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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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Can you kick a fumbled football?

In football, if the ball is fumbled and can an opposing team member kick the ball on the ground forwards before diving on it to take possession? Follow up from the previous question: if the ball is ...
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NFL Combine Worst Performances

I am attempting to clean a data set of NFL Combine performances; because some values of the data set are physically impossible, I would like to know the best and worst performances in the combine (to ...
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Is recruiting rating a strong indicator of pro career trajectory?

I saw the following graphic: Is there any data that correlates 5-star recruits to pro career trajectory? How accurate is the recruiting rating system among the recruiting services (eg, 247sports, ...
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How many times the Super Bowl teams have both lost to a common opponent during the regular season?

The Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams will be playing in Super Bowl 55. Both of these teams played the Green Bay packers in the regular season. The Packers Beat the Bengals in Week 5, and beat ...
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Highest point differential that has missed the playoffs(and vice versa)Nfl

What is the highest point differential that has missed the playoffs and what is the lowest point differential that has made the playoffs?
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NFL games where defense scored more points that the offense

How many games since the merger has the winning team scored more defensive touchdowns than offensive touchdowns? Extra points don't count for the defense or the offense. Also list the game where the ...
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Has there ever been a game-winning/tying drive that started with less than 13 seconds?

In the January 23, 2022 NFL Divisional playoff game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills, the Chiefs trailed 36-33 in the 4th quarter when they started a drive at their own 25-yard line ...
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NFL teams losing postseason game with more offensive points and more defensive turnovers

The Green Bay Packers lost their divisional round match 10-13 to the San Francisco 49ers in the 2021-22 playoffs. The Packers lost the game despite scoring more offensive points; 10 vs 49ers' 6 points....
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Penalty on punted ball goes out of bounds

Sometimes when the kicker punts the ball and it goes out of bounds, there is a penalty because ball went out of bounds and other times there is no penalty when that happens. Can someone please explain ...
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Can a player unretire when the postseason starts who hasn’t played all season and be eligible play in the postseason

Eric Weddle unretired and is signing with the Rams for their postseason run??? I never heard or seen that in my life is it against any rules?
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What is the longest drive in the NFL with consideration for penalty yardage?

I have attempted to search for this answer before, but often end up getting answers akin to the longest distance a drive has taken between goal lines, hence the answer is something like 99 yards. ...
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Does strength of victory include teams a team has tied?

In figuring the NFL's strength of victory tie-breaker, what about teams a team has tied? In other calculations, a tie is counted as half a victory.
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Why did Joe Burrow not have a nameplate?

The photo shows #9 for the Cincinnati Bengals (Joe Burrow) playing without a nameplate on his jersey during the Bengals game against the Chiefs on 2nd January 2022. Why is this?
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All time QB with the worst December+ INT ratio

For a long time I've been a fan of Matthew Stafford. He had suffered in Detroit for years. Detroit, in their best years would appear to have their playoff hopes get dashed in December. It seems that ...
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NFL Team Lose on Purpose for Draft Pick

How does the NFL prevent a team on the last week of the season to losing on purpose ensuring a #1 draft pick for the following year?
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Why do ESPN and others still list the Eagles as having a chance to win the NFC East title?

As of Christmas Day 2021 with 2 games to go for each the Cowboys at 10-4 and the Eagles at 7-7 why do ESPN and others still show the Eagles with a chance to win the NFC east division title?
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What would be the effect if the 2-point conversion was changed to 3-point?

As an active follower of the NFL from outside the US, I have always found it curious that teams overwhelmingly take a 1-point field goal rather than a 2-point conversion. Some reasons are given in the ...
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How do NFL players know a fair catch has been called?

I know that a raised arm wave signals a fair catch. But I can imagine gunners and such sometimes will be in the midst of fighting through blocks or at least have someone blocking their vision for a ...
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Quarterback conduct after a game

It seems that at the end of every NFL game the two opposing QBs meet in the field, hug, and chat for a few minutes. My question is, has the league ordered or encouraged them to do this, or is it ...
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When did American football teams start honoring players who have passed away by starting 10 men on the field?

For American football games (college and professional), when did they begin honoring players who passed away by starting ten players on the field? I haven't watched football for that long, but my ...
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American football: lowest net-win differential with positive net points?

Today, the Iowa Hawkeyes defeated the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 28-21. The result is that Nebraska wound up with a 1-8 record in Big Ten conference play, with 239 points scored and 239 conceded. This was ...
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Why TD when recovered on ½-yard line and "momentumed" to the end zone, in American football?

Why was it a touchdown in the Falcons vs. Cowboys game when a blocked punt was recovered ball on "½-yard line", but the momentum carried the player over to the end zone? The player was ...
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Why do five Week 15 NFL games have a start time of TBD?

As of 2021-11-20, week 15 of the 2021 NFL schedule has five games with starting times of TBD. Why does this week have so many games this late in the season without starting times? When are the ...
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What does the B I G mean on a college American football field?

I was watching this first half shut-out between Michigan and Ohio and on the field there is B I G painted on the field. The paint is white, the B is just outlined while the I G is solid white. What is ...
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In American football can it not be Illegal use of hands on the ball carrier?

