Caroline Panthers Attempted A Rare Fair Catch Free Kick At End Of The Half
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The Carolina Panthers faced off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in London on Sunday and were up 17-7 near the end of the first half when they did something almost never seen in the NFL. Per The Big Lead...

The Panthers called a fair catch on the ball and had possession with one second remaining. They then invoked the exceptionally rare "fair catch free kick rule", where they were granted a free kick from the 50-yard line instead of lining up for a regular field goal, which would have run the risk of a block or fumble.
Check it out...

Not a terrible idea.

(The Big Lead)
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My high school team practiced this. I was so confused the first time our coaches explained it.
Reply8 months
The Pampers
Reply8 months
Not that the the game is halfway understood in England anyways! This just confused them more!
Reply8 months
I guess you turn the ball over at the spot of the kick?
Reply8 months
end of the half, so it didn't matter. I was aware of this rule and surprised I've never seen it in all my years.
8 months
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