Examples of first down in a Sentence
They have first down on the 20-yard line.
The pass was completed for a first down.
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Woolsey broke a 16-yard run in the opening series and later caught a pass out of the backfield for a first down.
Nearly 77 percent of Wilson’s catches last season went for a first down.
After picking up two first downs, Tom Brady completed a 43-yard pass to Chris Hogan to move the ball to the Eagles’ 26.
Under relentless pressure from the Patriots, Foles threw a 2-yard pass to Ertz for a first down.
The Patriots rallied from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit for the win, as Patricia's defense held the Jaguars to just six second-half points and only two first downs on their final four drives.
The Jaguars sacked him twice and allowed just two first downs on New England’s next three series while Jacksonville built a 14-3 lead behind a white-hot Blake Bortles and the power running of rookie Leonard Fournette.
The Tide held the Bulldogs to zero points, 41 yards and just two first downs in the fourth quarter and then to just a field goal in overtime in setting the stage for Tagovailoa to win the game with that touchdown pass to Smith.
Jacksonville had seven first downs on that drive after having six on its first seven possessions.
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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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