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What Is The Definition Of Play-Action In Football?

1. This is a term used to describe an offensive pass play in football where the quarterback will fake a hand-off (or rush) to the running back or wide receiver. By doing this, the offense hopes to get the defense to think it’s a running play, causing them to leave their pass coverage, giving the receivers more time to get open.

Play-actions are used against defenses who are focused on stopping the run-game.

Examples Of How Play-Action Is Used In Commentary

1. The Eagles called the perfect play-action, getting the safety to bite on the fake handoff, therefore opening up the middle of the field for Owens to get open and make the catch.

Sports The Term Is Used

1. Football

Also Known As:

1. Play fake

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