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Questions about the sport of American football. This should not be confused with the [football] tag, which only applies to the sport called "soccer" in most of North America.

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Inelegible player downfield rule [duplicate]

I would like some clarification abour Inelegible player downfield. This rule allows inelegible player to move downfield more than one yard beyond the line of scrimmage only when a forward pass is ...
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When can an ineligible receiver go downfield?

When can an ineligible receiver go downfield - I know they can't when a forward pass is thrown but how does it work in running plays?
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Illegal contact within 5yrds [closed]

I don't understand what is the meaning of this rule: NFL 8.4.2. Illegal contact within five yards Within five yards zone, if the player who receives the snap remains in the pocket with the ball, the ...
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Illegal touching within 5yards

Could anyone explain exactly what the NFL Rule 8 Section 4 Article 2 means to me? The NFL rule 8.4.1: "...so long as the receiver has not moved beyond a point that is even with the defender"...
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Are interception hard to defend in football because offense is playing?

I know there are 2 teams in football the defense and offense. I'm just thinking it would be really hard to defend after your team gets intercepted because the people on the field don't really play ...
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What happens if a defender blocks a non-ball carrier?

While an offensive player can block a defensive player, the defense can only block or tackle the ball-carrier. What foul (if any) is committed if a defensive player blocks a non-ball carrier?
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Pass Interference Behind Scrimmage

What if a receiver or a running back is behind the line of scrimmage can a defensive player step across the line of scrimmage to attack the player? Does the defensive player need to allow him to touch ...
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First Touching During A Field Goal

Ok, Team 1 tries a field goal at 30 yards, this is failed but it goes on 10 yards where, before it lands, is illegaly touched by a kicking team player (First touching), so in this case is the ball ...
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A forward pass batted from one receiver multiple times, eventually to another

The quarterback makes a forward pass to the first wide receiver who bats the ball foward, then the same receiver retouches the ball and bats the ball again toward a second receiver. Is it legal? Or ...
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Is there an abbreviation for gunner? (American football positions)

It seems there is no abbreviation for gunner among American football positions. G is used for offensive guards, so it is ineligible.
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A receiver catching the ball on top of a player then going of bounds

If a receiver catches a ball near the sidelines, but the defender falls down, and then the receiver lands on the defender and goes out of bounds, is it a catch? This is assumes that if there was no ...
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How much of the fifth year option salary is guaranteed?

Given that teams have to pick up a players fifth year option in the summer before their forth year, how much is guaranteed? IF a player is on the bubble before the forth year but then really sucks the ...
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Muffed Kickoff Out Of Bounds

I don't understand this situation: Team A kicks a kickoff, it exceeds the 20 yards and, in flight, a player of the team A (The kicking team) touches it, without having possession, the ball goes ...
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Kicks out of bounds

I have some situations Kickoff touched by receiving team goes out of bounds, who gets the ball? I mean the RT doesn't fumble but only muffed the kickoff. Kickoff muffed by RT (or after 10 yards) then ...
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Is the reception completed if a receiver gets one foot in bounds and then he steps on his own foot instead of getting the other foot down?

As the title explains, if the receiver gets one foot down, then he steps on his own foot and gets out of bounds, is it considered a valid catch or no?
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NFL rules, overtime, double turnover

NFL overtime rules. Say first possession offense throws an interception but then the defender fumbles trying to make a return, and the offense gets it back. The offense gets a new set of downs due to ...
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How many yards is 3rd and Long?

An NFL announcer will say "3rd and long" when a team is about to start a 3rd down play and they are in the vicinity of 10 yards to go. But what is the cutoff? What makes it 3rd and short to ...
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Can an out of bounds player down a football in the field of play?

In Steelers/Ravens game on Jan 6, 2024, the Steelers kick returner (Godwin Igwebuike) intentionally went out of bounds and touched a kickoff while lying across the sideline, being both in bounds and ...
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college touchdown rules for endzone catches

If the player catches the football after he runs behind the line at the back of the endzone is it a touchdown? Is he out of bounds?
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What constitutes a false start on the offense in American football?

I thought I knew the rules of American NFL football but maybe this is a nuanced rule regarding false starts. I know everyone on the offense needs to be set for 1 second/1 count before snapping. ...
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What is the purpose of these 2 pylons?

In the following image, you can see 3 pylons. One of them is the goal line pylon, which can be helpful in determining whether or not the ball broke the plane of the end zone on plays close to the ...
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Was this actually a missed horse collar tackle?

The game between the Eagles and the Bills on November 26, 2023 had some very physical moments. One of which involved Hasson Reddick breaking free and delivering a massive tackle on Josh Allen whereby ...
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Keeping Red Zone Stats

If a team enters the red zone and then gets sacked out of the red zone. On the next play they get into the redzone again. Then they score on the next play. Does this mean the team is 1-2 in the red ...
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What are the scoring outcomes for a blocked punt in football?

In the Michigan - Maryland game on November 18, 2023, Michigan blocked a Maryland punt. The ball bounced into the Maryland endzone before the Maryland punter kicked it out of play. The result was two ...
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Is it a touchdown if a receiver flips over the end line and lands out of bounds?

In the Bengals-Ravens game on 2023-11-16, the Ravens second touchdown was scored when a a receiver ran down field, flipped before the endzone and landed with his left foot out of bounds. Was the ...
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How did Big 10 teams know Michigan was stealing signs?

