The National Football Conference is one of the two conferences of the National Football League, the highest professional level of American football in the United States. This conference and its counterpart, the American Football Conference contain 16 teams organized into 4 divisions. Both conferences were created as part of the 1970 merger with the rival American Football League, with all ten of the former AFL teams and three NFL teams forming the AFC while the remaining thirteen NFL clubs formed the NFC. A series of league expansions and division realignments have occurred since the merger, thus making the current total of 16 clubs in each conference; the current NFC champions are the San Francisco 49ers, who defeated the Green Bay Packers in the 2019 NFC Championship Game for their seventh conference championship. Since 2002, like the AFC, the NFC has 16 teams that organized into four divisions each with four teams: East, North and West; the thirteen opponents each team faces over the 16-game regular season schedule are set using a pre-determined formula.
Each NFC team plays the other teams in their respective division twice during the regular season, in addition to 10 other games assigned to their schedule by the NFL. Two of these games are assigned on the basis of a particular team's final divisional standing from the previous season; the remaining 8 games are split between the roster of two other NFL divisions. This assignment will follow a standard cycle. Using the 2012 regular season schedule as an example, each team in the NFC West plays against every team in the AFC East and NFC North. In this way, non-divisional competition will be among common opponents – the exception being the two games assigned based on the team's prior-season divisional standing. At the end of each season, the four division winners and two wild cards in the NFC qualify for the playoffs; the NFC playoffs culminate in the NFC Championship Game with the winner receiving the George S. Halas Trophy; the NFC Champion plays the AFC Champion in the Super Bowl. Both the AFC and NFC were created after the NFL merged with the American Football League in 1970.
When the AFL began play in 1960 with eight teams, the NFL consisted of 13 clubs. By 1969, the AFL had expanded to the NFL to 16 clubs. In order to balance the merged league, all ten of the former AFL teams along with the NFL's Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Colts formed the AFC, while the remaining 13 NFL teams formed the NFC. While the newly-formed AFC had agreed upon and set up their divisional alignment plan along purely geographic lines, team owners could not agree to a plan on how to align the clubs in the NFC; the alignment proposals were narrowed down to five finalists, the plan, selected was picked out of a glass bowl by then-NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle's secretary, Thelma Elkjer, on January 16, 1970. The five alignment plans for the NFC in 1970 were as follows, with Plan 3 selected: Plan 1 Eastern – Atlanta Falcons, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins Central – Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints Western – Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Rams, St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers Plan 2 Eastern – Minnesota, New York Giants, Washington Central – Atlanta, New Orleans, St. Louis Western – Chicago, Green Bay, Los Angeles, San Francisco Plan 3 Eastern – Dallas, New York Giants, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Washington Central – Chicago, Green Bay, Minnesota Western – Atlanta, Los Angeles, New Orleans, San Francisco Plan 4 Eastern – Minnesota, New York Giants, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Washington Central – Atlanta, Detroit, Green Bay Western – Dallas, New Orleans, Los Angeles, San Francisco Plan 5 Eastern – Detroit, New York Giants, Washington Central – Chicago, Green Bay, St. Louis Western – Atlanta, Los Angeles, New Orleans, San FranciscoThree expansion teams have joined the NFC since the merger, thus making the current total 16.
When the Seattle Seahawks and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers joined the league in 1976, they were temporarily placed in the NFC and AFC for one season before they switched conferences. The Seahawks returned to the NFC as a result of the 2002 realignment; the Carolina Panthers joined the NFC in 1995. Parity is greater among NFC teams than AFC teams; the only NFC team that has never made a Super Bowl appearance is the Detroit Lions. Since the 2002 division realignment, the NFC has sent 12 different teams to the Super Bowl, whereas the AFC has only sent 7: the Baltimore Ravens, the Las Vegas Raiders, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Denver Broncos, the Indianapolis Colts, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots; the only NFC team to make back to back Super Bowls since 2002 are the Seattle Seahawks. As of 2020, the only pre-merger team that does not play in its 1969 market is the St. Louis Cardinals, who moved in 1988 to Phoenix suburb of Tempe; the Los Angeles Rams moved to St. Louis in 1995, but moved back to Los Angeles in 2016.
