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New England Patriots 31 at Buffalo Bills 10

Sunday, November 9, 1997
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New England Patriots (10-6-0)7107731
Buffalo Bills (6-10-0)307010

Game Info
Stadium Rich Stadium
Start Time (ET) 4:00pm
Roof outdoors
Surface astroturf
Weather 43 degrees relative humidity 78%, wind 9 mph
Vegas Line New England Patriots -3.0
Over/Under 41.5 (under)

Expected Points Summary

Expected points are an estimate of points per play based on down, distance, and yard line. Points given for offense and defense are offensive/defensive plays + penalties on which there was no play (eg, a false start). Special teams are all kicking + punting plays. Points are zeroed out at the end of halves.

Scoring

Team Stats

Passing, Rushing, & Receiving

Defense & Returns

Kicking & Punting

Full Play-By-Play

Quarter Time Down ToGo Location Detail NWE BUF EPB EPA Win%
1st Quarter
1 15:00 NWE 30 Adam Vinatieri kicks off 63 yards, returned by Darick Holmes for 21 yards 0 0 0 -0.81 43.5
1 1 10 BUF 28 Thurman Thomas middle for 4 yards (tackle by Ted Johnson) 0 0 0.81 0.8 43.5
1 2 6 BUF 32 Penalty on Jerry Ostroski: False Start, 5 yards (no play) 0 0 0.8 0.13 41.6
1 2 11 BUF 27 Alex Van Pelt pass incomplete right intended for Quinn Early 0 0 0.13 -0.56 39.6
1 3 11 BUF 27 Alex Van Pelt pass incomplete 0 0 -0.56 -1.57 36.7
1 4 11 BUF 27 Chris Mohr punts 43 yards (tackle by Tim Tindale) 0 0 -1.57 -1.66 36.5
1 13:37 1 10 NWE 41 Drew Bledsoe pass complete left to Sam Gash for 4 yards (tackle by Sam Rogers) 0 0 1.66 1.66 36.5
1 2 6 NWE 45 Drew Bledsoe pass incomplete right intended for Curtis Martin 0 0 1.66 0.96 38.5
1 3 6 NWE 45 Drew Bledsoe pass complete right to Shawn Jefferson for 18 yards (tackle by Henry Jones) 0 0 0.96 3.12 32.5
1 1 10 BUF 37 Curtis Martin right for 1 yard (tackle by John Holecek) 0 0 3.12 2.71 33.6
1 2 9 BUF 36 Drew Bledsoe pass complete left to Ben Coates for 7 yards (tackle by Kurt Schulz) 0 0 2.71 2.94 33.0
1 3 2 BUF 29 Drew Bledsoe sacked by John Holecek and Bryce Paup for -11 yards 0 0 2.94 0.59 39.6
1 4 13 BUF 40 Tom Tupa punts 37 yards 0 0 0.59 0.38 40.2
1 10:13 1 10 BUF 3 Penalty on Dusty Zeigler: False Start, 1 yards (no play) 0 0 -0.38 -0.42 40.3
1 1 11 BUF 2 Antowain Smith middle for 1 yard (tackle by Chris Slade and Chris Sullivan) 0 0 -0.42 -0.78 39.2
1 2 10 BUF 3 Antowain Smith left for 20 yards (tackle by Lawyer Milloy) 0 0 -0.78 0.48 43.0
1 1 10 BUF 23 Antowain Smith left for 5 yards (tackle by Jimmy Hitchcock) 0 0 0.48 0.61 43.4
1 2 5 BUF 28 Antowain Smith left for 2 yards (tackle by Ted Johnson and Todd Collins) 0 0 0.61 0.17 42.0
1 3 3 BUF 30 Alex Van Pelt pass incomplete middle intended for Andre Reed 0 0 0.17 -1.37 37.5
1 4 3 BUF 30 Chris Mohr punts 41 yards (tackle by Lonnie Johnson) 0 0 -1.37 -1.2 38.0