It's fairly common that the defense is called for an: "Illegal use of hands - Hands to the face". But, I've seen it a couple of time now, when the ball carrier (offence) does the same thing ...
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Why don't NFL teams keep a punter who can kick field goals?

At the 2021 Week 8 game between the Steelers and Browns, the Steelers kicker was injured during a fake field goal attempt in the second quarter and couldn't return. The Steelers did not attempt any ...
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How do "special" teams differ from "regular" teams in American football?

If you are "kicking off" the ball, you will need a "kicker," which you wouldn't need ordinarily. If your team is "receiving" a ball, you would need two men in the back ...
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Has any team won a non shut out game with only field goals since the nfl afl merger

If there are more than one of those games sort it by highest scoring to least scoring.
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What constitutes a "game-winning drive" statistically?

After the Buccaneers @ Patriots game - in which the Buccaneers won - it was revealed by statisticians that it was Tom Brady's 50th career "game-winning drive". What constitutes a "game-...
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Fair catch of a kick-off that hits the ground first

Can a player on the receiving team of a kick-off call and make a "fair catch" of the ball if the kick is squibbed down the field (i.e., it has touched the ground first and remains in the ...
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What if a referee breaks the rules?

If a referee breaks official regulations are there any corrective courses of action? For example if a call is challenged and accepted by the ref after official review. Or more extreme if a ref decided ...
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Which losing team has had the most possession time?

In the NFL, which team has had the greatest time in possession but still lost the match?
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Is an infinite game possible?

Suppose that, in a football game, for whatever reason, one team wanted to prolong the game indefinitely and never reach an end. Now, suppose they had the ball, say on the 25 yard line, then they would ...
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Why did NFL Europe fail?

I recently learned that in the late 90s to early 2000's that an NFL sponsored/organized American Football league was playing in Europe. Based on attendance numbers, I could find it seemed decently ...
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Is there a strategic reason why the wildcat play type isn't used in the NFL?

The wildcat formation comes and goes at the collegiate and prep levels and isn't totally unseen. However, it's rarely used at the pro level, despite having ample talent to run it on various teams. ...
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Is an NFL player who forces a fumble that goes out of the end zone not credited with the safety?

I can imagine four situations where the title applies. The ballcarrier is out of the end zone and fumbles when he is tackled. This would not be a safety except for the fumble. The ballcarrier is in ...
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Numbers on American football field [duplicate]

I get American football in Brazil. I try to watch the game, but, honestly, can't understand a thing. One thing that made me curious was the numbers on the ground. For instance, there's a "1st &...
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What happened to EDP445?

What happened to sports youtuber edp445? He had a channel with 2M+ subscribers but his channel has been terminated. Why was his channel terminated?
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Why is the NFL considering an 18-game season?

I'm confused as to why they might implement this next year. What are the pros of an 18-game season? What is the reasoning behind it?
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Since the NFL changed to the 6 team playoff format, what is the best and worst record for each rank 1-6?

What is the best and worst record in each position?
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What are the reasons/benefits to continue with the conference structure in NFL?

Outside of history, what are the reasons/benefits to continue with the conference structure in NFL? Under the current structure, it is impossible for there to be a Superbowl between the two best teams ...
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What is a bye week in the NFL and what are some important things to know regarding this?

I've recently become a big fan of the NFL and noticed some teams had a Bye week. What is this week for, how does it work, and what effect does it have on team strategies?
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American Football (NFL) 4th Down/Last 2 minutes Fumble Rules

I've been reading into the fumbling rules and saw this on Wikipedia. "In American football the offense cannot advance the ball if it recovers its own fumble on fourth down, or in the last two ...
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What are the 2 nfl teams that played each other the least and the most?

What are the 2 nfl teams that played each other the least and the most? P.S. This is between two teams that exist right now not defunct teams
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Which NFL quarterbacks traded to a new team and took them to the Super Bowl in their first season with their new team?

Much like this year’s Tom Brady situation if he were to go to the Super Bowl. It’s his first season with the Bucs, who had a losing record last year. What, if any, past quarterbacks have taken their ...
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Is it a touchdown if the receiver puts a knee out of bounds before the second foot in bounds?

Is this considered a touchdown - attempting a catch, the receiver gets one foot touched down in bounds, then the knee touches the ground out of bounds, then the second foot touches in bounds?
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Why could the fumble in the Browns/Jets game not be advanced?

In the game between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets on 12/27/2020, Baker Mayfield fumbled on the final Cleveland posession, at 1:25 remaining. The ball was fumbled during an attempted ...
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NFL strength of schedule in deciding playoffs and draft picks

Why is a lower strength of schedule percentage better than a higher one when determining a playoff spot or a draft pick? I would expect that a stronger schedule wins out over a weaker one.
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Why don't NFL defenders wrap up during tackles as much as they used to?

20, 30 years ago, by far the most common tackling style was for a defender to wrap up the ball carrier and drag him to the ground. In the last 10 years, glancing tackles have become a lot more common. ...
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Does a blocked extra point count as a missed extra point for the kicker?

Does a blocked extra point count as a missed extra point? This was the case in last Monday night's game when Justin Tucker's extra point was blocked and from what I understand it was counted as a miss ...
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