Pass interference is one of the biggest penalties in the NFL. An interference call can give up huge amounts of yards on a single play.
Kansas City has seen this firsthand in the Super Bowl as penalties are destroying the team at the moment. But, how does the pass interference call work, and what are the rules for it?
— BigJayy 😎 (@Big_Jayy2014) February 8, 2021
How Pass Interference Works In the NFL
Here is the official rule in the NFL:
It is pass interference by either team when any act by a player more than one yard beyond the line of scrimmage significantly hinders an eligible player’s opportunity to catch the ball. Pass interference can only occur when a forward pass is thrown from behind the line of scrimmage, regardless of whether the pass is legal or illegal, or whether it crosses the line.
And additionally, these rules also apply:
Defensive pass interference rules apply from the time the ball is thrown until the ball is touched. See Article 2 for prohibited acts while the ball is in the air.
This penalty has been a major factor in the Super Bowl already as it has led to multiple re-tries for the Buccaneers offense. Of course, these calls are very subjective, and thus there’s bound to be outcry no matter what the final verdict is.
Twitter is fuming over some of these calls:
We all talk about the refs in the Premier league . There have been a lot of real tough calls i n the Super Bowl. If they only had VAR it would be different I think maybe.
— Tommy Smyth (@TommySmythESPN) February 8, 2021
I’ve never seen so many bailouts on pass interference. Mike Evans had no chance to catch that, AND Honey Badger locked that
— Jack Howard (@jh_803) February 8, 2021