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First in-person football game: GSU Panthers - The Autobiography of Russell
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First in-person football game: GSU Panthers
I'm at my first ever football game in Atlanta with Kyle, his dad, and step-mom. I'm left a little clueless about most of the scoring bits, penalties, etc, but can figure out the basics. Especially when the place erupts in cheers. >_> (Yes, someone in camouflage drove a motorcycle onto the field before kick-off)
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raist_ From: raist_ Date: September 3rd, 2010 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

Handegg Basics

You have to get the ball to the other end. Normally you carry it down, and it's worth 6 points. If you make the touchdown, you get a chance at an extra point (by kicking through the posts) or by carrying it (worth 2 points, but harder) back into the end zone. Scoring results in kicking the ball down the field, which is returned by the catching team, who then tries to make as much ground as possible before getting tackled.

You have 4 tries (called Downs) to move the ball at least 10 yards. Generally, on a 4th down (last try) you'll punt the ball down the field, so that the opposing team has farther to run it. If you fail your 4th down, the ball is handed to the other side (called a conversion) from where you left off. You can also choose to try to punt for the goal posts for 3 points.

Tossing and running the ball is usually safer, but gives less gain. Passing/throwing the ball is more risky, but more potential.

Generally, you have 4 downs to make it 10 yards. If you give ground (called a loss), your Down Reset point doesn't change, which sucks.

The teams aren't allowed to cross the line at each other until the ball moves. (Penalties include False Start and Offsides, depending on circumstances)

Tactical considerations include running outside of the boundaries of the field in order to stop the clock; else it keeps running between plays.
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