1 7:19 1 10 NWE 34 Curtis Martin middle for 5 yards (tackle by John Holecek and Henry Jones) 0 0 1.2 1.33 37.7
1 2 5 NWE 39 Curtis Martin middle for 1 yard (tackle by Henry Jones) 0 0 1.33 0.76 39.4
1 3 4 NWE 40 Drew Bledsoe pass incomplete 0 0 0.76 -0.72 44.0
1 4 4 NWE 40 Tom Tupa punts 50 yards, returned by Jeff Burris for 20 yards 0 0 -0.72 -0.94 44.7
1 5:40 1 10 BUF 30 Penalty on Willie Clay: Pass Interference, 14 yards (no play) 0 0 0.94 1.86 47.8
1 1 10 BUF 44 Thurman Thomas right for 3 yards (tackle by Mark Wheeler and Lawyer Milloy) 0 0 1.86 1.72 47.4
1 2 7 BUF 47 Alex Van Pelt pass complete middle to Lonnie Johnson for 13 yards (tackle by Ty Law) 0 0 1.72 2.92 51.2
1 1 10 NWE 40 Thurman Thomas middle for 9 yards (tackle by Lawyer Milloy) 0 0 2.92 3.59 53.4
1 2 1 NWE 31 Alex Van Pelt pass complete right to Tony Cline for 29 yards (tackle by Chris Slade) 0 0 3.59 6.74 63.3
1 1 2 NWE 2 Penalty on Alex Van Pelt: Delay of Game, 5 yards (no play) 0 0 6.74 5.6 59.8
1 1 7 NWE 7 Antowain Smith left for 2 yards (tackle by Mark Wheeler) 0 0 5.6 5.15 58.4
1 2 5 NWE 5 Alex Van Pelt pass incomplete right intended for Andre Reed (defended by Willie Clay) 0 0 5.15 4.26 55.6
1 3 5 NWE 5 Alex Van Pelt middle for no gain (tackle by Willie McGinest) 0 0 4.26 3.01 51.5
1 4 5 NWE 5 Steve Christie 23 yard field goal good 0 3 3.01 3 51.5
1 5:40 BUF 30 Steve Christie kicks off 56 yards, returned by Derrick Cullors for 86 yards, touchdown 6 3 0 -7 32.7
1 Adam Vinatieri kicks extra point good 7 3 0 0 29.9
1 0:34 NWE 30 Adam Vinatieri kicks off 63 yards, returned by Darick Holmes for 13 yards 7 3 0 -0.28 30.5
1 1 10 BUF 20 Antowain Smith middle for 3 yards (tackle by Mike Jones and Mark Wheeler) 7 3 0.28 0.14 30.0
Quarter Time Down ToGo Location Detail NWE BUF EPB EPA Win%
2nd Quarter
2 0:34 2 7 BUF 23 Alex Van Pelt pass incomplete 7 3 0.14 -0.56 26.3
2 3 7 BUF 23 Alex Van Pelt pass incomplete intended for Quinn Early is intercepted by Jimmy Hitchcock and returned for 4 yards 7 3 -0.56 -3.58 17.2
2 14:50 1 10 BUF 30 Drew Bledsoe pass incomplete 7 3 3.58 3.03 21.3
2 2 10 BUF 30 Timeout #1 by New England Patriots 7 3 0 0
2 2 10 BUF 30 Drew Bledsoe pass incomplete right intended for Curtis Martin 7 3 3.03 2.34 23.0
2 3 10 BUF 30 Curtis Martin left for 5 yards (tackle by Marlon Kerner and Henry Jones) 7 3 2.34 1.85 24.3
2 4 5 BUF 25 Adam Vinatieri 42 yard field goal good 10 3 1.85 3 21.4
2 14:01 NWE 30 Adam Vinatieri kicks off 59 yards, returned by Darick Holmes for 15 yards 10 3 0 -0.67 23.0
2 1 10 BUF 26 Antowain Smith left for 4 yards (tackle by Jimmy Hitchcock) 10 3 0.67 0.67 23.0
2 2 6 BUF 30 Alex Van Pelt pass incomplete intended for Andre Reed is intercepted by Ty Law 10 3 0.67 -1.07 18.7
2 13:09 1 10 NWE 32 Curtis Martin right for 4 yards (tackle by Jeff Burris) 10 3 1.07 1.07 18.5
