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The Best American Football Games of All Time

This is a list of the best american football games of all time for any console or system, including cover art pictures when available. These highly rated american football games are ordered by popularity, so only the greatest american football games are at the top of the list. Spanning the entire history of the genre, these american football games are considered the best in the genre. This list includes all challenging american football games that have ever hit the shelves, so it doesn't necessarily have all the more obscure or new american football games.

Tecmo Bowl and Tecmo Super Bowl are included on this list.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best american football games?" and "What is the greatest american football game of all time?"
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    DeveloperVisual Concepts

    ESPN NFL 2K5 is an American football video game developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports and the Sega Corporation. It is a part of the NFL 2K series. The game was originally released  ...more
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    Ncaa Football 2014

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    Tecmo Super Bowl, is an American football video game for the Nintendo Entertainment System that was released in 1991. Developed by Japanese video game company Tecmo, it was the first sports video  ...more
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    Madden NFL 2004


    DeveloperEA Tiburon, Budcat Creations

    Madden NFL 2004 is the 15th installment of the Madden NFL series of American football video games. Michael Vick, the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback, is on the cover. New features in Madden 2004  ...more
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    DeveloperVisual Concepts

    All-Pro Football 2K8 is a football game for seventh generation consoles and the spiritual successor to the ESPN NFL 2K series. APF2K8 is the first football game to be published by 2K Sports since EA  ...more
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    DeveloperEA Tiburon, Budcat Creations, Exient Entertainment

    Madden NFL 2005 is an American football video game that was released from August to November 2004. It features former Baltimore Ravens star linebacker Ray Lewis on the cover. Al Michaels and John  ...more
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    DeveloperEA Tiburon

    Madden NFL 08 is the 2008 edition of the American football video game series published by EA Sports and developed by EA Tiburon. It is the 19th installment in the Madden NFL video game franchise. It  ...more
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    Tecmo Super Bowl III: The Final Edition

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    DeveloperEA Tiburon, 3d6 games

    Madden NFL 2001 is an American football video game. It is the third in the Madden NFL series to include an NFL player, Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George, on its cover. It is also the first  ...more
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    DeveloperEA Tiburon, Exient Entertainment

    NCAA Football 2004 is an American football video game released in 2003 by Tiburon. It is the successor to NCAA Football 2003 in the NCAA Football series. The player on the cover is former USC  ...more
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    DeveloperEA Tiburon

    Madden NFL 10 is an American football video game based on the National Football League that was published by EA Sports and developed by EA Tiburon. It is the 21st annual installment in the Madden NFL  ...more
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    kenshin177 addedJan 14 2004

    DeveloperEA Tiburon

    NFL Street is an American football video game developed by EA Tiburon and published by Electronic Arts. It was originally released for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and GameCube on January 13, 2004. The  ...more
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    Tecmo Super Bowl 2 was an update of the previous Tecmo Super Bowl released for Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis.  ...more
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    DeveloperEA Canada, Visual Concepts, Electronic Arts, EA Tiburon

    NCAA Football was an American football video game series developed by EA Sports in which players control and compete against current Division I FBS college teams. The series is a younger brother to  ...more
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    DeveloperEA Canada, HB Studios, EA Tiburon, Exient Entertainment

    Madden NFL 07 is the 2007 edition of the popular Madden NFL series. It is the first in the video game series to be released for the PlayStation 3 and Wii consoles and the last one to be released on  ...more
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    Developer989 Studios

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    DeveloperEA Tiburon

    NCAA Football 07 is a collegiate football video game published by Electronic Arts. It is the successor to NCAA Football 06 in the NCAA Football series. The product features former USC player Reggie  ...more
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    DeveloperHigh Score Productions, Visual Concepts, Electronic Arts

    Bill Walsh College Football is a Super NES, Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, and Sega CD American football game; one of the earliest videogames to deal with the sport at a college level. The game was  ...more
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    DeveloperTecmo, Sculptured Software

    Tecmo Bowl is an American football arcade game developed and released by Tecmo in 1987. The game was both successful in the arcades, and as a 1989 port for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The NES  ...more
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    Tecmo Super Bowl III is the final Tecmo football game released on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and the Sega Genesis. Nintendo Power magazine featured it on its short-lived feature that  ...more
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    DeveloperHB Studios, EA Tiburon

    Madden NFL 12 is an American football video game based on the National Football League published by EA Sports and developed by EA Tiburon. It was released on August 30, 2011 in North America and  ...more
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    NFL Blitz


    DeveloperPoint of View, Inc., Midway Games

    NFL Blitz is a series of American football themed video games by Midway featuring the teams of the National Football League. It began as a 1997 arcade game but was eventually ported to home consoles  ...more
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    Jan 01 1994

    DeveloperSega, FarSight Studios, BlueSky Software

    NFL '95 is the sixth video game in the Joe Montana Football/NFL series. It is the last Sega football game to feature Joe Montana, as its sequel, Prime Time NFL Football starred Deion Sanders.  ...more
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    Bill Walsh College Football '95 is a video game of the sports genre released in 1994 by EA Sports, and a follow-up to Bill Walsh College Football. It features former NFL and then Stanford Cardinal  ...more
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    DeveloperElectronic Arts

    Joe Montana Football is an American football video game featuring Joe Montana, released in 1991. Since Sega did not secure the rights from the NFL, teams are generically named for US cities and the  ...more
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