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You are only allowed one forward pass per play, and all forward passes must originate behind the line of scrimmage (i.e., the line where the ball was placed prior to the snap).

However, a backward pass (or "lateral" pass) is always legal from anywhere on the field. So a quarterback can receive the snap, make a backward pass to a back or an end in the backfield, who could then legally pass the ball forward.

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