Category Archives: Flag on the Play

Flag on the Play: Intentional Grounding

Intentional grounding is a penalty against the offense. The penalty is created by the passer which is almost always the Quarterback. This penalty is designed to keep the Quarterback from throwing the ball just to avoid a negative play.

Flag on the Play: Offensive & Defensive Delay of Game Penalty

Did you know there’s more than one way to get a delay of game penalty in the NFL?

After a play stops the offense has 40 seconds to run the next play. If the ball is not snapped before the 40 second timer reaches zero the offense gets a penalty. The penalty is a delay of game and costs the offense five yards. This is the most common way to get this penalty.

Flag on the Play: Offsides & Encroachment

Offsides and encroachment are defensive penalties. Both get a five yard penalty. They’re pretty close to the same thing with one difference.

Flag on the Play: What’s a False Start?

A player can’t move or start the play before the ball moves. This penalty is always against the offense. A false start can happen in one of two ways. 

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