None of the expansion teams added. With the exception of the aforementioned relocations since that time, the divisional setup established in 2002 has remained static since; the original NFC logo, in use from 1970 to 2009, depicted a blue'N' with three stars across it. The three stars represented the three divisions that were used from 1970 to 2001; the 2010 NFL season brought an updated NFC
Jamie Mulholland is the founder of Mulholland Leisure, a hospitality development company. Entertainment venues which he has created include Cain at the Cove Atlantis in the Bahamas, GoldBar lounge in downtown New York City and The Surf Lodge in Montauk, New York. Mulholland was born in South Africa, to parents Diane Wilson and Gordon Mulholland, a South African soap opera star. In 1994, Mulholland moved from the Caribbean island of Sint Maarten to New York where he began waiting tables at a local restaurants leaving to start a catering company; when his a childhood friend Brandon Kerzner came to Manhattan, Kerzner offered Mulholland a position as bartender at Lotus, a club in the meatpacking district. Mulholland's skills at the club earned him the attention of management at PM Lounge, who hired him to manage the bar and their VIP list. From his experience, Mulholland gathered personnel and financial backing to open up his first club. In 2004, with partner Jayma Cardoso, set up a night club called Cain in a taxi garage on Manhattan's west side, specializing in "bottle service".
The venue received positive media coverage, so Mulholland arranged Cain pop-up locations in Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival, Miami Beach for the MTV Video Music Awards, the Hamptons. In 2007, Mulholland opened both the GoldBar in NYC’s Nolita and Cain at The Cove Atlantis on Paradise Island in The Bahamas at the Atlantis Resort. In 2008, opened The Surf Lodge, a 32-room hotel, night club and restaurant in Montauk, on the eastern end of Long Island
Simeon Ivanov is a Bulgarian former professional racing driver. He competed in Formula Renault 2.0 and World Series by Renault in 2007. His racing career started at the age of 15, he won both the Bulgarian Karting Championship in 2005 and twice the South East European Karting Championship in 2004 and 2005. He was promoted twice the Best Bulgarian Racing Driver award in the two years in which he raced in national championships. In 2014 he raced in Rallysprint Championships. In 2015 he competed in GT4 Euroseries with Ginetta G50, he authored the book 0.1%: Join The Club of The Richest, Happiest. Ivanov started his karting career at the age of 15, he won his first podium in the first win only two races later. In 2004 he raced in two karting championships - South East European, he became the first karting champion of South East Europe and got second place in the national championship in class KF2. At the end of the season all racing teams voted Simeon Ivanov to become the holder of the Best Racing Driver award.
2005 was more successful for the Bulgarian pilot. He completed a total of 14 races in the Bulgarian Karting Championship and the South East European Championship, scoring 12 pole positions, 13 wins and one 2nd position, he was again promoted for the Best Bulgarian Racing Driver. In the end of the year, Ivanov toke part in Germany, he raced partnered by CRG Holland team. After finishing 4th and 2nd in the two semifinals, he was pushed off the racing track at the final but still managed to get to the podium in fifth place. In 2006 Simeon raced together with CRG Holland in the Italian Open Masters and at the Lonato Winter Cup; the top result of the season was reaching the finals at the Lonato race out of 140 racing drivers. At the end of the year, Ivanov made his first Formula Renault 2.0 test. After completing tests for CO2 Racing and Prema Powerteam during the winter season, Simeon Ivanov signed a contract with BVM Minardi to race a complete 2007 season in Formula Renault 2.0 Italian Championship and 3 races in Formula Renault 2.0 European Championship.
After the end of the 2007 season, Simeon Ivanov signed a contract with Prema Powerteam to take part in the World Series by Renault official testing days at the Circuit Paul Ricard. After the tests in Paul Ricard, Simeon decided to put an end on his racing career, he moved on to complete a Business Management degree from Kingston University London. Ivanov married Teodora Burgazlieva in 2017, they have two kids: Emma. Official website