Yesterday's Saints/Texans' game:
End of the 4th quarter, 6 seconds to go and the Saints have the ball on the 50 and one timeout. They ran a pass play for 10 yards to the Texans 40 yard line. The receiver fell to the ground as he caught the ball and the Texan defender jumped on to complete the tackle. Saints than called a TO with 2 seconds left and kicked the winning field goal.
I'm wondering why did the defender "tackled" him. Can't he just hover over him and not tackle him and let the time run out? Or can an offensive player go to the ground and "give himself up" allow the Saints to call a TO without there being contact with the defensive team? I know the QB can give himself up but there's rules about that like he has to slide feet first etc etc.....
I don't know the rule so I ask.