2 2 6 NWE 36 Curtis Martin right for 1 yard (tackle by Phil Hansen) 10 3 1.07 0.5 19.9
2 3 5 NWE 37 Drew Bledsoe pass complete left to Shawn Jefferson for 15 yards (tackle by Thomas Smith) 10 3 0.5 2.39 15.6
2 1 10 BUF 48 Drew Bledsoe pass complete right to Ben Coates for 4 yards (tackle by John Holecek and Gabe Northern) 10 3 2.39 2.39 15.6
2 2 6 BUF 44 Curtis Martin middle for 6 yards (tackle by Ted Washington and Henry Jones) 10 3 2.39 3.05 14.2
2 1 10 BUF 38 Drew Bledsoe pass incomplete 10 3 3.05 2.51 15.3
2 2 10 BUF 38 Drew Bledsoe pass complete middle to Curtis Martin for 14 yards (tackle by John Holecek) 10 3 2.51 3.97 12.5
2 1 10 BUF 24 Curtis Martin middle for 1 yard (tackle by Sean Moran and John Holecek) 10 3 3.97 3.57 13.2
2 2 9 BUF 23 Drew Bledsoe sacked by Bryce Paup for -13 yards 10 3 3.57 1.16 18.3
2 3 22 BUF 36 Drew Bledsoe pass complete right to Troy Brown for 11 yards (tackle by Henry Jones and Jeff Burris) 10 3 1.16 1.8 16.9
2 4 11 BUF 25 Adam Vinatieri 42 yard field goal no good 10 3 1.8 -1.14 24.1
2 7:04 1 10 BUF 33 Thurman Thomas middle for 3 yards (tackle by Todd Collins) 10 3 1.14 1 22.9
2 2 7 BUF 36 Alex Van Pelt sacked by Willie McGinest for -8 yards 10 3 1 -0.76 18.2
2 3 15 BUF 28 Thurman Thomas middle for 4 yards (tackle by Henry Thomas) 10 3 -0.76 -1.24 17.0
2 4 11 BUF 32 Chris Mohr punts 52 yards 10 3 -1.24 0.14 20.5
2 5:12 1 10 NWE 16 Drew Bledsoe pass complete right to Sam Gash for 2 yards (tackle by Sam Rogers) 10 3 -0.14 -0.35 20.7
2 2 8 NWE 18 Curtis Martin right for 32 yards (tackle by Phil Hansen) 10 3 -0.35 2.26 14.3
2 1 10 NWE 50 Curtis Martin middle for 4 yards (tackle by Sean Moran) 10 3 2.26 2.25 14.3
2 2 6 BUF 46 Drew Bledsoe pass complete right to Terry Glenn for 40 yards (tackle by Kurt Schulz) 10 3 2.25 5.83 7.9
2 1 6 BUF 6 Drew Bledsoe pass complete right to Ben Coates for 6 yards, touchdown 16 3 5.83 7 7.6
2 Adam Vinatieri kicks extra point good 17 3 0 0 6.3
2 2:39 NWE 30 Adam Vinatieri kicks off 58 yards, returned by Darick Holmes for 17 yards 17 3 0 -0.87 6.9
2 1 10 BUF 29 Alex Van Pelt pass complete left to Quinn Early for -4 yards (tackle by Jimmy Hitchcock) 17 3 0.87 -0.21 5.5
2 2 14 BUF 25 Alex Van Pelt pass incomplete intended for Quinn Early is intercepted by Willie Clay 17 3 -0.21 -3.45 2.7
2 1:56 1 10 BUF 32 Drew Bledsoe pass incomplete right intended for Lovett Purnell 17 3 3.45 2.9 3.0
2 2 10 BUF 32 Curtis Martin middle for -1 yards (tackle by Phil Hansen) 17 3 2.9 2.08 3.6
2 3 11 BUF 33 Drew Bledsoe pass complete right for 5 yards (tackle by Jim Jeffcoat and Marlon Kerner) 17 3 2.08 1.61 4.0
2 4 6 BUF 28 Timeout #2 by New England Patriots 17 3 0 0
2 4 6 BUF 28 Adam Vinatieri 45 yard field goal no good 17 3 1.61 -1.33 7.3
2 0:18 1 10 BUF 36 Darick Holmes left for 17 yards (tackle by Jimmy Hitchcock) 17 3 1.33 2.46 8.6
2 1 10 NWE 47 Timeout #1 by Buffalo Bills 17 3 0 0
