25th January 2016
Earlier this month, we added the ability to search for safeties to the Team Game Finder in the Play Index.
We've now added the ability to search for opponent's safeties, as well as opponent FG & PAT statistics.
So we can now say things, such as:
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13th January 2016
We're excited to announce a new Play Index feature at College Basketball Reference, which allows users to search for results of all matchups between Division I schools since 1949-50: the Matchup Finder.
There's a lot of cool new searches you can make with this tool, so let's show some examples:
In conjunction with the addition of the Matchup Finder, we have also enhanced the Team Game Finder. The Team Game Finder allows for more specific statistical searches than the Matchup Finder, but it only goes back to 2010-11 (the first season for which have all box scores) rather than 1949-50. The enhancement we've now made to this feature is that the AP Rankings are also synced into the search table. So you can now find things like best FG% against the AP #1 team since 2010-11. Or most wins vs ranked opponents since 2010-11.
The other addition we've made with syncing of the AP Rankings are matrices for each season showing all of the ranked vs ranked games. For instance, here's the Top 25 Matchups matrix for the 2014-15 season. Click on any of the hyperlinks to be taken to a matchup finder link showing the list of games in that season fitting the criteria. These matrices go all the way back to 1950.
We'd also like to mention a few inaccuracies we uncovered in the NCAA Record Book in preparing this tool. The record book lists all of the wins over AP #1 teams. However, it includes 2 wins which were actually over schools ranked #2 by the AP at the time of the game (DePaul's win over St. John's on January 17, 1950 and Virginia Tech's win over Memphis State on January 10, 1983). Consequently, we've removed those two games from our list of wins over AP #1. The record book also lists every meeting of #1 vs #2 in the AP Poll. However, it is missing the 1999 Final Four matchup between Michigan State and Duke, which can be found with our tool.
We should mention, however, that in dealing with such a large dataset, there are probably some minor inaccuracies in this data. This is likely mostly with dates, since schools often publish dates that are odds with one another in media guides. If you notice any issues, please let us know and we will work to confirm and fix. Another wrinkle is that prior to 1995-96, the games are almost exclusively limited to Division I vs Division I. We added Virginia's December 1982 loss to Chaminade manually, but you won't be able to find things like Georgetown's "rivalry" vs St. Leo. If you're looking for the Hoyas against Syracuse, though, we've got you covered.
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17th December 2015
We just wanted to quickly note that we've added the ability to search by day to the Basketball Reference Player Game Finder in the Play Index.
With this addition, you can now run searches such as:
Now that you know that the Mailman always delivered on April Fool's Day, you can go about the rest of your day.
We hope you enjoy this new addition.
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12th November 2015
With an unprecedented three 8-0 teams tearing through the NFL, we thought it would be a good time to introduce a new frivolity to the site: a list of the last unbeaten team(s) for every season in NFL history (as well as AFL, AAFC and APFA history). The list represents the teams which won the most games before suffering their first loss (not necessarily the last team standing with 0 losses in a given season) and includes playoff games (when necessary). The table includes a link to each teams' first loss (unless you're the 1972 Dolphins, that is), as well as their season record (including postseason) and their postseason result (bearing in mind that the NFL postseason dates only back to 1933). A quick glance at the list shows us that the only team since 2000 to win the Super Bowl after being the last remaining undefeated team was the 2006 Colts. Armed with this knowledge, the Bengals, Panthers and Patriots will surely be rushing to lose a game, A.S.A.P. No need to thank us, though.
We hope you enjoy this new list.
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30th October 2015
Have you ever had a memory of a specific date from years ago and thought to yourself "Gee, what a wonderful memory. I recall almost everything about that day: the weather, who I was with, the song playing on the radio. But I feel so incomplete because I just can't recall what the NFL standings were on that day." Well, fret over your imperfect memories no longer, because you can now look up the standings through any date or week in NFL or AFL history!
Now you can fully appreciate your fond memories of the Balloon Boy Hoax by creating false narratives such as claiming that this hoax might have ruined the Giants season (5-0 pre balloon boy and 3-8 post). Or you could discover life-affirming facts such as the Bears leading the NFL in scoring differential on the day Mike Ditka was born.
