AAF “onside conversion” makes an appearance, results in big play

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The Alliance of American Football does not have kickoffs, but it does have a replacement for onside kicks, a new play that made an appearance in today’s game in Atlanta — and added some fun to the end of a blowout.

Birmingham was beating Atlanta 28-6 when an Atlanta touchdown narrowed the score to 28-12 late in the fourth quarter. At that point, Atlanta tried what the AAF calls the “onside conversion,” a fourth-and-12 play from Atlanta’s 28-yard line.

The play was great: Atlanta quarterback Matt Simms threw deep downfield to Seantavius Jones, who tipped the ball into the air before catching it for a 48-yard gain. All of a sudden Atlanta had the ball at the Birmingham 24-yard line, needing two touchdowns and two two-point conversions to tie the game.

Unfortunately, on the next play Simms threw a game-clinching interception, so the excitement brought by the onside conversion didn’t last long. But the AAF is trying something new by getting rid of the kickoff and giving teams the onside conversion opportunity, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see the NFL follow suit within the next few years.

17 responses to “AAF “onside conversion” makes an appearance, results in big play

  1. Bagoon Stevens says:
    February 24, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    if it’s 4th and 12, isn’t it just a 4th down play? Did I miss something?
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    Yes, you missed something.

  2. Too bad you can’t run surprise “onside conversions” to catch a team napping. The AAF has almost taken special teams completely out of the game. Sure they still punt, but how long until they replace that with something else? Remember when a big return could help change momentum and add a spark to a struggling team? That has no place in football…
    Lets get rid of onside kicks (expected and surprise), returns, fake punts, that’ll add excitement….

    Hopefully the XFL actually has all of the components of football in it.

  3. I wont be supporting it because I refuse to pay $100.00 or more a month for cable and Dish. They have only broadcast one game here over the air. So for us in the Midwest meh who cares.

  4. One of the great plays in Superbowl history is “Ambush”, the Saints on side kick that turned the tide in Superbowl 44. Would be just like the NFL to take something out of the game that is great.

  5. I’ve watched football my whole life and i don’t see this supposed epidemic of injuries on the kickoff.

    I think it’s a scam that has nothing to do with player safety. The NFL wants to get rid of kickoffs because that would essentially mean saying goodbye to the dedicated special teams players that tend to take up the last 4 or 5 roster spots on most teams.

    Instead of keeping a guy who is good at covering kickoffs, they could keep a #3 QB or a backup OT that is a project player.

    It would allow the NFL teams to effectively expand the roster without adding more players and more contracts.

  6. New to the rule, but if it was 3 and 25 and failed to get a yard, but went for it on 4th, it would be 4th and 12? Or would they keep it at 4 and 25? Some one who knows the answer not just guessing or assuming.

  7. When you complain about lacking the 4% chance of an exciting play, think of Seau, Dwight Clark and all the other guys. It’s much safer, give it a chance.

  8. kingthielanscourt says:
    February 24, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    I wont be supporting it because I refuse to pay $100.00 or more a month for cable and Dish. They have only broadcast one game here over the air. So for us in the Midwest meh who cares.
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    Um … ever heard of Hulu and Sling? I get both for about $40 a month and the AAF games are on. Calm down.

  9. if it’s 4th and 12, isn’t it just a 4th down play? Did I miss something?
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    They had just scored. There are no onsides kickoffs in the AAF. 4th and 12 from the 28 replace it. Convert and carry on. Miss and the other team gets the ball in great position.

  10. The problem I have with this is it greatly favors teams with good passing games.

    Special teams are worth little, so don’t invest a dime in them. Spend it all on Olinemen.

  11. “All of a sudden Atlanta had the ball at the Birmingham 24-yard line, needing two touchdowns and two two-point conversions to tie the game.”

    Moral of the story: The Atlanta Legends are not the New England Patriots.

  12. ozzman64 says:
    February 24, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    One of the great plays in Superbowl history is “Ambush”, the Saints on side kick that turned the tide in Superbowl 44. Would be just like the NFL to take something out of the game that is great.
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    They have already effectively taken it out with the changes to kickoffs they’ve already made. Only 7.5% of onside kicks were recovered this past season (4 of 53). 21.7% of onside kicks were recovered in 2017 (13 of 60).

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