AR 8-4-1 / Safety
I. 2 & middle at Os 7-yd line. A blitzer grabs the pants of the quarterback in the end zone which
causes them to momentarily lose balance. The quarterback then throws an incomplete forward
RULING: Penalty for illegal contact (holding) enforced from Os 7-yd line. Next play 1 & middle at
Os 17-yd line.
II. 2 & middle at Os 7-yd line. The quarterback in the end zone holds the ball in front of the flag
as the defender tries to pull it. The defender misses the flag and then the quarterback throws a
complete pass for a 14 yd gain.
RULING: Penalty for flag guarding will be enforced from the SF which is in the end zone, resulting
in a safety.
III. 3 & goal at Ds 21-yd line. A defender intercepts the ball on Ds 7-yd line and their momentum
carries them into their own end zone. An offensive player deflags the defender in the end
RULING: Safety, because the momentum rule will only apply if the ball is intercepted inside the
5-yd line (R 8-5-1-b).