15 Jul 2013
This is the 2012 play-by-play data collected by the volunteers of the Football Outsiders Game Charting Project. That's nearly every play of nearly every game, except in rare cases where technical problems prevented us from marking data. We've marked the standard information like down, distance, and yardage gained, but you also get charting data such as offensive and defensive personnel, defender in coverage, pass pressures, and broken tackles. Postseason games are included.
Please be aware that this data is extremely un-official. It was compiled by volunteers. There is variation in how intricately each charter marked his games. You're getting the data we have, warts and all.
Before purchasing the data, please read the legal terms and conditions carefully. You cannot freely distribute the game charting data to others, and any research essay that substantially uses this data must be offered to us for publication before it is offered elsewhere. (You are free to use this data in a college research paper, for example, as long as your essay is solely used to fill class requirements and is not published on a website or in a magazine.)
The file you will download contains two Excel spreadsheets with data (regular season and playoffs), a spreadsheet that contains descriptions of the data categories, and a copy of the license agreement.
If you participated in the 2012 game charting project in a significant fashion (at least half the season) you qualify to download this data for free. Please contact Football Outsiders for instructions.
Want to see an example of game charting? Click here to download the chart from the Week 9 2011 regular-season game where the Giants beat the Patriots.
Because of our agreement to chart the 2012 season in conjunction with the ESPN Stats & Information Group, much of our charting data from this season is proprietary and belongs to ESPN. Therefore, unless Football Outsiders charters added significant value to said data (for example, by identifying the name of a defender who got pass pressure), we are not making this data publicly available. Data available in previous years but removed from the 2012 game charting data includes: rushers and blockers, play-action, draws and screens, and whether or not a quarterback left the pocket.
To make up for our inability to include all the data that was included in game charting in years past, the price for 2012 game charting data is only half of the original price for data from past seasons.
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