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NFL Scores Basics

In the NFL, the rules for scoring are straightforward. When an NFL team has possession of the football, it wants to get it into the end zone in order to earn points, but how many points awarded depend on the way the NFL team scores. They can score a touchdown or a field goal, and also earn points for the point after, a two-point conversion or a safety. With sports wagering now becoming a larger part of the sports environment, live NFL scores are more important than ever for bettors.

Touchdown NFL Scores

A touchdown is good for six points, the most awarded on any single successful drive (not factoring in the point after or a two-point conversion). If an offensive player reaches the opponent’s end zone or a defensive player recovers a fumble or makes an interception and enters the opponent’s end zone, a touchdown is awarded. The ball only has to cross the front edge of the end zone to earn a touchdown.

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A team can also earn a touchdown when any player catches or recovers a loose ball inside the opponent’s end zone. This can be seen on a kickoff, a punt or a fumble.

Field Goal

A field goal is worth three points. When a team feels that they won’t be able to make it into the end zone either carrying the ball or by passing it, they can attempt a field goal if it’s within range of the placekicker’s strength. A team is awarded a field goal when a kicker kicks the ball entirely through the goalposts, as long as it doesn’t touch either the ground or any teammate.

Extra Points And Two-Point Conversions

After scoring a touchdown in the NFL, the scoring team has two options. One option is to kick the ball from the opponent’s 15-yard line through the goalposts (which are 18 yards further for a total of 33 yards) for one point (called the point after). The other option is to run a play from the opponent’s 2-yard line, which, if successful, results in two points being awarded (a two-point conversion). This is often used when a NFL team needs some scores and additional points quickly, or when it has a comfortable lead late in the game and wants to experiment.

Safety

A safety is worth two points to the scoring team. It is awarded to the team currently on defense if it sends the ball into the opponent’s end zone, and the ball becomes dead without having changed possession. An example of this is when a quarterback, running back or receiver is tackled with the ball in his own end zone or goes out of bounds behind the goal line. A safety can also be awarded if the offensive team commits a penalty that would otherwise result in the ball being placed within its own end zone.

A blocked punt that goes out of the kicking team’s end zone will also result in a safety. If the designated punt receiver loses possession of the ball and forces or illegally kicks it into the end zone as he’s trying to recover it, this creates a safety for the defending team.

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