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# When was the touchdown rule changed that made breaking the plain a score?

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2015-07-16 13:36:00

....Page 776 of the Rules Digest in the NFL Fact Book reads: "A player with the ball in his possession scores a touchdown when the ball is on, above, or over the goal line".

That's been the rule since 1889. Originally, the ball had to be literally touched down to the ground in the end zone for the score to count (Rugby still has that rule). After the rule change, breaking the plane was all that was required.

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2015-07-16 13:36:00