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What happens if an NFL kicker totally misses the ball on a kickoff?

If during a kick-off, for example at the beginning of a half or after a score, the kicker totally misses the ball when he goes to kick, what happens? Would it be a penalty for delay of game?
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Why are NFL players introduced with their college team?

At the beginning of many prime time NFL games, the starting players say their names and the college they attended. Why are the college names announced? Many of these players have been in the league ...
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Is hiking the football required or just a good idea?

In football, the ball starts at the line of scrimmage and from there is hiked back to the quarterback. Doing this creates room for the quarterback to make passing or running plays. Clearly hiking the ...
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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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Nfl overtime rules [duplicate]

What happens if the team receiving the kickoff in overtime drives the ball for almost 10 minutes (unlikely but possible) and then kicks a field goal as the 10 minutes run out? Do they win?
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When was the last time the Bills, Lions, Browns, & Jets won on the same day?

On October 6, 2018, the Bills, Lions, Browns and Jets all won. When was the last time the Bills, Lions, Browns, & Jets won on the same day? Or even the same week?
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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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Why is NFL season significantly shorter compared to most other sports?

I am not sure but if I remember correctly the NFL teams play 15-16 games during regular season and a couple more in the play-offs if they can make it the whole way. Why such a short season, in ...
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Why aren't women allowed in training camp?

Jeff Fisher cut Deon Long for bringing a woman to his dorm room. What's the big deal? https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2016/08/09/jeff-fisher-cut-deon-long-for-bringing-a-woman-to-his-camp-dorm-...
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How to read an NFL “state of game” format

This is the current "state" of an NFL game. What does it mean? 3rd and 24 on SF 20 yd where SF is San Francisco
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Is it a reception if a receiver hops twice on one foot?

Assuming an NFL receiver catches a ball and maintains possession, if he hops twice on the same foot before going out of bounds, does it count as a catch? Does the rule book specifically say it needs ...
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Is it legal to ice your own kicker?

In the NFL a Coach can call a timeout right before the kicker kicks the ball in order to affect the kicker's chance of succeeding. In many cases, the kicker will take the kick twice, once right after ...
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What prevents a player/team from agreeing to a long-term contract after the franchise tag deadline?

This afternoon is the NFL franchise tag deadline. I keep hearing radio hosts talking about it as the deadline to sign a long-term deal. However, I was under the impression that once this deadline ...
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How much does a dropped NFL player earn while with a team during the pre-season

In the latest episode of NFL Hard Knocks the Browns are dropping players to get to the 53 that are allowed during the regular season. As I understand it, if a dropped player isn't picked up by ...
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Quarterback pass to self

In the wild card round of the 2017-18 NFL season, Marcus Mariota, quarterback of the Tennessee Titans, made a pass to himself for a 6-yard touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs. This makes me ...
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If you are on waivers and under contract in the NFL can you get credit for serving a suspension?

For example, if Johnny Manziel is under contract with Cleveland for the 2016 season, he will likely get put on waivers and a suspension from the NFL. Will he get credit for serving a suspension (e....
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Lateral Passes in the NFL

Why are lateral passes so rare in the NFL? I've seen quite a few situations in which it would seem advantageous. For example in a 2v1, 2v2 setting when the ball carrier is about to be tackled, why ...
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Why wasn't Schwartz's challenge during the Thanksgiving Lions/Texans reviewed?

During the Nov 22, 2012 Detroit Lions/Houston Texans game, Lions head coach Jim Schwartz challenged a scoring play where the runner appeared to be down by contact. Since scoring plays are ...
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Why does an unsuccessful NFL challenge result in the loss of a timeout?

What is the reason an NFL team loses a timeout if it challenges and the challenge fails?
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Are there any other instances of a coach's challenge backfiring?

My title just refers to ​"coach's challenge" ​so it will be shorter. I intend to also include other non-neutrally-initiated replay review, such as for example ​manager's challenges . The one instance ...
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Is a double-challenge possible?

In American football (NFL), is it possible for both teams to challenge on the same thing for the same play?
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Why is an illegal shift treated as a false start at the end of a half in American football?

On 2 November 2015 near the end of the Seahawks-Cowboys game, the Cowboys were down by 1 but had possession of the ball. They had no timeouts and next to no time left on the clock. Hurrying to get a ...
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What's the difference between “questionable” vs “doubtful” injury designations in the NFL?

In the NFL, what is the difference between each of the designations for questionable vs doubtful? Which one is more severe?
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San Francisco 49ers uniform colors: White or red?

I always thought they wore red while home and white while away. However, when I saw the highlights of their first game (2014 season) against the Cowboys on 8 September 2014, I noticed them wearing red ...
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Can an intercepting player be down by contact that occurs before the interception?

Consider a scenario where a receiver runs a post route to the goal line. A linebacker drops back into coverage, jumps, and tips the pass right before the goal line. In the act of deflecting the pass, ...
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Has the Lambeau Leap been banned at all NFL stadiums except Lambeau Field?

The Lambeau Leap is a celebration started by Green Bay Packers players who leap into the stands after scoring a touchdown at Lambeau Field. The celebration has spread across the NFL though, because I'...
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After a missed field goal, where does the next drive start?

In Superbowl LII, at the beginning of the 2nd quarter, New England drove to the Philly 8 and kicked a field goal. Gostkowski missed (hit upright). The ensuing Philly drive commenced at their 20-yard ...
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Did any player on Eagles Super Bowl winning roster play on the 04 season Super bowl?

The Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52 to win their first Super Bowl. The last time the Eagles made it to the Super Bowl was during the 2004 season, also against the ...
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On an onside kick, what happens when a return man signals fair catch and is obstructed from reaching the ball?

Team A is still down by two points with less than one minute remaining in the game and they are kicking off to team B after just scoring a touchdown. Team B realizes they are going to try an onside ...
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NFL conference top seed hosting divisional round playoff game as an underdog

The Philadelphia Eagles hosted and beat the Atalanta Falcons on NFC's Divisional playoffs round of the 2017-18 NFL season. The eagles became the first top seed team since the 70's to host a playoff ...
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Can time of possession for the two teams of an NFL game add up to less than 60 minutes?

In a December 13, 2015 game between the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers, the time of possession of the two teams was recorded as: Falcons: 28:21 Panthers: 31:21 Adding these two gives a total ...
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Can the kicker alter the shape of the football before a kickoff, say by banging the tips on the ground?

During the Chiefs-Broncos game in December 2017, I notice that the Chiefs' kicker banged the tips of the football on the ground before placing it in the kick stand, thus altering the shape of the ...
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what is the purpose of a 'Squib' kick in the NFL?

What is the purpose of a 'Squib' kick in American Football?
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What is the NFL record for starting field position by kick returner

Can anyone find the NFL record for starting field position attributed to the primary kick returner? I've looked through several websites listing NFL records, to no avail. Specifically looking for ...
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How can an American football team tie with another team?

I am a football beginner, but still a fan. I've been wondering how could an American football team tie with another team. I know that there is OT (overtime), and I'm not sure if the game ends with a ...
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What are the strategical differences of playing under centre and out of the shotgun?

During NFL games the commentators often talk about the play design. One thing that comes up a lot is the formation at the time of snap and quarterback's play readability. The quarterback could be ...
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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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Why are Raiders stand higher than Chiefs after week 1?

Each have one win. According to tiebreaking procedures, it should be: H2H record (not applicable) Record within division (not applicable) Record in common games (not applicable) Record within ...
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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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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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