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
On Saturday, the Colts’ Jack Doyle caught five of the 10 passes thrown his way, four of them for first downs.
The series ended after two first downs on a deep incompletion on fourth-and-5 from the Minnesota 44.
The ball was marked close to the first down marker, and Steratore bent down, pulled out the piece of paper and slid it between the ball and the poll.
After a pass to tight end Jason Witten for a first down was overturned on replay, the Cowboys went for it on fourth and 1 from their on 39 with 4 minutes, 31seconds left in the game and the scored tied 17-17.
But the scope of his game extends well beyond his highly efficient receptions, 22 of which have gone for first downs.
Hundley actually threw the ball behind his receiver, but McCourty didn’t even get to him until the first down marker.
This season alone on third downs, Wentz has emerged from dog piles and scrambled for first downs.
All eight resulted in a first down for the Falcons offense.
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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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