Here to watch the big game or at least eat the yummy food? Brush up on some basic football knowledge so you can feel prepared for the Super Bowl viewing party!
Starting the Game
The game begins when one of the teams kicks off the football to the other. The captains from each team and the referee meet at the center of the field for a coin toss to determine which side is the kicking team. The winner of the coin toss has the option of starting the game by kicking the ball to the other team or receiving the kickoff from the other team, essentially deciding if they want to be offense first or defense.
The receiving team must catch the ball and try to advance the ball toward the opposite end of the field to the other team’s end zone. The play, or down, ends when the ball goes down to the ground or the ball goes out of bounds. The place where the ball goes down becomes the line of scrimmage, and it is where the ball is placed for the start of the next play. The offense is given four attempts, or downs, to gain 10 yards or more. Upon achieving 10 yards, the offense is awarded four more attempts to achieve 10 or more yards and play continues like that until the offense scores or the defense regains possession of the ball.
Methods of Scoring
The biggest goal for the offense is to score a touchdown. To score a touchdown, a player must carry the ball across the opposition’s goal line or catch a pass in the end zone. Once the ball crosses the plane of the goal line while it is in a player’s possession, it is scored a touchdown. A touchdown is worth six points. The team scoring a touchdown is given the bonus of trying to add one or two more points. These are called extra-point conversion attempts.
If a team elects to go for two extra points, they will line up at the two-yard line and make one attempt at either running or passing the ball into the end zone. If the team makes it, the team is awarded two points. If the team does not make it, then no extra points are awarded. The team can also elect to go for only one extra point by kicking the ball through the goal posts from the fifteen-yard line.
Field goals are another way for a team to score points in the game. A field goal is worth three points. A team in a fourth-down situation might decide to attempt a field goal, which means the team feels that its special teams’ kicker is within a comfortable range of kicking the ball between the upright bars of the goal post in the opponent’s end zone.
A team can also pick up two points by tackling an opponent possessing the ball in the opponent’s end zone. This is called a safety.
|Scoring Method||Point Value|
|One-point conversion||1 point|
|Two-point conversion||2 points|
|Field Goal||3 points|
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