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Forward Pass

What does Forward Pass Mean?

This is an act in which the football is thrown so that it ends up further down the field than it is at the place where it is thrown from. This is legal when the player throwing the ball is behind the line of scrimmage; once the player passes that line, he is only able to throw the football behind him.


Sporting Charts explains Forward Pass

If the ball is not thrown at least slightly forward, it is not considered a pass as a statistical play, but it then becomes a running play. In Super Bowl 43, Ben Roethlisberger threw a forward pass game-winning touchdown to Santonio Holmes with just 35 seconds to go in the game.

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