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1 an offensive back usually positioned behind the quarterback and to the side of the fullback
8 either of the two upright posts of a goal
10 a ball one downs deliberately behind one's own goal line or that is kicked through one's end zone. It is taken to the 25-yard line to resume play
12 a rapid advance by a defensive player or players, especially toward the quarterback
14 an offensive player in the backfield
15 the time at which half of a game or contest is completed, especially when marked by an intermission
16 a quick backward movement of the ball from the ground that begins a play
18 a football
19 an offensive player who is positioned at a distance from the end and is used primarily as a pass receiver
21 a six-point score made by carrying or passing the ball into the end zone of the opposing side, or by recovering it there following a fumble or blocked kick
23 a defensive back positioned to the outside of the linebackers
24 an offensive end who lines up close to the tackle
28 a forward pass to a player protected by a screen of blockers
29 a player who punts
30 an offensive player, typically a halfback, who specializes in carrying the ball
32 a protective mask covering the nose and mouth or nose and eyes
33 a defensive back who normally is positioned well behind the line of scrimmage
34 a player positioned behind the center who directs a team's offensive play
35 a defensive player normally positioned behind the line of scrimmage, but in front of the safeties
38 an act of tackling a quarterback behind the line of scrimmage before he can throw a pass
2 a goal scored by a placekick, scoring three points
3 a disadvantage or handicap imposed on a player or team, typically for infringement of rules
4 a person or thing that is supposed to bring good luck or that is used to symbolize a particular event or organization
5 an official who watches a game or match closely to ensure that the rules are adhered to and to arbitrate on matters arising from the play
6 one of a series of marks made along parallel lines that delineate the middle of the field, used to spot the ball after a play ends outside these lines
7 an exchange made by handing the ball to a teammate
9 A timing device that is used to indicate how many seconds remain for the offensive team to start a play before being penalized for delaying the game
11 a field for football, marked with regularly spaced parallel lines
13 the National Football League championship game, played annually between the champions of the National and the American Football Conferences
17 the imaginary line separating the teams at the beginning of a play
20 a form of team game played in North America with an oval ball on a field marked out as a gridiron
22 a very long, typically unsuccessful pass made in a desperate attempt to score late in the game
25 an act of seizing and stopping a player in possession of the ball by knocking them to the ground
26 a chance for a team to advance the ball, ending when the ball carrier is tackled or the ball becomes out of play. A team must advance at least ten yards in a series of four downs in order to keep possession
27 tackle or fend off (a person) by extending an arm rigidly
31 National Football League
35 a player normally positioned on the line of scrimmage
36 a change in the offensive play called by the quarterback at the line of scrimmage
37 the rectangular area at each end of the field into which the ball must be carried or passed and caught to score a touchdown
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