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# In an NFL football game, Smith intercepts a pass and immediately laterals to his teammate Jones. Jones runs for 42 yards. How are the 42 yards listed on Jones' record?

Question #123187. Asked by shimonbentzvi. (Aug 22 11 4:45 AM)

Datsmeharse

As "Interception Return Yards." Of course, that statistic
is rarely used in terms of players. "Jones intercepted 3 passes for 112 yards" is not used, just "Jones intercepted 3 passes" Only in terms of records, e.g. Ed Reed's 108-yard return is an NFL record, are return yards usually mentioned long after the fact.

An example in yesterday's Jets-Bengals game:
11:52 in first quarter, Eric Smith intercepted, returned 7 yards, lateraled to Darrelle Revis, who returned it for 22 more yards.
http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2011082151/2011/PRE2/bengals@jets#tab:analyze/analyze-channels:cat-post-playbyplay

The box score for the game lists 96 inteception return yards, There were 67 yards returned in the two other
picks, so the math checks out.
http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2011082151/2011/PRE2/bengals@jets#tab:analyze/analyze-channels:cat-post-boxscore

The box score doesn't break the yards down by player, perhaps relecting the unimportance of that stat.

As an fyi in your example, if Jones had scored he would get credit for the TD, not Smith.

 Aug 22 11, 10:58 AM

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