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Feb 1, 2024

American Football 101: A Beginner's Guide to the Big Game

Are you one of those people who only watch the big game for the commercials and the halftime show? Well, fear not, my friend! Because this guide is here to help you pretend like you know what's going on during the actual game.

The Crown Jewel of American Football

First things first, the big game is the championship game of the major league of American Football and it's basically like the prom queen of sports events. It happens once a year on the first Sunday in February and it's where the best team fight it out for the title of champs.

Navigating the Playoffs

Now, to get to the big game, teams have to go through the playoffs. Think of the playoffs as a series of elimination rounds, kind of like a Hunger Games for football teams. The teams that survive the playoffs get to go to the big dance.

A Different City Every Year

The game is held in a different city each year. And it's not just the teams that get to travel, millions of fans make the trek to see the game live.

The Highlight of the Game

The halftime show is a huge deal too, it's like the prom queen's best friend. It's a chance for a famous musician to perform and hopefully not mess up the national anthem.

A National Holiday of Celebration and Tradition

And finally, the Sunday is considered a national holiday and it's a day of celebration and tradition. People host parties, eat lots of food and drink lots of beer. It's like a family reunion but with less cousin drama and more touchdowns.

Key Terms to Know for the Big Game

Now, let's talk about some key terms you might hear during the game:

  • Touchdown: This is when a player carries or catches the ball and crosses the opponent's goal line. It's like the prom queen winning the crown, it's a big deal and it earns the scoring team 6 points.
  • Field goal: This is when a player kicks the ball through the opponent's goalposts. It's like the prom king winning the crown, it's a big deal but not as big as a touchdown. It earns the scoring team 3 points.
  • Interception: This is when a defensive player catches a pass that was intended for an offensive player. It's like the prom queen's ex-boyfriend shows up at the prom, it's not a good thing for the team that threw the pass.
  • Fumble: This is when a player drops the ball while they're running or being tackled. It's like the prom queen's crown falling off, it's not a good thing for the team that fumbled the ball.

In short, the game is the biggest event in American football, a national holiday and a great excuse to eat, drink and have a good time with friends and family. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the game, commercials and halftime show!

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Daisy Jones is the Social Media coordinator at Drops. She hails from the Bristol area, and has a Doodle named Stanley and a Staffy named Hank.

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