1. A muffed punt occurs in football when the punt receiving team touches the ball before possessing it.
A common instance of a muffed punt is when the punt returner attempts to catch the punt, but the ball makes contact with their body and it goes through their hands and then the ball becomes live and anyone can gain possession.
1. Jones muffs the punt after he tries to catch the ball, but it goes off his face mask and the kicking team regains possession of the ball.
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