The Swinging Gate is a football formation, usually used on PATs, where the linemen line up away from the center to the side as shown.
There are variations on the formation, but the idea is the same: create advantageous match ups to gain two yards. The most common approach is for the offense to get into the formation and execute a play based on a mismatch. If no mismatch is present, most teams reset to a traditional field goal set and kick the PAT.
Common plays are to use the two players behind the center to run the ball either with one blocking or as a speed option. The wideout is sometimes thrown to. A direct snap from the center to the running back behind the line is sometimes employed. The center is often an eligible receiver as well by virtue of being the last man on the line. Many variations exist.
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