2 1 10 NWE 47 Penalty on Jerry Ostroski: False Start, 5 yards (no play) 17 3 2.46 2.13 8.1
2 1 15 BUF 48 Alex Van Pelt pass incomplete right intended for Jay Riemersma 17 3 2.13 1.24 6.8
2 2 15 BUF 48 Alex Van Pelt middle for 8 yards 17 3 1.24 1.62 5.3
End of Half1731.620
Quarter Time Down ToGo Location Detail NWE BUF EPB EPA Win%
3rd Quarter
3 15:00 BUF 30 Steve Christie kicks off 63 yards, returned by Derrick Cullors for 48 yards 17 3 0 -2.59 2.9
3 1 10 BUF 45 Curtis Martin left for 5 yards (tackle by Bruce Smith) 17 3 2.59 2.72 2.8
3 2 5 BUF 40 Drew Bledsoe sacked by Phil Hansen and Ted Washington for -12 yards 17 3 2.72 0.43 4.7
3 3 17 NWE 48 Penalty on Terry Glenn: False Start, 5 yards (no play) 17 3 0.43 -0.23 5.4
3 3 22 NWE 43 Drew Bledsoe pass complete left for 5 yards (tackle by Phil Hansen) 17 3 -0.23 -0.19 5.4
3 4 17 NWE 48 Tom Tupa punts 35 yards 17 3 -0.19 0.06 5.1
3 12:32 1 10 BUF 17 Antowain Smith right for -1 yards (tackle by Willie Clay) 17 3 -0.06 -0.73 3.9
3 2 11 BUF 16 Todd Collins pass complete right to Antowain Smith for 1 yard (tackle by Todd Collins) 17 3 -0.73 -1.25 3.4
3 3 10 BUF 17 Todd Collins pass complete middle to Andre Reed for 8 yards (tackle by Tedy Bruschi and Larry Whigham) 17 3 -1.25 -1.7 3.1
3 4 2 BUF 25 Chris Mohr punts 38 yards 17 3 -1.7 -1.4 3.3
3 10:40 1 10 NWE 37 Drew Bledsoe pass complete left to Terry Glenn for 9 yards (tackle by Henry Jones and Thomas Smith) 17 3 1.4 2.07 2.4
3 2 1 NWE 46 Curtis Martin right for 4 yards (tackle by Shawn Price and Phil Hansen) 17 3 2.07 2.26 2.3
3 1 10 NWE 50 Drew Bledsoe pass incomplete right intended for Terry Glenn (defended by Jeff Burris) 17 3 2.26 1.71 2.7
3 2 10 NWE 50 Curtis Martin left for -6 yards (tackle by Bruce Smith) 17 3 1.71 0.23 3.9
3 3 16 NWE 44 Drew Bledsoe pass complete left to Terry Glenn for 10 yards (tackle by Dan Brandenburg) 17 3 0.23 0.2 3.9
3 4 6 BUF 46 Tom Tupa punts 39 yards 17 3 0.2 0.38 3.8
3 8:08 1 10 BUF 7 Thurman Thomas left for 6 yards (tackle by Ted Johnson) 17 3 -0.38 -0.34 3.2
3 2 4 BUF 13 Todd Collins pass complete right to Lonnie Johnson for 7 yards (tackle by Chris Slade) 17 3 -0.34 0.28 3.8
3 1 10 BUF 20 Thurman Thomas middle for -5 yards (tackle by Willie McGinest) 17 3 0.28 -1.07 2.6
3 2 15 BUF 15 Todd Collins pass incomplete left intended for Eric Moulds 17 3 -1.07 -1.86 2.1
3 3 15 BUF 15 Todd Collins pass incomplete is intercepted by Chris Slade and returned for 1 yard, touchdown 23 3 -1.86 -7 0.6
3 Adam Vinatieri kicks extra point good 24 3 0 0 0.4
3 6:05 NWE 30 Adam Vinatieri kicks off 58 yards, returned by Darick Holmes for 18 yards 24 3 0 -0.94 0.4
3 1 10 BUF 30 Antowain Smith right for 6 yards (tackle by Lawyer Milloy) 24 3 0.94 1.2 0.5
3 2 4 BUF 36 Todd Collins pass complete left to Andre Reed for 9 yards 24 3 1.2 1.93 0.6
3 1 10 BUF 45 Todd Collins pass complete middle to Lonnie Johnson for 3 yards 24 3 1.93 1.79 0.6
