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Troy Polamalu's slap against rules

Updated: October 31, 2011, 5:17 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh safety Troy Polamalu's slapping of the ball into the end zone at the end of the Steelers' victory over New England was against an NFL rule.

The rule states that a player may not bat or punch a loose ball in the field of play toward the opponent's goal line; a loose ball that has touched the ground in any direction, if it is in either end zone; or a backward pass in flight, which can't be batted forward by an offensive player.

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