adverb or adjective
down·​field | \ ˈdau̇n-ˈfēld How to pronounce downfield (audio) \

Definition of downfield

: in or into the part of the field toward which the offensive team is headed

Examples of downfield in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Packers raced downfield to spike the football with 3 seconds left, and Mason Crosby kicked the game-winner. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Mar. 2022 When Lamb celebrated, Cooper ran downfield as the first to join him. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, 2 Oct. 2021 Duke had driven downfield and had a second-and-10 play from the Pitt 12-yard line when quarterback Brandon Connette tried to run a read-option play to his left. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, 8 Feb. 2022 Mahomes required the Bills defense to respect his legs and in turn opened up options downfield. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 24 Jan. 2022 One more defensive stand by the 49ers prompted a punt, and the 49ers grinded and pounded their way downfield and into field goal range where Robbie Gould nailed a 45-yarder with time expiring to lift the 49ers. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, 23 Jan. 2022 Stroud coolly drove the Buckeyes back downfield in the waning seconds, and Ruggles hit his easy field goal. Greg Beacham,, 2 Jan. 2022 Lawrence marched the Jaguars right back downfield, finding Laquon Treadwell for 20 yards on fourth-and-1. Dennis Waszak Jr.,, 26 Dec. 2021 Instead of a likely Falcons fourth down play from the 44, Atlanta rolled downfield for their first score to make it, 7-3. Steve Svekis,, 24 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of downfield

1881, in the meaning defined above

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“Downfield.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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