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FAQ by chessjerk

Version: 1.1 | Updated: 02/18/12

NES Play Action Football FAQ
Version 1.1

By chessjerk (John Kearsley IV)

Created - June 2, 2007
Updated - February 18, 2012

Questions?  Comments?  Contact me: chessjerk@msn.com

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Welcome to my NES Play Action Football FAQ. This football game has been around 
for a while, and despite some inherent problems with poor player movements, 
it's still a fun game. Enjoy!

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Table of Contents:
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I. The Object of the Game
II. Controls
III. Main Menu
IV. The Teams
  a. Los Angeles Rams
  b. San Francisco 49ers
  c. Miami Dolphins
  d. Chicago Bears
  e. Denver Broncos
  f. Washington Redskins
  g. New York Giants
  h. Houston Oilers
V. Scoring
VI. Playing the Game
VII. Strategies
VIII. Credits/Disclaimer
IX. Version History

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I. The Object of the Game
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It's pretty simple. Score more points than your opponent. It doesn't get much 
simpler than that, right?

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II. Controls
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In the menus:

Select - change options
Start  - select an option

In between plays:

Start - pause
B + A - go to the next page of plays available

On offense:

B (as quarterback) + left/right/up - throw the ball in the direction pressed
B (as receiver with the ball)      - dive in the direction facing
B (as receiver without the ball)   - jump in the air
A (any player)                     - gain a small speed boost

On defense:

B (standing still) - jump in the air
B + any direction  - dive in the direction pressed
A (any player)     - gain a small speed boost
B + A              - switch to the closest player to the football

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III. Main Menu
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The following options are on the main menu:

1P vs. COMP - One player plays a single game against the computer.
1P vs. 1P   - Two players play a single game against each other.
2P vs. COMP - Two players play a single game against the computer.
2P vs. 2P   - Four players play a single game against each other, with two 
              players on each team. (requires a Four Score or similar adaptor 
              that allows four controllers to be used simultaneously)
1P PLAYOFFS - One player chooses a team and plays each of the other teams in 
              the league in succession. This method of play features passwords 
              that allow a player to save and pick up play at a later date.

For single games against the computer, you can select the difficulty from Level 
1 (easiest) to Level 4 (hardest).

After the selections are made, the teams are chosen. If you are playing the 
computer, you also select what team the computer will be using. The teams are:

Los Angeles Rams
San Francisco 49ers
Miami Dolphins
Chicago Bears
Denver Broncos
Washington Redskins
New York Giants
Houston Oilers

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IV. The Teams
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Here is a list of the players and their statistics for each team. Stats are 
rated from 1 (worst) to 5 (best). Players marked with a * are the backups, so 
if a player gets injured or has lost a lot of energy, you need to replace them
with someone else. Some positions do not have backups, so players in these
positions will never get injured. As the game progresses, if you use a 
particular player too often, his energy will decrease, as will his 
effectiveness. Substitute fresh players in for tired players when necessary. 
Players on the bench slowly regain their energy as they rest.

The different stats are as follows:

Speed - A player's running speed
Pass  - A quarterback's throwing ability
Power - A running back's ability to shake off tackles
Hands - A receiver/defender's ability to catch/knock away/intercept passes
Block - A lineman's ability to block the other teams' players
Accur - A kicker's accuracy with his kicks
Tackl - A defender's ability to tackle the ball-carrier

And now, the teams:

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a. Los Angeles Rams
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Offense:

Quarterbacks    Speed  Pass
11 Everett        5      5
09 Herrman*       4      3

Running Backs   Speed  Power
24 McGee          5      5
42 Bell           4      4
39 Delpino*       4      4
43 Gary*          4      3

Wide Receivers  Speed  Hands
80 Ellard         5      5
83 Anderson       4      5
84 Cox*           4      3
89 Brown*         3      4

Tight Ends      Speed  Hands
86 Johnson        5      4
81 Holohan*       3      3

Offensive Line  Speed  Block
75 Pankey         3      4
66 Newberry       4      5
56 Smith          3      4
61 Slaton         3      5
78 Slater         4      4

Kicker          Power  Accur
01 Lansford       4      3

Punter          Power  Accur
05 Hatcher        3      5

Defense:

Linemen         Speed  Block
93 Reed           3      4
99 Wright         3      5
95 Piel           4      5

Linebackers     Speed  Tackl
52 Kelm           5      5
91 Greene         5      4
59 Jerue          4      4
54 Wilcher        4      4

Cornerbacks     Speed  Tackl
25 Gray           4      5
28 Hicks          5      5

Safeties        Speed  Hands
22 Newsome        4      4
23 Stewart        5      4
26 Newman*        3      4
47 Irvin*         4      3

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b. San Francisco 49ers
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Offense:

Quarterbacks    Speed  Pass
16 Montana        5      5
08 Young*         4      4

