Why do teams always take a knee to end the 1st half?

I always see teams taking a knee to end the first half, and not going for a touchdown. This obviously doesn't apply when the team is in field goal range, but why don't teams just go for a hail mary to end the half?

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  • 8 years ago
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    So they don't risk a potential turnover that could lead to a huge, and unlikely, run back. On rare occasions, teams might throw a Hail Mary to end the first half of play, and have it intercepted. Then, and even more rare occurrence, the defense might run it back for a touchdown. Sure it is highly unlikely, but in the NFL, everything is a possibility. Plus, you might get an injured player on a foolish play. Better safe than sorry.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Why risk a turnover with only a few seconds left? Especially if the team is going to receive the ball to start the half, or if they're winning.

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  • Levi
    Lv 6
    8 years ago

    Because they're worried about their stats.

    The Chiefs always try a hail mary before halftime, and Matt normally gets picked off, thus hurting their stats considerably.

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  • Snappa
    Lv 5
    8 years ago

    A sack with fumble and the opposition taking it in for 6. That's why they take a knee.

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