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

26th August 2013

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.

Posted in Announcement, CFB at Sports Reference, Features, Play Index, | 3 Comments »

Team Offensive & Defensive Schemes Added

23rd August 2013

Thanks to the tireless research of Neil Paine we now have team offensive schemes & defensive alignments on team pages going back as far as 1957. I've also added team and opponent offense and defense as options on the team game finder tool, if for instance you want to find how teams performed against the 3-4 defense in 2012. Think we have a team's scheme wrong? Help us fix it!

Posted in Announcement, | 1 Comment »

Justin Kubatko Leaving Sports Reference

20th August 2013

I am sad to announce that after six years, five websites, and hundreds of thousands of lines of code, my tenure at Sports Reference will come to an end this week. More information can be found on my new blog, Statitudes. Thanks to all of the users who have supported the sites that I ran.

Posted in Announcement,,, CBB at Sports Reference, CFB at Sports Reference, Expire30d, expire40d,, Olympics at S-R, | 45 Comments »

Support, Sponsor a Page

20th August 2013

With the regular season around the corner, Sponsoring a P-F-R page is a fun, fast, and easy way to support what we're doing here at Pro-Football-Reference. With a sponsorship, you can:

  • Show your support for your favorite player or team.
  • Drum up traffic for your own site & draw in fans with a common interest.
  • Get some well-deserved recognition for your support of PFR.
  • Make your voice heard by the tens of thousands of people who visit Pro-Football-Reference every day.

Here's all you have to do to get involved:

  1. Create a membership account.
  2. Find the page(s) you'd like to support, and click "sponsor" (available pages).
  3. If the page you want is already sponsored, click "Alert Me!" to be informed when the current sponsorship expires.
  4. Follow the instructions to create your message and make your payment.
  5. Your message and links will be visible on the page after we approve them (usually in less than 24 hours).

And who knows, if you're clever enough, your message might end up on lists like these.

Posted in Announcement,, Sponsors | Comments Off on Support, Sponsor a Page

Filter Play Finder results by individual player

14th August 2013

We've added a new feature to the play finder that you may have already seen around the site: you can now filter search results by particular players. For instance, when looking at 2012 passing on third or fourth down if you click the "View player »" link next to Matthew Stafford, you can view the same results filtered down to just Stafford. You can refine this further by clicking the link next to a particular receiver, so if you want just Stafford's third and fourth down passes to Calvin Johnson, we have you covered. This filter is available for passers, receivers, and rushers, so you can also use it to find something like all Adrian Peterson rushes of 10+ yards in 2012. Links to year-by-year breakdowns are also available under "Rush Plays" and "Pass Plays" on each player's player page passing, rushing, or receiving table.

In other play finder news, we've added play data from the 1999 season to our database if you want to go back and relive the glory days of the greatest show on turf.

Posted in Announcement, | 3 Comments »

PFR Similarity Scores Updated

12th August 2013

Just a quick note that our AV-based Similarity Scores have been updated for the first time in a few seasons, so guys like Joe Flacco now have similars.

Posted in Announcement, Features, History,, Statgeekery | Comments Off on PFR Similarity Scores Updated

Are you a Web Developer Who Loves Sports? Let’s Talk.

9th August 2013

Jobs @ Sports Reference.

Sports Reference has an immediate opening for a web developer. Please see our job advertisement for all of the details. We will begin reviewing applications on August 26th.

Posted in Advanced Stats, All-Star, Announcement,,, Bleg, CBB at Sports Reference, CFB at Sports Reference, expire21d, General,, Olympics at S-R,, Statgeekery | 7 Comments »

Added Fantasy Points to the Player Finders

8th August 2013

Fantasy draft time is coming up, so we've added fantasy points as a sorting option and search criteria in our Player Season Finder and Player Game Finder tools. Use these to find out things like:

Posted in Announcement, | Comments Off on Added Fantasy Points to the Player Finders

Vegas Line Pages Added

5th August 2013

Recently, we've added Vegas line tables to our team-season pages, which include the spread & over/under of every game, and results straight-up, vs. the line, and vs. the over/under. (This is available for all teams since 1978.)

Posted in Announcement, Features, | 2 Comments »

2013 Preseason Schedule/Results Page Added

31st July 2013

Due to popular demand, we decided to add a dedicated page with the 2013 preseason schedule for every team:

2013 preseason schedule and results

It will also be populated with scores/results as the games are played.

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