There are quite a number of moves in Madden 20 that can help one win in the game. One of those moves is doing a Lateral pass. The lateral pass is a high-risk maneuver and often with low reward. It can lead to you essentially giving up the ball to your opponent easily. But, that mostly happens when you do it all wrong.
However, if you master this move, you can actually use it to your advantage. Luckily, this page will show you how to lateral in Madden 20.
What is a lateral pass?
In Madden 20, lateraling (or pitching) the ball is when a player with the ball throws it backward to a teammate during a run. Unlike in forward passes, anyone can “receive” a lateral, even the offensive linemen. You can lateral as many times as possible in one play if you want.
A Lateral can be used to take defenders to one side of the field. You can then quickly switch to the side that the play goes towards. This can completely catch your opponent off guard and if they’re not keen, you will get to blow right past them.
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But, as mentioned above, it is risky. First, lateral passes are performed by players who aren’t very apt at passing, that’s already an inherent risk. Even worse, should a lateral pass fall incomplete, it is still assumed a live ball and your opponents can recover it. This is unlike a forward pass which is dead if it hits the ground unsecured by a player.
How to do a lateral
If you’re willing to take the chances, then it’s time to know how you can lateral in Madden 20. Below is how to go about it.
- On PS4: Press and hold the L1 button
- On Xbox One: Press and hold the LB button
The above should be done while running forward as the Ball Carrier. If you want to aim the ball, you may tilt the left stick towards the direction of the “receiver.” However, the ball carrier will not necessarily lateral the ball instantly.
Aiming your lateral is a little challenging. Madden 20 waits for someone to be unengaged so that the ball carrier doesn’t throw the ball onto the ground. But, the intended receiver may change direction or suddenly engage in a block. In such cases, the ball may either hit or miss the “receiver” and fall to the ground anyway.
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So, for a successful lateral, the following conditions must prevail:
- The ball carrier must not be in the state of being tackled.
- The intended “receiver” must not be engaged in a block.
- The intended “receiver” must be behind the ball carrier.
- The “receiver” must be running in the similar direction with the ball carrier.
Since lateralling is risky, it should only be done when necessary and at the right time. We hope that this guide was helpful. If you encounter any problems with the same, let us know in the comments section below.
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