Formed in 1960, the New England Patriots are a professional football team based in Foxborough, MA. The Patriots compete in the National Football League (NFL) in the AFC East division against rivals Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills, and New York Jets. The team plays its home games at Gillette Stadium in front of 66,000 football fans. An original member of the American Football League (AFL), the Patriots joined the NFL in the 1970 merger of the two leagues. The team changed its name from the original Boston Patriots after relocating to Foxborough in 1971. Jim Lee Hunt, Bruce Armstrong, John Hannah, and Steve Nelson are just a few of the Pro Football Hall of Famers to play for the franchise over the years.
Founded in 1976, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Bucs) are a professional football franchise based in Tampa, FL. The Buccaneers currently compete in the National Football League (NFL) in the NFC South division against rivals Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, and Carolina Panthers. The Bucs play their home NFL games at the Raymond James Stadium in front of 65,000 fans. The Buccaneers are the first post-merger expansion team to win a division title, win a playoff game, and to host and play in a conference championship game; all three accomplishments occurred during the 1979 season. Steve Young, Warren Sapp, Tim Brown, and Tony Dungy are a few of the NFL Hall of Famers to come through the franchise.