Hi guys! We’re excited to bring you a special Sunday article. In anticipation of the Super Bowl next weekend, we’ve partnered with Jayme Lamm of The Blonde Side for an article all about football! That’s right – we are here to get you ready for the big day. Whether you’re like me (Carrie) and already love the game or you’re like Julie and aren’t quite sure what’s happening on the field, you’ll find some useful info. Consider this your football cheat sheet! Now, keep reading and prepare to blow people away during the big game with all your football knowledge!
Football season is almost over, but it’s never too late to brush up on your sports-related skills and lingo, especially in time for Super Bowl LII where the Philadelphia Eagles will take on the seemingly unstoppable New England Patriots.
Fun fact: these two teams also played in Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville, Fla. where New England won 24-21.
Even if you don’t like football, odds are you’ll be watching the big game next Sunday. According to Nielsen, 111.3 million people tuned in for last year’s Super Bowl in our hometown of Houston. So if you are going be one of those tuning in, it wouldn’t hurt to know a little about the game itself. Plus, it will certainly ensure you’ll enjoy it much more.
So, here’s your football crash course in time for Super Bowl LII!
Football Crash Course
The objective of the game (like all of them) is to score more points than your opponent.Ideally, you want to score a touchdown every time you get the ball.
In the NFL, there are 5 ways to score points.
1. A touchdown
A touchdown is worth 6 points,
2. An extra point
A touchdown is usually followed by an extra point (1 point). This combo is why most people only casually familiar with the sport think a touchdown is 7 points, but really it is 6 points with a shot to earn another point.
3. A two-point conversion
If you are a coach with aggressive play calls or down by a lot of points, your team will likely opt for a two-point conversion following the touchdown (in lieu of the extra point). This is where you get one play to run from your opponent’s two yard line in hopes of making it into the end zone and adding two points to your score.
4. A field goal
Field goals are worth 3 points with the goal of the kicker kicking the ball over the crossbar and between the uprights. If it hits the uprights and still goes through the goal posts, it still counts. A lot of time, the wind can help aid in a long field goal or it can derail it.
5. A safety
Lastly is a safety (2 points). This is the rarest way to score in football. A safety is scored by the defense when they tackle an offensive player behind his own goal line.