football game

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: 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 goalfootball 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
juke, fake - (football) a deceptive move made by a football player
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
rugby, rugby football, rugger - a form of football played with an oval ball
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
placekicker, place-kicker - (football) a kicker who makes a place kick for a goal
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
field general, quarterback, signal caller - (football) the person who plays quarterback
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"
complete, nail - complete a pass
tackle - seize and throw down an opponent player, who usually carries the ball
dropkick, drop-kick - drop and kick (a ball) as it touches the ground, as for a field goal
dropkick, drop-kick - make the point after a touchdown with a dropkick
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"
pass, passing - of advancing the ball by throwing it; "a team with a good passing attack"; "a pass play"
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At the last Yale-Harvard football game, it conveyed almost instantaneous news to fifty thousand people in various parts of New England.
They attempted to make a goal-keeper of him in a football game between two teams of pain-driven and pain-bitten mongrels.
They worked with furious intensity, literally upon the run-- at a pace with which there is nothing to be compared except a football game.
Phillips drove a 2003 black Honda Accord onto a field near the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum after losing a pickup football game on Aug.
Supreme Court struck down a Texas school district's policy permitting voluntary, student-initiated public prayers before high school football games.
Some say that praying before a football game should be allowed because it is `traditional,'" Thomas added.
By now, most Americans who watch television news have seen the short videotape taken in September at a high school football game in Decatur, Illinois.
All that is known is that many (but not all) of the dying had been at the football game on November 1.
The family might dine and then listen to a football game on the radio as a form of after-dinner entertainment.
Or Bud Wilkinson winning 80 football games in a row?
The night was chilly last fall for the first football game.

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