Strip Sack rule

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  1. Wezsh0T

    Wezsh0T Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    Hello Cowboyszone,

    I need help settling a bet. I bet someone that Peyton Manning would get sacked during the Super Bowl. While he didn't get knocked down, there was a strip sack in the 4th quarter. It's recorded in all the stat books, but people are disputing that Manning was sacked. I know he wasn't knocked down, but he was still recorded as having been sacked.

    For the life of me, I cannot find the official rule that says this is a sack. Can someone help me out?

  2. viman96

    viman96 Thread Killer

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    It is a sack. I do not have a link to the rule saying it is but I bet someone here does.
  3. Phoenix

    Phoenix Well-Known Member

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    Statistically, yes, it is a "sack" or as Coach Landry always called it, a "quarterback trap", however, good luck finding a legal definition of it. Maybe the guys at stats, inc., or Elias can help with that....but as far as the NFL official rules go, I don't think they legally define what a "sack" is, in terms of statistics. They define fumbles, etc., and when the ball can be advanced afterwards, things like that, but sack?

    The word sack appears exactly once in the entire massive 2013 NFL Official Playing Rules. Here it is for your enjoyment...(this is in the section dealing with Unsportsmanlike Conduct):

    Penalty: (for a through h)
    Loss of 15 yards from the succeeding spot or whatever spot the Referee, after consulting
    with the crew, deems equitable. If the foul is by the defense, it is also an automatic first down.

    Note 2: Violations of (b) or (c) (above), which occur before or during the game, may result in disqualification in addition to the
    yardage penalty. Any violations at the game site on the day of the game, including postgame, may result in discipline by
    the Commissioner. Any violation of (g) above may result in disqualification and also will include discipline by the
    Commissioner. An official must see the entire action for a player to be disqualified.

    Note 3: Violations of (b) will be penalized if any of the acts are committed directly at an opponent. These acts include,
    but are not limited to: sack dances; home run swing; incredible hulk; spiking the ball; spinning the ball; throwing or shoving the
    ball; pointing; pointing the ball; verbal taunting; military salute; standing over an opponent (prolonged and with
    provocation); or dancing.
  4. jimnabby

    jimnabby Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    It's a sack, it's always scored as a sack, and your friend is just being a weasel if he's trying to get out of paying up.
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  5. Wezsh0T

    Wezsh0T Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    Thanks for all your replies. I just thought it would be somewhere in the official rules or situation book. I searched the official rulebook and was surprised that nothing was even mentioned about sacks.

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