onside kick


Definition of onside kick 

: a kickoff in football in which the ball travels just far enough to be legally recoverable by the kicking team

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Players must have at least five players on both sides of the ball, which will change the look of onside kicks. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "NFL Owners Approve Kickoff Rule Changes," 22 May 2018 Nick Saban’s shrewd onside kick coming out of halftime set the tone, but Alabama’s 45–40 title game win wasn’t decided until the game’s final minutes. Joan Niesen, SI.com, "The College Football Playoff's Sweet 16: Imagining the Ultimate Bracket," 20 Mar. 2018 Pittsburgh then tried an onside kick that was recovered by the Jaguars. USA TODAY, "The Latest: Vikings lead Saints 20-14 early in 4th quarter," 14 Jan. 2018 As for different rules than the NFL, the AAF will do away with kickoffs (and instead of an onside kick, a team will get one play to gain 10 yards from its 35-yard line to retain possession). Mark Inabinett, AL.com, "Alliance of American Football plans to kick off in February," 20 Mar. 2018 Parkey, it should be noted, is the only NFL kicker to successfully convert four onside kicks in a season since 1997, when such records were first kept. Chris Perkins, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Dolphins kicker Cody Parkey reportedly to sign with Chicago," 13 Mar. 2018 Instead of the onside kick—probably the most dangerous play in football—teams could run one offensive play from the 35. Andy Staples, SI.com, "To Change the Kickoff Rule for the Better, the NCAA Needs a More Extreme Proposal," 5 Mar. 2018 This was the play call of the Saints' surprise onside kick by Thomas Morstead to start the second half of Super Bowl XLIV. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "The 51 greatest Super Bowl moments of all time," 26 Jan. 2018 The Colts and Saints battle for the onside kick with which the Saints opened the second half of Super Bowl XLIV. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Super Bowl history game-by-game, from Packers to Patriots | Miami Herald," 30 Jan. 2018

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1895, in the meaning defined above

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