NFL Playoff Gear: Do You Believe In Your Team?

The NFL Divisional Playoffs take place this Saturday (Jan. 14) and Sunday (Jan. 15). The top 4 teams from the NFC and the AFC will battle it out for a trip to the NFL Conference Championships a week later. Whole seasons are on the line and just one team will be left standing come February 5th. If you’re one of the lucky fans still cheering on their team, commemorate the season, get pumped for the playoffs and believe in your team with LTD’s NFL selection. Check out NFL playoff gear from every team taking the field this weekend!


Seattle Seahawks vs. Atlanta Falcons

Saturday, January 14th — 4:35 p.m. (ET)
The Falcons are dangerous, but the Seahawks may have found their rhythm at the perfect time.NFL Sofa Covers   Personalized NFL Quarterback Prints
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Houston Texans vs. New England Patriots

Saturday, January 14th — 8:15 p.m. (ET)
The Patriots are favored, but the Texans have come a long way since their earlier loss at Foxborough. Personalized NFL Stadium Prints   Personalized Framed Sports Pub Print
Personalized NFL Stadium Prints vs. Personalized Sports Pub Print


Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Sunday, January 15th — 1:05 p.m. (ET)
The Steelers offense is clicking, but the Chiefs defense has proven they can shut down anyone.Personalized NFL Action Collages   Personalized NFL Locker Room Prints
Personalized NFL Collages vs. Personalized NFL Locker Room Prints


Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys

Sunday, January 15th — 4:40 p.m. (ET)
The Cowboys are the team to beat, but the Packers haven’t lost a game since before Thanksgiving.NFL Chair or Recliner Covers   NFL Team Helmet Pillows
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Even if your team doesn’t make it to the next round of the playoffs, there’s still plenty to be proud of and even more to be excited about for next year. LTD Commodities is always stocked with fun and useful NFL gear for the year-round super fans and seasonal decorators so you can show some team pride at home or on the go.

NFL Gear: Team Pride from the House to the Home Field

After an eventful off-season, the NFL is finally back. The preseason is nearing an end. The regular season is about to begin. There’s still time to get some cozy essentials for the couch, everyday fashion accessories for when you’re out on the town and warm apparel or jewelry to help you dress up for stadium weather and tailgating. Whether you’re getting your house ready for home-watching or riding up to the home stadium for a game during the regular season, find NFL gear you need to show team pride for your favorite franchise.

Get Cozy on the Couch
Support the home squad without leaving your home.
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NFL Distressed Sweatshirt Throws
NFL Slipper Socks with Grippers
NFL Team Helmet Pillows

Show Off on the Street
Take your team spirit wherever life takes you.
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NFL Cell Phone Wallet Wristlets
NFL Steering Wheel Covers
NFL Handbags

Dress Up for Game Day
True fans make fashion statements on the go.
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NFL Scarves
NFL Euro Bead and Charm Necklaces
NFL Plaid Endless Loop Scarves

Beginner’s Guide to Football Basics & NFL Rules

For anyone new to the game of football, understanding all the rules can seem like a burden. If the NFL has taught us anything in the last few seasons it’s that the rules of the game can be difficult for even the referees to fully comprehend, let alone an eager new fan. Whether you’re a little confused and scared to interrupt the game to ask your questions, in need of a quick refresher before the season gets underway or have a young fan in the house who’s ready to learn, this beginner’s guide to the basic NFL rules is a great place to start.

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Offense, Defense & Special Teams

Offense
The offense and defense are each allowed 11 players on the field. The offense consists of the quarterback, five offensive linemen, and a five man combination of offensive players like running backs, wide receivers, tight ends or fullbacks. The five linemen consist of a center who snaps the ball to the quarterback, 2 guards who line up on both sides of the center to protect the quarterback, and 2 tackles, one on each end, who are also in charge of protecting the quarterback. In addition, the linemen are in charge of blocking the defense to create paths for the running back or fullback, and holding the defense at bay to allow the quarterback the time he needs to throw the ball. The wide receivers, tight ends and even the backs are eligible to catch the ball from the quarterback, while the tight ends are also used for additional blocking during certain plays.

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Defense
The responsibility of the defense may seem straight forward, but the complexity of the offense makes it just as difficult, if not more so. The players on the defensive side of the ball depend on the defensive package, which is essentially split into man-to-man defenses or zone defenses. But let’s review the players first. The players on defense consist of the defensive line, linebackers and defensive backs. The defensive line sets up opposite the offensive line, and consists of the defensive tackles who challenge the offensive guards or center, and the defensive ends, who among other things are the ones tasked with putting pressure on the quarterback. The linebackers line up behind the defensive line. As the second line of defense, they have to read the offense to stop the run, rush the quarterback or pick up free receivers, tight ends or running backs. The defensive backs cover receivers and tight ends, protect against the pass and try to intercept the ball.

