What is touchdown?

  • (noun): A score in American football; being in possession of the ball across the opponents' goal line.
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A touchdown is a means of scoring in American and Canadian football. Whether running, passing, returning a kickoff or punt, or recovering a turnover, a team scores a touchdown by advancing the ball into the opponent's end zone.

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2003 New England Patriots Season - Regular Season Results - Week 15: Vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
... since they faced the Tennessee Titans in Week Five – the opponent scored a touchdown in Foxboro, as late in the fourth quarter Kevin Johnson caught a 27-yard touchdown ... It didn't matter as two Tom Brady touchdown throws, an Antowain Smith rushing score, and two Vinatieri field goals were enough for a 27–13 Patriots win ...
Quick Pitch - T - Touchdown
... A seven run difference, derived from six points for a touchdown in plus the extra point in American football ... For example, a team up 10-3 is said to be "up by a touchdown" ...
Touchdown - History
... Football Association just following the 1876 Rugby season, a touchdown counted for 1/4 of a kicked goal (except in the case of a tie) plus it allowed the offense the ... The governing rule at the time read "A match shall be decided by a majority of touchdowns ... A goal shall be equal to four touchdowns, but in the case of a tie, a goal kicked from a touchdown shall take precedence over four touchdowns." In 1881 ...
2003 New England Patriots Season - Regular Season Results - Week 13: At Indianapolis Colts
... Following a Peyton Manning touchdown to Marcus Pollard with 12 seconds left in the first half, Bethel Johnson ran back the ensuing kick 92 yards for a touchdown ... But the Patriots 31–10 runaway following another Cloud touchdown became an epic shootout as two Brady interceptions gave the Colts touchdown drives, and they tied the game at 31 at 439 of ... monster Johnson kick return set up a Brady to Deion Branch touchdown, but the score stood at 38–34 Patriots in the final minute with the Colts at the Patriots goalline ...
2005 Philadelphia Eagles Season - Regular Season - Week 13: Vs. Seattle Seahawks
16-play drive finished by a 11-yard touchdown pass from Matt Hasselbeck to Bobby Engram ... Dyson then intercepted Mike McMahon and returned it for a 72-yard touchdown ... in the second quarter to Lofa Tatupu, who also returned it for a touchdown ...

More definitions of "touchdown":

  • (noun): A landing (as the wheels touch the landing field); especially of airplanes.