship game
33 -
APFL Name changed to NFL
1923
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NFL expands to 28 teams
1976
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1st NFL College Draft
36 -
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Tampa Buccaneers *
76 -
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1st game on TV
39 -
National Football League
1923 -
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Seattle Seahawks *
76 -
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divisional Playoff Games
41 -
NFL has 12 teams
23 -53
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Los Angeles Raiders
82 -94
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Pro Bowl Game
51 -
New York Giants *
25 -
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Indianapolis Colts *
84 -
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TV blackout rule
53 -
Philadelphia Eagles *
33 -
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Phoenix Cardinals
88 -93
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NFL Players Association
55 -
Detroit Lions *
36 -
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Arizona Cardinals *
94 -
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14 Game season
61 -
Washington Redskins *
37 -
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NFL expands to 32 teams
94 -01
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NFL Properties licensing
63 -
Pittsburgh Steelers *
41 -
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Carolina Panthers *
95 -
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Pro Football Hall of Fame
63 -
Los Angeles Rams
46 -94
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Jacksonville Jaguars *
95 -
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NFL Films
64 -
1st Cleveland Browns
50 -95
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St. Louis Rams *
95 -
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1st Super Bowl
67 -
San Francisco 49er's*
50 -
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2nd Oakland Raiders *
95 -
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TV Monday night football
69 -
Baltimore Colts
53 -83
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Baltimore Ravens *
96 -
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Vince Lombardi trophy
70 -
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Tennessee Titans *
97 -
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1 Wild card team / conference
70 -
NFL expands to 16 teams
1966 -
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2nd Cleveland Browns *
99 -
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16 game season
78 -
Dallas Cowboys *
60 -
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Houston Texans *
01 -
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supplemental Draft
77 -
Minnesota Vikings *
61 -
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Pro Bowl to Honolulu
83 -
Atlanta Falcons *
66 -
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RULEs Scoring
1900 -
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overseas preseason
86 -
New Orleans Saints *
67 -
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Field goal now = 3
09 -
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2 Wild card teams / conference
90 -
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Touchdown now = 6
12 -
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NFL.com
2000 -
American Football League
1960 -69
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Safety = 2
32 -
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Denver Broncos *
60 -
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Froward Pass OK
33 -
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EVENTs Equipment
1923 -
Buffalo Bills *
60 -
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goal post on goal line
33 -
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manditory helmets
43 -
Houston Oilers *
60 -
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Sudden-death overtime
41 -
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coaching from bench OK
44 -
Boston Patriots*
60 -
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2 point conversion option
60 -
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plastic kicking tee
48 -
Oakland Raiders *
61 -
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goal post back of endzone
66 -
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rams horns paint helmet
48 -
San Diego Chargers *
61 -
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Point after touchdown = 1
70 -
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unlimited substitution
43 -
Kansas City Chiefs *
63 -
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jersey numbering system
73 -
New York Jets *
63 -
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RULEs Penalties
1923 -
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Quarterback Radios
95 -
Miami Dolphins *
66 -
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NO roughing passer
38 -
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NO tinted helmet visors
98 -
Cincinnati Bengals *
70 -
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illegal receiver rule
51 -
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NO bandannas Stocking caps
2001 -
NFL-AFL merge
1970
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NO grab facemask
62 -
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NO cut & roll blocks
74 -
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30 second play clock
76 -
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test of instant replay
78 -
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still in NFL = Nickname *
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personal foul penalty
80 -
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instant replay adopted
85 -
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45 second play clock
76 -
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personal foul fines
96 -
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NO remove helmet on field
97 -
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instant replay challange
99 -
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NFL AFL leagues teams
1920-
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NFL teams rules
1923-
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NFL events equipment
1923-
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