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Did an NFL team with the outright most Pro Bowlers miss the playoff before 2021?

In the 2021 NFL season the Indianapolis Colts had the most players (7) selected to the Pro Bowl (no other team had 7 Pro Bowl players), yet they missed the playoffs. Has this ever happened?
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Is the NVP (Nickelodeon Valuable Player) a legitimate award?

Pro Football Reference recognizes Mitch Tribusky as the 2021 NVP and Dak Prescott as the 2022 NVP. Is the NVP (Nickelodeon Valuable Player) a legitimate award recognized by the NFL?
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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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Most overtime games for a team during a season

With the Browns just finishing their third overtime game this season (in week 5), does anybody know what is the most overtime games played by a single team during a season? This page seems to have 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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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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What is "Strength of Victory"?

The NFL lists the following Tiebreaking Procedures to break ties within a division: Head-to-head (best won-lost-tied percentage in games between the clubs). Best won-lost-tied percentage in games ...
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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 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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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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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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Rule for stopping / starting the clock when running out of bounds with the football in NFL & NCAA

What are the rules and are they the same in NCAA and NFL when it comes to stopping and starting the game clock when a player runs out of bounds with the football. What I have found out is that ...
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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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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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Is there a minimum number of players needed on the field in the NFL?

In the NFC Divisional playoff game on 2018-01-14 between Minnesota and New Orleans, Minnesota's Stephon Diggs scored a touchdown as time expired in the fourth quarter to take the lead and thus win the ...
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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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Why does the NHL not feature red and blue in their logo, as opposed to the other three major sports leagues in the US?

I was casually browsing the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL websites today, and realized that even though they are separate governing bodies the websites look quite similar, most notably the scores at the top, ...
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NFL: Why do kick coverage teams always run all the way down the field

I've noticed this frequently in the NFL. When there's a kickoff that is downed in the end zone for a touchback (or is out of the back of the endzone), the coverage team still runs all the way down the ...
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Can all penalties be declined in American Football?

I saw some highlights from an NFL game the other day (I think it was Detroit's 22-21 comeback win against Atlanta) and the presenter said they won the game with a field goal. Their first attempt at ...
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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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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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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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First overall draft picks getting traded for one another

The Detroit Lions traded away their quarterback Mathew Stafford, in exchange for LA Ram's quarterback Jared Goff, 2 first round picks and a third round pick on January 30th 2021. The most interesting ...
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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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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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NFL fields missing team logo

NFL teams usually have their team logo painted in the middle of their home field on the 50 yard line. I've noticed that some stadiums are missing the logo and instead have the NFL logo printed at the ...
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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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Activating a player from Injured Reserve/Designated To Return

The NFL allows one player per team per year to be placed on the IR and be marked as designated to return. What does the return process look like? How long must they be on IR, and how soon must they ...
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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 does waived/injured mean in the NFL?

I'm relatively new to the NFL and while I understand the concept of waiving players and the waiver wire, I've seen the term "waived/injured" and was wondering what is different about that process as ...
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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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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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Why are NFL hash marks closer than NCAA hash marks?

Typically as you move up to more competitive levels of a sport, elements are adjusted to account for the increase of skill/speed/power of better players. NBA 3-point line is farther from hoop than ...
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If a player throws a a lateral/backward pass to a teammate and the receiver is downed behind him

For example, Team A is down by a score late in the game, say third-and-ten at the opponent's 30 yard line. A pass play is called and the quarterback throws the ball to a receiver with a gain of say 13 ...
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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 have been the NFL scoring rules changes?

I'm looking for a list of all scoring and scoring-related rules changes in the NFL. While the NFL goes back to 1920s, I'll be satisfied with just a list of rules changes going back to 1970, when the ...
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Is it possible for an NFL team to go 20-0?

Is it possible for three NFL teams in different divisions in the same conference to all go 16-0 during the regular season? I'm not sure if this is possible with all the scheduling rules that they ...
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What is the closest any team has come to playing a home Super Bowl?

When this question was first posed, no team whose home stadium is hosting the Super Bowl had ever made it to the Super Bowl. My question is, which team has come the closest? (Closest in this case ...
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Why do NFL AFC teams play against NFC during season [duplicate]

KC Chiefs played against TB Buccaneers (NFC) months before the Super Bowl : https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/202011290tam.htm I was wondering how come an AFC team plays against a NFC ...
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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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Why do the players in this video appear to be trying not to get a touchdown?

There's a clickbaitily-titled "Smartest '1000 IQ Plays' in Sports History" video on YouTube. The second and fourth clips in the video both have American football players apparently trying ...
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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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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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NFL Overtime Rules - why are they like this?

Why do the NFL's overtime rules allow for a team to potentially lose without their offense ever taking the field? What caused the league to decide on this format for OT and why did they decide to have ...
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Can a team sign an NFL player during the playoffs?

I was watching the Seahawks playoff game on 5 January 2019 and the kicker got injured. For instance, if the Seahawks won that game, could they sign a new player to replace the injured kicker or is the ...
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Highest record a nfl team can get and miss the playoffs

What is the highest record a team can get and miss the playoffs? Assume the 2019 scheduling rules and playoff setup.

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