Questions tagged [american-football]

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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Is the quarterback allowed to make an underhand throw in the NFL?

Is the quarterback allowed to make an underhand throw in the NFL? If so, if the pass is incomplete is the play dead?
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Are football fields 100 yards long. Document by reconciling space between yard markers

How can football field be 100 yards long when there are presumably 32" between each 4" yard marker. It does not add up when you measure from fifty-yard line (or any other). From the 1 yard line, there ...
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With the clock having one second left for a college football game does the whole play count when the clock runs out?

If the clock for a college football game has one second left on it for the last play, does the whole play count?
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Football field: Defensive goal line “plane” is actually the back of the painted line?

In the NFL and presumably in most football leagues, the goal lines, yard lines, and hash marks are all four inches wide. The hash marks/yard lines are painted at 36-inch intervals; that is, they ...
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Which of these sports requires a definite winner and loser?

From what I can see, the following sports require that there has to be a winner/loser (draws aren't possible due to some continuation rule that leads to a winning result): Basketball Baseball ...
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American Football: Why take knee before halftime?

I'm interested in the following situation: a team in American football possesses the ball with less than a minute left in the first half of a game and is facing a long field to score. Oftentimes, ...
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NFL fields missing team logo

NFL teams usually have their team logo painted in the middle of their home field, spanning 5 yards to the left and to the right of the 50 yard line. I've noticed that some stadiums are missing the ...
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Why does NFL have games on Thursdays?

Players and specially coaches don't like playing on short weeks. It doesn't give the players enough time to heal from the previous game, and it makes it tough for the coaches to come up with game ...
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me when I take down a standing pile by jumping on top?

When I see a standing pile or freinds trying to tackle another person I jusm on top and with me being the heaviest on the team it comes down, yet the refs pull me aside and scream at me not to do it, ...
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Why was Iowa's long snapper an eligible receiver after snapping the ball on Iowa Nov. 4, 2017 swinging gate play?

On Nov. 4, 2017 Iowa ran a trick play in their upset of Ohio State in which their long snapper hiked the ball to the punter before running down the field and catching a pass. The long snapper was ...
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Why doesn't a player have to catch the ball from a punt?

I've been getting in to NFL this season and really like the sport. One point I was unclear about in the rules is when a team punts the ball. Why does the receiving player not have to catch it? I ...
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What would prevent the NFL from expanding to a 19 game season?

There has long been team discomfort in Thursday night and international games because teams have a reduced rest period. A 2 bye-weeks schedule was attempted in 1993, but was dropped, it seemed in ...
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Did the Dallas Cowboys's Jeff Heath practice kicking at all since high school?

On 22nd October 2017, the Dallas Cowboys's kicker, Dan Bailey, was injured during their game against the San Francisco 49ers. For the rest of the game, strong safety Jeff Heath handled the kicking ...
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Airborne receiver heading out of bounds

If an airborne receiver heading out of bounds reaches out and breaks the plane of the end zone with the ball, moments after the ball was held outside the field of play (over the sideline), shouldn't ...
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In American football, where do the officials mark the tackle?

I watch both NFL and CFL, so I might be confusing what each league does, but here is what I think I have noticed: sometimes a player gets the ball after the snap, they are blocked, and they are ...
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How is the location of the Super Bowl determined?

How is the location of the Super Bowl determined? What criteria must a prospective stadium/region meet in order to adequately host the Super Bowl? NOTE: Historically, Super Bowls that take place in "...
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What NFL teams have been shutout in consecutive games?

Miami Dolphins were almost shutout for the 2nd consecutive game. A TD as time expired last week vs. Jets are only points Miami has in last 2 games. Has a team ever been shutout in consecutive games?
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What are the possible outcomes after a blocked extra point in college football?

I was watching a Div. I NCAA football game today. A PAT was blocked and one of the defenders picked the ball up. The announcer said that it was a live ball. What are the possible outcomes in this ...
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When does a penalty result in an automatic first down in NFL?

I believe there are penalties that once accepted automatically yield a first down. And there are others that don't always result in a first down, put depending on the location of the foul (regarding ...
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Is there a penalty for kicking a PAT from the 2 yard line in the NFL?

This year the NFL changed the way extra points work so that 2-point-conversion attempts are snapped from the 2 yard line as they always were, but extra points are now snapped from the 15. If a team ...
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Why is no second football game televised (possibly just in NY)?

Something confuses the heck out of me in regards to TV broadcasting of (American) Football. I used to live in Seattle. On Sunday, there were the early games, and the later games. One was selected ...
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If the defense commits a penalty on an extra point after a turnover does the offense get to retry the point?

If the defense commits a penalty on an extra point after a turnover does the offense get to retry the point? Assume the offense is going for a two point conversion and a defender intercepts the ball. ...
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Identify football autographs, signed at 2008 Bronko Nagurski Charlotte Touchdown Club awards [closed]

Signed in 2008 at the Bronko Nagurski Charlotte Touchdown Club awards banquet. Not sure who signed this football.
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Identify autographs on football Eagles 2011-2012 [closed]

Can you please help me identify any of these autographs on a team-signed football with a COA that only lists "Eagles 2011-2012 team-signed"? Is the 1st signature from Mike Vick? It looks like a #3 (...
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Backward pass NFL

Why is a not caught Backward pass a fumble and not a incomplete pass? I know all the new rules about a complete pass and why a uncaught pass is incomplete and not a fumble. But I saw a droped backward ...
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How can NFL legally suspend players for off field actions

Inspired by the deflate gate and Ezekiel Elliott's now halted suspension, I'm wondering how the NFL can legally suspend players for off the field behaviours. Are there clauses in the contracts and CBA ...
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Does touching the pylon make it a catch?

