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Tough quiz: 7 calls you may never see in NFL (but how would you rule?)

4th-and-2 from the B18. Team A kicks a 35-yard field goal (ball spotted at the 25-yard line) that passes cleanly through the uprights. Before the ball touches the net, a gust of wind blows the ball back through the uprights, and the ball lands in the end zone where Player B1 immediately picks up the ball and runs to the B15-yard line where he is tackled. How do you rule and where is the ball spotted next?

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Ben Austro
Ben Austro
Ben Austro is the editor and founder of Football Zebras and the author of So You Think You Know Football?: The Armchair Ref's Guide to the Official Rules (on sale now)

5 thoughts on “Tough quiz: 7 calls you may never see in NFL (but how would you rule?)

  1. This almost happened in a 1997 Jaguars-Steelers game. The potential game-winning field goal for the Steelers was blocked, and as a Jaguar began to return it for a touchdown, he ran past Bill Cowher, who made a motion as if he was going to tackle the player. Cowher said that he almost made the tackle.

  2. For Q #1, I have always been interested to see a 7th Quarter kickoff happen, but it never has as of yet. I did watch the Los Angeles Express Triple-Overtime USFL playoff game on ABC, and no kickoff occurred to start the 3rd OT period, only the ends of the field at the LA coliseum were switched, with possession maintained by the offense, as a continuation of the same drive from the end of the 2nd OT period.

  3. Wow! Good to know someone was watching.

    With all of the revisions to the overtime section of the rulebook for modified sudden death, it is a little more clearly stated that there is another kickoff. Before then, it was probably an item in the officials’ Casebook.

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