play-action pass

play-ac·​tion pass

Definition of play-action pass

: a pass play in football in which the quarterback fakes a handoff before passing the ball

called also play-action

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Lockett had a 39-yard TD on a play-action pass in the second quarter, beating former UW star Marcus Peters in the process. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "In Doug Baldwin’s absence, Seahawks’ ‘savages’ step up at receiver in offensive surge vs. Rams," 8 Oct. 2018 The Patriots get 15 yards on Brady’s 15-yard play-action pass to Hogan to the Pats’ 47. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Super Bowl LII: Philadelphia Eagles beat New England Patriots, 41-33," 4 Feb. 2018 The Seahawks had great success Sunday with two basic offensive plays — play-action passes and zone-read runs. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks Play of the Week: David Moore’s second TD epitomized everything that worked vs. the Rams," 9 Oct. 2018 On the Eagles’ second drive of the second half, Foles threw on seven of 12 plays, a mix of play-action passes and those run-pass options, which are predicated on sucking in linebackers who then vacate a passing lane for the quarterback. Jenny Vrentas,, "The Eagles‘ ‘Underdog’ Win Was All About Doug Pederson’s Game Plan and Play-Calling," 14 Jan. 2018 No matter who wins the job, Michigan won’t succeed on offense unless the blocking gets better and the Wolverines can establish a run game that allows their play-action pass game to flourish. Andy Staples,, "Handicapping the Five Most Fascinating Quarterback Battles as Spring Practice Wraps," 16 Apr. 2018 But the Jaguars got off to a quick start, attacking New England’s five-man front with an array of play-action passes and bootlegs. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Lions' union with Patricia on hold as Patriots advance to Super Bowl," 21 Jan. 2018 Washington also was one of two teams to average a first down on such action, with 10.1 yards per play-action play and 10.5 yards per play-action pass. Jonas Shaffer,, "As Robert Griffin III evolves at QB, Ravens will have to figure out what still works for him," 12 Apr. 2018 On third-and-1 from the Pats’ 40, Foles throws a play-action pass to Clement for 14 yards to the 26. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Super Bowl LII: Philadelphia Eagles beat New England Patriots, 41-33," 4 Feb. 2018

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1963, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of play-action pass

American football : a play in which the quarterback pretends to hand the ball to a runner before passing it to another player

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