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Most Popular NFL Team in Every State, According to Ticket Sales

Most Popular NFL Team in Every State, According to Ticket Sales

What team is your state watching every Sunday?

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While the coronavirus pandemic interrupted America’s biggest sports leagues in 2020, so far, there’s no holding penalty on the National Football League and its players, who have reached an agreement to start the season as planned. While fans may not be able to cheer from the stands, living room referees everywhere can rejoice at the thought of football returning to their TVs (and phones, and computers). But which team is the most popular in your state?

Methodology

Methodology

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To determine the favorite football team in every state, The Active Times reached out to ticket marketplace Vivid Seats, which broke down 2019 ticket orders by state and included Washington, D.C. The data is based on regular-season games only. So grab a beer, throw on your favorite jersey and let’s kick off.

Alabama: Atlanta Falcons

Alabama: Atlanta Falcons

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One of the wildest laws in America is that certain confetti is illegal in some parts of Alabama. Guess fans there will need to find a different way to celebrate their favorite team, the Atlanta Falcons.

Alaska: Seattle Seahawks

Alaska: Seattle Seahawks

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Residents of Alaska won’t let a little — OK, a lot of — snow get in the way of enjoying their favored Seattle Seahawks on game day.

Arizona: Arizona Cardinals

Arizona: Arizona Cardinals

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Arizona is home to some of the best cities in America for jobs. But something Arizonans don’t see as a job? Cheering for their favorite football team, the Arizona Cardinals.

Arkansas: Dallas Cowboys

Arkansas: Dallas Cowboys

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Since Arkansas doesn’t have its own NFL team, residents look to nearby Texas and root for the Dallas Cowboys.

California: San Francisco 49ers

California: San Francisco 49ers

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Just as there are many things to do in California, there are also many football teams residents can root for. But there can only be one favorite, and the state prefers the San Francisco 49ers.

Colorado: Denver Broncos

Colorado: Denver Broncos

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Colorado may be home to some of the coldest cities in the world, but football fans have their Denver Broncos to keep them warm through the winter.

Connecticut: New York Jets

Connecticut: New York Jets

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Even though Connecticut is part of New England, this isn’t Patriots territory. Connecticut sides with New York. No, not the Giants, the J-E-T-S Jets.

Delaware: Philadelphia Eagles

Delaware: Philadelphia Eagles

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What is Delaware snacking on while watching the Philadelphia Eagles? Maybe french fries, the snack food that defines the state.

Florida: Miami Dolphins

Florida: Miami Dolphins

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Florida is full of interesting things to do and places to visit, and it’s the home of multiple NFL teams. But which one is the state’s favorite? That honor goes to the Miami Dolphins.

Georgia: Atlanta Falcons

Georgia: Atlanta Falcons

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The Atlanta Falcons are the most popular team in Georgia. And that's not just because the mascot is an animal and Atlanta is one of the most pet-friendly cities in the United States.

Hawaii: San Francisco 49ers

Hawaii: San Francisco 49ers

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In a state that is known for having some of the best beaches in the world, football fans pull themselves away from the sun and surf to enjoy the San Francisco 49ers during the season.

Idaho: Seattle Seahawks

Idaho: Seattle Seahawks

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In a state that does not have its own professional football team, the people of Idaho still love to enjoy some game-day snacks and watch the Seattle Seahawks.

Illinois: Chicago Bears

Illinois: Chicago Bears

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There is only one football team in Illinois, so it may be no surprise that the “Monsters of the Midway,” aka the Chicago Bears, are the favorites.

Indiana: Indianapolis Colts

Indiana: Indianapolis Colts

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Sure, Indiana is known as the home of the Indianapolis 500 and one of the most iconic landmarks in America, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. But on Sundays, the Indianapolis Colts really get engines revving.

Iowa: Minnesota Vikings

Iowa: Minnesota Vikings

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One of the strangest facts about each state is that Iowa has a ton of pigs — one-third of the nation’s hogs, in fact. But when it comes to the pigskin, Iowa loves the Minnesota Vikings.

Kansas: Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas: Kansas City Chiefs

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While Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs, is in Kansas City, Missouri, and not in Kansas, the Sunflower State still loves the Chiefs all the same.

Kentucky: Cincinnati Bengals

Kentucky: Cincinnati Bengals

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Spoiler alert: The Cincinnati Bengals are not the most popular team in their home state of Ohio, but they are in Kentucky. The new drink of football Sundays? A signature mint julep.

Louisiana: New Orleans Saints

Louisiana: New Orleans Saints

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In Louisiana, people love two things: Creole food recipes and the New Orleans Saints. Luckily for them, the two can be enjoyed at the same time.

Maine: New England Patriots

Maine: New England Patriots

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Although the New England Patriots are based in Massachusetts, most of the states in New England are big fans of the Pats, and that includes Maine.

Maryland: Washington Football Team

Maryland: Washington Football Team

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Send a raven, the people of Maryland are enjoying blue crab every Sunday while watching the Washington Football Team.

Massachusetts: New England Patriots

Massachusetts: New England Patriots

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The New England Patriots are wicked popular in Massachusetts. It makes a lot of sense, considering the team is based in the state and has won six Super Bowls.

Michigan: Detroit Lions

Michigan: Detroit Lions

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Michigan is one of the best states to retire in, and retirees are spending their Sundays watching the Detroit Lions.

Minnesota: Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota: Minnesota Vikings

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Minnesota is known to visitors for having one of the best indoor attractions in America, the Mall of America. But for people who live in Minnesota, their favorite indoor attraction is watching the Vikings.

