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The QB is trying to avoid losing yardage. Spiking the ball you don't lose yards.


I don't remember the exact year the rules were modified to allow spiking the football to stop the clock but the modification was made to allow teams a better chance to score at the end of a half/game when they are out of timeouts. The difference in the spiking vs. intentional grounding rule is the quarterback, when spiking, must take the snap from center and immediately spike the ball into the ground. The rule determines that the quarterback is doing this to stop the clock as opposed to the intentional grounding rule where the quarterback is throwing the ball to an area where there are no eligible receivers for the sole purpose of not losing yardage by being sacked.

== == Because the intent of the play is not to unfairly deprive the defense of an opportunity -- it's merely to stop the clock. Keep in mind, too, that spiking the ball essentially carries its own self-imposed penalty, since it causes the offense to burn a down.

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Q: Why is spiking the football to stop the clock not the same as Intentional grounding to avoid a sack?
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Spiking the ball should be intentional grounding since both are done to get an advantage and avoid a bad situation?

No, because the quarterback still has a desinated reciever. Disagree. A defining characteristic of intentional grounding is that the passer has to be trying to avoid an imminent loss of yardage, and there can be no receiver in the vicinity. When a passer spikes the ball, neither stipulation occurs. Eligible receivers are in the vicinity, and there's no attempt to avoid a loss of yardage. Think about it this way: Spiking to stop the clock carries its own built-in penalty, because the offense has to use up one of its downs.

Why is spiking the ball by the QB legal?

For intentional grounding to occur, the passer has to be making a deliberate effort to avoid an imminent loss of yardage, and there can be no eligible receiver in the vicinity. When a quarterback clocks the ball, neither scenario holds true. If you think about it, spiking the ball carries its own built-in penalty: It causes the offense to burn one of its downs.

Why are players allowed to spike the football?

If you look at the formation for a spike, there is a tight end or running back within five yards of the QB, therefore it's not intentional grounding.AnswerYou may want to check this, but I believe the definition of Intentional Grounding includes that the quarterback be at risk of being sacked and it is intentional grounding if done to avoid the sack. Because the quarterback is not under duress on a spike to stop the clock, it is not intentional grounding. Answeryes i checked it you are right heres why... Intentional Grounding of Forward Pass1. Intentional grounding of a forward pass is a foul: loss of down and 10 yards from previous spot if passer is in the field of play or loss of down at the spot of the foul if it occurs more than 10 yards behind the line or safety if passer is in his own end zone when ball is released.2. Intentional grounding will be called when a passer, facing an imminent loss of yardage due to pressure from the defense, throws a forward pass without a realistic chance of completion.3. Intentional grounding will not be called when a passer, while out of the pocket and facing an imminent loss of yardage, throws a pass that lands at or beyond the line of scrimmage, even if no offensive player(s) have a realistic chance to catch the ball (including if the ball lands out of bounds over the sideline or end line).4. Intentional gounding will not be called when a screen pass is developing and the quarterback throws the ball in the vicinity of the screen receiver.AnswerThe rule says, "Intentional grounding will be called when a passer, facing an imminent loss of yardage due to pressure from the defense, throws a forward pass without a realistic chance of completion." When the QB spikes the ball he is not faced with a loss of yardage. The rule was phrased that way specifically so spiking the ball would not be against the rules. Basically, You can only spike the ball INSTANTLY after the ball is snapped. Any later would count as grounding.

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When the QB throws the ball away to avoid a sack, there must be a wide reciever in the area or he must be out of the pocket. If not, it is grounding which is a 15 yd penalty and loss of down.

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