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House
I am completely lost, I can watch a game and don't know what is happening.
So I decide to buy the game to break it down, still lost.

Can someone explain the Rules of NFL.
NTC187
Ok, let me explain.

Touchdown = 6 Points, a score when you run over the oppositions goal line.

Extra Point = 1/2 Points, this is basically your conversion, after getting a touchdown, like in Rugby, you can convert the TD, you can either just kick a field goal (1 point) or try for a 2 point conversion by running the ball in or using another play from the play book.

Downs = Downs are like your tackles in Rugby League, you have 4 attempts to get past the 10 yard line (the giant yellow line which is on the TV screen, it moves with each play), If you fail to get past the 10 in your 4 downs, its a turnover, which is a punt, or you can every try a regular play to get out of it.

Sack = A sack is when you get to the QB and tackle him behind the line of scrimmage for a loss of yardage.

Fumble = When a player loses the ball. If a players knee/s hit the ground before losing the ball, its not a fumble.

Challenge = This is basically the video ref like in Rugby League, except the coach is allowed to call on it when he likes, if he disagrees with a call or somthing, and the ref hasnt picked up on a mistake or error, the coach can get a video replay of the play to determine what really happened. You get 2 challanges in each half.

Line of scrimmage = The line in which the defense and offensive players line up in.

Running Back/Half Back = The specialty player you have on your team whos key purpose is to run the ball. Can also be used as a reciever, and other players can be used as a RB too.

Pick = Interception, when the opposition defense steals the ball in mid air after a pass has been thrown.

Shotgun = This is a type of play in which the QB stands about a metre or 2 behind the line of scrimmage, usually offers more time to see the field, and gives the QB a bit more time to make a play. Usually the QB starts off at the line of scrimmage.

I'll add anything else I think of you might want to know in once I think of it.


S-
A team only has 2 challenges per game, not half.

And why do you call extra points 1/2 points? It's 1 point or 2 points.
BIG FUCKING SPIDER
strangley im english and know the rules.over here we gotta stay up to 2 in the mornin on channel 5 to watch NFL it sucks
House
I knew the basics of NFL but im not too sure of the downs, I was playing NFL 03 and I was on the last, didn't take the punt instead went in for one of the shotgun plays, it was succesfull and the downs count restarted.

I still have no idea how the tackles/downs work.
FreemanXtreme
you get 4 downs to get 10 yards.

Usually, if you don't convert for a first down after 3rd down, you punt on 4th down. To make it less confusing, substitute the word Down with the word Try. You get 4 tries to get 10 yards. Now, if you get tackled behind the line of scrimage, that will add yards to the 10 you already have to get. The line of scrimage is where the ball is.

So, if you run a pass play but your quarterback gets sacked 5 yards behind the line of scrimage, you now need to get 15 yards for a first down. so it will now be 2nd and 15. on your 2nd try, say you do another pass and it is completed 12 yards down the feild. On 3rd down, you are now 3rd and 3 because you have 3 yards left to get in order to convert for a 1st down. On your 3rd try, say you attempt a run, and get tackled a yard behind the line of scrimage, you lost a yard so now it is 4th and 4. You would then punt the ball away because it is too risky to try to convert. If you were to go for it and fail, the other team gets the ball where it lies.

QUOTE(howstuffworks.com)
One of the most confusing concepts of American-style football is the down-and-distance system. Every time a team takes possession of the ball, it is given a set of four downs, or attempts, to move the ball 10 yards. If the team can move the ball 10 yards or more within four downs, the team gets another set of four downs to go another 10 yards, and so on. For instance, if a team advances 3 yards on first down, the next play is second down with 7 yards to go (second and 7); if the team then advances 5 yards on second down, the next play is third and 2; if the team then advances 2 or more yards on third down, the next play is back to first and 10, with a whole new set of four downs during which to advance the ball.

After each play, the officials determine how many yards a team has advanced or lost (a team can lose yards if the ball holder is tackled behind the line of scrimmage -- this line is discussed in a moment). The officials then place the ball at the point where the team has ended up. This point determines the line of scrimmage, which is an imaginary line that runs across the field and is the starting point for the offensive team on each play. On the sideline, a team of officials handles a 10-yard-long chain, which designates that 10-yard mark a team must reach to get a first down. On close plays, this chain is sometimes brought onto the field to measure the distance from the ball to the 10-yard mark. The nose of the ball must reach the bar connected to the end of the chain for a team to be awarded a first down.

