ESPN NFL Football (XBox) bug, or is this a rule?

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  1. Jeff Peake

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    When attempting an onsides kick, the ball must travel 10 yards before it is touched.

    Last night, playing single-player franchise mode, the opposing team was down 3 with 50 seconds left to play. They tried an onsides kick, and the ball didnt travel 10 yards...penalty. So I should have declined the penalty and just run out the clock. But after the ref threw the flag, the menu to choose Accept or Decline never came up and it just accepted automatically. So they got to kick again, this time recovering the onsides kick and scoring a FG to tie it with 10 seconds to play.

    Is this a bug in the game, or in real life do you have to accept these penalties?? Very frustrating that the other team gets to just try again if they mess up an onsides kick.

    During the same game, another bug showed up that was kind of funny. The score ticker came up at the bottom of the screen and said that someone ran a kickoff return for 4130494003322 yards!
     
  2. Brian Lawrence

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    I'm not football expert but I would call it a glitch. I have had this happen to me twice (neither cost me the game though)
     
  3. Carlos Mendoza

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  4. Mark Giles

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    This is quoted from the NFL Rules:

    If the kicking team either illegally kicks off out of bounds or is guilty of a short free kick on two or more consecutive onside kicks, receivers may take possession of the ball at the dead ball spot, out-of-bounds spot, or spot of illegal touch.

    So yeah, that was no glitch.
     
  5. Jeff Peake

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    Yep, not a game bug.. Its actually nice to see the games taking suck great detail with the rules and what not.
     
  7. Jeremy_Nelson

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    That rule was changed as of this year...madden 2004 no longer allows for a second kick. Also I've heard it mentioned that the rule was changed while watching a game..
     
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    I also heard that the rule was changed for this year. If Madden made the change, why didn't ESPN?
     
  10. Mark Dubbelboer

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    or nfl rules?
     
  11. Ken Holmes

    Ken Holmes Stunt Coordinator

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    How about this glitch? On the kickoff the ball is kicked into my endzone and I don't touch it but the opposing team gets the ball and they get a touch down? I thought that was basically a touchback and should be my ball on the 20?

    Ken H
     
  12. Jeff Peake

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    Ken:

    That one I am sure is not a glitch. The ball is live after it travels 10 yards on a kickoff...after that it is just like a fumble, whoever grabs it gets it. So if they grabbed it in the end zone, it is indeed a TD.

    Jeff
     
  13. Ken Holmes

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    How come when the ball is punted and it hits near the opponents goal line that the defensive players try to bat the ball backwards before the ball passes the goal line? Is this a rule that is different for college and pro?

    Thanks,
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  14. Mark Dubbelboer

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    That rule is the same in college and pro.

    the difference between the two situations you're describing is that one is a punt and one is a kickoff
    on a kickoff after the ball has travelled 10 yards it's a live ball.
    on a punt the ball is never live until it has touched a player on the receiving team (i.e. he muffs the catch)
     

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