Running Backs   Speed  Power
33 Craig          5      5
42 Rathman        5      4
23 Tillman*       4      3
32 Flagler*       3      4

Wide Receivers  Speed  Hands
82 Taylor         5      5
85 Wilson         5      5
83 Greer*         3      4
88 Sherrard*      3      3

Tight Ends      Speed  Hands
84 Jones          5      5
81 Williams*      4      3

Offensive Line  Speed  Block
77 Paris          4      5
62 McIntyre       3      4
61 Sapolu         3      4
69 Collie         4      4
79 Barton         3      5

Kicker          Power  Accur
06 Cofer          5      5

Punter          Power  Accur
09 Helton         5      4

Defense:

Linemen         Speed  Block
78 Holt           3      4
95 Carter         3      5
75 Fagen          3      5

Linebackers     Speed  Tackl
94 Haley          4      5
54 Millen         4      4
58 Turner         5      4
99 Walter         5      4

Cornerbacks     Speed  Tackl
22 McKyer         4      5
29 Griffin        4      5

Safeties        Speed  Hands
31 Brooks         5      5
42 Lott           5      5
40 Jackson*       3      3
26 Pollard*       4      3

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c. Miami Dolphins
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Offense:

Quarterbacks    Speed  Pass
13 Marino         5      5
09 Secules*       4      4

Running Backs   Speed  Power
25 Logan          5      5
33 Smith          4      4
27 Hampton*       3      3
36 Brown*         3      4

Wide Receivers  Speed  Hands
83 Clayton        5      5
85 Duper          5      4
82 Brown*         3      4
86 Banks*         3      3

Tight Ends      Speed  Hands
80 Edmunds        4      5
87 Hardy*         4      3

Offensive Line  Speed  Block
65 Dellenbach     3      4
61 Foster         4      3
63 Uhlenhake      3      4
62 Galbreath      3      4
74 Dennis         4      5

Kicker          Power  Accur
10 Stoyanovich    3      5

Punter          Power  Accur
04 Roby           5      3

Defense:

Linemen         Speed  Block
95 Turner         3      5
70 Sochia         3      4
91 Cross          4      4

Linebackers     Speed  Tackl
55 Green          4      4
54 Junior         5      4
58 Krauss         4      4
56 Offerdahl      5      5

Cornerbacks     Speed  Tackl
44 Lankford       4      5
49 Judson         5      4

Safeties        Speed  Hands
25 Oliver         5      5
26 Williams       4      4
29 Hobley*        3      3
37 Brown*         4      3

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d. Chicago Bears
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Offense:

Quarterbacks    Speed  Pass
18 Tomczak        5      5
04 Harbaugh*      5      3

Running Backs   Speed  Power
25 Muster         5      5
35 Anderson       5      5
20 Sanders*       4      3
26 Suhey*         3      4

Wide Receivers  Speed  Hands
82 Davis          4      5
29 Gentry         5      4
84 Morris*        4      3
85 McKinnon*      4      4

Tight Ends      Speed  Hands
80 Thornton       5      4
86 Boso*          3      3

Offensive Line  Speed  Block
74 Covert         3      5
57 Thayer         4      4
63 Hilgenberg     3      4
62 Bortz          4      5
78 Van Horne      4      5

Kicker          Power  Accur
06 Butler         4      3

Punter          Power  Accur
09 Buford         4      4

Defense:

Linemen         Speed  Block
95 Dent           3      5
76 McMichael      3      5
99 Hampton        4      4

Linebackers     Speed  Tackl
51 Morrissey      5      4
50 Singletary     5      5
59 Rivera         5      4
93 Armstrong      4      4

Cornerbacks     Speed  Tackl
24 Jackson        5      4
37 Douglass       4      5

Safeties        Speed  Hands
22 Duerson        5      5
23 Gayle          4      5
43 Lywch*         3      4
49 Tate*          4      3

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e. Denver Broncos
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Offense:

Quarterbacks    Speed  Pass
07 Elway          5      5
08 Kubiak*        4      3

Running Backs   Speed  Power
26 Humphrey       5      5
32 Bratton        5      5
23 Winder*        3      3
30 Sewell*        4      3

Wide Receivers  Speed  Hands
80 Jackson        5      5
82 Johnson        5      5
83 Young*         4      3
84 Nattiel*       3      3

Tight Ends      Speed  Hands
88 Kay            5      4
89 Mobley*        4      3

Offensive Line  Speed  Block
60 Perry          3      5
66 Juriga         4      4
72 Kartz          4      4
67 Widell         3      4
76 Lanier         4      5

Kicker          Power  Accur
03 Treadwell      4      3

Punter          Power  Accur
02 Horan          3      5

Defense:

Linemen         Speed  Block
61 Townsend       4      4
71 Kragen         3      5
92 Carreker       3      4

