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

Examples of play-action pass in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An underthrown play-action pass during the opening drive Sunday served as an appropriate metaphor for how this season has unfolded for Jared Goff and the Rams offense. Dylan Hernández Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Jared Goff and Sean McVay can’t explain away the Rams’ issues on offense," 15 Nov. 2020 In the third quarter, the run-heavy St. Charles offense added some play-action pass plays into the mix and began the period with a touchdown drive that covered 11 plays and 80 yards while running nearly six full minutes off the clock. Chris Dabe,, "‘It’s been that long’: Newman wins against St. Charles for first time in 22 years," 6 Nov. 2020 The 91-yard, play-action pass was set up with a fake handoff to Bigsby. Joseph Goodman |, al, "Halloween victory showcases haunting brilliance of Auburn’s Tank Bigsby," 1 Nov. 2020 In the third quarter of Michigan football's 49-24 win at Minnesota, the Wolverines dialed up a play-action pass. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Why Erick All's stunning drop didn't faze Michigan's Jim Harbaugh: 'I love him'," 26 Oct. 2020 The Hoosiers also forced Sean Clifford to hit star tight end Pat Freiermuth on a play-action pass on fourth-and-goal to cash in. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, "IU football: breaking down a big upset over Penn State," 26 Oct. 2020 The run-pass options and the play-action pass plays that Newton has excelled at executing all vanished. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Cam Newton, Patriots look lost as they hit historic low," 26 Oct. 2020 The Bengals ran a play-action pass, and Burrow scrambled to the right side of the field and found Bernard for a play that should have been a game-winning touchdown. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati Bengals' defense spoils Joe Burrow's big day in loss to Cleveland Browns," 25 Oct. 2020 Can Mayfield get the play-action pass working against a fierce Indy defense? cleveland, "Diving into Baker Mayfield and the Colts defense on Gotta Watch The Tape – An Orange and Brown Talk Special Edition," 9 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of play-action pass

1963, in the meaning defined above

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19 Nov 2020

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“Play-action pass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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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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