If a football player catches the ball as he flies out of bounds but touches the end zone pylon is it incomplete or is it a touchdown?
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What is the meaning of these American football trash talk expressions?

This video humorously lists possible trash-talking in the NFL. What is the joke of the following "insults"? #5 Your receivers can't run a clean route on a Hail Mary. What is a clean route and why ...
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How many seasons did Steve Young play?

Steve Young, in an interview, stated that he played 18 seasons of football. However, if you look at the Wikipedia page on him, it lists 17 seasons (15 in the NFL, 2 in the USFL), not 18. How can ...
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What are the disadvantages of the wide nine defensive scheme?

Correct me if i'm wrong I've read a little about a wide-nine defensive scheme. Trying to get an understanding of this. From my understanding, a wide nine defensive philosophy depends on defensive ...
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Nfl history - Pre 1950's [duplicate]

I'm an old guy. I seem to remember a day (40s or 50s) where a NFL runner was tackled and would be allowed to get up and continue to run. This was before the runner was considered down if his knee ...
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Do NCAA College Football athletes have to provide their own helmets?

As someone not living in the US and not seen much of the NCAA college football, I was wondering whether or not the athletes have to supply their own helmets as they get sprayed and painted the ...
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Can a 5-yard penalty be conceded by the defence when the offence is less than 5 yard from the goal line in American football?

Scenario: Line of scrimmage is at the defensive team's 12 yard line and the defensive team concedes a 15-yard pre-snap penalty. Normally the offensive team would move up 15 yards, but what happens ...
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Does a penalty yardage greater to the “yards to go” always lead to 1st down in American football?

Scenario: The offensive team has 2nd & 4 at the defensive team's 20 yard line and the defensive team concedes a 5-yard pre-snap penalty. The offensive team moves five yards up the field, but what ...
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Difference between one gap and two gap techniques for defensive linemen

While watching American football, I frequently hear about "one gap" or "two gap" techniques when referring to defensive linemen. I found this terminology to be a bit unclear, so I looked for an ...
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What's the justification for this rarely-invoked NFL fumble rule?

Yesterday, at the end of the Packers-Bills game (2014 Week 15), Rodgers fumbled into his own endzone. Eddie Lacy recovered it, but was unable to fight his way out, resulting in a game-winning safety. ...
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What are the black bars beneath American Footballer's eyes are used for?

I often see football players with black bars right under their eyes. I can't figure out a reason why they are necessary. What are they used for?
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What is the Spider 2 Y Banana?

In a Jon Gruden interview on ESPN, he calls a play Spider 2 Y Banana. I have no idea what to make of this. What do the words even reference, and what do they mean?
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Are NFL teams disallowed from practising with NCAA teams?

Ignoring whether this would actually happen, is there any rule that would prohibit a NFL team or unit (OL, DL, etc.) from practising with a NCAA football team or unit? Would the NCAA consider it ...
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In American football, which team is on offense first?

Is it guaranteed to be the home team or the away team, or is it decided randomly?
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Why is Matt Ryan nicknamed “Matty Ice”?

Where did Atlanta Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan get his nickname?
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How skillful are major polls at predicting the winner of sports, particularly college football?

And how does this skill vary during the season? For decades we've heard the presentation that polls are biased, especially in preseason, and lazily voted on. Does empirical data generally bear this ...
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What is the estimated point value of deferring after winning the coin toss?

In American football, the winner of the coin toss can make a choice now (usually to receive the kick-off which starts the game), or can defer their choice to the second half (thus having the option to ...
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Cincinnati Bengals All-Time leading tackler?

I was wondering if anyone could find out who this person is? I cannot find this information and would really like to know.
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NFL record for most number of interceptions within one instance of scoring?

My brother and I were discussing some things when a question of curiosity came up that Google could not seem to answer: In the NFL, what is the record for number of interceptions (by either team) ...
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What are the rules for NFL restricted free agents that have a first round tender?

For teams with multiple first round draft picks, what are the rules defining which first round draft pick that a team would need to give up if it signs a restricted free agent (RFA) that have the ...
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Why can't you hurdle someone in high school football?

The high school star running back runs down the field, he gets to the 40, a man is in his way, so he takes a flying leap, clearing the defender, and resumes his sprint to the end zone. The referee's ...
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How are compensatory draft picks decided for the NFL?

The draft for the National Football League (NFL) now includes 32 compensatory draft picks awarded to teams that lost value in free agency prior to the draft. These picks are awarded at the ends of ...
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NFL team “getting rid” of a player

NFL teams can cut or trade players they're no longer interested in. However, if the player is under a guaranteed contract, the team may have to pay him for as many years as his contract is valid. In ...
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When a QB slides, is it considered a dead ball?

I was watching the Niners-Lions game last week and saw something that has me a little confused. I was under the impression that when a quarterback slides in the NFL, the play is considered dead when ...