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    NFL "Free kick rule"

    What are the free kick rules in football for the NFL?

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCBBUMnRqbo]Neil Rackers Free-Kick Field Goal - YouTube[/ame]

    I thought I knew most of the rules in the NFL until I found this on youtube. Why don't more teams try this? I can see why you would want to run an offensive play and you could always kick the ball after you ran a couple plays, but it seems like this never happens.


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    Re: NFL "Free kick rule"

    Did you see how bad that was? That's why haha.



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    Re: NFL "Free kick rule"

    Ive never seen it either. So let me get this straight, its the kickoff except they are doing it without a tee and attempting a field goal?



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    Re: NFL "Free kick rule"

    Quote Originally Posted by Scott34 View Post
    Ive never seen it either. So let me get this straight, its the kickoff except they are doing it without a tee and attempting a field goal?
    Yep, just has to be directly after a fair catch.


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    Re: NFL "Free kick rule"

    The only feasible time someone would do it is right before the half or at the end of the game (otherwise it would be in your best interest to run a play first). I don't believe this is a just an NFL rule either. I think it allowed at all levels.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAApfuv3S70]fair catch kick.mpg - YouTube[/ame]



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    Re: NFL "Free kick rule"

    A long time ago the Bears won a title game because of this. A fair catch after a short punt with little time left. And made it.


    HAHAHAHAHA packers.............



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    Re: NFL "Free kick rule"

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclonefreak5 View Post
    The only feasible time someone would do it is right before the half or at the end of the game (otherwise it would be in your best interest to run a play first). I don't believe this is a just an NFL rule either. I think it allowed at all levels.

    fair catch kick.mpg - YouTube
    NFL and high school levels, yes. College, no.




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    Re: NFL "Free kick rule"

    Quote Originally Posted by dabears32 View Post
    A long time ago the Bears won a title game because of this. A fair catch after a short punt with little time left. And made it.


    HAHAHAHAHA packers.............
    Good ol' Mac Percival.




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    Re: NFL "Free kick rule"

    Two advantages:
    1. No opponents trying to block it
    2. You kick from the line of scrimmage, not 8 yards back



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    Re: NFL "Free kick rule"

    My high school team did this awhile back. Our kicker missed wide left though.



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    Re: NFL "Free kick rule"

    We did this in a JV game a few years ago and were just short. Refs let our kicker kick from a tee though so I assume it is legal to do that.


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    Re: NFL "Free kick rule"

    How many times do you see a team fair catch in field goal range, let alone in a situation where they would want to kick it immediately.



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    Re: NFL "Free kick rule"

    Quote Originally Posted by 3TrueFans View Post
    How many times do you see a team fair catch in field goal range, let alone in a situation where they would want to kick it immediately.
    Well, had to look it up. In the NFL that would be 21 times since 1933. Only five were made. Three of those were by old Black and Blue Division in the '60's with one each by the Packers, Vikings and Bears. I remember one of those being on TV and seeing it but can't remember if it was the one the Packers made against the Bears or the one the Bears made against the Packers. I do recall lots of confusion both on the field and with the announcers so think it was the first one by Paul Hornung. Yes, I am that old!



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