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Pass the pigskin with these football-based Android games

by Kristen Nicole

I've already gotten a couple Super Bowl party invites in my inbox, so it must be that time of year again. Sure, there's going to be a big halftime show and some quality commercials, but the Super Bowl is really all about the game. These Android games will keep you in the sporty spirit, giving you something to do all those days leading up to the big game.

The starting lineup

Backbreaker is as realistic as it gets for an NFL-themed mobile game, with 3D graphics that put you in the middle of the action. Control your players' moves, with a series of challenges to achieve, improving your skills and spin moves along the way. This Android game is $2.99.

Yahoo! Fantasy Football '10 might not be considered a trivial game for many, but it's still all about America's favorite sport. The most popular among fantasy leagues, Yahoo's team manager will keep you in the know, on the go — all season long. This Android app is free.

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The kickers

Paper Football 3D kicks boredom out the park, with a classic game of flick football. Flick the paper football back and forth across the table, or switch to kick mode for endless rounds of launching the faux pigskin into the air. Currently free, this Android game also has two-player mode.

Robot Football is a game of practice, where you "program" your robotic players to run various plays. Interactive in a unique way, this $1 Android game gives you creative control for football plays, coupled with the immediate gratification of multiplayer rounds. Get strategic to earn your place among the champions of this game.

Playing your odds

If you're into football pools, the SuperBowl LXV SquareTrackIT app will keep everything in line. Track and manage your entire season of NFL games, right up to the Super Bowl squares pools. There's one just for this year's Super Bowl as well. Both Android apps are free.

Like to bet on the big game? Try Game On. It delivers betting odds, in real time, for various sporting events, such as NFL games. Free, this Android app lets you get in on the fun, with one-touch betting to play your own odds.

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