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|Noun||1.||American football game - a game played by two teams of 11 players on a rectangular field 100 yards long; teams try to get possession of the ball and advance it across the opponents goal line in a series of (running or passing) plays|
centering, snap - (American football) putting the ball in play by passing it (between the legs) to a back; "the quarterback fumbled the snap"
fair catch - (American football) a catch of a punt on the fly by a defensive player who has signalled that he will not run and so should not be tackled
interception - (American football) the act of catching a football by a player on the opposing team
reception - (American football) the act of catching a pass in football; "the tight end made a great reception on the 20 yard line"
straight-arm - (American football) the act of warding off a tackler by holding the arm fully extended with the hand against the opponent
touchback - (American football) a play in which the opposing team has kicked the football into your end zone
safety - a score in American football; a player is tackled behind his own goal line
touchdown - a score in American football; being in possession of the ball across the opponents' goal line
field goal - a score in American football; a score made by kicking the ball between the opponents' goal posts
extra point, point after, point after touchdown - in American football a point awarded for a successful place kick following a touchdown
down - (American football) a complete play to advance the football; "you have four downs to gain ten yards"
football, football game - any of various games played with a ball (round or oval) in which two teams try to kick or carry or propel the ball into each other's goal
touch football - a version of American football in which the ball carrier is touched rather than tackled
football play - (American football) a play by the offensive team
running, running game, running play, run - (American football) a play in which a player attempts to carry the ball through or past the opposing team; "the defensive line braced to stop the run"; "the coach put great emphasis on running"
draw play, draw - (American football) the quarterback moves back as if to pass and then hands the ball to the fullback who is running toward the line of scrimmage
end run, sweep - (American football) an attempt to advance the ball by running around the end of the line
return - (American football) the act of running back the ball after a kickoff or punt or interception or fumble
reverse - (American football) a running play in which a back running in one direction hands the ball to a back running in the opposite direction
rushing, rush - (American football) an attempt to advance the ball by running into the line; "the linebackers were ready to stop a rush"
passing, passing game, passing play, pass - (American football) a play that involves one player throwing the ball to a teammate; "the coach sent in a passing play on third and long"
power play - a play in which there is a concentration of players in one location on the field of play; "they used a power play to return the kickoff"
handoff - (American football) a play in which one player hands the ball to a teammate
tackle - (American football) grasping an opposing player with the intention of stopping by throwing to the ground
interference - (American football) blocking a player's path with your body; "he ran interference for the quarterback"
trap block - (American football) an illegal block
back - (American football) the position of a player on a football team who is stationed behind the line of scrimmage
lineman - (American football) the position of a player on a football team who is stationed on the line of scrimmage
scrimmage - (American football) practice play between a football team's squads
blitz, linebacker blitzing, safety blitz - (American football) defensive players try to break through the offensive line