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This is a good question. Unfortunately, there is no good answer other than that's the way the rule was written. Presumably, if a defense is good enough to cause a fumble in the endzone, they are rewarded. However, it doesn't make much sense, as anywhere else on the field, a fumble out of bounds is retained by the team with the ball in the first place. I personally think it's a dumb rule, but that's the way the rule was drafted.

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Q: Why is a fumble through the endzone a touchback?
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Is it still a touchback if the defender recovers a fumble in the endzone but never leaves it?

that would be called a touchdown

If the returner of a kickoff touches the ball on the 1 yard line then bobbles the ball and it goes into and out of the endzone who's ball is it and where is it placed?

It is a fumble when the ball is bobbled and a touchback when it goes out of the endzone. It is placed on the twenty yard line.

What is it called when a kickoff is downed in the endzone?


What happens when a muffed punt goes into the endzone?

it is a touchback

Is it a touchdown or a touchback if the kickoff goes into the endzone and the kicking team recovers it?

Touchdown on a kickoff.... Touchback on a punt

Did the safety and the touchback positions in football have opposite definitions at one time?

Safety and Touchback are not "positions", they are the results of a play, and they do have opposite definitions at this time. A Safety is scored when the offense is tackled in the endzone and awards the defense two points, and the ball. A touchback is declared when the defense takes possesion of the ball (by interception, fumble recovery, punt, or kickoff) in their own endzone and elects not to try to return the ball upfield. A touchback awards the ball to the receiving team at their own 20 yard line. Own in football describes the side of the field the team is defending. You score points in the opponents endzone.

If a punt is fumbled by the punt receiver and goes into the endzone but not out of the endzone and recovered by the kicking team is it a touchdown for the kicking team or a touchback?

It's a touchdown.

In football on a kickoff if the other team tackels you in the endzone is it a safety?

if the returner catches the ball i the endzone and he doesnt come out then it is a touchback and they get the ball at the 20 yd line. if he comes out of the endzone or runs into the endzone and gets tackled it is a safety

Why is a fumble that gos backward out of the inzone for the offense a safety and not a touchbach?

If you put the ball into your own endzone by backward pass or by carrying it there if the ball becomes dead in the endzone it is either a safety if you have possession at the end of the play or a touchdown if the oponent has possession at the end of the play. A ball that goes out of bounds is in possession of the last team to have possession in bounds so a ball going out of bounds in that case is a safety. Likewise a ball fumbled that goes out of bounds behind the goal line is a touchback because the team put the ball in the oponents endzone. If you put the ball in the oponents endzone it is either a touchback if he has possession or a touchdown if you have possession in the end zone at the end of the play. A kick remains a kick until it is possessed or is dead. That is why a ball touched by the receivers that then goes in the endzone where it is downed by the receivers is a touchback. It was the kick that put the ball in the opponents endzone.

What is a touchback in football?

A touchback is usually seen in football when either at the begining of a game, after the half, or after a team scores a team kicks the ball off to the other team.Touchback:If the kickoff or punt leads to the ball going out of bounds in the end zone or stopping within the endzone then the receiving team gets the ball at the 20 yard line.A touchback can also occur on a interception or fumble recovery in the end zone.

If an offensive player fumbles the ball and a defensive player picks it up and is pushed into the inzone is it a safety or touchback?

Neither, it is spotted at where his forward progress is stopped. And an offensive player could not fumble a ball in the endzone because then it would be a TD and the play is dead.

If the football is punted into the endzone but is tipped back by a player after breaking the goal line?

If the ball is punted and lands in the endzone then tipped back by the kicking team, it is ruled a touchback.

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