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How can an American football team tie with another team?

In the NFL, if the score is tied at the end of the fourth quarter, the game goes into overtime (OT). The current overtime rules follow a modified sudden death format. In this format, the first ...
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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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Why would NFL teams do a fair catch?

Typically, a fair catch is called when no yards will be gained if a return was attempted, e.g., when a player of the kicking team is going to crush the returner the moment the ball touches him. It ...
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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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Can a runner achieve a first down when offensive holding is called down field?

For reference, the NFL rulebook, and the particular section that applies to this is Rule 14, Section 1, Article 2, Item 4: Ball in Advance of Line to Gain: If the ball is in advance of the line to ...
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Why does the NFL use Roman numerals for Super Bowl numbering?

An article in the Christian Science Monitor indicates that it was Lamar Hunt's idea initially: "It was [Hunt’s] brainchild," said Moore of the numbering system in an interview with Yahoo. "I think ...
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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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Why do NFL QBs spike the ball after penalty causes refs to call play dead?

In high school football my coach told me to do it as a safety measure. Players on defense are trained to go after the ball and to be careful about touching the QB when he isn't in possession of the ...
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Is the quarterback allowed to make an underhand throw in the NFL?

From the NFL rulebook (Rule 8, Section 1, Article 1), the definition of a forward pass is when (a) the ball initially moves forward (to a point nearer the opponent’s goal line) after leaving the ...
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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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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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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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NFL broadcast info---HS or college affiliation? What does that mean?

There are no rules. Players get to give a shout out to one school and they say whatever they want. Would the networks let a player who went to Miami say they went to Oregon? Probably not. But as ...
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Is a double-challenge possible?

No. Once one team challenges the play, that challenge covers all reviewable aspects of the play, at least as of the most recent rules (2015). From Rule 15, Section 2, Article 3: Note 2: All ...
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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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