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There's WAY more 
TO LEARN

If you feel confident, and want to learn more about the game this is your page.

There's a lot to know truthfully but I'm confident you'll get it. 

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The Scoreboard

What Do All Those Numbers Mean

Displayed on the TV Screen?

 

There are several numbers typically shown on the screen which indicates the entire game in a recap plus the game's current status.  If you don't know what each means, it can definitely seem overwhelming.  Here's a breakdown to help:

SHOWN FOR BOTH TEAMS

Points Scored for Each Team

How Many Time Outs Left (3 per quarter for each team)

Current Quarter (4 quarters in total)

Time left in the Quarter (15 minutes per quarter)

SHOWN FOR TEAM IN POSSESSION OF THE BALL

Current Down Status  

Countdown between Each Down  (40 seconds allowed per play)

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SAN FRANCISCO have 14 points | FALCONS have 0 points

THE WHITE DOTS
SAN FRANCISCO has 2 time outs | FALCONS have 3 time outs

YELLOW ARROW
The yellow arrow points to the FALCONS so they have the ball.  It's 3rd down and they have 5 more yards to gain for a first down.

:07
There are 7 seconds left before the quarterback has to snap the ball.

13:16 | 2ND
There is 13 minutes and 16 seconds left in the 2ND quarter.

Example:

Game Time

 

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FIRST HALF:

1st quarter = 15 minutes

2nd quarter = 15 minutes

HALFTIME = 12 minutes

SECOND HALF:

3rd quarter = 15 minutes

4th quarter = 15 minutes

 

TWO MINUTE WARNING:

Before halftime and before the end of the game,

there is a two minute warning that automatically stops the

clock indicating there are only 2 minutes left of playing time.  

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TOUCHDOWN

Cross the opposing teams Goal Line.

6 points

EXTRA POINT

Kick the ball through the opposing team's goal post after a Touchdown.

1 point

The touchdown and the extra point are often shown together,

so that's why you'll see 7 points often.

FIELD GOAL

Kick the ball through the opposing team's goal post from a point on the field

3 points

TWO POINT CONVERSION

Immediately after a touchdown, from the 2 yard line, if you cross the opposing team's goal line. 

2 points

SAFETY

When you are tackled in your own end zone, the other team scores.

2 points

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Scoring

FIRST HALF:

Each team = 3 time outs

SECOND HALF:

Each team = 3 time outs

NOTE: If a coach throws the red flag to challenge

a call on the field, if the call is reviewed and stands,

that team loses one time out.

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Time Outs

ALL THOSE WORDS

 

Like I said, each sport has their own terminology

(and there's A LOT)

so as you advance,

it's good to know the definitions.  

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