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they can. but it would be called a safety and the opposing team would gain 2 points and the ball back by kickoff. because forward progress was made, it is the same as if the quarterback was sacked in the teams endzone. the receiving player who would do this would be quickly lynched by his own fans.

There is a reason why this has not been done.

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Q: Can a kickoff receiver catch the ball in the field of play and run back into their own end zone and take a knee for a touchback?
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