Sporting Charts

Sack Yards

What does Sack Yards Mean?

A statistic in football that records a team's total number of yards lost due to quarterback sacks in a single game.


Sporting Charts explains Sack Yards

Sack yards are recorded as negative yardage that is applied to the total passing yards of a team in a single game. Although sacks occur during a play in which a quarterback is attempting a pass, yards lost due to a sack do not subtract from the quarterback's individual passing yards. Sack yards are also tallied when a quarterback loses a fumble behind the line of scrimmage. In the event that a quarterback is tackled at the line of scrimmage, zero sack yards are recorded.

Sack yards also come into play when recording net yards per passing attempt (NY/A).  The formula to calculate this statistic is (pass yards - sack yards) / (passing attempts + sacks).

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