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What determines the spot of a field goal kick in the NFL?

There is no rule about the required exact distance from the line of scrimmage. It can be taken from the line itself or behind. They kick from 7 yards behind the line primarily because they're used to ...
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Are you allowed to fake a field goal or punt?

A punt has no special bearing and follows the rules of football. Meaning you must have 7 men on the line of scrimmage, the end players are eligible, the backs are eligible, you are allowed a forward ...
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NFL football incentives

NFL incentive bonuses are split into two categories, likely to be earned (LTBE) and other. Likely to be earned is based on previous years and count immediately towards the cap, so if you have a 100K ...
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NFL division with 3 teams in the playoffs

The NFL started allowing two wildcard teams per conference to enter the playoffs in the 1978-79 season, and went to three wildcard teams in 1990-91. With only three divisions per conference, it was ...
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Has the Lambeau Leap been banned at all NFL stadiums except Lambeau Field?

In the early 2000s, the NFL felt that touchdown celebrations had gotten out of control, delaying the game and promoting unsportsmanlike behavior. Some of the top "offenders" included Steve Smith (who ...
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Why do the players in this video appear to be trying not to get a touchdown?

So there are really 2 things happening regarding to your question: what you're asking, and what those players are actually doing, which is very different than what you asked. I'll explain both ...
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NFL teams beating the same team 3 times in a season

They always say that it is hard to beat the same team three times in one season. However, it happens periodically. Since 1950, it has happened 17 times: 2009 Dallas Cowboys over Philadelphia Eagles ...
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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?

When defining the conditions for a legal offensive formation and for receiver eligibility, there is no mention of where the ball is located. The eligible receivers need to be on the ends, not covered,...
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Why does NFL have games on Thursdays?

This is due to the Sports Broadcasting Act of 1961: the NFL is legally forbidden to televise any matches on a Friday night within 75 miles of any high school during the high school regular season, and ...
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How is a Quarterback's passer rating calculated in the NFL?

I'm not aware how fantasy points factor into a QB's passer rating. That said, there are four separate calculations made with respect to passing values: ((completions / attempts) - .3) * 5 ((yards / ...
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Are there any sports other than American football that have a coach's challenge?

As of 2014, Major League Baseball adopted its current replay system, in which each manager can challenge a call one time per game, and gets a second one if the first call that they challenged is ...
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Does NFL have substitute referees?

The 2016 NFL Rulebook states in Rule 15: Officials and Instant Replay: Section 1 - Officials Article 1. Game Officials The game shall be played under the supervision of seven officials: the Referee, ...
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Backward pass NFL

The simplest answer is because a backwards (or lateral) pass isn't considered a forward pass and therefore can't be ruled incomplete. It's often called a "lateral" or "pitch", and it's a way of ...
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Longest 3rd and 4th down conversions

It was surprisingly difficult to find solid data on this - individual play data is only readily available back to 1994, so consider this accurate up to that point. Anyway, the longest 3rd down ...
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Is a running back allowed to toss the football out of bounds to stop the clock?

This is illegal and penalized after the 2 minute warning: NFL Rules 4.7.1 ILLEGAL ACTS A team is not permitted to conserve time after the two-minute warning of either half by ...
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Can a team sign an NFL player during the playoffs?

This other answer covers categories of players in which there is a deadline to sign that particular type of player. The answer is correct, but not all-encompassing and (I feel) misses the spirit of ...
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What determines the kick receiver's location when he catches the kick?

For college, this statistic is explained in the NCAA Football Statisticians' Manual. Kick return statistics are defined in Section 8. From the 2016 edition: Article 2. Returns are measured from ...
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Can a player who is out of bounds help a teammate stay in-bounds?

Under Rule 12 "Player Conduct" in the 2016 NFL rulebook, Section 1, Article 4 includes the prohibition that [n]o offensive player may: ... d. push or throw his body against a teammate to ...
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In North American football, why are 2 of the 5 offensive linemen called "tackles"?

Looking deeper into the initial development of the word tackle, from dictionary.com: Middle English (denoting equipment for a specific task): probably from Middle Low German takel, from taken: ...
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Rushing yards vs passing yards vs receiving yards?

That is just a bad definition of "passing yards" - as can be seen from (for example) this boxscore, passing yards are most definitely counted for individual players (Flacco and Mallett for the Ravens ...
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Which NFL teams have natural grass stadiums?

An article on lawnstarter.com has compiled a list of NFL stadiums, and what type of turf they play on. Of the 32 professional teams, 56% (or 18 teams) play on natural grass. Of those 18 professional ...
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Is there such a thing as an ineligible runner in football?

No, they are not prohibited from doing that. The rule you stated applies only to forward passes. A Hand-Off is by its definition not a pass, since the ball is not advanced (forward), but handed over ...
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After a missed field goal, where does the next drive start?

By rule, when a field goal is missed, the ball is placed at the spot of the kick, not at the line of scrimmage at which the ball snapped for the field goal attempt. But if the miss happens from within ...
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What are the top 5 lowest scoring super bowls?

Top 5 of lowest scores in a Super Bowl: Super Bowl LIII: New England Patriots - Los Angeles Rams 13-3 (16) Super Bowl VII: Miami Dolphins - Washington Redskins 14-7 (21) Super Bowl IX: Pittsburgh ...
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Can You Down The Ball During an Extra Point?

Spiking the ball stops the game clock from running in general. Perhaps you're thinking of taking a knee as it's done at the end of games to kill the clock. However, the clock doesn't run during the ...
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Could an immediate field goal be advantageous in NFL?

In general, no, this would not be a good strategy. First, it would be a signal that you do not trust your offense. Doing this would be admitting that you believe that your offense has a low likelihood ...
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