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|Noun||1.||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|
punting, punt - (football) a kick in which the football is dropped from the hands and kicked before it touches the ground; "the punt traveled 50 yards"; "punting is an important part of the game"
place kick, place-kicking - (sports) a kick in which the ball is placed on the ground before kicking
dropkick - (football) kicking (as for a field goal) in which the football is dropped and kicked as it touches the ground
football score - the score in a football game
kickoff - (football) a kick from the center of the field to start a football game or to resume it after a score
contact sport - a sport that necessarily involves body contact between opposing players
field game - an outdoor game played on a field of specified dimensions
American football, 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
professional football - football played for pay
association football, soccer - a football game in which two teams of 11 players try to kick or head a ball into the opponents' goal
yard marker - (football) a marker indicating the yard line
midfield - (sports) the middle part of a playing field (as in football or lacrosse)
back - (football) a person who plays in the backfield
ball carrier, runner - (football) the player who is carrying (and trying to advance) the ball on an offensive play
snapper, center - (football) the person who plays center on the line of scrimmage and snaps the ball to the quarterback; "the center fumbled the handoff"
end - (football) the person who plays at one end of the line of scrimmage; "the end managed to hold onto the pass"
fullback - (football) the running back who plays the fullback position on the offensive team
halfback - (football) the running back who plays the offensive halfback position
forward passer, passer - (football) a ball carrier who tries to gain ground by throwing a forward pass
punter - (football) a person who kicks the football by dropping it from the hands and contacting it with the foot before it hits the ground
running back - (football) a back on the offensive team (a fullback or halfback) who tries to advance the ball by carrying it on plays from the line of scrimmage
rusher - (football) a ball carrier who tries to gain ground by running with the ball
split end - (football) an offensive end who lines up at a distance from the other linemen
tailback - (American football) the person who plays tailback
tight end - (football) an offensive end who lines up close to the tackle
wingback - (football) the person who plays wingback
winger - (sports) player in wing position
half - one of two divisions into which some games or performances are divided: the two divisions are separated by an interval
quarter - (football, professional basketball) one of four divisions into which some games are divided; "both teams scored in the first quarter"
line up - take one's position before a kick-off
fullback - play the fullback
quarterback - play the quarterback
place-kick - score (a goal) by making a place kick
kick - make a goal; "He kicked the extra point after touchdown"
tackle - seize and throw down an opponent player, who usually carries the ball
ground - throw to the ground in order to stop play and avoid being tackled behind the line of scrimmage
return - make a return; "return a kickback"
running - of advancing the ball by running; "the team's running plays worked better than its pass plays"