Linebackers     Speed  Tackl
77 Mecklenburg    5      5
73 Fletcher       4      5
55 Dennison       4      4
56 Brooks         5      4

Cornerbacks     Speed  Tackl
34 Braxton        4      4
24 Henderson      5      4

Safeties        Speed  Hands
49 Smith          5      5
27 Atwater        4      5
48 Robbins*       4      4
25 Corrington*    4      3

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f. Washington Redskins
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Offense:

Quarterbacks    Speed  Pass
11 Rypien         5      5
17 Williams*      4      4

Running Backs   Speed  Power
37 Riggs          5      5
22 Morris         5      5
21 Byner*         4      4
30 Mickles*       3      3

Wide Receivers  Speed  Hands
81 Monk           5      4
84 Clark          5      4
83 Sanders*       4      3
80 Howard*        3      4

Tight Ends      Speed  Hands
85 Warren         5      4
86 Tice*          3      3

Offensive Line  Speed  Block
76 Simmons        3      5
63 McKenzie       4      5
53 Bostic         3      4
69 Schlereth      3      4
79 Lachey         4      4

Kicker          Power  Accur
08 Lohmiller      3      4

Punter          Power  Accur
04 Mojsiejenko    3      4

Defense:

Linemen         Speed  Block
60 Stokes         3      4
99 Rocker         3      5
71 Mann           4      4

Linebackers     Speed  Tackl
58 Marshall       4      5
50 Caldwell       5      5
91 Manusky        4      4
77 Grant          4      5

Cornerbacks     Speed  Tackl
28 Green          4      5
45 Wilburn        5      5

Safeties        Speed  Hands
40 Walton         5      4
23 Bowles         5      5
31 Vaughn*        3      4
20 Welch*         4      3

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g. New York Giants
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Offense:

Quarterbacks    Speed  Pass
11 Simms          5      5
15 Hostetler*     4      4

Running Backs   Speed  Power
44 Carthon        5      5
20 Morris         4      4
30 Meggett*       4      3
24 Anderson*      3      3

Wide Receivers  Speed  Hands
86 Manuel         5      5
82 Ingram         4      4
85 Baker*         4      3
83 Turner*        3      3

Tight Ends      Speed  Hands
89 Bavaro         5      5
84 Mowatt*        4      3

Offensive Line  Speed  Block
72 Riesenberg     3      5
60 Moore          3      4
65 Oats           3      4
68 Johnson        3      3
66 Roberts        4      5

Kicker          Power  Accur
03 Nittmo         3      4

Punter          Power  Accur
05 Landeta        4      3

Defense:

Linemen         Speed  Block
70 Marshall       3      5
74 Howard         3      4
77 Dorsey         4      4

Linebackers     Speed  Tackl
52 Johnson        4      4
58 Banks          5      5
56 Taylor         5      5
55 Reasons        5      4

Cornerbacks     Speed  Tackl
25 Collins        4      5
23 Williams       4      4

Safeties        Speed  Hands
48 Hill           5      4
43 Kinard         5      5
39 White*         4      3
37 Haddix*        3      3

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h. Houston Oilers
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Offense:

Quarterbacks    Speed  Pass
01 Moon           5      5
14 Carlson*       4      4

Running Backs   Speed  Power
30 Rozier         5      5
32 Highsmith      4      5
20 Pinkett*       4      3
44 White*         4      4

Wide Receivers  Speed  Hands
81 Givins         4      4
85 Hill           5      5
84 Jeffires*      3      4
80 Duncan*        3      4

Tight Ends      Speed  Hands
87 Mrosko         5      4
88 Verhulst*      4      3

Offensive Line  Speed  Block
77 Davis          3      4
63 Munchak        4      4
52 Pennison       4      4
74 Matthews       3      4
70 Steinkuhler    4      5

Kicker          Power  Accur
07 Zendejas       5      4

Punter          Power  Accur
09 Montgomery     4      4

Defense:

Linemen         Speed  Block
71 Byrd           3      4
99 Smith          4      4
79 Childress      3      5

Linebackers     Speed  Tackl
93 Lyles          4      5
59 Grimsley       5      5
54 Smith          4      4
91 Meads          4      4

Cornerbacks     Speed  Tackl
24 Brown          5      5
29 Allen          4      5

Safeties        Speed  Hands
25 McDowell       5      4
31 Donaldson      4      4
21 Eaton*         4      4
22 Johnson*       4      4

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V. Scoring
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There are 4 ways to score points:

Touchdown:   If a player with the ball gets into the opponent's end zone, that 
             player's team scores 6 points.
Extra Point: After scoring a touchdown, that team kicks a 20-yard or so field 
             goal for 1 additional point.
Field Goal:  At any time (usually on 4th down or near the end of a half) a team 
             can opt to kick the ball through the goal posts. If successful, 
             they score 3 points, or else they turn the ball over to the 
             opponents. Be wary of the skill of your kicker, however, as field 
             goals over 30 yards away are very difficult to make if you have a 
             kicker with poor stats.
Safety:      If a player with the ball is tackled inside his own end zone, the 
             opposing team scores 2 points, and the defending team also 
             receives the ball via a kickoff from the 20 yard line.

