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Strange NFL rules question
Posted: 21 March 2007 09:14 PM   [ Ignore ]

What happens if a team tries a field goal out of its own end zone and (obviously) misses?  Where does the opposing team get the ball?

Posted: 21 March 2007 09:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]

i would assume that it would get ruled a safety. a missed field goal is marked as a turnover on downs at the spot of the kick.

The Bill Belichick did something similar to this a couple years back against the Broncos where they were backed up in their own territory and took a safety they were lined up in a punt formation and they simply snapped the ball out out of bounds.

Posted: 22 March 2007 01:21 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]

correction, a missed field goal is spotted where the kick is placed. if the field goal attempt was on 4th down, then obviously it would be a turnover on downs. but even if it wasn’t 4th down, a missed field goal from within your end zone would still be marked a safety…

Posted: 09 April 2008 10:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]

Since it’s damn near completely unlikely, I doubt there’s actually a rule in place to deal with it. 

The other team can return a missed FG that doesn’t go out of the endzone (as if it were a punt, and has famously happened once in each of the last 4 seasons-Ravens, Bears twice, and Chargers this past year), so I could see the refs ruling that it was a punt.


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