NFL Rules Question

NFL Rules Question

Post by Steve Kame » Tue, 06 Dec 1994 09:44:00


A friend of mine had a dream in which a field goal attempt was short,
but the ball bounced in the end zone and through the uprights.  Does
anyone KNOW what the rule is?  Would this be 3 points or is the ball
dead once it hits the ground?
 
 
 

NFL Rules Question

Post by 5ea8manch.. » Tue, 06 Dec 1994 11:39:55

Quote:

>A friend of mine had a dream in which a field goal attempt was short,
>but the ball bounced in the end zone and through the uprights.  Does
>anyone KNOW what the rule is?  Would this be 3 points or is the ball
>dead once it hits the ground?

It would be dead once it hit the ground.  Eric M.

 
 
 

NFL Rules Question

Post by Brian J. Lib » Tue, 06 Dec 1994 12:53:47

Quote:

>A friend of mine had a dream in which a field goal attempt was short,
>but the ball bounced in the end zone and through the uprights.  Does
>anyone KNOW what the rule is?  Would this be 3 points or is the ball
>dead once it hits the ground?

Same as if the ball hit an offensive lineman in the ass and went
through (does this defy laws of physics?):  NO GOOD.

 
 
 

NFL Rules Question

Post by wodon.. » Wed, 07 Dec 1994 03:50:49

Quote:


>>A friend of mine had a dream in which a field goal attempt was short,
>>but the ball bounced in the end zone and through the uprights.  Does
>>anyone KNOW what the rule is?  Would this be 3 points or is the ball
>>dead once it hits the ground?

> It would be dead once it hit the ground.  Eric M.

     I am not sure about that. I think that the rule is that a missed
field goal is treated like a punt. If the ball bounces off the ground
and goes through the uprights (past the end line and out of bounds),
then it is ruled a touchback for the defending team. However, if the
spot of the missed field goal was back further than the 20 yard line
(outside of the red zone), then the defending team should take over
possession of the ball at that spot.
     In conclusion, the ball is not dead until it hits the ground or
something out of bounds past the end line.

     Someone should ask Leon Lett about all of this, BTW.

Bill O'Donnell

Vienna, VA  USA

 
 
 

NFL Rules Question

Post by TR. Down » Fri, 09 Dec 1994 19:50:04

: A friend of mine had a dream in which a field goal attempt was short,
: but the ball bounced in the end zone and through the uprights.  Does
: anyone KNOW what the rule is?  Would this be 3 points or is the ball

: dead once it hits the ground?

This made me think about Fake field goals!

Some times we see teams lining up for a field goal or a punt
but insetad the ball is thrown to a reciever.
If the ball is actually kicked does this preclude the opportunity for the
recievers to get a touchdown or 1st down? (In the above example the
ball could bounce awkwardly in the end zone (viz ?atlanta at new orleans)
and be caught by an offensive reciever for a touchdown).

TIMBO