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Search Our Pro Football Data Using the P-F-R Play Index

Posted by Neil on September 16, 2012
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, and also check out our blog posts about the Play Index. As always, if you have any suggestions or corrections please fill out our feedback form.

Game Play Finder

Search all plays from 2000 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 Touchdown Finder

Search through every touchdown scored from 1940 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…

Super Bowl Play Finder

Search through every play in Super Bowl History.

Draft Finder

Search through every NFL and AFL draft pick.

Boxscore Search Tools

Find head-to-head results and also find games matching a particular score.

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

2012 Pages Updated

Posted by Neil on September 11, 2012

Just a quick note that all 2012 pages (Teams, Players, Box Scores, Play Index results etc.) have been completely updated with data from Week 1, and will be continuously updated throughout the season on the Mondays & Tuesdays after the games are played.

Happy 2012 NFL season!

11 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Data, expire21d, Play Index, Pro-Football-Reference.com

How To “SHARE” P-F-R Stats

Posted by Neil on September 10, 2012

If you've spent a lot of time at Pro-Football Reference, you've probably seen the "SHARE" command in red text above a table of stats... but maybe you didn't know what that did, or have forgotten how to use it. No worries -- here's a quick rundown of the features you can access by clicking "SHARE":

  • Customize rows & columns - Sharing lets you delete certain rows/columns that you don't want to include in your table. Just click the round 'x' button to delete a specific row/column, or the arrow 'x' to get rid of everything to the right (columns) or directly below (rows) the row/column in question.
  • Export as an HTML table - Clicking 'html
    ' gives you code to embed the table onto your site (you can even choose to keep S-R's inline style formatting).
  • Get a link - Choosing Link URL creates an SR tiny URL specifically for the table you created, which can easily be sent to others via twitter or directly linked at your blog.
  • Export as bbcode - This option lets you copy-and-paste the table into most bulletin board formats.
  • Export into a javascript widget - This will give you code to embed the static table on your site via a js widget. (Note: The 'Embed' option next to 'SHARE' allows you to do this as well, but as a constantly-updated table instead of a static one.)
  • Export as an iframe - For those who prefer to embed the table within an inline frame.
  • Export into preformatted text or CSV
  • Convert table to Wiki formatting - This will turn the table into a format suitable for sites like Wikipedia.

Happy sharing!

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

PFR Elo Player Rater

Posted by Neil on September 9, 2012

Check out our Elo Player Rater to vote on the greatest players of all time!

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

PFR and Hockey-Reference.com Now on a New Server

Posted by admin on September 7, 2012

We recently leased a newer, more powerful machine to host our football, hockey and basketball sites. Basketball hasn't moved yet, but today we flipped the switch on the football and hockey sites. This new machine boasts 16 cores and 16GB of RAM, so it will be a lot faster than our previous machine.

This should mean you can now view Tom Brady and Jurrell Casey's pages much more quickly.

4 Comments | Posted in Announcement, expire7d, Hockey-Reference.com, Pro-Football-Reference.com

Game Score Finder

Posted by Neil on September 7, 2012

We don't know what this weekend's games will hold, but maybe one of them will end with an historically-unique final score. If so, as a Pro-Football-Reference user you'll know first because you can run a search on any combination of final scores to see how often they've occurred all-time.

Using the main table on this page, and clicking the "count" column header to sort by he number of instances in the database, you can find the rarest and most common scores in pro football history. You might be surprised to see the number of combinations that have taken place just once, running the gamut from 66-0 blowouts to brutal 5-3 affairs. And at the other end of the spectrum, 20-17 is by far the most common all-time final score.

Play around with the tool for a while, and you'll always know where to find an answer when somebody asks, "how often does this score happen?"

Comments Off | Posted in Announcement, Features, Play Index, Pro-Football-Reference.com

PFR Player Splits

Posted by Neil on September 6, 2012

If you want a variety of detailed splits for a player's stats, check out the Splits [+] option on his player page. By mousing over "Splits [+]", you can access career splits, as well as the numbers for any individual season of his career.

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

Things I Learned From the New PFR Play Finder: QBs in the Clutch

Posted by Neil on September 5, 2012

Might as well face it -- most people are going to use our new Play Finder tool to search for clutch stats on quarterbacks. How do I know this? Because, when Basketball-Reference rolled out its Play Index+, the most popular searches (by far) involved some combination of Kobe Bryant and clutch/late-game shooting splits.

And if there's anything fans love more than the fabled NBA "closer", it's the crunch-time QB.

So let's do this. Much like I did in the clutch receivers post, I'm going to dig up clutch stats for QBs from a variety of different angles. There is no one single, unifying definition of "clutch", but we can at least try to get close to a consensus by using the splits most people would think about when looking for clutch performances.

4 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Features, Play Index, Pro-Football-Reference.com

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