Intentional grounding, spiking ball

Reply Sun 13 Dec, 2015 06:47 pm
How on earth can 'intentional grounding' be viewed any different then 'spiking the ball' to stop the clock?
Both actions are essentially the same thing. Really!
Region Philbis
Reply Sun 13 Dec, 2015 08:02 pm

i think intentional grounding is called when there is no one near the area the QB throws the ball to, whereas spiking the ball occurs right near the line of scrimmage...
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Reply Sun 13 Dec, 2015 08:15 pm
I think intentional grounding is when the QB throws the ball out of desperation in order to avoid a sack, but there's no receiver around. Spiking is a premeditated way to stop the clock.
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Reply Sun 13 Dec, 2015 08:23 pm
Essentially, it is legal to ground the ball to save time. It is usually not legal to ground the ball to save yardage. However, the passer is allowed to throw the ball away to avoid yardage loss if he is outside the offensive tackles and the ball is thrown beyond the line of scrimmage. If he is in the pocket and there is no receiver in the area, or if the ball is thrown behind the line of scrimmage with no receiver in the area, it is considered intentional grounding. The ball is placed at the spot of the foul, along with the loss of down. It is called as if the passer had been tackled at that point. That make the difference clear?
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