7-5-10 Diagram

7-5-10 The three elements are: the defender is beaten, he’s not playing the ball and there is contact. In PlayPic A, the receiver clearly has a step on the defender. There is definite space between the two players. PlayPic B shows the defender is facing the receiver, which makes it impossible to watch the flight of the ball. That’s considered playing the man and not the ball. The contact before the ball arrives is depicted in PlayPic C.

7-5-8a, 7-5-10 During a down in which a legal forward pass crossed the neutral zone, a Team A receiver may not contact an opponent with his hands beyond the neutral zone for any purpose until the pass has touched a player. If a forward pass is thrown beyond the neutral zone, the contact results in offensive pass interference. Team A restrictions begin with the snap.

7-5-9, 7-5-10 Tipped pass by B2, Lineman A3 is eligible as the pass was tipped by B behind the line of scrimmage. Pass restrictions for both A and B ended when B touched the pass.

7-5-10 Face guarding (without contact) in and of itself is no longer considered an act of forward pass interference.

7-5-10 The contact by No. 55 constitutes defensive pass interference. No. 80 is entitled to his position and is entitled to maintain that position on the field. Defensive pass interference carries a 15 yard penalty and a replay of the down. Once No. 80 occupies the same yard line as No. 55, he is no longer a potential blocker.