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.
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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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For L.A., the running game -- usually led by Todd Gurley, who was limited in Sunday's win -- is also a huge factor in setting up the play-action pass, including through the use of jet sweeps and other motion that McVay has become known for as a playcaller.
Carroll completed the drive off a play-action pass from 10 yards, hitting an open Bryce Carpenter.
A quarterback fakes the run when he executes a play-action pass. A pitcher fakes a fastball when he throws a changeup--but a curveball, while deceptive, is not fake.
When I was playing for the 49ers, Coach Bill Walsh took special care to explain a certain play-action pass to the entire offense.
"Our formula a year ago was play great defense, run the ball and do a superb job of play-action pass," Coughlin told 1010XL during the station's Jay Fund charity event.
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.
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.
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.
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.