There is no pretense to throwing the football deep on offense. You either get a massive amount of yards in one shot and perhaps even a touchdown or nothing.
But there's also the side benefit that is often unspoken: the pass interference call.
Pass interference — the act of a defensive player preventing a receiver from catching a pass by making physical contact after the ball has been thrown — is a penalty that can salvage a moribund offensive possession. It's unpredictable, but the result can alter the momentum in a contest.
"You definitely can't rely on it, but it's something good to have," Ravens wide receiver Kamar Aiken said. "It's...
Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints throws to an open receiver against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 23, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. The New Orleans Saints beat the Dallas Cowboys 34–31 in overtime.