In club or high school sports, it might be easier to see someone in the stands with a camera video taping you. How did Big 10 teams know Michigan was in their stadiums recording? Do teams have ...
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What is a "modified red zone offense"?

What is a modified red zone offense? I know what the red zone is, but the announcer said "modified red zone".
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When was the last time a quaterback from University of Miami (FL) threw a touchdown pass?

As of 22nd October 2023, when was the last time a quarterback from the University of Miami (FL) threw a touchdown pass in the NFL?
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What's the reason behind balls being oval shaped in Rugby and Gridiron footbal?

TL;DR: Did oval balls shape the sports of Rugby and Gridiron football or did those sports shape the ball? I couldn't find anywhere online a clear explanation of the reason why these balls are oval ...
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Gridiron Football Momentum

We have this scenarios: Kick off, after 45y, grounds near end zone, the kicking team dives on it and what if the kicking team player has the momentum that carries him into endzone is touchdown or ...
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How Are Speakers (and any other devices) Integrated Into the Interior of NFL Helmets (or other sports)?

I am wondering how devices, such as speakers used in NFL helmets, as sufficiently attached and setup to withstand their respective sport conditions. In the NFL, they must be able to survive numerous ...
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Compensation for an NFL draftee not signing?

What happens to the team when an NFL draftee doesn't sign with a team? Do they get some sort of compensation for the lost pick?
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How do you compare NFL betting lines?

I am trying to compare betting lines on NFL across different sportsbooks to find the optimal one to bet. Here is an example: Sportsbook 1 offers: team A spread: -6 odds:-116 Sportsbook 2 offers: team ...
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With the NFL moving the extra point back, is it still possible to fake the kick and go for two?

Under older NFL rules, it was legal, even if unusual, to line up for an extra point kick but make a try for the endzone to score two points. The linked question and answer are from before a ...
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Does anyone know the name of the player who wore a customized face mask which looked like it was beaded?

What is the name of a defensive player in the NFL that wore a customized face mask that looked beaded? The mask is yellow or gold, and black? I thought he was on the Bengals. He was a mostly known for ...
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NFL rules question (completed pass)

If I catch a pass while jumping next to my sideline and land with one foot in and then step out of bounds, in the NFL, that's not a complete pass. But what if I catch it on the one foot and then hop a ...
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What happens if three defenders sack together?

I learned that if two players sack cooperatively, each defender gets 0.5 sacks in their statistics. Then what happens if three players make a sack together? Is it 0.333 sacks, or still 0.5 sacks?
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Where can I find data of NFL players and clubs?

I am going to take Spanish soccer league players and clubs data from a business API. The purpose is to generate a quiz app with questions as "Which player has scored more goals this season?" ...
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Is the NFL's Mechanics Manual publically available?

The National Football League (NFL) publishes their Rulebook online and updates it each year. This defines all aspects of gameplay, penalties, and numerous other topics. One topic I have been ...
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Delay of game to get a better field-goal angle

I recall reading a story in the 1980s — but I don't recall when it was supposed to have happened — about an American-football game. (I think it was a college game.) A team thought it most ...
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How is the field goal distance calculated in American football?

I wonder how the position is calculated in American football: The position that the snapper snaps The position in that the holder fixes the ball and the kicker kicks. For example, in the record ...
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Can a team run a no huddle two-point conversion straight after a touchdown?

In the Bengals-Ravens playoff game on 2023-01-15, I saw Joe Burrow excitedly motioning after a TD, as though he was seeking to immediately line up for a two point conversion to try and catch the ...
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Why did the Buffalo Bills score a touchdown without ball breaking the plane of the goal line?

On January 8 2023, the Buffalo Bills scored a touchdown on kickoff return. Nyheim Hines returned the ball, then ran very near the sideline. Shortly before reaching the end zone, he spread his arms so ...
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How much of a football game can be played to determine an official result?

What happens to an NFL game that is started and suspended? talks about handling suspended games. Is there a period of time that needs to be played to bring upon an official result? 9:02 of 60:00 of in-...
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What happens to an NFL game that is started and suspended?

On January 2, 2023, the game between the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals was stopped in the first quarter after the Bills' Damar Hamlin collapsed due to a cardiac event after a tackle. The ...
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What is the exact condition of touchdown in American football?

I wonder how the 'touchdown' is defined in American football. Specifically, I would like to know whether the ball should complete go through the end line which is 6 feet wide. In soccer, the ball ...
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Rushing Yards Gained on an Offensive Fumble Recovery

I am trying to understand how many yards a running back gained on a play in which he fumbled. Here is the situation: Derrick Henry rushes the ball for 5-yards but fumbles the ball which is recovered ...
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Picking up one's own punted ball in American football [duplicate]

I saw this situation in the NFL game between the San Fransisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks on December 15th, 2022 in which it happened in the 4th quarter at 13:19. https://www.nfl.com/games/49ers-...
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When was the last matchup between ranked MAC football teams?

I'm a Toldeo / Mid-American Conference fan, and just interested in what was the last match up (before December 2022) between two ranked MAC teams?
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Is the ball live or dead when it bounces off a downed player's helmet?

In college football, is the ball considered live or dead if it hasn’t hit the ground but bounces off the helmet of a downed player?
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