Football Game Terms Part 3
These football game terms
and jargon are part of sports gamerisms, Define Your
Football, part 3 completes football gamerisms provided for football
players and fans.
Football Game Terms: P - Q
Football Game Terms:
a throw by the quarterback to an eligible receiver.
- Pass Defender:
football term for player who covers an
Interference: see offensive and defensive
Patterns/Pass Routes: established plays that allow the
passer or quarterback to execute rapidly.
Protection: performed by offensive players to protect
the quarterback from defenders during pass plays.
- Pass Rush:
defending tactic to move forward quickly to
sack/disengage the quarterback.
- PAT or Point
after Touchdown: abbreviation that stands for
point after touchdown. It is a field goal that is worth one point.
any of a number of infractions that are
illegal and called during the game.
- Personal Foul:
typically unnecessary roughness or any
called foul that is outside of game field play.
another name for an interception. Either way, one
team lost the ball, yikes!
football game terms for the required to play
football jargon for lateral pass to a running
back by the quarterback.
a field goal or kick off taking place from a set
spot on the field.
player on a team designated for kicking.
tactical action to score points.
- Play Action
Pass: a pass in which a handoff is faked,
followed by a pass thrown.
- Play Book:
plays that a team runs, usually diagramed in a
book and given to each player.
- Play Clock:
determines time spent before ball is
snapped/put into play. This action must occur before clock is at 0.
lingo for the area formed by the offensive line
when the ball is in play to protect the quarterback.
- Pooch Kick:
football jargon for a short, high kick.
- Possession: any
team or player in control of the football.
- Previous Spot:
location of the football where the last play
Receiver: the number one target for a quarterback.
- Pump Fake:
football jargon for a pass fake by a quarterback.
occurs on fourth down when a team gives the ball back to the other team
after they determine they cannot achieve a first down.
orange marker marking the corners of the end zone.
player who runs the offense and either throws
or hands the ball off. Arguably, the shining star of the team,
certainly the most recognizable.
Football Game Terms: S
- Reading the
Defense: adjustment of offense based on the
quarterback's analysis of the defense.
player responsible for catching the football.
to secure or re-secure possession of a fumble.
- Red Zone:
the area between the 20-yard line and the end
another name for official. Do I hear a 'he's just
calling 'em like he sees 'em'?
player who receives the ball and moves towards the
a running play where a wide receiver is used as a
- Roll Out:
lingo for the quarterback running toward the
sideline prior to throwing or running with the football.
football jargon for first-year professional league
- Roughing the
Kicker: hitting of the kicker by the defense
after the kick.
- Roughing the
Passer: hitting of the quarterback by the
defense after the pass is away.
pattern run by the receiver in order to get open to
receive a pass.
- Running Back:
player whose primary responsibility is to run
with the football to advance it down the field.
- Running into
the Kicker: inadvertent contact with the
kicker, typically from momentum, after the kick has transpired.
football term for a running play.
Football Game Terms: T
tackling the quarterback behind the line of scrimmage.
tackling the offense in their own end zone, counts
for two points.
a broken play where the quarterback must run
- Screen Pass:
a pass setup with downfield blocking, thrown
to the running back and starting behind the line of scrimmage.
the defensive backs on defense.
group of 4 downs with the intention of gaining 10
field length boundary line located at each sight.
Outside this line is considered out of bounds.
- Signal Caller:
another name for quarterback. Who's the best
'clutch quarterback'? Talk amongst yourselves on this one.
football game terms for tournament
team is eliminated after one loss.
football game terms for a straight route run on an
angle by a wide receiver.
- Special teams:
refers to players who play on the kick and
lingo for football hike.
football jargon for player who celebrates a
touchdown with a quick ball throw down.
an accurate pass or kick where the football spins
in the same direction.
- Squib kick:
short kick that remains close to the ground in
which a return is not possible.
football term for marked location of forward progress
and/or a foul.
- Stiff or
Straight-Arm: ball carrier's move to deflect an
Spot: location of start of next play if no
Bowl: Championship game in the National Football
played in January or February, this is one big parteeee!
Football Game Terms: U - Z
football term for player position for both the
offensive and defensive lines.
football term for contact of ball carrier with
the intention of tackling him to the ground to end the play.
area of field that each team guards against the
opposing team, thus, half the field.
football jargon for play that requires an
advance of more than 7 yards on a third down.
- Touchdown or
TD: six points, scored when the offense
crosses into the opponent's end zone.
a kickoff that goes into the end zone: spotted
at the 20-yard line.
change of possession.
- Two minute
warning: signal that there is two minutes left
in the play segment.
- Two Point
Conversion: attempt at two points after a
touchdown by crossing the end zone instead of kicking.
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Roughness: use of excessive force when tackling
part of the goalpost that the ball must go
between to score a PAT or field goal.
a wide receiver or receiver.
- Wild card:
team that advances to the playoffs based on
their record in their division. Basically, a second place qualification
percentage: football term for number of games that
a team has won during a specific time period.
bad case of nerves resulting in shakes that make it very difficult for
a gamer to play well. This lingo can be used in reference to many games.
- Zone Defense:
defensive scheme in which players cover an
area of the field as opposed to covering a specific man.
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