If a team fails to gain 10 yards after three downs, it may choose to punt the ball to the other team. If it doesn't punt and chooses to use its fourth down, or "go for it," it must reach the 10-yard mark or it surrenders the ball. A team often chooses to punt the ball in order to back the opposing team up so that it has to cover a greater distance to score. The team receiving the punt can return it, meaning it can catch and run it back down the field. The kicking team is hoping to kick the ball down the field and tackle the receiving team's kick returner before he comes back down the field.


If your up for a little more reading, take a look at this... First Downs
NTC187
QUOTE(Supa-Nigguh @ Nov 3 2005, 03:20 PM) [snapback]982998[/snapback]

A team only has 2 challenges per game, not half.

And why do you call extra points 1/2 points? It's 1 point or 2 points.


I dont call Extra Points 1/2 Points, I was telling him for an Extra Point, you can either go for 1 or 2 points, hence the 1/2 points.

And I thought it might've been 2 per game, must've slipped my mind.

Heres some more shit you might want to know Ryder that I thought about today.

Endzone = The end of the field, where a team scores it's points.

Redzone = The 20 yards before you get to the oppositions Endzone.

Safety = When the QB is sacked in the teams own endzone. You can also get a safety by tackling the RB in the endzone, or a reciever. Also if you run the ball out of your endzone off a punt or kickoff.
2raw
lateral- a backwards pass or pitch. if not completed it will result as a fumble. i scored a defensive touchdown like this picking up the fumble in my game a coupled weekends ago
House
What about them Saftey things when you run back in goals or something.

S-
QUOTE(Rydєя @ Nov 7 2005, 11:09 AM) [snapback]987256[/snapback]

What about them Saftey things when you run back in goals or something.


QUOTE(C.R.E.A.M. @ Nov 4 2005, 08:34 AM) [snapback]984165[/snapback]

Safety = When the QB is sacked in the teams own endzone. You can also get a safety by tackling the RB in the endzone, or a reciever. Also if you run the ball out of your endzone off a punt or kickoff.
DavidOrtiz34
onside kick: When there is a kickoff and the kicking team tries to get the ball back by kicking it on the ground and fooling the other team.

quick question about onside kicks... does it have to touch a person on the other team before the kicking team can recover it?
sKaM
If the ball goes 10 yards then and a player from the kicking team can get it.
FreemanXtreme
The confusing part is that some of the rules are different in NCAA and sometimes I get them mixed up. >_<
House
QUOTE(Supa-Nigguh @ Nov 8 2005, 01:54 AM) [snapback]987345[/snapback]

QUOTE(Rydєя @ Nov 7 2005, 11:09 AM) [snapback]987256[/snapback]

What about them Saftey things when you run back in goals or something.


QUOTE(C.R.E.A.M. @ Nov 4 2005, 08:34 AM) [snapback]984165[/snapback]

Safety = When the QB is sacked in the teams own endzone. You can also get a safety by tackling the RB in the endzone, or a reciever. Also if you run the ball out of your endzone off a punt or kickoff.



I mean isn't there any penatlies, in Rugby League there is something similar, if you get tackled ingoals in RL you gotta kick the ball back to them.

Isn't there any penaltie for Safties?
NTC187
^^
no there isnt, a safety is basically a punishment for the offense fucking up the play really, and an extra means for a score.

The only penalties you can get are:

Kicking the ball out of bounds on a kick off = Offense starts on their own 40 yard line.

Facemask = 5 yards, or 15 yards, depending on how bad it is, such as a 15 yard is for when you grab some one by the grill, and twist and bring them down.

Def Pass Interference = How many yards the pass was when the ball lands. So if the QB throws a 53 yard pass, but the reciever is interfered with while running for the ball, then its a 53 yard penalty.

I think thats about it, probally left out a few but I cant think of them right now.
Mc Ice
i learned most of this shit when i played NFL 2003 biggrin.gif
BIG FUCKING SPIDER
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same here
House
I leanrt half of the rules but the downs thing confused me if restarted so I thought someone touched the ball and the count restarted.

Because in Rugby as you know the count restarts when the defendnig team, fucks up, thought it was same for NFL.
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