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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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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Rushing yards vs passing yards vs receiving yards?

I'm trying to understand football and some of its basic stats, and I'm not clear on the difference between these three. Rushing yards: A statistic in football that records the total number 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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Are 2016 Patriots the only Super Bowl Champions who never led during the game?

The New England Patriots beat Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI in overtime. During regulation they never led the game. The only time they ever led was at the end of the game. Does this make the ...
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Is it more common to score on a kickoff return or a punt return?

During the Super Bowl LI last night, the FOX commentators mentioned that a punt has never been returned for a touchdown during a Super Bowl. My first thought was of Desmond Howard in Super Bowl XXXI, ...
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Is the receiving team more likely to win a overtime?

As I learned, one part of the overtime rules is: If the receiving team scores a touchdown on the first drive, said team will win. It sounds unfair to me, as it's likely that both teams could do ...
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NFL players with at least 5 Super Bowl rings

The New England Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons in overtime of Super Bowl 51 (2017) to win the Lombardi Trophy. This makes Tom Brady (the quarterback of the New England Patriots) the first ...
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What are the biggest comebacks in NFL postseason history?

The New England Patriots overcame a 25 point deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl 51. What are the top 5 comebacks in the NFL playoffs history?
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In North American football, why are 2 of the 5 offensive linemen called “tackles”?

In North American football, why are 2 of the offensive linemen referred to as "offensive tackles"? I mean, 1) they're not allowed, under the rules, to tackle anyone, and 2) there is no equivalent ...
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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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NFL division with 3 teams in the playoffs

Under the current NFL playoffs format, each conference sends 6 teams to the postseason: the 4 division champions and 2 wild card teams. So the most teams a division can have in the playoffs is 3; the ...
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What are the pass interference rules on a quarterback throwing a pass to self?

This may be a bit unanswerable but seeing if the community can come up with any historical conversations or rules. We have a quarterback boot we put into the playbook. The wide receivers are trips ...
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Why do NFL (american football) right tackles make less than left tackles?

According to over the cap, the total value of the highest contract for left tackle is Tyron Smith at $97 Million a $13.2 million average per year. The highest right tackle contract is Layne Johnson, $...
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Number 5 seeds hosting NFL conference championship game

Under the current format that 6 teams from each conference make it to the playoffs, how many times has a #5 seed hosted the conference championship game? In order for the #5 seed to host the game, ...
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Can a player who is out of bounds help a teammate stay in-bounds?

This question came up among my friends while we were watching the Packers triumph over the Giants this evening: Suppose a receiver is catching a pass along the sideline. He's got one foot in-bounds, ...
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Would the offensive line lying down at the snap be an effective trick play in American football?

If the offense is confident the defensive line is going to rush the quarterback on a passing play, would it be effective as a trick play for the offensive line to lie down after the snap? The idea ...
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What determines the kick receiver's location when he catches the kick?

In calculating the distance covered by a kick returner, how is his starting location determined? I believe that it should be the location of his rearmost foot at the time he catches the ball. I have ...
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Does NFL have substitute referees?

The line judge Sarah Thomas got hit during Green Bay Packers vs Minnesota Vikings game in week 16 of 2016 season. She was taken off the field for further evaluation. So given that she was not on the ...
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NFL teams beating the same team 3 times in a season

As of the end of week 15 of 2016 season, the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants have a chance of facing off in the playoffs. The Giants have dealt the Cowboys their only 2 losses of the season so ...
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NFL blocked punt rules

During the Giants vs Lions game on December 18th 2016 there was a punt partially blocked by the Lions. The ball was deflected after the punter kicked it by a Lions player. This resulted in the ball ...
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Pittsburgh had to lose to make the playoffs [closed]

Nearing the end of a historic season, it was possible for Pittsburgh to make the playoffs only if they lost a game: by losing, they might be in a 3-team tiebreaker which they would win. otherwise, ...
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Why are WR in the slot covered by non-CBs in American football?

It's College Bowl season and I'm seeing/hearing some things from the announcers that I need some clarification on. Please note, I have never played any organized football before so all I know is from ...
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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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Has there been an athlete to win a College Championship in two or more different sports?

After asking one involving college sports, I want to know if there has been an athlete who was known for excelling in different sports ever won a championship in separate sports?
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Is there any video of this (or any) successful fair catch kick?

