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Football Words

Vocabulary for Bills 101

A play where the defensive team sends players rushing towards the line of scrimmage as soon as the ball is snapped to try to sack the quarterback. A blitz
One of the four chances a team on the offense has to gain 10 yards by running or passing plays, or a combination of the two. A down
An offensive play in which the ball is handed off or lateraled, often more than once, behind the line of scrimmage, and then thrown as a long pass down field. The Flea Flicker
A pass caught in the air (picked off) by a defender whose team immediately gains possession of the ball and becomes the offense. An interception
When a defense brings in a 5th defensive back to replace a linebacker on the field, increasing its pass coverage. Nickel Defense
When any part of a player’s body is beyond his line of scrimmage when the ball is snapped; a foul punishable by a 5-yard penalty. Offsides
A designation given to a college player who did not play in any games during a particular year due to injury or coach's choice. They can practice with the team during that season and are granted an additional year of eligibility. Red Shirt
A tackle of the quarterback behind his line of scrimmage. A sack
When a ball carrier is tackled in his own end zone after bringing the ball there under his own power; the defense earns 2 points and receives a free kick from the offense’s own 20-yard line. A safety
The group of players who participate in kicking plays. Special Teams
The championship game of the NFL, played between the champions of the AFC and NFC at a neutral site each January; it is the culmination of the NFL playoffs. The Super Bowl
Making contact with the ball carrier to cause him to touch the ground with any part of his body except his hands, thereby ending the play. Tackling
A team that makes the NFL playoffs by having one of the 2 best records among non-division winners in its conference. The Wildcard
An offensive play when the quarterback is generally replaced in the backfield by a running back who takes a direct snap from the center. The Wild Cat
Created by: nmorris