- the first play of the set of four downs allowed to the offensive team
- a gain which earns the offensive team a new set of four downs
first downfirst down
- The first in the series of four downs in which an offensive team must advance ten yards to retain possession of the ball.
- A gain of ten or more yards entitling the offensive team to a new series of downs.
(plural first downs)
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