Interception When a forward pass thrown by an offensive player is intercepted by a defender, it is referred to as a "interception," or "they intercepted" the pass. When the ball is intercepted, the defensive player can return it in the opposite direction to the end zone of the other team for a score. Otherwise, the play continues with the next series starting at the line of scrimmage. Interceptions are rare because the ball is protected by the rules of football and cannot be thrown at risk of injury.
Returning interceptions back for points is part of what makes defense important in football. An interception returned for a touchdown is called a "pick-six." There have been many famous pick-sixes over the years including Eric Dickerson's record 289 yard performance against the Los Angeles Rams in 1983. Dickerson also holds the single season record with 17 picks-sixes in 1984.
Another example is San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana who recorded one of the most memorable plays in NFL history after he was picked off twice in one game by the New York Giants. In that game, Montana threw for three touchdowns and ran for another to defeat the Giants 37-20.
Finally, there was this amazing pick-six that happened last year during a playoff game between the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos. The Broncos were driving toward the end zone for what would have been a winning touchdown with less than two minutes left in the fourth quarter.
Any defensive player catching a throw is considered an interception. An interception, along with a fumble, is the worst thing that can happen to a quarterback and his team. After the quarterback releases the ball, any defensive player must avoid making contact with him. If they do, then they have intercepted the ball.
There are two types of interceptions: complete and incomplete. If the interception is caught by the original team who had possession of the ball, then it is known as a complete interception. If not, then it is an incomplete interception. Complete interceptions result in a touchdown for the catching team, while incomplete interceptions result in no score being made.
An interception can also be thrown back to the offense if it was played cleanly after the interception. This gives the defense another chance at stopping them. If the interception is returned for a touchdown, then the returning team wins by seven points. If it isn't returned for a touchdown, then the defense wins by one point.
In conclusion, an interception is when you don't catch the ball in football.
If the interception occurs inside the 10-yard line, it is called a touchdown. Otherwise, it is called a pick six.
In college football, most interceptions are caused by a defender being in the right place at the right time. However, there are some who make spectacular plays on interceptions - these are called "pick-sixes". A pick-six happens when a quarterback throws an interception returned for a touchdown. A defensive back or wide receiver taking the interception 50 yards or more downfield is awarded six points instead of one.
A pick-six is the most valuable single offensive moment a team can have; it gives your opponent no chance to rebound after giving up a touchdown, and it also gives you a short field to work with if you're playing defense-oriented football. There have been many games where a pick-six has decided the outcome of the game - most recently in 2016 when Eric Berry picked off Cam Newton and ran 67 yards for a touchdown during first quarter action between the Kansas City Chiefs and Carolina Panthers.
The term "pick-six" was coined by former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning.