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Five Yards And Loss of Down
Ten Yards And Loss of Down (Or Safety)
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Ball Moved 30 Yards from Kickoff (Usually Receiving Team's 40 yd Line)
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NFL Penalties Quiz
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Nov 28th, 2009 at 06:36 GMT
This was a tough quiz to make, any suggestions for answers would be greatly appreciated and I'll fix them. I've seen this quiz tried multiple times and would like to see it done well for once...
Nov 28th, 2009 at 07:48 GMT
pretty hard to answer too lol, 26/48. i really liked it-somehow i missed false start...one thing that i kept trying to get was 'consecutive timeouts'. i didnt know that rule till last week because it came up in the commentary (i cant remember if the other team did it or not) and if a coach calls a second timeout before the snap, it is some sort of penalty (i want to say 5 yards, but im not sure)...im kind of curious what thats called, but i know it is a penalty
Nov 28th, 2009 at 12:55 GMT
kick catch interference could go with fair catch interference, also maybe accept offsides for offside. Illegal contact on the defense is 5 yards and an automatic first down.
Nov 28th, 2009 at 13:27 GMT
you gotta type offside to get offsides...also, fair catch interference is by far the most common-ive never heard wtf you said. and there are other things on there that are auto. 1st downs (i believe roughing the kicker?).. and that applies to the other team, not the team guilty of the foul also, i was just wondering, how is offsides different then encroachment-and how does 'unabated to the quarterback' fit in with that family
Nov 28th, 2009 at 18:22 GMT
Thanks for the feedback, added in offsides, dunno how i forgot to put the s on as an answer. Added in kick catch interference even though I've never really heard of it. Consecutive timeouts has been included in the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty as that is what is called when the kicker is iced twice in a row. Most all defensive penalties have an automatic first down as it says on the source but I didn't feel like separating them out. I will if more people want me too.
Nov 28th, 2009 at 18:25 GMT
Difference between offsides and encroachment is: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20061016121838AAIRWl3 And to clarify, kick catch interference is in fair catch interference now.
Jan 11th, 2010 at 00:36 GMT
You haven't got excessive celebration. Spent a while thinking of different things that may be called!
Feb 5th, 2010 at 01:45 GMT
@Matty_Eva: It shows up under unsportsmanlike conduct as it is technically not its own penalty according to the NFL website (source).
Jul 20th, 2010 at 18:01 GMT
accept "too many men in huddle" for "12 men in the huddle" ??
Jul 20th, 2010 at 18:40 GMT
As a Vikings fan I don't know how I almost forgot 12 men in the huddle AAAAAAAHHHHHHH
Jul 20th, 2010 at 20:38 GMT
@jjb: Added that in as an acceptable answer, thanks for the feedback.
Jul 21st, 2010 at 02:23 GMT
Nice job with the quiz. I don't think I can ever see leaping without thinking of Colts/Bucs... Simeon Rice called for leaping... still don't get it
Jul 23rd, 2010 at 02:24 GMT
@Uconn: It has to be fair catch interference because it's not a penalty unless a fair catch was called. And illegal contact by defense is not an automatic first down.
Jul 23rd, 2010 at 05:41 GMT
Isn't an illegal kick called an illegal procedure?
Jul 23rd, 2010 at 14:43 GMT
What about removing the helmet? Does that go under unsportsmanlike conduct?
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Jul 23rd, 2010 at 16:57 GMT
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Jul 23rd, 2010 at 17:15 GMT
Great quiz, but you forgot about illegal touching. When a player on the punting or punt return team runs out of bounds, then comes back on to the field of play and is the first player to touch the ball, it is considered illegal touching. I think it's a five yard penalty. Also, I think there is also a penalty for blocking a player out of bounds.
Jul 23rd, 2010 at 19:48 GMT
What about, "Giving him the business"
Jul 23rd, 2010 at 20:10 GMT
@MM008: I thought the same thing but really couldn't find it called that within the source so I left it out, trying to be as true to the source as possible. There is a lot of overlap when it comes to a lot of these penalties, many being able to be classified within a few penalties. I added it in as an acceptable answer regardless as I believe too that it is most commonly called illegal procedure by the referees.
Jul 23rd, 2010 at 20:14 GMT
"touching an official" should be accepted, as they throw the flag for any contact, not just "striking" or "shoving".
Jul 23rd, 2010 at 20:28 GMT
ugh, baconstud01 beat me to it.
Jul 23rd, 2010 at 20:31 GMT
@slugga27: The only form of illegal touching I could find is when ANY player on the punting team touches it first. This is simply downing the ball and no flag is ever thrown but apparently is technically a penalty if picked up (downed). I thought that if a player was out of bounds but brought both feet back in then they were automatically reestablished into the field of play but I could be wrong there. Otherwise if they touch it and are ruled out of bounds, wouldn't it just be ruled out where they touched it? There is a penalty for a force out I believe but I'll investigate that further and might add it in. Let me know if you find any evidence for illegal touching as I couldn't find much.
Jul 23rd, 2010 at 20:38 GMT
@ClintT13: True, added in.
Jul 23rd, 2010 at 20:55 GMT
@baconstud01: Can't believe I forgot that one, added in as an acceptable answer for Unnecessary Roughness haha.
Jul 23rd, 2010 at 20:58 GMT
Givin' him the business does need to be a bonus answer, I think. As far as illegal touching goes, I'm quite sure that's the name of the penalty for when an offensive lineman touches a pass before anyone else (or catches a pass thrown by the qb without it being tipped). I don't see anything you listed as falling under that category.
Jul 23rd, 2010 at 21:07 GMT
On an illegal kick, the ball is NOT moved to the opponents 40 yard line. It's moved 30 yards from the spot of the kick. Normally, that's the opponents 40, but if the kickoff was moved up or back because of a penalty, the spot changes accordingly.
Jul 23rd, 2010 at 21:16 GMT
@cubalibre411: True, fixed it accordingly. @ryguy579: Added in "Illegal Touching" as "Ineligible Receiver". I think in my mind I group that with ineligible man downfield but they are technically two different penalties so it's included now.
Jul 24th, 2010 at 00:52 GMT
Good quiz (a better incarnation than previous ones, I'd agree). A few additions... 1. Roughing the holder (recall Super Bowl XLIII; http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-super-bowl/09000d5d80e8fa89/Official-Review--watch about 6 minutes in) 2. Illegal crackback block (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncPSbDPpYwY) 3. My understanding is that an "illegal kick" is different from a "kickoff out of bounds." An illegal kick involves deliberately kicking a live, loose ball that is on the field of play (10 yard penalty, similar to an "illegal bat," which you have termed "deliberately batting loose ball out"), which is different from a kickoff out of bounds. 4. Illegal low block (different from chop and crackback blocks and clipping) 5. "Two forward passes behind the line of scrimmage" perhaps should be subsumed under "illegal forward pass" (the second pass being the illegal one) 6. Excessive crowd noise can also result in a loss of a team time out (or a 5-yard penalty).
Jul 24th, 2010 at 01:29 GMT
NFL Penalties Quiz... otherwise known as a typical half for the Chiefs.
Jul 24th, 2010 at 03:04 GMT
except forward lateral for illegal forward pass
Jul 24th, 2010 at 03:32 GMT
offensive holding also falls under the "10 yard penalty/safety" category, as its a safety if it happens in the endzone
Jul 24th, 2010 at 03:47 GMT
@scherny05: Done. @DonDC95: Added in crackback and illegal low block. Just made roughing/running into the holder as acceptable answers for roughing/running into the kicker. Made illegal kick under deliberately batting the ball and removed it from kickoff out of bounds. Two forward passes behind the line of scrimmage is a 5 yard penalty whereas I classify illegal forward pass being beyond the line of scrimmage, such as a forward lateral, which results in 5 yards + loss of down. Leaving excessive crowd noise where it is, don't want to create another column or bring time outs into the discussion, makes it too confusing imo.
Jul 24th, 2010 at 05:23 GMT
@Illini13: I could do that, I feel as though it's pretty unnecessary to make a whole new column just for that though as it is more commonly just 10 yards (with no loss of down, as the intentional grounding column has).
Jul 24th, 2010 at 11:47 GMT
What about "Illegal Celebration?" It's called when you involve other players, use a prop, or fall to the ground in a chorerographed celebration.
Jul 24th, 2010 at 14:06 GMT
Excessive crowd noise? Really? I can swear that I've never seen that called.
Jul 24th, 2010 at 14:11 GMT
Grounding should be accepted for Intentional Grounding
Jul 24th, 2010 at 16:06 GMT
Great quiz. Really good execution, with all of the acceptable answers. You could probably accept "illegal man downfield" for "ineligible player downfield." I hear referees say that every once in a while.
Jul 24th, 2010 at 17:00 GMT
@RCHPfan96: Added in as acceptable with excessive celebration, filed under Unsportsmanlike Conduct. @Matt8204: Yes, I was just as shocked as you when it was listed on NFL.com. @somedudemanguy: Done. @AdmiralMaxtreme: Thanks and added it in.
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Jul 24th, 2010 at 20:54 GMT
i could be wrong, but isnt there a penalty that has to do with intentionally fumbling the ball forward? i may be mistaken
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