Revision to Pass Interference Rule

My good friend and fellow APBA Football guru, Mr. Denny Hodges, identified the below flaw in the pass interference penalty rule during his 1966 NFL replay yesterday.

  • Regarding the TDTH play, suppose the play starts at the 18 and goes 82 yards for the TD, are we to assume the pass went the 82 yards in the air?
  • Or if its 40 yards and a TDTH on a screen pass? How do you handle situations like that?
  • I just had the aforementioned scenario, a medium pass go TDTH for 82 yards, and I used the instructions as if it were incomplete rather than award a FD at the 1 with an 81-yard penalty, am I wrong on this?

We both realized this was an unrealistic scenario and decided to come up with a joint solution that we will use in our current replays. Here it is:

Short Pass – Use board result yardage, however, if greater than 12-yards, limit to 12-yards and automatic first down.  For TDTH, limit to 25-yard penalty and automatic first down.

Medium Pass – Use board result yardage, however, if greater than 24-yards, limit to 24-yards and automatic first down. For TDTH, limit gain to 35-yards and automatic first down.

Screen Pass – Use board result yardage, however, if greater than 5-yards, limit to 5-yards and automatic first down. Ignore TDTH penalty, treat as a 5-yard penalty and automatic first down.

Long Pass – Use board result yardage, however, if greater than 41 yards, limit to 41-yards and automatic first down. For TDTH, limit to 60-yards and automatic first down.

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