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In football, the path that a defender must run to tackle the ball carrier is called the path of pursuit. If the ball carrier runs yards to the end zone and the path of pursuit is yards, how far apart were the ball carrier and defender when they started? Answer with appropriate precision. (Hint: Use the Pythagorean Theorem. If you need help, refer to the Math Notes box in this lesson.)

Which side of the formed triangle is the hypotenuse?

The path of pursuit is the hypotenuse.