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The Great Pro-Football Reference Play Index Rollout: Part III

Posted by Neil Paine on August 27, 2009

On Tuesday, we revealed the first of our new PFR Play Index tools (the game logs, splits, and TD logs), and yesterday we upped the ante with the addictive new Player Season Finder. How can we top those new features? Well, allow me to introduce you to the Player Game Finder...

Have you ever wondered who had the most 300-yard passing games on the road in the second half of the season? The most rushing yards in a playoff loss? The most games with at least 1 interception in the 1990s? Maybe you have, maybe you haven't, but I guarantee you'll start thinking about these questions when you get your hands on the Game Finder. Using the box scores of every NFL and AFL game since 1960, the Game Finder lets you customize a mind-boggling array of single-game searches -- it's every bit as engrossing as the Season Finder, but it takes you even deeper into the numbers by looking at game-by-game results.

Like the season finder, you can select the range of years you want to search through, the age of the player, the league, the team, active/inactive and Hall of Fame status. But the Game Finder also allows you to choose which week of the season you want to limit your search to, including a range of weeks. It includes playoff games as well, meaning you can go through team game #20 if you want. You can specify the location of the game (home/road/neutral) and/or the result of the game (win/loss/tie). And like the season finder, you can include up to 4 criteria in your query. You also have three separate search options at your disposal: You can look for single games (i.e., most passing TD in a game this decade) and total games matching the criteria (most 4-TD games this decade), but you can also search for total games matching the criteria, limited to a single season (most 4-TD games in a season this decade). These three search options give you the ability to put together an almost unlimited degree of possible searches, instantly making the Game Finder one of the most amazing tools on the site.

As is the case with all of these features, though, don't just take my word for it -- get in there and play with the options, and feel free to create the craziest searches you can think of. Because after spending any time with this tool, we believe that you'll be every bit as excited about it as we are.

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