What is a “football move” in the NFL?

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COMPLETED OR INTERCEPTED PASS

Article 3 Completed or Intercepted Pass. A player who makes a catch may advance the ball. A forward pass is complete (by the offense) or intercepted (by the defense) if a player, who is inbounds:

(a) secures control of the ball in his hands or arms prior to the ball touching the ground; and

(b) touches the ground inbounds with both feet or with any part of his body other than his hands; and

(c) maintains control of the ball long enough, after (a) and (b) have been fulfilled, to enable him to perform any act common to the game (i.e., maintaining control long enough to pitch it, pass it, advance with it, or avoid or ward off an opponent, etc.).

Note 1: It is not necessary that he commit such an act, provided that he maintains control of the ball long enough to do so.

Note 2: If a player has control of the ball, a slight movement of the ball will not be considered a loss of possession. He must lose control of...

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The 2007 NFL season was the 88th regular season of the National Football League.

Regular-season play was held from September 6 to December 30.

The New England Patriots became the first team to complete the regular season undefeated since the league expanded to a 16-game regular season in 1978. Four weeks after the playoffs began on January 5, 2008, the Patriots lost to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII, the league championship game at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on February 3, by a score of 17–14.

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The Hall of Fame Game was played in Canton, Ohio on Sunday August 5, 2007, with the Pittsburgh Steelers defeating the Saints by a score of 20–7;[1] the game was televised by the NFL Network, replacing NBC, who had been previously scheduled to broadcast the China Bowl exhibition game from Beijing, China on August 8, 2007 between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks at Workers...

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The evening games might've been a little boring with blowout wins by the Cardinals, Seahawks and Bills, but the early group of matchups did not disappoint. There were 10 games at 1 p.m. ET on the NFL slate this week and six of them ended up as one-score contests, including crazy barn-burners between Cincy and Baltimore and Indy and Tennessee.

The Colts were staring at an 0-3 start and a lot of questions to answer as they trailed 27-14 with three minutes remaining in the third frame. Marcus Mariota and the Titans had picked off Andrew Luck twice and looked to be rolling, ready to snap Indianapolis' 13-game AFC South winning streak. Undeterred, Luck and the Colts bounced back and put together three straight scoring drives to take the lead 35-27 with 1:51 remaining. Tennessee wasn't done, and they would drive back down the field and score with 47 seconds to go. Their failed two-point conversion ended it, though, and so while hands might be hovering over the Panic Button in...

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For a minute there, everyone was ready to start the argument again. Devonta Freeman made a glorious catch and dive into the endzone to take the lead late in the Atlanta Falcons-Washington Redskins game on Sunday. Except, somehow it wasn’t a catch. We’ve been through this before, and the sports talk lines would surely light up again over this.

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Thankfully, Freeman punched it into the endzone on a running play just moments later, so no one has to wonder if the call cost the Falcons the game. But for those who might have wanted the extra exposure to push the discussion on what constitutes a catch forward (or those who just want to watch people go mad with rage), it was a missed opportunity. Because seriously, how is that not a catch?

The NFL rulebook‘s definition of a catch is long and complicated, but the passage that applies to this situation is the one about going to the ground while securing a catch. Here’s how the NFL defines...

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What constitutes a catch in the NFL? No one knows. And the replay of the Jordy Nelson on Sunday night does nothing to answer the question.

That’s the word from NFL Senior V.P. of Officiating Dean Blandino, who said on NFL Network that there was nothing in the replay of Nelson’s touchdown to change the ruling on the field. And since the back judge saw a touchdown, Blandino and the referee stuck with that ruling after scrutinizing the replay.

“This was really close, and I’ll start by saying, on the field, when it’s close, we want the officials to rule this incomplete,” Blandino said. “If there’s any question in his or her mind, rule it incomplete. The back judge felt it was a catch. It is quick. You’ll see Jordy control the ball and he does turn, and that’s what the back judge saw. He saw control, two feet and that turn, and when you look at the replay, and obviously we want to watch this at full speed, he does start to turn after getting control and two feet down,...

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Philipsburg, Centre County, Pa.

There are only five home Friday football games a year, but the prospect of more traffic is upsetting some Philipsburg residents.

We have more on why the district is moving the games to their neighborhood by the school.

This field was already used for a football game on Saturday, but some residents have several reasons why they don't want football to be played here.

"We didn't have any issues with the traffic," says Philipsburg-Osceola superintendent Gregg Palladina.

"The traffic was horrendous," says resident Jennifer Horton-Foreman.

Drivers have go through the Curtis Park neighborhood to get to the Mounties football game, and some residents here don't like it!

"I was there when the fire trucks were stopping the outer traffic on 350 because there' s so much traffic to get out and it's so congested," says Horton-Foreman.

"It's going to basically take away from the neighborhood that was there long...

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"I’ve now been broadcasting longer than I played and I feel like I’m just beginning to get it a little bit," said Fox NFL analyst Troy Aikman, who completes his 13th NFL season with Fox this Sunday in Seattle when he calls the NFC Championship (kickoff is 3:05 p.m. ET) alongside Joe Buck. “I’ve always known football. I’ve always known the quarterback position. I’ve always known offense and defense and all the things I’m being paid to talk about. But as far as the business called television, I’m just now seeing the improvements."

As part of an extended conversation with SI.com, the 48-year-old NFL Hall of Famer addressed a number of topics, including nearly leaving the profession in 2008 because it wasn’t satisfying him; how his work gets reviewed; why Buck faces the criticism he does; the reckless insinuation by now-ESPN host Skip Bayless that he was gay; and what he projects for the immediate future of the Cowboys:

How much do you currently enjoy...

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Free Press sports writers Dave Birkett and Carlos Monarrez talk candy, Caldwell and all things Lions after Monday's news conference in Allen Park.

Caldwell said he wouldn't do anything different when it came to his onside kick late in the fourth quarter vs. Houston

A day of hand-wringing didn’t do anything to change two truths about the Detroit Lions’ 20-13 loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday.

Coach Jim Caldwell, despite passionately defending them for a second straight day, made two poor decisions when he chose not to challenge a potential fumble by DeAndre Hopkins in the third quarter, and then opted for an onside kick with just under 3 minutes left in the game.

Even if Caldwell had made the right decision on both plays, there’s a good chance the Lions would still be sitting at 4-4 today.

First, there was enough uncertainty about the fumble that it’s unlikely replay officials would have overturned a call that was ruled an incomplete...

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The 1994 United States broadcast television realignment consisted of a series of events, primarily involving affiliation switches between television stations, that resulted from a multimillion-dollar deal between the Fox Broadcasting Company (commonly known as simply Fox) and New World Communications, a media company that – through its then-recently formed broadcasting division – owned several VHF television stations affiliated with major broadcast television networks, primarily CBS.

The major impetus for the changes was to allow Fox to improve its local affiliate coverage, in preparation for the commencement of its rights to the National Football Conference (NFC) television package, which the National Football League (NFL) awarded to the fledgling network in December 1993. As a result of various other deals that followed as a result of the affiliation switches created by the deal between Fox and New World, most notably the buyout of CBS by Westinghouse, the switches...

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