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The backfield is the area of an American football field behind the line of scrimmage. The backfield or offensive backfield can also refer to members of offense who begin plays behind the line, typically including any backs on the field, such as the quarterback, running back, and/or fullback.
There are many rules which differ for play in the backfield as opposed to play in front of the line of scrimmage. A forward pass can only be legally made from the backfield. Most running plays begin with a handoff in the backfield.
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