Posted by Stickan
A lot of stuff I'm interested in has to do with americans and american culture and after hearing all this talk about Packers, Cowboys, Giants, and some Romo guy I decided to learn what the hell you're talking about.
So since I havn't got any channel that airs NFL I decided to download the most recent matches.
What I basically know about american football:
They earn a lot of money in the NFL.
Michael Vick should be shot.
A Touchdown is a good thing and doesn't only mean that you can take a dump in the toilette without making a sploosh.
The Quarterback gets all the ladies.
Terrel Owens is a pretty decent bowler.
What do I need to know when watching american football?
What are the rules?, How many points do I get for a TD? What are the other ways to score? When are they allowed to kick the ball and why?
Okay there are 11 players on offense, and 11 players on defense.
You get 6 points for a touchdown and the choice of either an extra point (where you kick the ball in through the goal post) or you can try a 2 point conversion to get back into the end zone. You get one try at either the extra point or the 2 point conversion if you miss you get no extra points just the original 6
You can pass for a touchdown, which is when the quarterback (Romo is a quarterback) throws the ball to an eligable reciever. Only certain players are allowed to catch the ball on offense, anyone on the defense can try and catch the ball instead though and if they do it is called an interception which leads to the ball being turned over to the defense
If you do not think you can make the touchdown you can also choose to kick the ball through the goal post for 3 points, if it misses you get no points
If you are backed into your own End Zone then the other team gets 2 points and you must kick the ball to them and allow them to try and score
At the beginning of the game the two teams flip a coin to see who gets to either kick or recieve the ball
The person who recieves the ball at the beginning of the game kicks the ball to the other team automatically at the beginning of the 2nd half
The offense has 4 plays to either Gain a first down, score a touchdown, kick a field goal, or kick the ball back to the other team
A first down is reached when you gain 10 yards, from where you started 1st down.
The ball carrier can run untill he is tackled down
If he loses the ball it is a fumble and the defense recovers the ball
the only time you really want to kick the ball is either to score 3 points if you are in the range to kick it, or to kick it to the other team so that way they have further to go
i hope this helps