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What are the top 5 lowest scoring super bowls?

The New England Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams 13 - 3 in Super Bowl LIII in the lowest scoring super bowl of all time. What are the top 5 lease scoring super bowls ever? Please list the teams ...
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NFL Pro Bowl 2019

Was there a coin toss to decide who gets ball first ? If so, what was the outcome?
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NFL #1 offense getting shut out in a half in the postseason

The Kansas City Chiefs had the #1 offense of the 2018 regular season. The New England Patriots shut out the Cheifs 14 - 0 in the first half of the AFC Championship game. The Patriots eventually beat ...
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Another crossbar in american football

Could anyone tell me, why there is no crossbar on the upper side of the uprights in american football? It would make officiating difficult situations easier. Is there an engineering reason? Is it ...
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Timeout in play ball

How can a time out be called during a field goal attempt if the ball is not dead. The center has the ball placed, the play clock is running. The Referee shall suspend play while the ball is dead and ...
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What is the difference between a offside and a neutral zone infraction in the NFL?

Throughout many NFL games, there is almost always one pre-snap call, and many of those are on the offense for a small flinch. During all of the games that I have watched, I see refs calling out mostly ...
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Are you down if your head touches a defender who is laying on the ground?

It's my understanding that if you touch the ground with your head (while in contact with a defender) you are down. Are you down if your head touches the defender who is sitting/laying on the ground (...
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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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If a ball carrier falls to the ground, how many seconds will the umps allow the clock to run? [duplicate]

If a ball carrier falls to the ground, and the other team wishes to run the clock because they are leading, how many seconds will the umps allow the clock to run?
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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 is the specification for the Kicking out of bounds rule?

During various games, the kickers of each team accidentally kick the ball out of bounds. Usually, when the kick crosses the midfield line, and goes deeper into the receiving team's territory, it is ...
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Reviewing a penalty in the NFL

The referees ruled that the Jets had too many defensive players on the field by a review in their game on December 23, 2018. Can you review offside, holding, or any penalty for that matter?
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In the NFL, how have teams fared against odds from Las Vegas?

Is a home team more or less likely to beat the spread than an away team? Do favored teams or underdogs win against the spread more often? Please include statistics/studies instead of just guessing. ...
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Out of PAT range

Now that the point after touchdown attempt in the NFL makes for a challenging kick, has successive offensive penalties ever taken a team out of range for the PAT?
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Has any player ever won Super Bowl MVP, Pro Bowl MVP, and MVP in the same season?

Please tell me the name, position, and team of any players that have done this, as well as the year it happened. Also, have any players done it in different seasons?
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What is the distinction between a play that counts after the whistle is blown and doesn't count in the National Football League?

Let's say the following scenario occurs. A quarterback throws a screen pass, and the player drops it. There is a whistle for an incomplete pass, and a player on defense grabs the ball and returns it ...
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How does a rookie in the NFL Negotiate Contract

I noticed that Saquon Barkley has an extremely high salary. How is a rookies salary established after the draft if the player does not have a choice on which team he goes to?
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Which players have played against one team three times during one regular season?

In 2018, Golden Tate played against the Cowboys as a member of the Lions in Week 7. He will play against the Cowboys as a member of the Eagles in Weeks 10 and 14. Which players have played against ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What determines the spot of a field goal kick in the NFL?

Is there a limit to how close the ball gets spotted behind the line of scrimmage during a field goal attempt? I regularly watch the NFL and on the field goals the holder awaits for the ball about 8 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Is there any guideline the NFL uses to refrain from calling a penalty due to unusual celebrations or mass reactions?

In the NFL's 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 ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Which NFL teams have natural grass stadiums?

What percentage of NFL teams play on natural grass at their home stadium? How many are indoor versus outdoor fields? Please further breakdown the percentages for indoors and outdoors fields. When ...
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