We hope you enjoy this new tool. It can be accessed by hovering over the "boxscores" link towards the right end of the gray bar running across near the top of the page and clicking "Find Standings on a Date."
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28th October 2015
Many of our visitors are interested in information they can use on their fantasy teams. With this in mind, we decided to created a new fantasy index, which you can find here. This index contains links to various tools you can use to win your fantasy leagues. We include scoring for standard leagues, DraftKings & FanDuel.
Here's some of the tools you can access from this new index:
- Sortable lists of the top fantasy players this season
- Find the juiciest matchups with breakdowns of how each defense in the league has fared against quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends.
- Identify the best scoring threats by checking out Red Zone passing, receiving and rushing statistics.
- And our newest tool is perhaps the best. We have created weekly matchups pages which will be updated daily for quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends. On those pages you can see the average fantasy stats for each player, as well as the averages their opponent for that week has allowed to players at their position. We have also included player snap count data so you can identify which players will have the opportunity to exploit their opponent. The players are then ranked by expected fantasy points for that week based on their averages, their playing time and their opponent's averages allowed. Their latest injury report status is also included. Please note the time stamp we've included on the pages so you know how fresh the injury data is.
- We'd also like to note that we've added targets to our Player Streak Finder tool. Now you can see how rare DeAndre Hopkins' targets streak is.
We hope you enjoy these new tools. As always, please let us know if you have any comments, questions or feedback.
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16th October 2015
Pro Football Reference has added Fantasy Points and Touches as search criteria in the Player Streak Finder. These additions allow users to search for the most impressive streaks of fantasy dominance and/or high usage since 1960 (the first season for which we have full player game logs for skill positions). We'd like to thank our friend Scott Pianowski for passing along this suggested addition.
The standard Fantasy Points are calculated as:
Passing Yards: 1 point per 25 yards passing
Passing Touchdowns: 4 points
Interceptions: -2 points
Rushing Yards: 1 point per 10 yards
Rushing Touchdowns: 6 points
Receiving Yards: 1 point per 10 yards
Receiving Touchdowns: 6 points
Fumble Recovered for a Touchdown: 6 points
2-Point Conversions: 2 points
Fumbles Lost: -2 points
For DFS players, DraftKings Points and FanDuel Points are also available as sorting options.
Touches are calculated by adding up rush attempts, receptions, kickoff returns & punt returns.
These new additions allow users to get some perspective on the dominant fantasy streak Devonta Freeman is on. Thursday's game was his fourth straight with 25+ Fantasy Points. That makes him the first RB to do that since LaDainian Tomlinson, who had an eight-game streak in 2006.
Or if you search for streaks with 35+ DraftKings Points (which rewards a point per reception), you can see that Freeman has matched a record, becoming just the third player since 1960 with 35+ DraftKings Points in four straight games (and yes, we acknowledge this is an anachronism since DraftKings didn't exist the last time this happened, but this shows just how rare Freeman's performance streak is).
Similarly, Freeman has tied the record for consecutive games with 29+ FanDuel Points.
Finally, with Touches added to the streak finder, you can now search for things like the longest streaks of games with 15+ touches this season.
We hope you enjoy these new features and, as always, please let us know if you have any comments or questions.
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13th October 2015
With the 2015-16 Liga ACB basketball season is underway in Spain, we'd like to make a couple of announcements.
First of all, you can find box scores, standings, player and team stats at our Liga ACB landing page. As you'll see, Barcelona's Ante Tomic got off to a hot start with 23 points on 10-for-11 shooting in a win over Zaragoza. Tomic was drafted by the Jazz in 2008 and they still retain his NBA rights. You can check out some of the other top players in this table with sortable stats for every player in the league. Don't forget to bookmark this page to keep up with perhaps the world's premier basketball league outside of the NBA all season long.
Our other big announcement is that we have added statistics for past Liga ACB seasons all the way back to 1983-84, which was the first season in the modern history of the league. This means we now have awesome things like vintage Arvydas Sabonis stats:
This addition also gives us statistics for Drazen Petrovic's season in Spain, the year before he started his NBA career in Portland. That year, he set a still-standing league record with 1,026 points in the regular season. You can access all sorts of leaderboards for various Euro leagues via this link. Among the cool nuggets you can uncover is the fact that the legendary Oscar Schmidt still owns the league record for three-pointers made in a single regular season with 160, with one of the most energetic players in NBA history coming in second on the list.