Mississippi: New Orleans Saints

Mississippi: New Orleans Saints

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There are quite a few neighboring teams in the South for people in Mississippi to root for, but they spend their Sundays watching the New Orleans Saints while enjoying an iconic mud pie.

Missouri: Kansas City Chiefs

Missouri: Kansas City Chiefs

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It may come as no surprise that almost everyone in Missouri is a big fan of the 2020 Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.

Montana: Minnesota Vikings

Montana: Minnesota Vikings

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Bozeman, Montana, is one of the most underrated tourist spots in the world. But while the tourists are soaking up the sights, the people of Montana are rooting for the Minnesota Vikings.

Nebraska: Kansas City Chiefs

Nebraska: Kansas City Chiefs

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Hey Nebraska, while you’re watching your favorite team, the Kansas City Chiefs, try ordering “The Whole Bird.” It’s one of the best sandwiches in America.

Nevada: Arizona Cardinals

Nevada: Arizona Cardinals

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Las Vegas is a romantic destination with many exciting attractions, including its own NFL team in 2020. But in 2019, the residents of Nevada were all-in on the Arizona Cardinals.

New Hampshire: New England Patriots

New Hampshire: New England Patriots

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Like almost all of the other New England states, New Hampshire favors the Patriots.

New Jersey: New York Jets

New Jersey: New York Jets

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Sure, the team is named the New York Jets, but it plays its games in New Jersey. OK, so the Giants do too, but New Jersey has spoken and it’s Jets territory.

New Mexico: Dallas Cowboys

New Mexico: Dallas Cowboys

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New Mexico has more in common with Texas than you might think: Both states have some of the best sports bars in America and they are both home to huge fans of the Dallas Cowboys.

New York: Buffalo Bills

New York: Buffalo Bills

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New York has a leg up on great game day food as the home of the best Buffalo wings in America. It’s also home to the Buffalo Bills, the state’s favorite team.

North Carolina: Carolina Panthers

North Carolina: Carolina Panthers

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No surprise here. North Carolina’s favorite team is the Carolina Panthers, who call Charlotte home.

North Dakota: Minnesota Vikings

North Dakota: Minnesota Vikings

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North Dakota has one of the lowest state income taxes, so people may have some extra money to splurge on the fancy TV packages to watch their favorite team, the Minnesota Vikings.

Ohio: Cleveland Browns

Ohio: Cleveland Browns

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Although Ohio is home to two NFL teams, Buckeyes prefer the Cleveland Browns come kickoff.

Oklahoma: Dallas Cowboys

Oklahoma: Dallas Cowboys

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Oklahoma is known for its great school spirit when it comes to college sports, but the state doesn’t have an NFL team. So the Dallas Cowboys are the lucky team to get that spirit with each touchdown.

Oregon: Seattle Seahawks

Oregon: Seattle Seahawks

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Oregon is known for paying its nurses well, which can come in handy during a stressful two-minute drill for the state’s favored Seattle Seahawks.

Pennsylvania: Philadelphia Eagles

Pennsylvania: Philadelphia Eagles

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Philadelphia or Pittsburgh? Pennsylvania is home to two cities that love their football teams. But according to ticket sales, the Keystone State prefers the Eagles.

Rhode Island: New England Patriots

Rhode Island: New England Patriots

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The smallest state in the U.S. is filled with big fans of the New England Patriots.

South Carolina: Carolina Panthers

South Carolina: Carolina Panthers

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They are the Carolina Panthers after all. So like its northern counterpart, South Carolina’s favorite team is the Panthers.

South Dakota: Minnesota Vikings

South Dakota: Minnesota Vikings

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South Dakota supports its neighboring Minnesota by cheering on the Vikings.

Tennessee: Tennessee Titans

Tennessee: Tennessee Titans

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While you might picture the fine people of Tennessee enjoying Nashville hot chicken while cheering on the Titans, the official state foods are actually milk and tomatoes.

Texas: Dallas Cowboys

Texas: Dallas Cowboys

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Sorry, Texans fans, the Dallas Cowboys are one of the most popular NFL teams in the whole country, and that includes their home state of Texas.

Utah: Arizona Cardinals

Utah: Arizona Cardinals

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In a state known for being one of the happiest in America, Utah is also happy to be rooting for the Arizona Cardinals.

Vermont: New England Patriots

Vermont: New England Patriots

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No surprise here, another New England state loves the New England Patriots.

Virginia: Washington Football Team

Virginia: Washington Football Team

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Virginia is home to many historic landmarks, and the people will go down in history as fans of the Washington Football Team.

Washington: Seattle Seahawks

Washington: Seattle Seahawks

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The Seattle Seahawks are a staple sports team in the Northwest, including in their home state of Washington.

Washington, DC: Washington Football Team

Washington, DC: Washington Football Team

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The nation’s capital is one of the safest cities in the world, maybe because everyone is home watching the Washington Football Team.

West Virginia: Washington Football Team

West Virginia: Washington Football Team

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Score another one for the Washington Football Team, the most popular team in West Virginia.

Wisconsin: Green Bay Packers

Wisconsin: Green Bay Packers

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Packers fans are known as “cheeseheads,” and the team may even be more popular than the iconic state snack in Wisconsin.

Wyoming: Denver Broncos

Wyoming: Denver Broncos

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Wyoming does not have an NFL team of its own to cheer for, so residents turn to neighbor Colorado and the Denver Broncos. While you are waiting for football to get started, baseball is back and here are the most popular Major League Baseball teams in each state

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