|NFL Franchise Genealogy|
The NFL and AFL merge their schedules and go to a two-conference, six-division format.
The AFL becomes the AFC.
The NFL becomes the NFC.
The Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, and Baltimore Colts move to the AFC.
Here is how the NFL is now aligned:
American Football Conference
New York Jets
Kansas City Cheifs
San Diego Chargers
National Football Conference
New York Giants
St. Louis Cardinals
Green Bay Packers
New Orleans Saints
Los Angeles Rams
San Francisco 49ers
The Boston Patriots moved to Foxboro and changed their name to the New England Patriots.
Tampa Bay is awarded a franchise by the NFL.
Seattle is awarded a franchise by the NFL.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers begin play in the AFC Western Division.
The Seattle Seahawks begin play in the NFC Western Division.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers move to the NFC Central Division.
The Seattle Seahawks move to the AFC Western Division.