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About Football Glossary - Play-Action Pass

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Definition: A pass play where the quarterback fakes a handoff to a running back while he's dropping back to pass.

Examples: On a play-action pass, the quarterback hopes to fake the defenders into thinking the offense is going to run the ball. By doing so, he accomplish two things. He slows down the pass rush of the defense and he forces the defensive backs to make a decision between covering their assigned receiver or coming up to help stop the run.

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