3 2 7 BUF 48 Penalty on Ty Law: Pass Interference, 14 yards (no play) 24 3 1.79 3.05 0.9
3 1 10 NWE 38 Todd Collins pass incomplete right intended for Lonnie Johnson 24 3 3.05 2.51 0.7
3 2 10 NWE 38 Antowain Smith left for no gain (tackle by Chris Slade) 24 3 2.51 1.82 0.6
3 3 10 NWE 38 24 3 1.82 4.04 1.2
3 1 10 NWE 23 Todd Collins left for 5 yards (tackle by Chad Eaton) 24 3 4.04 4.21 1.3
3 2 5 NWE 18 Antowain Smith right for no gain (tackle by Chris Sullivan) 24 3 4.21 3.49 1.0
3 3 5 NWE 18 Todd Collins pass incomplete left intended for Andre Reed 24 3 3.49 2.3 0.7
3 4 5 NWE 18 Todd Collins pass complete right to Quinn Early for 17 yards (tackle by Lawyer Milloy and Tedy Bruschi) 24 3 2.3 6.97 2.9
3 1 1 NWE 1 Antowain Smith middle for 1 yard, touchdown 24 9 6.97 7 2.2
3 Steve Christie kicks extra point good 24 10 0 0 3.0
3 6:05 BUF 30 Steve Christie kicks off 64 yards 24 10 0 -0.87 2.3
3 1 10 NWE 29 Curtis Martin right for 4 yards (tackle by Phil Hansen) 24 10 0.87 0.87 2.3
Quarter Time Down ToGo Location Detail NWE BUF EPB EPA Win%
4th Quarter
4 6:05 2 6 NWE 33 Curtis Martin middle for -1 yards (tackle by Sean Moran and Phil Hansen) 24 10 0.87 0.04 0.0
4 3 7 NWE 32 Penalty on Bruce Smith: Encroachment, 5 yards (no play) 24 10 0.04 0.7 0.0
4 3 2 NWE 37 Drew Bledsoe pass complete right to Troy Brown for 50 yards. Penalty on Marlon Kerner: Face Mask, 5 yards 24 10 0.7 5.37 0.0
4 1 8 BUF 8 Curtis Martin right for 7 yards (tackle by Jeff Burris) 24 10 5.37 5.91 0.0
4 2 1 BUF 1 Curtis Martin left for no gain (tackle by Mark Maddox) 24 10 5.91 5.17 0.0
4 3 1 BUF 1 Curtis Martin middle for 1 yard, touchdown 30 10 5.17 7 0.0
4 Adam Vinatieri kicks extra point good 31 10 0 0 0.0
4 6:05 NWE 30 Adam Vinatieri kicks off 63 yards, returned by Darick Holmes for 23 yards 31 10 0 -0.94 0.0
4 1 10 BUF 30 Todd Collins pass complete right to Lonnie Johnson for 11 yards (tackle by Chris Slade) 31 10 0.94 1.66 0.0
4 1 10 BUF 41 Thurman Thomas right for 17 yards (tackle by Willie Clay) 31 10 1.66 2.79 0.0
4 1 10 NWE 42 Todd Collins pass incomplete right intended for Quinn Early 31 10 2.79 2.24 0.0
4 2 10 NWE 42 Penalty on Ruben Brown: Holding, 10 yards (no play) 31 10 2.24 0.89 0.0
4 2 20 BUF 48 Penalty on John Fina: False Start, 5 yards (no play) 31 10 0.89 0.22 0.0
4 2 25 BUF 43 Todd Collins pass complete left to Andre Reed for 4 yards (tackle by Willie Clay) 31 10 0.22 0.1 0.0
4 3 21 BUF 47 Todd Collins pass complete left to Eric Moulds for 9 yards (tackle by Todd Collins) 31 10 0.1 0.33 0.0
4 4 12 NWE 44 Todd Collins pass incomplete left intended for Quinn Early 31 10 0.33 -1.86 0.0
4 0:48 1 10 NWE 44 Curtis Martin middle for 6 yards (tackle by Marcellus Wiley) 31 10 1.86 2.13 0.0
4 2 4 NWE 50 Curtis Martin middle for 3 yards (tackle by Ted Washington and Mark Maddox) 31 10 2.13 1.82 0.0
