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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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Tecmo Super Bowl is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
1991 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 ...more

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ESPN NFL 2K5 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
2004 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 ...more

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Tecmo Super Bowl II: Special E... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
1994 Tecmo Super Bowl 2 was an update of the previous Tecmo Super Bowl released for Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis.

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Tecmo Super Bowl III: The Fina... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
dan-morgan-ii added Tecmo Super Bowl III: The Final Edition

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Ncaa Football 2014 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
birdiejay23 added Ncaa Football 2014

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Tecmo Super Bowl III: Final Ed... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
birdiejay23 added 1994 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 ...more

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Madden NFL 2004 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
birdiejay23 added 2003 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 ...more

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Madden NFL 2001 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
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 ...more

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NCAA Football 2004 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
2003 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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Madden NFL 10 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
2009 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 ...more

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Tecmo Bowl is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
1990 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 ...more

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NFL GameDay 99 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time

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Bill Walsh College Football is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
1994 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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NFL '95 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
1994 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.

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NFL Football '94 Starring Joe ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
1991 NFL Football '94 Starring Joe Montana, released as simply NFL Football '94 in Japan is a 1993 Sega Mega Drive/Genesis game which has a realistic running commentary that runs while the player ...more

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NFL Blitz '99 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time

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NCAA Football series is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
2007 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 ...more

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Prime Time NFL Starring Deion ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
Prime Time NFL Starring Deion Sanders

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NFL GameDay '97 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
NFL GameDay '97 1996

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Madden NFL 12 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
2011 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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Bill Walsh College Football '9... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
1994 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 ...more

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Joe Montana Football is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
1991 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 ...more

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Madden NFL 25 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
henrycarlton22 added Madden NFL 25 2013 Madden NFL 25 is an American football sports video game based on the National Football League and published by EA Sports. It was released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in late August 2013. ...more

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NFL Prime Time '98 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
1997 NFL 98 is a sports game released for the Sega Genesis in 1997. Based on the National Football League, the game was a follow up to Sega's only football video game for the Sega Saturn, NFL '97. It ...more

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Madden NFL 2005 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
StevenA.Walker added 2004 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 ...more

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Madden NFL 09 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
2008 Madden NFL 09 is an American football video game based on the NFL that was published by EA Sports and developed by EA Tiburon. It is the 20th annual installment in the Madden NFL video game ...more

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Madden NFL 07 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
2006 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 ...more

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NCAA Football 07 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
2006 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 ...more

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NFL Blitz is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
Adam Hadley added 1997 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 ...more

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NES Play Action Football is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
Adam Hadley added NES Play Action Football is a football video game for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It was developed by TOSE, published by Nintendo, and was released in 1990. The game was also ported to ...more

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College Football's National Ch... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
Adam Hadley added College Football's National Championship

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NCAA College Football 2K3 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
2002 NCAA College Football 2K3 is an American football video game released in 2002 by Visual Concepts. The cover athlete is former Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Eric Crouch. It is the second ...more

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All-Pro Football 2K8 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
2007 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 ...more

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College Football USA 97 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
College Football USA 97 1996

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College Football's National Ch... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
Adam Hadley added College Football's National Championship II

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Tecmo Bowl: Kickoff is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
2008 Tecmo Bowl: Kickoff is an American football video game developed by Polygon Magic and published by Tecmo for the Nintendo DS. A remake of Tecmo Super Bowl, the game was released on November 18, ...more

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Madden NFL 11 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
2010 Madden NFL 11 is an American football video game based on the National Football League, published by EA Sports and developed by EA Tiburon. It is the 22nd annual installment in the bestselling ...more

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Mutant League Football is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
1993 Mutant League Football is a video game that was released in 1993 for the Sega Genesis. The game was designed using the Madden '93 engine, and features a different take on football, where the ...more

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NFL GameDay 2005 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
NFL GameDay 2005 2004

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NCAA Football 06 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
2005 NCAA Football '06, known colloquially as College Football 2006 is a collegiate American football video game which was released on July 11, 2005. It is the successor to NCAA Football 2005 in the ...more

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NFL Street is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
kenshin177 added 2004 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. ...more

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10-Yard Fight is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
1983 10-Yard Fight is a 1983 American football arcade game that was developed and published in Japan by Irem and published in the United States by Taito and in Europe by Electrocoin. It is the first ...more

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Madden NFL 08 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
2007 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 ...more

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NFL '97 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
1996 NFL '97 is a follow-up video game to Sega's classic Joe Montana series on the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis. NFL '97 featured some sound effects directly from that series. NFL 97 was released ...more

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ESPN Sunday Night NFL is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
1994 ESPN Sunday Night NFL is a sports video game that was released for the Super NES, Sega CD, and Sega Genesis in 1994.

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Super Play Action Football is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
Adam Hadley added 1992 Super Play Action Football is an American football video game developed by Nintendo for the Super NES. It is the follow-up to NES Play Action Football.

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ESPN NFL Primetime 2002 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
ESPN NFL Primetime 2002 2002

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NFL is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
Adam Hadley added NFL is a 1989 football video game, developed by Atlus and published by LJN exclusively for the Nintendo Entertainment System.

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Atari Football is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
Adam Hadley added 1978 Atari Football is a 2-player 1978 arcade game. It was developed and published by Atari, Inc.. In this game, the sport of American football is accurately emulated, with players represented by Xs ...more

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Tecmo Super NBA Basketball is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
1993 Tecmo Super NBA Basketball is a basketball video game published by Tecmo for the Super NES. The game is the SNES equivalent of the original Tecmo NBA Basketball. It also came out a year later ...more