NFL Football Scores

NFL football scores are the results of two NFL teams scoring points against each other. The objective of NFL football is to score more points than your opponent.

There are several ways to score points in the National Football League and each procedure are followed by NFL scoring rules.

The rules are imposed to protect the players and the game of football to insure that the game is played fairly and that no one team or player can have an advantage over another.

Offensive Touchdowns

A touchdown is worth 6 points and are the most points that can be scored on any given play on Any Given Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Saturday NFL games.

NFL football scores happen when touchdown is scored by a offensive or defensive player advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone.

On offense, scoring can be done by NFL rule when any part of the football crosses the imaginary white line of the goal line.

Runners can score by getting the nose of the football into the end-zone or running the ball through or across the goal-line.

Receivers can catch a forward past while in the end-zone or catch the ball outside the end-zone and runs with the ball past the goal-line into the end-zone.

Receivers catch the ball in the end-zone must keep possession with no juggling of the football while having both feet in bounds in order for a touchdown to be called a touchdown by the referee.

Touchdowns can also be scored from kickoffs and punts receiving teams.

Extra Point Try

An extra point, is also called a one point conversion and a point after touchdown are worth 1 point. Immediately after a touchdown the football is placed at the opponent's two yard line.

During the extra point try, the football must be kicked through the yellow goal post uprights that are on the back line of the end zone.

If the football fails to go through or hits the uprights and falls back onto the field before going through them, the extra point is no good.

If there is a very high kick and any part of the football goes over the upright, that extra point is good.

The NFL football scores rules states that if the placekicker is roughed up or hit during the extra point attempt and the point is no good, the offensive team will get another try to kick an extra point.

NFL football rules states that if a penalty is called on the offense after the touchdown has been declared good, the extra point will take place from a spot after the penalty has been marked off, making the kick a longer extra point try.

Field Goals

A field goal which is worth 3 points.

A field goal is usually tried when the offense cannot score a touchdown and the offensive team is close enough to the opposing team end-zone that they feel their place kicker can kick the ball through the uprights.

NFL football scoring of field goals can be attempted from anywhere on the field on any down, but in general field goals are kicked from inside or at the 30 yard line, on fourth down.

Field goals are subject to the same NFL football scoring rules as extra points in regards to the football being kicked through, or over the uprights.

For a field goal to be good, the place kicker or field goal kicker must kick the football through the goal post uprights and over crossbar.

The special teams defense will try to block the field goal attempt and stop the ball from reaching the goal post. The defensive side can attempt to return a missed field goal for a touchdown.

Two Point Conversion

Once a touchdown is scored, the scoring team whether it be the offense or defensive team has the option under the NFL scoring rules to attempt a 1 point or a 2 point conversion.

On a 2 point conversion the offense can score two points by running or throwing the football in to the end zone in the same manner as they would score a touchdown.

Since going for two points is more difficult than kicking a extra point try, the offense generally goes for the extra point try.

If the football is fumble on intercepted during a 2 point conversion attempt in the NFL football scores rules, the football is dead and cannot be advanced for points by a defensive player, unlike the college game where by the football can be advanced.

Defensive Touchdowns

The defense can also score a touchdown under NFL football scores rules. There are several different ways a defensive player can score a touchdown.

A defensive player can pickup a fumble football outside of the end-zone and run with the football over white plane of the goal line, or they can pick up a fumble in the end-zone and score a touchdown.

In both case the defensive player must be in possession of the football and be in bounds.

Defensive players can intercept an offensive pass from a quarterback, receiver or running back and return the football by running with the football into the opponents end-zone for a touchdown "aka a pick 6".

Touchdowns can also be scored by blocking field goals and punts that can be pickup by the defensive player under the NFL scoring rules and ran into the opposing offensive teams end zone.


A safety is worth 2 points under the NFL football scores rules. Most safeties happen on the offensive side of the ball but the defensive side of the ball can be called for a safety.

Here are some of ways a safety can occur in the NFL.

Here are some examples, when a ball carrier is tackled in their own end zone, the ball carrier steps out of bounds before leaving their own end zone, the football is snapped, fumble or lateraled out of the end zone or if the ball carrier kneels down with the football or falls on the football in their own end zone.

A safety by NFL football scores rules can occur if an offensive player mark an attempt to punt the ball near his own end zone and a defensive player blocks it through and out of the end-zone.

A safety can also be awarded when the offensive team attempts a play close to their own end zone and a penalty such as offensive holding or intentional grounding are called.

NFL football scores happen when you see two teams and the scores next to each of those teams. This goes on for 17 weeks where by two NFL football teams complete against each other and the team with the most points wins.

NFL fans will view NFL football scores to see who won or lost the game.

Here is an example of a NFL football scores board on a NFL Trinitrone, a webpage or newspaper.

NFL Football Scores

Atlanta Falcons 31
New Orleans Saints 28

Pittsburgh Steelers 30
Baltimore Ravens 34

New York Giants 38
Dallas Cowboys 33

Oakland Raiders 31
Denver Broncos 28