play-action pass

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play-ac·tion pass

n. Football
A pass play in which the quarterback fakes a handoff to a running back before throwing the ball.

play′-ac`tion pass′

Football. a pass play in which the quarterback fakes a hand-off to a back before throwing a forward pass.
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Saccameno came through with a 39-yard TD pass to tight end Matthew Nolan on a play-action pass as Nolans TD made the score 23-14 with 2:55 to play.
Carroll completed the drive off a play-action pass from 10 yards, hitting an open Bryce Carpenter.
A well-designed, play-action pass from Prince to Austin turned into much more, as Austin broke a tackle and scampered the rest of the way for a touchdown to close the gap to 21-17.
A quarterback fakes the run when he executes a play-action pass.
The Gaels added to their lead in the second quarter when Grady connected with Daryl Jent on a play-action pass that went for a 7-yard score.
On the ensuing play, USC called a play-action pass, and freshman quarterback Matt Barkley found a streaking Damian Williams for a 48-yard touchdown.
That balance creates a dilemma for opposing defenses, which Tom Brady has a documented history of exploiting through the play-action pass.
When you're able to go in the game and run the ball and play-action pass and (throw) screens and get down the field, when you have to defend that, it's tough.
We audibled unbelievable amounts last year for a variety of reasons, but one is when you don't have a fullback, when you can't line up with two backs and run the ball, or play-action pass and get protection, you've got to sit there and figure things out.
But the Bulldogs only needed one play to answer, with quarterback Brody Lucero connecting with Luke Lucero on a 66-yard play-action pass for the tying score.
If linemen drive out hard, backers will play the run while watching the running back and being cautious of the play-action pass.
Brady hit Gronkowski on a play-action pass for a touchdown with 9:20 left in the fourth quarter.