According to Wikipedia, the last successful fair catch kick in the NFL was made in 1976 by Ray Wersching. Is there any video of this (or any) successful fair catch kick?
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What does the third number in a NFL team's record stand for?

What does the third number in a NFL team's record stand for?
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Who is eligible to receive a hand-off in American football? [closed]

Who is eligible to receive a hand-off in American football?
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Division Tie breaker

OK, I think there is a simple answer, but my buddy and I just can't agree. If Patriots and Dolphins were both 10-6....but the Dolphins beat Pats twice...YET..the Pats had a 4-2 Divison record while ...
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While watching a football game on TV, what does “1st & 10” mean?

One thing that made me curious while watching a football game on TV was the numbers that appear on the ground. For instance, there's a "1st & 10" beside one team, but there was a "3rd & 6" a ...
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Why can't multiple fouls be accepted by the offended team?

If there are multiple fouls on the play against the same team, it's common to hear that all fouls are declined except for the one that results in the largest gain. Why can't the offended team accept ...
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Are you allowed to fake a field goal or punt?

Whenever an offense reaches the 4th down in American Football, i.e. they didn't achieve to get a new 1st down in their past 3 attempts, they're faced with basically 2 fundamentally different options. ...
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Why weren't the Eagles penalized for illegal touching on this quick kick in 1986?

In this video you can see the Eagles punting the ball away on 2nd down and 40. Randall Cunningham punts the ball into the back of one of his offensive linemen and the ball pops up in the air but ...
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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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Is there a service to legally stream football games? [closed]

I have a Roku TV and no cable. I understand this is on Fox, but I can't find any useful information on their website about what I need to buy or subscribe to in order to watch this live. I see how to ...
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Guard eligibility to run the ball

Can a guard take a snap from the center if the QB or RB doesn't? Is the guard an eligible running back?
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Running After Being Knocked Off Feet in the NFL

In what year(s) in the NFL was the runner allowed to get up and run after being knocked off his feet, as long as they weren't tackled and held down? From memory, it only lasted 1 or 2 years because it ...
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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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Can the center move the football before the snap?

In high school football, can the center in football move the ball on the ground before snapping it?
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Origin of the 3rd Down “noise”

Whilst watching an NFL game last week*, I noticed that when the visiting team's offense is on 3rd or 4th down, the stadium's speakers play some sort of noise - I'm guessing as a way of distracting / "...
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Win football game by running backwards?

If a football team is one point behind with less than two minutes remaining, wouldn't the logical move be to run the ball back into their own end zone to score a 2-point safety? Even if you are in ...
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How far off-center can the center be?

So sometimes a team can run a play with an unbalanced line. I was wondering "how unbalanced". Can the center be all the way to one side? Can the center be several yards away from his teammates? I ...
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In American Football, why are fullbacks called such if they aren't all the way back from the OLine?

Maybe this question is outdated for modern football so I can delete if needed but why is the fullback called a fullback when they aren't all the way back from the O-line? I don't have a source on me ...
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How can the defense be called for 12 men pre-snap? [duplicate]

I saw a game last night where a penalty was called on the defense for having too many men on the field before the ball was snapped. This was baffling to me. It's my understanding that it's not a ...
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When does 12-men on the defense stop play?

I'm a bit confused about the rule for 12 men on the field in American Football when it's called on the defense. It seems like sometimes this penalty stops play and the offense does not get a chance to ...
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Can a center move his head forward before and during a snap?

We had a bit of a debate about this one and looking for a source or discussion (by authority) around the practice of a center looking between his legs before the snap and then bringing his head ...
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Drafted NFL Player Never Signs, What Happens?

So in a case like that of Joey Bosa, what happens if a player gets drafted into the NFL, but never signs with the team that drafts him? How long does the team retain the rights to him?
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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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Why NFL kickers wear different shoes on each foot?

I was watching some American Football, and I noticed that the kicker Blair Walsh wore a white shoe on his right (kicking) foot, and a black shoe on his left. Is there a reason for this? Does it ...
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History of Tennessee vs Alabama in American football series

Has the University of Tennessee and the University of Alabama ever played American football against each other while being ranked #1 and #2 in the nation?
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Are these two NFL rules overlapping?

I read two rules quoted on this website that seems to overlap: Rule 5, Section 1, Article 1: The game is played by two teams of 11 players each. If a snap, free kick, or fair-catch kick is made ...