Touchbacks can result from the following:
- A kickoff or punt which lands in the end zone
- A kickoff or punt that goes out of bounds in the endzone
- A kickoff or punt returner takes a knee in his own endzone with the ball
- The defensive team intercepts the ball in their own endzone and is downed or goes out of bounds through the end zone
- The defensive team recovers a fumble in their own endzone and is downed or goes out of bounds through the end zone
- The offense fumbles the ball forward out of the end zone
- A kickoff returner calls for a fair catch behind the 25-yard line
What Happens Following a Touchback?
Originally, the ball was placed at the 20-yard line after touchbacks. In 2016, the NFL moved touchbacks up five yards to the 25-yard line. The change provided an incentive to the receiving team to take more touchbacks rather than trying to return kickoffs.