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Thread: Stupid Football Stat Question Regarding First Downs

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    Take a look at the first downs being credited to New Orleans in this clip:

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    The question is what down is it on an extra point perhaps.
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    Great find Shou! Yep, the TDs counted as 1st downs.
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    If I heard correctly from that video, then the 1947 rulebook is still in effect!!! The offense is credited with a 1st down anytime it scores a touchdown, even when the distance is goal-to-go. Awesome!!! I had no idea!!!

    So for the Dolphins to claim the record all they need to do is instruct their offensive playmakers to intentionally step out of bounds at the 1 yard line after all of their huge gainers. Then their short yardage specialist running back can punch it in for the touchdown!!!
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    I remember seeing the Saints highlight when they got 41 firstdowns and I can't recall any of them being a TD.
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