What is a Completion in Football?

In Football, a completion is when a receiver, usually a wide receiver, running back, or tight end successfully catches a pass. For a completion to be recorded, the receiver must catch the pass, land in-bounds, and maintain possession of the football for long enough to be considered a ball carrier. If a receiver fails to do any of those things, the pass is called incomplete.

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If the ball touches the ground after the pass before a player gains possession of the ball, it is also called an incomplete pass. If a player completes the catch and becomes a ball carrier, then is tackled, the player is ruled down and the next down in the down cycle begins. If a player is tackled while in the process of catching the ball and the ball is not caught, it is called an incomplete pass.

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