Fort Worth, TX (WiredPRNews.com)—As many men get ready to hibernate into a football-induced dream world for the next five months, here is a basic overview for the benefit of football-challenged wives and girlfriends:
After the opening kickoff, which is determined by the flip of a coin, each 11-player team alternates between offense and defense over the span of four 15-minute quarters. Of course, the “15 minutes” refers to minutes that the ball is in play and is nowhere near actual passing of 15 consecutive minutes. So instead of a one-hour time frame, most non-overtime games are about three hours long.
Once the kickoff is complete, the offensive team – made up of lineman to block, halfbacks to run the ball, receivers to catch the ball and a quarterback to pass the ball — takes the field and has four opportunities to advance the ball 10 yards. Each opportunity to move the ball is called a ‘down.’ First, second, third and fourth are the prefixes that indicate the sequence of the current down.
If the offense cannot advance the ball 10 yards within those four downs, the ball goes to the opposing team. At this point, both teams switch from offense to defense and defense to offense.
Scoring is the obvious goal of battle between each team and here’s how it works:
This is where the player carries the ball into the end zone, generating six points for his team.
This is where the kicker kicks the ball through the uprights, generating three points.
This is the kick option that the team that just scored the touchdown has, where the kicker kicks the ball through the uprights and generates one point for his team.
Instead of going for the point after kick through the uprights, the team that just scored the touchdown lines up on the two-yard line and attempts to move the ball into the end zone in one try. This generates two points for the team, if successful.
This is where the defense scores two points by tackling the offense’s ball carrier in the end zone.
That’s enough to get any rookie off and running toward the end zone.
Sports News by Jason Meeks from Dallas News Distribution Desk