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In the NFL there also has to be contact from a player from the opposing team along with the knee of the holder being down. Just like if a running back slips and his knee touches he can get back up and run as long as the other team doesnt touch him.

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Q: Why isn't the ball dead when the holder catches the ball when his knee was on the ground. Any other time when the ball handers knee touches the ground the ball is dead?
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