4 3 1 BUF 47 Keith Byars right for 4 yards (tackle by Gabe Northern and Mark Maddox) 31 10 1.82 2.72 0.0
4 1 10 BUF 43 Keith Byars right for 1 yard (tackle by Phil Hansen). Keith Byars fumbles, recovered by Max Lane 31 10 2.72 2.58 0.0
4 2 7 BUF 40 Curtis Martin middle for 5 yards (tackle by Marcellus Wiley) 31 10 2.58 2.54 0.0
4 3 2 BUF 35 Curtis Martin middle for -3 yards (tackle by Marcellus Wiley). Curtis Martin fumbles, recovered by Lovett Purnell 31 10 2.54 0.72 0.0
4 4 5 BUF 38 Tom Tupa punts 31 yards 31 10 0.72 0.38 0.0
4 12:30 1 10 BUF 7 Darick Holmes middle for 2 yards (tackle by Todd Collins) 31 10 -0.38 -0.63 0.0
4 2 8 BUF 9 Todd Collins pass complete right to Darick Holmes for 6 yards (tackle by Todd Collins) 31 10 -0.63 -0.48 0.0
4 3 2 BUF 15 Todd Collins sacked by Henry Thomas for 0 yards 31 10 -0.48 -2.44 0.0
4 4 2 BUF 15 Chris Mohr punts 52 yards 31 10 -2.44 -1.14 0.0
4 9:51 1 10 NWE 33 Curtis Martin right for 3 yards (tackle by Dan Brandenburg) 31 10 1.14 1 0.0
4 2 7 NWE 36 Timeout #1 by Buffalo Bills 31 10 0 0
4 2 7 NWE 36 Curtis Martin left for 6 yards (tackle by Mark Maddox) 31 10 1 1.09 0.0
4 3 1 NWE 42 Timeout #2 by Buffalo Bills 31 10 0 0
4 3 1 NWE 42 Curtis Martin middle for no gain (tackle by Shawn Price) 31 10 1.09 -0.59 0.0
4 4 1 NWE 42 Timeout #3 by Buffalo Bills 31 10 0 0
4 4 1 NWE 42 Tom Tupa punts 41 yards 31 10 -0.59 0.06 0.0
4 5:14 1 10 BUF 17 Todd Collins pass complete right to Jay Riemersma for 2 yards 31 10 -0.06 -0.25 0.0
4 2 8 BUF 19 Todd Collins pass complete right to Quinn Early for 12 yards (tackle by Tedy Bruschi) 31 10 -0.25 1 0.0
4 1 10 BUF 31 Darick Holmes right for 4 yards (tackle by Tedy Bruschi) 31 10 1 1 0.0
4 2 6 BUF 35 Todd Collins pass incomplete middle intended for Quinn Early 31 10 1 0.3 0.0
4 3 6 BUF 35 Todd Collins pass incomplete 31 10 0.3 -1.04 0.0
4 4 6 BUF 35 Penalty on Steve Tasker: False Start, 5 yards (no play) 31 10 -1.04 -1.37 0.0
4 4 11 BUF 30 Todd Collins pass incomplete right intended for Jay Riemersma 31 10 -1.37 -3.58 0.0
4 3:54 1 10 BUF 30 Marrio Grier middle for 1 yard (tackle by Marcellus Wiley) 31 10 3.58 3.17 0.0
4 2 9 BUF 29 Marrio Grier middle for 1 yard (tackle by John Holecek) 31 10 3.17 2.61 0.0
4 3 8 BUF 28 Marrio Grier middle for 3 yards (tackle by Dan Brandenburg and Sean Moran) 31 10 2.61 1.85 0.0
4 4 5 BUF 25 Marrio Grier right for no gain (tackle by Sean Moran and John Holecek) 31 10 1.85 -0.61 0.0
4 3:26 1 10 BUF 25 Darick Holmes right for 2 yards (tackle by Mike Jones) 31 10 0.61 0.33 0.0
End of Regulation31100.330
Scoring plays are highlighted in green and accepted penalties are highlighted in gray, while changes of possession are denoted by a bold line. Expected points before and after are relative to the team possessing the ball at the start of the play (though kickoffs are assumed to be in possession of the receiving team).