Intentional Grounding

Definition

A forward pass is thrown intentionally incomplete so that the passer avoids loss of yardage or to conserve time. Exceptions Not assessed if the ball is spiked. If the quarterback has moved outside of the area between his offensive tackles (the "tackle box"), there is no foul for grounding the ball if the quarterback throws the ball past the line of scrimmage.

Outcome

10 yards or spot of foul, whichever is farther from the original line of scrimmage, and loss of down. If the foul occurs in the end zone, the play is ruled a safety.

2009 Stats

Overall Totals By Team

There was an average of 1.13 Intentional Grounding penalties per team league wide.

 AgainstBeneficiary
NameGamesCountYards LostDismissedHomeAwayCountYards GainedDismissedHomeAway
Arizona1815001121001
Atlanta16110010220011
Baltimore18110101110010
Buffalo1611301000000
Carolina1600000110001
Chicago16110010110010
Cincinnati1722501100000
Cleveland1600000441013
Dallas18220011334012
Denver16110001225011
Detroit1633102115010
Green Bay1722502000000
Houston1600000118010
Indianapolis190000000000
Jacksonville1622400200000
Kansas City1622301100100
St. Louis1600000223002
Miami1600000112010
Minnesota18110001110010
New England1700100110010
New Orleans19110001113101
N.Y. Giants1600000222011
N.Y. Jets19222011115010
Oakland1634000300000
Philadelphia17114001110010
Pittsburgh1600000339012
San Diego170000019010
San Francisco16223011225011
Seattle16239011110010
Tampa Bay160000000000
Tennessee16220011114010
Washington16332030110001
Totals26736416217193641621917
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