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About Football Glossary - Touchback

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Free safety Usama Young #28 of the Cleveland Browns has an interception and touchback in the Denver Broncos end zone

Free safety Usama Young #28 of the Cleveland Browns has an interception and touchback in the Denver Broncos end zone

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Definition: A play in which the ball is ruled dead on or behind a team's own goal line, generally after a kickoff, punt, interception, or fumble.

Examples: After a touchback, the ball is spotted on the offense's 20-yard line.

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