Touchback meaning

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A play in which the defensive team recovers and downs the ball behind its own goal line after the ball has been kicked or passed there by the team on offense. No points are scored, and the ball is put back in play by the recovering team on its own 20-yard line.
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(football) A play in which a player grounds the ball behind the player's own goal line when the ball was caused to pass the goal line by an opponent.
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(American football) The result of a play (usually a kickoff or punt) in which the ball passes out the back of the end zone or a team otherwise gains possession of the ball in their own end zone.

The ball sailed into the end zone for a touchback and the Eagles had possession on the 20-yard line.

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