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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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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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Is it possible to purchase another teams draft pick?

Has a team in any of the major US sports leagues (NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL) ever purchased another teams draft pick for cash? It is common for teams to trade their draft picks for player but I am wondering ...
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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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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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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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How can a touchdown catch be made when the receiver lands outside the End Zone?

Why was this catch by Chris Hogan for the Patriots against the Buccaneers, on October 5th 2017, a touchdown, as he caught the ball in the air and landed outside of the End Zone? I thought the ...
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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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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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Does a spike count as an incompletion

I'm trying to determine whether or not a spike counts as an incomplete pass. From what I can tell, it's not really counted as an incomplete pass, at least in the NFL. Although in the NCAA, it's ...
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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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What does “out round” mean in NFL?

In training session, someone told the other NFL players, "Out round" and then the player passed a ball. Does it mean knockout round? it's from TV show psych season 3, episode 13.
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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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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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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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Has the practice of retiring numbers ever become a problem?

Some professional sports teams retire numbers in honor of exceptional players. If practiced frequently enough by an old team, such a practice would be unsustainable. You'd run out of numbers. More ...
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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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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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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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Why is Matt Ryan nicknamed “Matty Ice”?

Where did Atlanta Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan get his nickname?
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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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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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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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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 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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Why doesn't Los Angeles have an NFL team?

The Los Angeles metropolitan area is the second largest metro area in the United States. It is big enough to support 2 NBA teams (Lakers and Clippers), 2 MLB teams (Dodgers and Angels), and 2 NHL ...
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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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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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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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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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What makes a formation illegal?

Sometimes the referee will flag a team for having an "illegal formation". What are the restrictions on how a team is allowed to line up?
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How does the NFL distribute their content online?

Ordinary television shows have sites like Hulu where their content can be viewed online. However, for the NFL, their online content distribution strategy seems less clear. What is the league's ...
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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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Player out of bounds during fumble?

I was watching football this past week and a play got to me. Sorry I can't remember the exact game (I watched all 32 games the past two weeks) but maybe someone will be able to find it. This ...
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Requirements for Touchdown Catch Near the Goal Line

When a ball carrier has possession in the field of play, and carries the ball toward the end zone, the requirement for scoring a touchdown is that the ball cross the plane of the goal line. The ...
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How many of the NFL tiebreakers have actually been used?

The NFL has a long list of tie-breaking procedures. There are seven separate lists of rules depending on possible tie situations. However, it seems incredibly unlikely that two teams would have: Tied ...
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False Start penalty clarification

In the Super Bowl this year Denver was called for a false start on the very first play of the game. The ref clearly stated the false start happened before the snap. Why was the play allowed to ...
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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 ...
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Why would NFL teams do a fair catch?

I'm still wondering why would football teams do a fair catch if they could run to gain some yards. And, why would the NFL make that sort of rule? Is it because of some sort of safety reason?