Quiz: How Well Do You Know Official NFL Rules?
How Well Do You Know Official NFL Rules?
By: John Miller
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About This Quiz

To the uninitiated, National Football League games are a strange combination of organized violence and strict rule-following. Even seasoned sports fans often can’t make heads or tails of the league’s densely packed rule book — that’s in part because each year, the NFL changes the rules a bit, sometimes to improve player safety, or perhaps to sway the game in favor of the offense or defense. In this hard-hitting quiz, do you really think you know NFL rules?

Sometimes rules even seem to be made to protect a specific player. Just mention the "Brady rule" among a bunch of Steelers fans and watch the fur fly.

Every bit of professional football games is guided by a finely tuned set of rules. When players break those rules, their team is often “flagged” by the officials. Those dreaded yellow flags mean that a rule has been broken … and the offending team is typically penalized by a loss of yardage. In some cases, those penalties might be rather mild, but in others, it can cost a team big chunks of field position. Do you think you know which infractions are the worst?

From kickoffs to touchdowns, field goals to free kicks, the NFL is chock full of regulations. Tackle this tough NFL rules quiz now!

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It’s a triumphant accomplishment in gridiron battles. How many points are teams awarded for a touchdown?
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In the NFL, the offense has four downs to accomplish which task?
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There are four quarters in an NFL game. How long is each quarter?
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This part is critical to strategy. What are teams allowed to do between downs?
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If a defender interferes with a receiver during a pass, where do officials spot the ball?
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After the end of the previous play, how long does the offense have start another play?
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If the offense doesn’t snap the ball before the play clock hits zero, what happens?
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In the NFL, you’re not declared down until what happens?
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This event sends fans into hysteria. What happens if the defense tackles the ball carrier in his own end zone?
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In order to be a legal kick, how far must the kickoff travel?
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What happens when there’s just two minutes left in either half?
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In the NFL, what happens if the game is tied at the end of the fourth quarter?
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What happens if the offense kicks a field goal on the first possession of overtime?
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In overtime, what happens if the offense scores a touchdown?
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In 2010, why did league officials change the overtime rules so that games DID NOT immediately end when the first team with possession scored a field goal?
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In the NFL, which condition must be met for a catch to be considered legal?
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If an NFL team elects to go for two after a touchdown, where is the ball placed?
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In the NFL, what happens with the game clock after the offense gains a first down?
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A "place kick" is used for which purpose?
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Linemen hang their heads in shame during this event. How many yards is the offense docked for a holding penalty?
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In the NFL, what happens if the offense commits a chop block penalty in their own end zone?
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In the NFL, what happens after a missed field goal attempt?
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Officials in the TV booth always review which NFL plays?
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It’s a major change that started in 2012. What happens after every NFL turnover?
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If the defense blocks an extra-point attempt and returns it to the opposite end zone, what happens?
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PATs are no longer gimmes. Where is the ball spotted for extra-point attempts?
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In an NFL game, which official is the leader of the officiating crew?
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What happens if both teams kick field goals during overtime?
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In the NFL, how many challenges does a coach have per game?
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What’s a consequence for an intentional grounding penalty?
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NFL coaches have two challenges per game. What happens if they use both challenges successfully?
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It’s a serious offense. How many yards is a team penalized for a personal foul?
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If the kicking team misses a field goal attempt on the 10-yard line, where does the other team take possession of the ball?
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