1. Which official wears a white hat and is the boss of the officiating crew?
2. True or False: The winner of the pregame coin toss gets the ball first.
False: The winner can chose whether to receive the ball, the end of the field his team will defend, or to defer his choice to the second half
3. The offense has first and ten on their own 40. At the snap, the quarterback hands the ball to the running back who runs forward to the 46-yard line. What is the new down and distance?
Second and four
4. Which quarterback led his team on “The Drive” to beat the Cleveland Browns in the AFC Championship game in January 1987?
John Elway, Denver Broncos
5. Two changes were made to the rules regarding kickoffs this year. What are they?
The ball is teed up at the 35-yard line instead of the 30, and the kick coverage can only have a 5-yard head start to run up the field before the ball is kicked.
6. What is the only team to have ever had an undefeated season, and in what year did they accomplish this feat?
The Miami Dolphins, in 1972
7. What is the standard for reversing a call using instant replay?
The referee must determine that there is incontrovertible visual evidence that the call on the field was incorrect.
8. Which Dallas Cowboy had the ball knocked out of his hand at the one-yard line after recovering a fumble, costing his team a touchdown in Super Bowl XXVII?
9. What do you call a play where a defensive player usually assigned to cover the run or a pass is committed to rushing the quarterback instead?
10. What member of the famous “Steel Curtain” defense of the 1970’s is believed to be the reason that the rules protecting receivers were developed?
Mel Blount, Pittsburgh Steelers
Bonus: In Ian Fleming’s “James Bond” novels, what is the name of the Soviet agency tasked with eliminating rogue Soviet operatives?
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