forward pass


Definition of forward pass

: a pass (as in football) made in the direction of the opponent's goal

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Recent Examples on the Web Tampa Bay Vipers QB/RB Quinton Flowers: Flowers has the potential to really shine in the XFL with the way some of the rules are set up, namely the rule that allows multiple forward passes. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "10 players to watch in the XFL, from former NFL starters to hidden gems," 4 Feb. 2020 Hingano’s try came just moments after France flanker Charles Ollivon had one disallowed when the TMO showed lock Sebastien Vahaamahina feeding him a forward pass. San Diego Union-Tribune, "France beats Tonga to reach Rugby World Cup quarterfinals," 6 Oct. 2019 The teams that brought us the Music City Miracle in 2000 — Buffalo folks are still arguing that lateral was a forward pass — meet up in what rarely has been a good series for the Bills. Barry Wilner, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Quoth the coach: To be a Raven, you must beat the Steelers," 5 Oct. 2019 Two forward passes are allowed behind the line of scrimmage. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, "XFL unveils rules for 2020 season: A revamped overtime, new extra-point format are in play," 7 Jan. 2020 Scotland added another six tries in the second 40 and also had two disallowed for forward passes. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Scotland breezes past Russia 61-0 to set up Japan showdown," 9 Oct. 2019 Very little had gone the Wallabies' way on this humid evening and their misery was compounded after Koroibete's late consolation try was disallowed by referee Jerome Garces for a forward pass. Matias Grez, CNN, "England secures place in Rugby World Cup semifinal with emphatic victory over Australia," 19 Oct. 2019 After review, the ruling is a forward pass and the Vikings will punt from their own 29. oregonlive, "Seattle Seahawks hang on -barely - to defeat the Minnesota Vikings: Live updates recap, score, stats and more (Monday Night Football)," 2 Dec. 2019 The play was ruled a forward pass and a 6-yard touchdown pass from Hopkins to Watson. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texans' trickery: DeAndre Hopkins to Deshaun Watson for touchdown pass," 1 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of forward pass

1890, in the meaning defined above

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10 Feb 2020

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“Forward pass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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American football : a pass made in the direction of the opponent's goal

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