Questions tagged [special-teams]

Questions about special teams: players and strategies that are important during non-standard game play. Special teams include power plays and penalty kills in ice hockey, and kicking and punting in American football.

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What is the “main” position of players that are on field at NFL kickoff?

As far as I know, players on the special teams (except the kicker, punter and long snapper) are offensive or defensive (backup) players, due to the limited number of players on the active roster. What ...
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Why does the game stop after the kicking team catches a punt?

I am a occasional football watcher from Europe, so please excuse my stupid question. My question is the following: The standard outcome of a punt is a catch by the defending team and some running ...
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Why was Iowa's long snapper an eligible receiver after snapping the ball on Iowa Nov. 4, 2017 swinging gate play?

On Nov. 4, 2017 Iowa ran a trick play in their upset of Ohio State in which their long snapper hiked the ball to the punter before running down the field and catching a pass. The long snapper was ...
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Is it more common to score on a kickoff return or a punt return?

During the Super Bowl LI last night, the FOX commentators mentioned that a punt has never been returned for a touchdown during a Super Bowl. My first thought was of Desmond Howard in Super Bowl XXXI, ...
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Is there a rule for when K-Balls are used?

In the NFL, special balls ("K-Balls") are used for kicking plays. These balls are harder and slicker than the balls used during normal play. My understanding is that kickers don't really like using ...
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Why not go for a field goal attempt instead of a punt in some situations?

I have noticed that in American football the ball seems to travel farther when launched from a tee on the ground, or from the fingers of a holder on the ground, than when launched from a punt. What ...
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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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Does icing a fieldgoal kicker actually work?

It's a common strategy in most levels of football to call a time out shortly before the ball is snapped prior to a field goal. This is called icing the kicker (as it makes the kicker wait through the ...