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Has anyone been “guaranteed” a Super Bowl ring because they played for both teams during the season?

I was reading this answer to the question "Who gets Super Bowl rings?" which says Also, in some cases, players traded during the season will get them too, if they suited up and played during they ...
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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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Could an immediate field goal be advantageous in NFL?

Consider this strategy: If a team reaches the 40 or so yard line, it would immediately go for the field goal attempt, instead of trying the touch down. This could be considered "small ball", ...
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NFL betting odds during game

I have a couple of basic questions about NFL betting. Are betting odds set in stone before the game begins, or do they evolve with the progression of the game? What are "closing odds?" ...
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What is the highest strength of victory that can be attained by an NFL team?

A follow-up to the question What is “Strength of Victory”?: I was trying to find the theoretical maximum of a team's strength of victory (SOV) after an NFL regular season is complete. Certainly, just ...
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When calculating red zone efficiency, does a team need to have a first down in the red zone?

An NFL team's red zone efficiency/percentage is calculated by taking the number of touchdowns scored in the red zone and dividing it by the number of trips to the red zone. (A team is in the red zone ...
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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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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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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 but I'll be satisfied with just a list of rules changes going back to 1970, when ...
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Super Bowl home field advantage - home team vs away?

My understanding is that the AFC and NFC alternate nominal home and away team status in the Super Bowl. In the theoretical case where a team makes it to the Super Bowl in the same year that their ...
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NFL: going for it on fourth and 1

I'm a soccer fan and rarely watch NFL. But one thing that bemuses me is the conservatism in the game. Why do teams not go for it more often on 4th and 1? The stats show it's a good play. The reward ...
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NFL teams with back to back shutouts

St. Louis Rams beat the Oakland Raiders in week 13 (of 2014 season) by a score of 52 to 0, and went on to beat Washington Redskins the following week 24 - 0. Are the Rams the first team to win back to ...
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Can a team in the NFL make the playoffs with only three wins?

It's impossible for all the teams in a division to have losing records in their divisional games--every time someone loses a game, someone else in the division wins it. But the home team could win ...
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Why do teams almost always pass on 2-point conversions?

I found an article saying that from 2011-2017, there were 506 two-point conversion attempts in the NFL, and 79% of those plays were passes. Is there any explanation for why teams pass so often on two-...
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NFL overtime: after a field goal, clock runs out on second team's possession

Under the NFL's current "modified sudden death" overtime rules, if the first team scores a field goal, the second team is entitled to one more possession. What happens if the clock runs out during ...
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What is the highest number of picks a team has had in the draft?

I was looking at the draft from 2012 and noticed that the 49ers had made a lot of trades to acquire more picks for the 2013 draft. This led me to wonder about trades and the number of draft picks ...
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NFL players with multiple punt return touchdowns in a game

Nyheim hines of the Indianapolis Colts returned 2 punts for touchdowns in the week 16 game of the 2019-20 season against the Carolina Panthers. How many players have returned multiple punts for ...
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When did the NFL move the stanchion out of the end zone?

I was just watching a clip of Bart Starr's game-winning quarterback sneak in the Ice Bowl. One thing I noticed is that the goal post stanchion is inside the end zone, not behind the end zone as it is ...
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NFL game in which a team scores a late TD to pull within one point and then attempts a two-point conversion?

Has there ever been a regular season or playoff game in the NFL in which a team trailed by 7 points in the final 2 minutes, scored a touchdown to pull within one point, and instead of kicking the ...
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Sports odds explanation for NFL

I'm looking at sports odds at for the first time and am a little confused. I understands that if ATS (against the spread) is negative, then the home team is predicted to win. Also, SP (spread) ...
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What are the fewest passing yards by quarterbacks in an NFL playoffs win?

At the end of the Tennessee Titans victory against the Baltimore Ravens in the divisional round of the 2019-2020 playoffs, the commentators announced that Ryan Tannehil became the first Quarterback to ...
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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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How does a fumble at kickoff or a punt - recovered by kicking team - affect win conditions in overtime?