Special Teams
Special teams refer to the players who take the field for plays that involve kicking the football. This includes field goals, punts and kickoffs. This team consists of  a placekicker who specializes in field goals and kickoff plays, and a punter. A holder holds the ball during field goals. A long snapper specializes in getting the ball from the offensive line to the holder, which requires a different skill than the center who snaps the ball to the quarterback. The rest of the team is responsible for holding the defense at bay during field goals and punts, racing down the field after kickoffs to tackle the kickoff returner, or blocking players for the kickoff returner.

The Field, The Clock & The Scoreboard

The Playing Field
The actual playing field for football is 100 yards from endzone to endzone. The endzone is 10 yards long and contains the field goal, which is situated directly outside the back of the endzone. Horizontal lines are painted across the field every 5 yards, with individual hash marks each yard to help players navigate. The field goal is 10 feet high and a little more than 18 feet wide, significantly narrower than the college goals.

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The Clock
How long is the game? When is it over? Though understandable to those who aren’t football fans, it’s more forgiving to learn the basics of the clock to avoid upsetting irritable die-hard fans. An NFL game is split into four 15-minute quarters, so 60 minutes total. The average NFL game in 2015 was a little over 3 hours long. How does 60 minutes stretch into nearly 200 minutes? Halftime is around 12 minutes, there’s a two-minute warning at the end of the first and second half, and several commercial breaks during timeouts (each team is allowed 3 timeouts per half). But that doesn’t account for even half of the 3-plus hours. The reason why a game lasts so long is because the clock stops so often. When the clock stops depends on what type of play is run, the outcome of the play and even the time of the game. However, all you need to know to start is that the clock stops when there’s an incomplete pass, when a player with the ball goes out of bounds, and after penalties or timeouts. Overtime is a single 15-minute period where the first team to score wins the game.

The Scoring System
There are several ways to score in a football game, but the majority of points come from touchdowns or field goals. Touchdowns occur when a player with possession of the ball puts the ball over the barrier (goal line) catches the ball in the endzone, or establishes possession of the ball in the endzone, such as on a fumble. A touchdown can also occur after the defense intercepts the ball and returns it, or on kickoff or punt returns. Touchdowns are worth 6 points. After a touchdown, the offense has the choice of kicking an extra point for an additional 1 point, or “going for two” by trying to get the ball in the endzone on a single possession that’s worth 2 points. A field goal, when the ball is kicked between the upright posts, is always worth 3 points.

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Football is easy enough to understand once you’ve watched a few games. It can also get a bit complicated. Knowing a little information on the players, their responsibilities and the basics of the scoring system should be enough for anyone to enjoy the game. Reading the rules is a good place to start for beginners. However, nothing beats watching the action yourself. Enjoy the NFL season with all the NFL products from LTD!

Fantasy Drafts to Tailgating: Get Ready for Football Season

For NFL fans and their family members, the season is bigger than a 16-game schedule. There are parties to plan and tailgating menus to prepare, traditions to follow and fantasy football rosters to manage. Fans who have been around awhile know there’s nothing like the beginning of the season. Hopes are high. Anything can happen. Get in on the excitement with these articles on fantasy drafts, fashion tips and tailgating advice.

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Tips for Hosting a Successful Fantasy Football Draft Party
Almost a quarter of the entire American population participates in fantasy football at some point during the NFL season. Needless to say, fantasy sports are extremely popular, and with the regular season about to start, there are going to be plenty of fantasy football draft parties happening in the weeks leading up to the season. Get some tips on how to put together a draft party for your league and make it a monster success.

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Game Day Fashion Tips: Simple Touches to Support the Team
True fans don’t always feel the need to sport their team’s colors, but loyalties might be questioned if there isn’t at least a couple pieces of apparel hanging in a true fan’s closet or resting on the dresser. Fans have different fashion preferences, but with all the NFL gear out there, every fan can find an option that fits their taste. Get your outfit ready for football season with these game day fashion tips that focus on accessories.

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Unique Fall Football Traditions
As we leave behind summer fun and start heading back to school, we have an entire new set of fun activities to enjoy. In America, the fall season is football season. All across the country, people have many different ways of showing their school spirit or celebrating their favorite franchise. Here are some of the most unique fall football traditions that take place all around the United States throughout the fall and into the winter.

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Tailgating Essentials
Whether you’re a football fan or a friend along for the ride, the tailgating party is one of the most important elements of the fall football experience. Every region and team has different techniques for making the pre-party lively, but there are a few essential items everyone needs for their tailgating party. Here are a few tailgating essentials to create a spirited experience no matter what region you’re in or team you support.