The 411: Football 101

For many of us, the Super Bowl is one of the biggest nights of the year. And for some, it’s just an excuse to eat our weight in buffalo wings and nachos. So, for those of you who know more about the halftime show act than about the game itself, we thought it might be helpful to drop some football knowledge before you hit the Super Bowl party circuit this Sunday night. Our friends at the NFL came up with a handy little video to give beginners a crash course on what’s goes down on the gridiron. Here are the basics:

  1. A game is made up of four 15-minute quarters, and there’s a halftime intermission (and legendary show, of course) after the second quarter.
  2. Two teams of 11 players each play on a 100 yard field. Within each team, groups of 53 players are broken down into the offense, defense, and special teams.
  3. The whole point of the game is to move the football down the field and into the opposing team’s end zone to score a touchdown (which is worth six points) and then score an additional point by kicking a field goal.
  4. To get to the end zone, the players go through a series of plays called “downs.” Plays involve passing the ball through the air from quarterback to receiver or by a running back “rushing” the ball by carrying it.
  5. The offense must move the ball 10 yards down the field every four plays to keep possession of the ball.
  6. If the defense prevents that from happening, the offense must punt possession of the ball to the other team, or try to kick a field goal.
  7. At the end of four quarters, the team with the most points wins!