We hope you enjoy this addition to our site. College basketball fans will likely enjoy seeing statistics for college stars they had lost track of after they disappeared from the NBA. Now that these new pages have been created, we will continually be working on linking them up with already existing NBA pages for players who played in both leagues and/or have pages on our college site.
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10th September 2015
The Play Index
is the name we use to refer to PFR's collection of top-notch research tools. Read below for more information on some of the applications we have made available to you.
Search all plays from 1994 to today to find performances that match your criteria. Answer questions like…
Player Season Finder
Search through player season stats spanning from 1920 to today for single seasons or combined seasons that match your criteria. Answer questions like…
The answers to these questions and many, many more are at your fingertips using the Player Season Finder.
Player Game Finder
Search through player game logs spanning from 1960 to today for games that match your criteria. You can find…
With the Player Game Finder, the possibilities are almost endless.
Player Comparison Tool
Select up to six offensive skill position players to compare single season stats, career stats, or a span of years. Compare…
Trade Finder Tool
Find NFL trades from 1994 to now, by team, draft round, draft pick, player position and more. Find…
Player Touchdown Finder
Search through every touchdown scored from 1920 to today for scores that match your criteria. Did you know…
Impress your friends and come up with your own "Did You Know" with a little help from the Player Touchdown Finder.
Team Game Finder
Find team games or seasons matching certain criteria. Did you know…
Player Streak Finder
Find the longest player streaks matching certain criteria. Did you know...
Team Streak Finder
Find the longest team streaks matching certain criteria. Did you know...
Super Bowl Play Finder
Search through every play in Super Bowl History.
Search through every NFL and AFL draft pick.
Find head-to-head results and also find games matching a particular score.
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9th September 2015
With the 2015 NFL season kicking off this week, we thought we'd visit some storylines for this season as a way of introducing some of the research tools you can find on Pro-Football-Reference.com. Follow the hyperlinked historical notes to the queries on our site and see if you can re-create them. If you're wondering about how we did anything, just ask us!
Quarterbacks Chasing History
- Last season, Manning broke Brett Favre's record for career TD passes. In 2015, the future Hall of Famer needs just 2,148 yards to break Favre's career record for passing yardage. Manning has thrown for over 3,500 yards in every season in which he's played a game. In fact, last season he surpassed 2,148 yards by the eighth game of the season.
- Additionally, with 374 completions, Manning can break Favre's all-time record in that category. That race could come down to the wire, as Manning has averaged 370 completions per season in the 16 years in which he's taken the field.
- Another Favre record that Manning will take aim at this season is the all-time record for wins as a starting QB. Favre currently claims that record with 186, but Manning enters 2015 with 179 (in 42 fewer starts).
Adrian Peterson Returns
It's been a year since Peterson last took the field in a 34-6 Week 1 win over the Rams last season. Few fans will be rooting for Peterson in 2015, but he'll likely continue to climb the record books.
Throwing the football has never been more popular, and it has probably never been easier. Go ahead and check this list of the players with most receiving yards per game in NFL history. That right, the top five are all active players (or at least kind of active in the case of Josh Gordon). And this doesn't even include players like Odell Beckham, Jr. who don't yet have enough games played to qualify.
The Patriots posted their 12th straight double-digit win season in 2014. That's the 2nd-longest such streak in NFL history. Only the 49ers (from 1983-98) have posted a longer streak. If head coach Bill Belichick can get his team to repeat, he could become the first head coach to win five Super Bowls.
New Extra Point Rules
If you send your kicking team out for extra points, you'll now have to snap the ball from the 15, rather than 2. Curious how this impacts strategy? Check out our Game Player Finder to find all FGAs with the LOS at the 15 over the last 5 seasons. You can also use this tool to search for 2-point conversion tries over the same span. Which approach is the better bet?
Track History All Season Long
Bookmark our NFL Milestone Watch page and check every week for which records might fall.
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