They’ve done an excellent job here, visually representing:
- direction of play
- position of each down
- game time on the vertical axis
- type of play (run, pass, kick)
- scoring events
- other events, such as fumbles and intercepts
Great use of the field metaphor and direction, as well as team colors. I’d like to see what this looked like with encodings for the downs (shape for type of play, and down encoded by saturation?), but overall it’s excellent. And I should note that the detailed information on each play is available when you mouse-over each event.