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VI. Playing the Game
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Before the game starts, a coin is tossed. Whoever wins the toss receives the 
ball first in the first half; whoever loses the toss receives the ball first in 
the second half.

To kickoff, press A to stop the arrow moving side to side, then press A again 
to stop the power meter as it increases and decreases. If you kick the ball out 
of bounds, it is a 5-yard penalty and you must re-kick (in other words, you 
normally kick off from your 35 yard line, if your first kickoff goes out of 
bounds, you would kickoff again from your 30 yard line).

If the kickoff is going to land in bounds, the receiver is automatically placed 
to receive the ball as it lands. If it is kicked into the endzone, the receiver 
has the option of kneeling down (press B to do so) for a "touchback", which 
takes the ball out to the 20 yard line, or the receiver can bring the kickoff 
out himself and advance as far as he can before being tackled.

The kicking team also can perform what is called an "onside kick". This 
involves kicking the ball to one side or the other with very little power. If 
the ball is kicked very softly, a receiver is not automatically placed to 
receive it. If the kicking team recovers the kick, then the kicking team keeps 
possession of the ball.

Now, the offense and defense can select plays to run. At the top, the options 
"Offense", "Time Out", and "Substitution" are available. "Offense" leads to a 
menu of plays to select, "Time Out" calls a time out and stops the clock (each 
team gets three time outs per half), "Substitution" allows you to bring in new 
players if your current ones are getting tired.

Each screen of plays has eight plays on it, one for each combination of a 
direction and A or B. Press B + A together to move to the next page of plays. 
Once a play is selected, the defense gets its turn to select plays, call time 
out, and make substitutions. After that is done, the players line up. Press A 
to snap the ball, and the play starts.

Each team has 30 seconds to select their plays and make substitutions, unless a 
"time out" has been called, in which case the teams can take as long as they 
like to make their selections. If the offense takes longer than 30 seconds, a 
"delay of game" penalty will be called, and the offense will be forced back 
five yards (without a loss of a down). If the defense takes longer than 30 
seconds, a defensive formation will be chosen at random, and the play will 
begin.

The offense has four plays, or "downs" to advance the ball ten yards, or else 
they turn the ball over to the defense. As a general rule, if you do not 
advance ten yards in the first three plays, you should either kick a field goal 
(if you are in range) or punt the ball to the opponent. Punting gives the ball 
to the opposing team, but much further downfield than if you were to turn the 
ball over on downs.

There are four quarters in a game, with each quarter lasting 15 minutes, 
although time advances very quickly, so it's probably about five minutes of 
real time per quarter. At the end of the second quarter, the teams rest up 
during halftime, and then whoever lost the opening coin toss will receive the 
kickoff, regardless who held the ball at the end of the first half. Whoever has 
scored the most points at the end of the fourth quarter is the winner.

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VII. Strategies
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- Generally, running the ball is easier to accomplish, but gains less yards, 
while passing the ball is harder, but has the potential for big plays. Know 
your team's strengths and utilize them as best you can.

- On offense, watch the defense's formation for the potential exploitation of 
weaknesses. For instance, if you see a lot of players bunched up at the line of 
scrimmage and you have a pass selected, try to pass as quick as possible, since 
someone is bound to be open, and let them run free.

- On defense, if the screen zooms out after the ball is snapped, it is a pass 
play, if not, it is a running play. This will help you know whether to cover 
receivers or rush in to tackle a running back.

- If the computer lines up for a field goal or a punt and you do not see an 
arrow for the direction of the kick, watch out! It is a fake punt or field 
goal, so be ready for it.

- When trying to defend a pass play, stay back and cover receivers and let your 
computer controlled linemen rush the quarterback. If you see a lineman closing 
in, quickly switch to him and tackle the quarterback for an easy sack.

- If you are running downfield and the defense is about to tackle you, remember 
you can dive forward at the last second to get those extra one or two yards 
before being tackled.

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VIII. Credits and Disclaimer
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This FAQ is copyright 2007/2012 by John Kearsley IV.  This FAQ may be 
distributed freely as long as it is not altered and I am credited for its 
existence.

Thanks go to everyone else involved with the NES FAQ Completion Project, of 
which I am proud to be a part.  Also, thanks go to GameFAQs.com and SBAllen for 
hosting a great site.  Keep up the good work!

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IX. Version History
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Version 1.0 - Original FAQ submitted
Version 1.1 - Minor spelling/formatting changes

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