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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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Madden NFL 2004 is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Ncaa Football 2014 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
birdiejay23 added Ncaa Football 2014

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Tecmo Super Bowl II: Special E... is listed (or ranked) 5 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) 6 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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Madden NFL 2001 is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Tecmo Super Bowl III: Final Ed... is listed (or ranked) 8 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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NFL GameDay 99 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time

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NFL '95 is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Madden NFL 10 is listed (or ranked) 11 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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NFL Football '94 Starring Joe ... is listed (or ranked) 12 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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NCAA Football series is listed (or ranked) 13 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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NCAA Football 2004 is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Tecmo Bowl is listed (or ranked) 15 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 Blitz '99 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time

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Madden NFL 12 is listed (or ranked) 17 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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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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Bill Walsh College Football '9... is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Bill Walsh College Football is listed (or ranked) 20 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 GameDay '97 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best American Football Games of All Time
NFL GameDay '97 1996

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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 2005 is listed (or ranked) 23 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 07 is listed (or ranked) 24 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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NFL Blitz is listed (or ranked) 25 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