In the NFL, Overtime conditions state that if the team to possess the ball first score a Touchdown on their first possession, then they win the game. If they score a Field Goal, or fail to score, then ...
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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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Largest comeback against Bill Belichick Patriots

What is the largest deficit overcome against the New England Patriots in the Bill Belichick era? I have searched all over the Internet and cannot find a clear answer.
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Does the coin have to flip in NFL rules?

In a 2016 NFL playoff game between the Green Bay Packers and the Arizona Cardinals, the game went to overtime. On the overtime coin flip, the referee threw the coin in the air and it didn't flip. The ...
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In the NFL, is it legal to fake an extra point kick and run a two point conversion?

In the NFL, is it legal to fake an extra point kick and instead run a two point conversion? E.g. they snap to the holder who runs it into the end zone instead of spotting it for the kick. I would've ...
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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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What would have to happen to break LaDanian Tomlinson's 2006 season, 31 touchdown record? [closed]

In 2006, LaDanian Tomlinson set the record for total touchdowns scored (rushing and receiving) at 31. What would need to happen to eclipse this mark? I'm wondering about the attributes of the player....
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When was the last time a kicker was released after making two 60+ yard field goals during the season?

In 2019, Brett Maher made a 62 and 63 yard field goals during the season. However, he was released on 9 Dec 2019. When was the last time a kicker was released after making two (or more) 60+ yard ...
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Super Bowl MVP winners from the losing team

How many times a player from the losing team was named the super bowl MVP? Please list all these MVP winners, year it occurred, as well as the team and position they played.
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Field goal then safety in overtime?

I know this scenario is extremely unlikely and will probably never occur, bit I am still curious. Say, overtime starts and Team A receives the ball first. They end up kicking a field goal and the ball ...
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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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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 ...
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Where is the ball spotted on a quarterback slide

When a quarterback slides feet first, is the ball spotted at the feet or where the ball is held in the hands, which could be 2 or 3 feet behind the feet?
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NFL the playoff race tie breakers regarding common games record

Based on the rankings explanation provided by CBS regarding the NFL playoff situation; CBS provides something regarding a common record: Seattle is ahead of Detroit based on common games record (4-...
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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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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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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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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 you call a coach's challenge when you do not have a timeout?

In close game situations in the NFL, if for example the opposing quarterback completes a pass to one of their receivers, can you challenge the ruling on the field with no timeout? This is questionable,...
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What does “dead money” mean when referred to in the NFL?

I always hear this used especially during the off season when players are being signed to a new contract or cut. I still don't understand the significance and usage so what does "dead money" mean when ...
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How is a Quarterback's passer rating calculated in the NFL?

In the NFL, all of the stats like YPG, and average fantasy points are calculated somehow. How is a passer's rating calculated? Does it have something to do with the average yards gained per completion,...
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Is it allowed for the quarterback (or someone else) to punt the ball if he can't find another play?

If the quarterback (or someone else) on fourth down gets in trouble and hasn't passed the line of scrimmage, can he change the intended play and instead punt the ball away?
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Longest 3rd and 4th down conversions

In week 9 of 2017 season LA Rams converted a 3rd and 33 and scored a touchdown on the same play against the New York Giants. Inspired by this, I'm wondering what are the longest 3rd and 4th down ...
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How does a player re-establish position infield?

So in the NFL if a player goes out of bounds on a play he must "re-establish position" inbounds before he can touch the ball. How or what does re-establishing position entail?
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How are NFL division titles determined when a team has best record within division, but not in overall games?

Can a NFL team win their division games and have the best record for games within the division, however not have the best overall record, and be the division champion?
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NFL football incentives

How do incentives work in the NFL in respect to salary cap? For example last season, if Nick Foles played 3 more snaps against the Redskins, he would have received $1,000,000 based on total plays ...
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Defensive penalty

It was 3rd and 10 for the Green Bay packers when Detroit sacked Rodgers. But there was an illegal use of hands to the face-mask by the defense resulting in a 5 yard penalty and a 1st down that would ...
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Safety during overtime's first possesion

For last year's postseason (and this year's regular season), the NFL adopted a new sudden death format. The following approved ruling for a safety on an opening possession states: A.R. 16.19 SAFETY ...

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