Examples of first down in a Sentence
They have first down on the 20-yard line.
The pass was completed for a first down.
Recent Examples of first down from the Web
With minimal gains on first down plays, the Seahawks have often found themselves behind the chains, trying to play catchup on second and third down.
The Panthers had four first downs, with their first coming in the final minute of the third quarter.
Siegfried had 153 yards in the half as Granite Hills rolled up 204 total yards and 12 first downs in taking a 21-7 lead.
Dallas had 265 yards to the Giants’ 49, ran 47 plays to the Giants’ 19 and converted 16 first downs to the Giants’ two.
The first quarter was super ugly for Miami, which had no first downs, 35 passing yards and 8 rushing yards, to UNC’s 156 total yards.
West Virginia's Kennedy McKoy then ran for a first down on third-and-17, and the Mountaineers ran out the clock.
On a first down at the Eagles’ 36-yard line, Wentz stood strong behind stout protection and fired a strike downfield to rookie Mack Hollins for a 64-yard touchdown.
Newton ran for a first down and threw for the three others.
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Definition of first down for English Language Learners
American football : the first of a series of usually four downs in which a team must gain 10 yards to keep the ball; also : the right to start a new series of downs after a gain of 10 or more yards
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