Special Report

The Least and Most Popular NFL Teams

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17. New England Patriots
> 2016 pct. stadium filled: 97.2% capacity
> 2016 avg. home attendance: 66,829
> 5-year record: 62W/18L/0T
> Home stadium: Gillette Stadium – Foxborough, MA
> 2017 avg. ticket price: $670

It may surprise some to see the Patriots, one of the winningest franchises in NFL history, only rank 17th in attendance. The team won two Super Bowls in the last three years and has won at least 12 games per season in each of the last eight.

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16. Atlanta Falcons
> 2016 pct. stadium filled: 98.2% capacity
> 2016 avg. home attendance: 69,999
> 5-year record: 42W/38L/0T
> Home stadium: Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Atlanta, GA
> 2017 avg. ticket price: $396

Led by quarterback Matt Ryan, the Atlanta Falcons went 11-5 in their 2016 season. Facing off in the Super Bowl against the AFC division-leading New England Patriots, the Falcons were up 28-3 at the half, only to lose the game in overtime after the Patriots staged a dramatic comeback.

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15. Chicago Bears
> 2016 pct. stadium filled: 98.2% capacity
> 2016 avg. home attendance: 60,368
> 5-year record: 32W/48L/0T
> Home stadium: Soldier Field – Chicago, IL
> 2017 avg. ticket price: $309

Initially named the Decatur Staleys, the Chicago Bears are one of the oldest and most storied franchises in the NFL. The team also has one of the largest markets of any professional sports team in the country.

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14. Pittsburgh Steelers
> 2016 pct. stadium filled: 98.9% capacity
> 2016 avg. home attendance: 64,312
> 5-year record: 48W/32L/0T
> Home stadium: Heinz Field – Pittsburgh, PA
> 2017 avg. ticket price: $311

The Steelers have been one of the more successful NFL teams in recent years, missing the playoffs just five times since 2001 and winning two Super Bowls during that time.

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13. Carolina Panthers
> 2016 pct. stadium filled: 100.0% capacity
> 2016 avg. home attendance: 73,792
> 5-year record: 47W/32L/1T
> Home stadium: Bank of America Stadium – Charlotte, NC
> 2017 avg. ticket price: $236

One of the newest teams in the league, the Carolina Panthers formed in 1993. Lead by charismatic and controversial quarterback Cam Newton, the Panthers only went 6-10 in the 2016 season after losing Super Bowl 50 the previous season.

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