Football Tackling

What is tackling? Football tackling is the act of stopping the forward progress of the ball carrier. Get ready to learn all about football tackling.

Football Tackling

Tackling is when a player on the defense stops the forward progress of the ball carrier by forcing them to the ground. When the ball carrier touches the ground the down is over.

Football Tackling

Football Sack

A sack is when the quarterback is tackled for a loss of yards behind the scrimmage line.

Football Sack

Sacks are great for the defense because it increases the likelihood for a turnover on downs.

Down By Contact

Down by contact is when the ball carrier touches the ground and the scrimmage down immediately ends.

Football Down By Contact

NFL Down By Contact

In the NFL down by contact happens when both knees of the ball carrier touch the ground.

NCAA Down By Contact

In the NCAA down by contact happens when one knee of the ball carrier touches the ground.

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