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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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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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what is the purpose of a 'Squib' kick in the NFL?

Basically the squib kick is used at the end of the half or end of the game to run out the clock, and keep the ball away from a top of the line return guy. You basically pooch it down the field so ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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Can time of possession for the two teams of an NFL game add up to less than 60 minutes?

You haven't added the source of data which may help in clarifying but official NFL website shows the possession of these two teams for this match as: Falcons: 28:30 Panthers: 31:30 Total: 60 Source ...
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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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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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Why don't NFL teams keep a punter who can kick field goals?

The problem you have is that you're talking about professional teams, the best of the best, where each player is among the 32 or so best at their position (for positions with one player, anyway) in ...
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What connection is there between SpongeBob SquarePants and the NFL?

Nickelodeon has, since 2021, occasionally broadcast NFL games. During those broadcasts, they often feature SpongeBob SquarePants, possibly the most well-known Nickelodeon original character. The ...
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Why weren't the Eagles penalized for illegal touching on this quick kick in 1986?

Because the lineman who was hit by the ball during this play was not beyond the line of scrimmage. As Eagles lineman #63 was behind the line of scrimmage when hit by the ball, then Article 9-2-1 (...
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NFL players with at least 5 Super Bowl rings

According to Wikipedia on Super Bowl Rings, at least 24 people have 5+ rings. However, only 2 have 5+ rings as players: Charles Haley (two with San Francisco and three with Dallas, all as a ...
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Why are NFL players introduced with their college team?

To understand this phenomenon, you need to know something about the culture of sports in the US. First: there is no promotion/relegation system for professional sports. This means that in any ...
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What is the difference between a offside and a neutral zone infraction in the NFL?

There are quite a few fouls that can happen at the start of a down: False Start: Movement of an offensive player prior to the snap, e.g. a lineman changing their stance or a receiver moving forward. ...
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When did the NFL move the stanchion out of the end zone?

When the NFL began in 1920, the goal posts were on the goal line. In addition, the goal posts were shaped like an H with two stanchions also located directly on the goal line. The NCAA moved the goal ...
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When is a penalty enforced by half the distance to goal in american football

This penalty situation will vary depending on the penalty, and where the penalty is enforced. Long and short of it: if the Penalty distance is more than half the distance from the spot the foul is ...
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Why do five Week 15 NFL games have a start time of TBD?

The NFL has used a limited flex schedule for several years, with the ability to change a Sunday day game to Sunday evening. However those games are usually (always?) announced with the initially ...
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