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

Posted by Neil Paine on August 28, 2009

I know what you're thinking: after a week of daily bombardment with new site features, what could we possibly have left in store for you today? Well, last but certainly not least, it's time to unveil what is perhaps our favorite new tool: the Player Touchdown Finder. Utilizing a database of every touchdown (regular season & playoffs) in the NFL, AFL, and AAFC since 1940 (!!), the groundbreaking new Player TD Finder lets you customize a dazzling array of queries: most career TD passes when trailing by a TD or less in the 4th quarter... longest rushing TDs of the 1970s... most 20+ yard TD receptions in a game... most TD passes of 5 yards or less in a season... 4th quarter/OT interception-return TDs... I could go on, but you get the picture.

The PTDF lets you search in four different ways -- by single TDs that match the criteria, by all TDs in a single game that match, by matching TDs in a season, and by total matching TDs in a span of seasons. And the criteria are incredibly detailed: again you can choose teams and opponents, regular season or playoffs, game number, game location, and game result, but you can also specify the type of touchdown you're looking for (we have 11 to choose from, essentially every possible way to score a TD), the distance of the score, when the TD occurred (by quarter), the point differential at the time of the score, and you can even specify if it was a game-tying or go-ahead TD. You can also set parameters based on the scorer's age/status and that of the passer, if it's aerial assaults you're after. Speaking of which, you can even search for passer-receiver combos by choosing how you want to group passing touchdowns in the drop-down menu.

With the addition of the Touchdown Finder, as well as the other exciting new features we've debuted this week, we hope we've delivered an unstoppable combination of tools that will provide hours of entertainment for you, as well as a powerful weapon to help you settle those pesky bar-room discussions once and for all. As always, if you have questions or comments, let us know, and hopefully we can continue to raise the bar ever higher as your go-to source for pro football stats.

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