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PFR Hall of Fame Features

Posted by Neil on January 18, 2013

With the Hall of Fame finalists being named last week, here's a reminder to check out our Hall of Fame Section at PFR, as well as the 2013 ballot (with a list of finalists, and semifinalists who didn't make the cut).

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Player Birthdays

Posted by Neil on January 15, 2013

Happy birthday to Drew Brees, Matt Holliday, Randy White, Ricky Sobers, Adam Burt, and all the other athletes born today -- and a friendly reminder that you can look up player birthdays at all of our pro sites:

Birthdays at Baseball Reference

Birthdays at Basketball Reference

Birthdays at Pro Football Reference

Birthdays at Hockey Reference

2 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Basketball-Reference.com, Features, Hockey-Reference.com, Pro-Football-Reference.com, Trivia

AV and All-Pros up for 2012

Posted by Mike on January 14, 2013

With the release of the 2012 NFL All-Pro teams, we've run our annual AV calculations (What's AV? Check out how AV is calculated for a refresher) and updated the player pages and 2012 leaders page with the year's results.

11 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Pro-Football-Reference.com

Playoffs Leaderboards Added

Posted by Mike on January 11, 2013

Did you know that Emmitt Smith has the most career playoff rushing yards? How about Aaron Rodgers owning the highest career playoff passer rating? What about Larry Fitzgerald with the most receiving yards in a single playoffs? You can find out all these & more at our new list of NFL playoffs leaders!

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Pro Football Hall Of Fame Finalists Updated

Posted by Mike on January 11, 2013

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013 Finalists have been announced & updated on our site.

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Playoff Game Finders

Posted by Neil on January 4, 2013

In anticipation of the playoffs kicking off tomorrow, here's a reminder that you can use the Pro-Football-Reference Play Index to search for playoff games from the past and present.

The Player Game Finder will return all individual games that meet the criteria you select. Try searching for the most yards from scrimmage in a playoff game (Keith Lincoln alert), or use the "Cumulative Season Games" and "Cumulative Multi-Season Games" modifiers to group multiple playoff games in the same postseason or find career leaders.

Meanwhile, the Team Game Finder can help you find team playoff games under various criteria, like the most pass attempts in a playoff game or the biggest point differential by a team that trailed at some point in a postseason game.

You can get the most recent results the morning after the games are played, so by Sunday we should have Saturday's results loaded in. Just be sure to set "Game Type" to "Playoffs" on each tool, and have fun!

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2012 Pro Bowlers Added

Posted by Neil on January 3, 2013

Just a quick note that we've updated the Pro Bowl rosters on the site to include 2012's honorees. We'll also update it as injury replacements happen, etc.

9 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Awards, Expire30d, Pro-Football-Reference.com

2013 NFL Draft Order

Posted by Mike on January 2, 2013

The 2013 NFL Draft order is set for the first 20 picks (the non-playoff teams) based on final record and strength of schedule. Check out our list for the best picks at each position and the average AV of each pick. Will your team pick the next Andrew Luck.. or the next JaMarcus Russell?

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CFB Rivalry Finder

Posted by Neil on December 18, 2012

At the SR/College Football Play Index, we have a feature called the Rivalry Finder that you may not have seen before. Simply put, it will find the complete* history of head-to-games between any two schools.

(* = Within years both schools were classified as "major". To learn more about what that means, click here.)

So if you ever wanted to know how many times, say, Notre Dame and Alabama have faced off (and who won), just run this search in the Rivalry Finder:

Alabama versus Notre Dame

Alabama won 1 game and Notre Dame won 5 games.
Longest winning streak by Alabama: 1 game
Longest winning streak by Notre Dame: 4 games
Most points scored by Alabama: 28 (Oct 4, 1986)
Most points scored by Notre Dame: 37 (Nov 14, 1987)
Largest margin of victory by Alabama: +18 (Oct 4, 1986)
Largest margin of victory by Notre Dame: +31 (Nov 14, 1987)


G Date Day School Opponent Conf Pts Opp Diff W L T Streak Notes
1 Dec 31, 1973 Mon Alabama N Notre Dame Ind L 23 24 -1 0 1 0 L 1 Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, LA)
2 Jan 1, 1975 Wed Alabama N Notre Dame Ind L 11 13 -2 0 2 0 L 2 Orange Bowl (Miami, FL)
3 Nov 13, 1976 Sat Alabama @ Notre Dame Ind L 18 21 -3 0 3 0 L 3
4 Nov 15, 1980 Sat Alabama Notre Dame Ind L 0 7 -7 0 4 0 L 4 Birmingham, AL
5 Oct 4, 1986 Sat Alabama Notre Dame Ind W 28 10 18 1 4 0 W 1 Birmingham, AL
6 Nov 14, 1987 Sat Alabama @ Notre Dame Ind L 6 37 -31 1 5 0 L 1
Provided by Sports-Reference.com/CFB: View Original Table
Generated 12/18/2012.

Check it out as Bowl Season gets started!

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Onside Kicks Updated in Play Finder

Posted by Mike on December 7, 2012

Since there's been talk lately of eliminating kickoffs altogether and moving to a "4th and 15"-style play I've updated the Play Finder tool to include onside kick success and percentage in the kicker table. For instance, from 2000-2012 we show 757 onside kicks, with 149 of those recovered by the kicking team for a 19.7% success rate. Contrast that to all 4th and 15 plays since 2000, where we show 21 out of 93 plays converted to either first downs or touchdowns at a 22.6% success rate. Since 4th and 15 attempts are generally a desperation situation against a team that may be playing in a prevent defense (and thus willing to give up the 15 yards in order to keep the offense out of the end zone at all costs), let's look at conversion rates on 3rd and 15: we show a 15.7% success rate in converting those.

Of course one of the primary benefits of the onside kick is the "surprise" onside kick. Broadly defining that as any onside kick NOT in the 4th quarter we see those recovered by the kicking team at a 47.5% rate (though only attempted 158 times in 3381 total games, roughly once every 21.4 games).

3 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Pro-Football-Reference.com

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