Pro Playoff - Professional Football

Pro Playoff

Pro Playoff - Professional Football


Pro Playoff is a boardgame of football (as it is known in the United States). The players represent the coaches of the two teams, deciding which plays their team will make in an attempt to score.

The heart of the game consists of two sets of "Play Cards"; 12 Offensive Play Cards (such as Draw Plays, Power Sweeps or Screen Passes) and 10 Defensive Plays (such as 6 Man Lines, Pass Defenses and the Blitz). These cards show the movements of the various players in the play and the Offensive card contains holes allowing markings on the Defensive card to be seen. Each player secretly chooses the card representing the play they will use.

The location of the ball is indicated by two markers; one in the end zone and one on the sidelines. The defensive player first puts their Play Card on the board, lining it up wit the ball markers. The player on offense then places their card on top of the Defensive Play Card. The players then look at the "Readout" hole on the card. This is one of the holes in the Offensive Play Card showing the Defensive Card beneath. If the Readout hole shows red, the ball was downed behind the line of scrimmage and the ball markers are adjusted accordingly.

A green mark means yardage was gained. The Offensive Play Card shows the path taken by the ball carrier. The Offensive player places their player on the start of the line, rolls the die and advances their player that many squares along the line. The Defensive player then puts their piece on the nearest "open" defensive player location. An open location is one where a yellow dot shows through from the Defensive Card that is not indicated on the Offensive Card as having been "blocked". Once the Defensive piece has been placed the Defensive player rolls a die and advances their piece that many spaces towards the Offensive piece.

If the Defensive piece is able to reach the Offensive piece the ball is downed at that point and the ball markers adjusted accordingly. Otherwise, the Offensive player again rolls a die and advanced their piece that much further along the line. (If the end of the line is reached the player may move the piece in any direction.) The Defensive player may then move their piece again or may move the piece to another open player location and start from there. This continues until the Offensive player is either tackled or reaches the goal line. The players then choose new Play Cards to start the next play.

In addition to the standard plays there are special rules for points after touchdowns, field goals, punts, fumbles, safeties, penalties and other options and variations.

There are 15 plays to a quarter and a game lasts for four quarters (60 plays). Scoring is the same as regulation football. The player with the highest score is the winner.


The introduction to the rules says that Pro Playoff was developed in cooperation with the NBC Sports Department and their influence shows. The game is quite well done. Play Card results are quite believable and the die roll for movement adds enough variation that a player can never know if a particular play will succeed or not. This adds greatly to the game. For some reason the sports games in the NBC lineup are much better than most of those in their bookshelf line and this is another extremely well done game.

9 comments on Pro Playoff:

Dave at April 4, 2009 17:19 said:
Does anyone have the instructions. Please email if you have them
Rick at November 23, 2009 11:50 said:
yes i do, but i would like to know how much is is game worth.
Bob at November 27, 2010 18:26 said:
Does anyone know where I can get a set of instructions for the game? If yes, please E-mail me at This was a fun game to play when I was a kid and I want to play with my son and nephews.
D at August 1, 2013 21:30 said:
If anyone has the instructions, I too would like a copy. My sons would like this game, but we are missing the instructions and it is beyond me to finger out.
Thank you!

My email

NBC Pro Playoff game instructions at January 12, 2014 21:04 said:
I have the instructions available as a pdf. Contact me at so I can send them.

Enjoy the game. I still have my copy from 1969.
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