NFL safety vs touchdown rules?

I ve previously heard that there s a difference for a touchdown and a safety in the NFL..

For a touchdown, does the ball need to fully cross into the end zone or be overtop of the goal line?

Further, for a safety does the ball need to be past the goal line or be atop it?

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  • 1 year ago
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    Touchdown: any part of ball past the outside edge of goal line.

    Safety: All of ball in end zone (nothing in field of play).

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    • D.E.B.S.
      Lv 7
      1 year agoReport

      It's about 'breaking the plain'. Touchdown=break the plain of the goal line heading towards the endzone means you are in the end zone. Safety = break the plain of the goal line towards the field of play means you not in the end zone.

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  • Cory
    Lv 5
    1 year ago

    SAFETY --- scoring in your own endzone - 2 points for the OPPONENT.

    Touchdown--- scoring in the opponents endzone - 6 points for YOU.

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  • Mike W
    Lv 7
    1 year ago

    Touchdown: The ball only needs to break the plane of the goal line.

    Safety: The ball downed in a teams own end zone, or going out of bounds when in possession of the ball in the end zone. If any of this happens on a kickoff, punt, or a pass interception in their own end zone, it's a touchback, provided that they never carry the ball out of the end zone.

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